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

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

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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

Mr. Foley's dialogue consists almost entirely of interjections in the form of sound effects. See more »

Quotes

[an exhausted cast is trying to break a world record for longest continuous broadcast. Hilary is dozing off]
Jeff Singer: Hilary, you have to get up.
Hilary Booth: Oh, no. I was having the loveliest dream.
Jeff Singer: Oh, what were you dreaming?
Hilary Booth: That I was asleep.
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Christmas is Waiting For You
By Rupert Holmes
Sung by Betty Buckley
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A true gem
2 February 2003 | by dreamer_boySee 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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