Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Recreating a Crosley Broadcasting Program

In an earlier note, I talked about recreating "The 50-50 Club," which Crosley Broadcasting transmitted from its television stations in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Indianapolis in the 1950s and 1960s. That was for the April 29 launch of Before Oprah: Ruth Lyons, the Woman Who Created Talk TV. There were two events that day, one at 11:00 AM, the other at 6:00 PM. You can see a portion of the morning event (which included WLWT announcer Bill Myers, singer Colleen Sharp, Ruth's former secretary Mickey Fisher, and producer Dick Murgatroyd) here:
http://www.wlwt.com/video/19335128/index.html

There's a partial interview with me in that segment, too. A lengthier video of the reenactment of "The 50-50 Club" that we did for the evening signing is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh2qiLKpYG4

The actress who portrays Ruth Lyons is Shelley Bamberger Bailey. Her performance was outstanding!
--Mike

3 comments:

Dianne said...

So, whatever happened to Colleen Sharp?? We lived in Dayton at the time of Paul Dixon's show, and I loved it! I loved Bonnie Lou and Colleen. I am amazed to have found this blog, and will continue to check in.

Michael A. Banks said...

Dianne,
Thank you for your comment. I am very late in replying, but to answer your question, Colleen married a minister and lives north of Cincinnati now. She came out for a special program and sang Ruth's birthday song.
--Mike
P.S. You may enjoy the more up-to-date http://mikebanks.blogspot.com

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