Ol’ Time Radio returns to Russellville


RUSSELLVILLE — Back before there was internet and television the world came into our homes via the radio. Through the radio you could hear play by play of sporting events, get updates on what you had read in the paper, and in the evening have the world come into your living room.

With the occasional crackle of interference, you joined in the adventures of The Lone Ranger, we’re haunted by the reality that the Shadow knows, and followed Richard Diamond, Private Detective crime solving.

These shows were done live by actors reading scripts, their words augmented by a variety of sound effects. On Saturday, you can sit in on such a live performance as a 1943 episode of Richard Diamond, then staring Dick Powell, will come alive on the stage of the Russellville Community Center.

This dinner theater is a fundraiser hoping to complete the fund of the center’s new roof.

Dinner, which includes soups, sandwiches, drinks and desserts, will be served at 6 p.m. and the performance of “Richard Diamond, Private Detective - The Hepplewhite Encounter” begins at 7 p.m. No reservations are required. Free-will donations will be accepted.

Under the direction of Keith Strain eight actors will bring to life the 11 characters in this drama. All these actors have been a part of productions at Crawfordsville’s Vanity Theater and are delighted to share this aspect of radio entertainment.

The food is donated as well as the time and talent of the actors performing.