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

Creator:

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

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Tom Beckett ...  Mr. Foley 55 episodes, 1996-1998
George Hall ...  Tom Eldridge 45 episodes, 1996-1998
Margaret Hall Margaret Hall ...  Gertude 'Gertie' Reece / ... 45 episodes, 1996-1998
Melinda Mullins Melinda Mullins ...  Hilary Booth 45 episodes, 1996-1998
Christopher Murney ...  Mackie Bloom 45 episodes, 1996-1998
Amanda Naughton Amanda Naughton ...  Betty Roberts 45 episodes, 1996-1998
Kevin O'Rourke ...  Scott Sherwood 34 episodes, 1996-1998
Hugh O'Gorman ...  Jeffrey Singer 31 episodes, 1996-1998
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1996 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Beckett (Mr. Foley) was the only cast member to appear in all 55 episodes. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: Hilary, this... agent of yours, she's bullying everyone who deals with her. Rex Noble tells my theater friends he feels beaten down and bludgeoned, and Betty says your agent hasn't met a demand she didn't like. This Doris Snithing is insensitive, insatiable, and relentless! Hilary, I guess what I'm saying is... you think she'll be my agent, too?
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You Make It Christmas
By Rupert Holmes
Sung by Betty Buckley
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You aren't alone, Dreamer Boy!!!
23 September 2003 | by MichaelMovieLoftSee all my reviews

I am also in the youth minority when it came to enjoying this series. As a matter of fact, I WROTE THE PLOT SUMMARY!!! It was one of those shows that I would come home to after a long night of evening classes at the local college. The costumes that the characters wore looked very authentic (They won an Emmy for this) and the cinematography was beautiful.

I would only watch off and on as the years went on since they took some of my favorite characters off, but it was still a favorite of mine. It also proved AMC could make an original program on a limited budget without looking limited. They were always able to get notable named guest stars. My favorites included Henry Rollins, Molly Ringwald, Eddie Bracken, and Betty Buckley (who appeared in the marvelous x-mas episode).

Now, American Movie Classics is a mere image of themselves. Sure rating may be higher, but that had to sacrifice quality to do that. What a shame, because on a a rainy day, I could always could on AMC to comfort me. Remember Ween did that for me as well. Sadly, those days are long gone as the network has tried to modernize itself for the times. And when this show was replaced by The Lot, things began to go downhill. A terrible flaw on AMC's part.


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