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A RADIO BLAST FROM THE PAST

Hear actual radio scripts from the '30s through the '50s starting tonight.

Retreat to the good ol' days when Cheerios gave you "good red blood and sound teeth and bones," or when you could enjoy a Lucky Strike guilt-free.

In A Tribute to the Golden Age of Radio, relive the bygone era as actors re-create some of radio's most beloved moments. The show begins tonight and runs this weekend and next at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.

Before TV and video games, iPods and the Internet, families regularly gathered around the radio and listened to serial dramas, comedies, music and news.

Entertainers like Jack Benny, the Andrews Sisters, Fibber Magee and Molly, Abbott and Costello, the Bickersons and that masked rider of the Plains, the Lone Ranger, were the rock stars of yesteryear.

They'll all be back tonight - if only in our imaginations - with the tribute featuring their sketches.

"These are taken from actual radio scripts from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s," said Abbott Morgan, the show's director and a veteran of community theater in New York, where he performed and directed similar shows.

A special sound effects crew, visible to the audience, will employslide whistles, wood blocks, aluminum cans and keys to enhance the sounds of the skits.

Coconuts cut in half and pounded on boards and gravel sound like trotting horses.

"Clippity clop. Clippity clop."

If you go

Gather 'round

What: A Tribute to the Golden Age of Radio.

Where: The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.

When: This weekend and next, starting tonight. Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $16 general admission; $14 for members; $12 for students. Proceeds benefit Tarpon Springs Cultural Arts.

For information: Visit tarponarts.orgto buy tickets online or call (727) 942-5605.

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