Trials and tribulations at Pittsburgh radio station WENN back in the late 1930s, when radio was king.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  Mr. Foley 55 episodes, 1996-1998
...  Tom Eldridge 45 episodes, 1996-1998
Margaret Hall ...  Gertude 'Gertie' Reece / ... 45 episodes, 1996-1998
Melinda Mullins ...  Hilary Booth 45 episodes, 1996-1998
...  Mackie Bloom 45 episodes, 1996-1998
Amanda Naughton ...  Betty Roberts 45 episodes, 1996-1998
...  Scott Sherwood 34 episodes, 1996-1998
...  Jeffrey Singer 31 episodes, 1996-1998
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It is 1930s Pittsburgh, and college student Betty Roberts has won an internship at WENN, a station that specializes in radio shows. She finds that the employees of the shows are just as wacky as the characters they play on the radio. They include: Mackie Bloom, WENN's man of a thousand voices; Hilary Booth, queen of the stage who carries an over-inflated ego; Mr. Foley, WENNs sound effects man who never talks; Tom Eldridge, who is as clueless as a gnat; and Jeffery Singer, who is in a marriage of convenience with Hillary. Each week, we watch how the station members struggle to keep the station going. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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31 January 1996 (USA)  »

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The name Mr. Foley is a nod to the "Foley artists" who created sound effects on radio (and sometimes film and television). See more »

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Betty Roberts: Generally, Gertie, we try to avoid writing dialogue for our cast that is impossible to pronounce?
Gertude 'Gertie' Reece: Oh, really?
Betty Roberts: Yes. That type of torturous tongue-twisting tends to be tantamount to terrifying and intimidating to our troop. I mean, please continue.
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Strong and Silent
Written by Rupert Holmes
Performed by Carolee Carmello
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A true gem
2 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

I imagine that I am of a minority within my age group (early 20s) to say that I find this show to be one of the best ever broadcast. I was truly sorry to see it taken off the air, and the television scene is all the more desolate for WENN's absence. The characters created on the show were timeless and loveable; the writing, while not always stellar, was more often than not witty and enjoyable, without having to resort to the lowest common denominator that the vast majority of today's television does. The episode in which Molly Ringwold guest-starred as blind, love-struck "Angela from Avalon" will always remain one of my favorite television moments.

I have been a huge fan of Rupert Holmes' work since "Hi Honey I'm Home!" and am happy to see that a person who shares my interests in 20th-century entertainment and culture is working to share those interests with audiences. I only wish that there were more of an audience for his great work, because it deserves to be celebrated.


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