SUNDAY, March 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

"A long time ago... on a radio far, far away..."

"Flash Gordon", Episodes 1 - 3

originally aired April and May of 1035

"Tom Corbett: Space Cadet"

originally aired May 8, 1952


A long time ago, on a radio far, far away…
Yes, this might make you think of that cultural phenomenon known as Star Wars, but back in the 30s 40s and 50s there were radio programs that would boldly go where no radio show had gone before.
And yes, that might make you think of that other sci-fi marvel, Star Trek.
And while today, these two worldwide empires of science-fiction have embedded themselves in our culture--books, movies and television-in ways like never before, neither would not be here were it not for the fact that many years ago, young boys like Gene Roddenbery and George Lucas, would avidly listen to the radio and let their favorite programs guide their imaginations into the outer regions of space… and beyond.
Legendary heroes like Flash Gordon, who began in the newspaper comic strips and quickly shifted to radio and then to movie serials-traveling to strange planets and getting caught up in intergalactic adventures-often ending each episode with a cliffhanger leaving children across the country wondering how Flash could possibly escape certain doom, only to find the following episode their hero was alive and well and still battling evil to save earth from the evil clutches of Ming the Merciless.
Sound familiar? Of course, George Lucas himself has attributed Flash Gordon as a major inspiration for his creation of the Star wars saga. That's right. Without Flash, Thun, Dale and Ming, Luke, Han, Leia and Darth Vader may not have ever existed.
Flash was one of the first, and in the 30s, he dominated the entertainment world, so it makes sense that we do the first three episodes-- On the Planet Mongo, Flash befriends the lion men and stops a wedding, and Imprisoned by Hawkmen that originally aired weekly in April and May of 1935.
After Flash, there came a multitude of space shows. One of the most successful (and one of the final ones in old time radio) that also dominated comic books, pulp books and television in the 50s, was the exciting adventures of Tom Corbett: Space Cadet. Tom and his team of space travelers, including a Venusian from another planet, would travel to various planets within our own solar system-seeking our new life forms and new civilizations, to create alliances and interplanetary peace, and often meeting with resistance and overlords committed to ruling the galaxy. Sound familiar? Imagine a young boy named Gene Roddenbery, anxiously running home from school so he could join exciting outer space adventures. Years later he would create his own memorable characters like Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty as they trekked throughout the stars.
Our episode danger in deep space part 2, and originally aired on May 8, 1952
And we will do our best to "Boldly go where no radio recreation group has gone before" as we recreate these "out of this world" episodes exactly as they aired on Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 at the Oak Park Arms.

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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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