SUNDAY, October 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

"It was a Dark and Swarmy Night!"

"Leinengen vs. the Ants"

Originally broadcast: May 23, 1948

"Three Skeleton Key"

Originally broadcast: March 17, 1950

One of the most exciting things about old time radio show is that it stirs the imagination. Through the airwaves, the listener is taking on amazing journeys to strange and sometimes impossible locations, immersed in incredible situations. One show could take us to a faraway planet, and then next to the deepest Amazon jungle. We could travel to the future or into the far distant past.
And with the right sound effects, anything is possible.
Why, you could be on a plantation, trying desperately to battle millions of swarming ants as they cover the landscape, destroying everything they come in contact with-including your valuable crops. But how do you stop something like that?
Next we travel to a small lighthouse on the coast. A ship is travelling towards it, showing no signs of stopping. And when it crashes on the rocks, thousands of hungry rats come pouring out onto the island. With nowhere else to go, their only direction is into the lighthouse and up the steps to where you are. What do you do?
These two shows have been made into feature length movies with special effects and trick photography. But on shows like Escape, all that was there was some music, actors and amazing sound effects to create the image in your own mind.
And what you could imagine was 10 times more horrifying than anything that could be created on the screen.
That was the power of Old Time Radio.
So come and join us on October 22 at 2:00 as we are attacked by millions of ants and rats on, "A Dark and Swarmy Night"

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Presents…

Swarmy Night

All performances at:

The Oak Park Arms
408 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is a radio troupe comprised of professional actors and voice-over artists and has been providing top-notch entertainment to Oak Park Arms residents and the near by community for 14 years.


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