Station to begin airing classic radio programs
by Jennifer Cohron
Feb 21, 2014 | 1726 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sunday night lineup of Oldies 101.5 FM in Jasper will soon include Jack Benny, Hopalong Cassidy, Burns and Allen and more stars from the Golden Age of Radio.

Sales manager Terrell Manasco said the station will begin airing “When Radio Was” on Sunday at 7 p.m. Classic radio expert Greg Bell hosts the nationally-syndicated program.

Manasco said the response he has gotten since making the announcement several weeks ago on the station’s Facebook page has been positive.

“I think this is something listeners will enjoy, whether it’s older people who grew up listening to these shows or some younger people who look at it more as a novelty,” Manasco said.

“When Radio Was” is a one-hour program that alternates between comedy and drama.

The shows to air Sunday according to the program’s website are “My Favorite Husband,” a comedy starring Lucille Ball that led to the creation of television’s “I Love Lucy,” and the western Have Gun, Will Travel, which began as a TV show and then made the leap to radio.

The shows have been digitally remastered, and some are available through a free app so listeners can enjoy them on their portable devices.

Manasco said he is expecting a warm reception from the Oldies 101.5 audience when the program debuts this weekend.

“There are other stations in big cities that carry it, and they say it is their best-rated show,” Manasco said.

“When Radio Was” will be preceded by two original programs, “Nothing But Blues” with Amasa Steele and “Music From Home” with Dale Short.