2020 Year End Holiday Letter

January 18, 2021

I hope everyone is having a pleasant 2021 so far.  Here is our annual holiday message for all of our friends and family. 

2020 has been indeed a trying year for all of us.  A year that we will never forget.  A year of learning to adapt to our new situation handed to us, and to be creative and embrace the simple things and the comforts of home.  It’s also been a year to pray for friends and loved ones that have suffered from the corona virus, and unfortunately, some we had to say good-bye to.  Helen & I continue to seek alternative ways to have fun together while doing our best to stay safe and stay home as much as possible. 

The year started off normal enough and in early February, Helen & I attended our first and only convention of the year, Zolocon Sci-Fi & Fantasy Con in Warminster, PA at the historical Centrifuge facility now billed as, “The Fuge”.  We really enjoyed this con with the absolutely amazing amount of nostalgic merchandise and items available at all the various vendor tables.  We definitely plan to attend this con again in the future. 

We celebrated Helen’s birthday at the end of February with an extended weekend in New York City.  We had a wonderful weekend in the “Big Apple”.  We visited a neat antique toy store in a unique mall that had many specialty shops including a shop that specialized in selling Old Time Radios.  We did lots of walking around the city, and for the first time we walked around the “Strawberry Fields” section of Central Park that pays tribute to Beatle legend, John Lennon.  We also toured for the first time, the “American Museum of Natural History” with its amazing collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, and…Dinosaurs!!!  Helen & I attended 2 great Broadway shows,  “The Play that Goes Wrong” and “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  And of course we enjoyed some great meals at various eateries including “Juniors”, “John’s Pizza”, and “Sardi’s”.  

American Museum of Natural History
“To Kill a Mockingbird”
John’s Pizzeria of Times Square
Strawberry Fields in Central Park

Helen & Johnny attending “The Play That Goes Wrong”
Helen & Johnny enjoying dinner at “Sardi’s”

The month of March is when everything came to a screeching halt.  Within what seemed like a blink of an eye, we all of a sudden (in no time at all) were in a worldwide pandemic.  Helen & I quickly learned that we were in the ‘high risk’ category.  Helen is 16 years cancer free and a 21 year type 2 diabetic and I am a 27 year type 1 diabetic.  So we made the decision to cancel all of our travel plans and prepared to stay home as much as possible.  All of our usual conventions, Monster-Mania, Chiller, MANC, SerlingFest, etc. were all cancelled in 2020.  Fortunately, Helen was able to work remotely from home.  We missed seeing our friends, family, going to the coffee shop, restaurants, and all the normal activities in our life.  However, we realize that this is not forever and it will pass in time.  From here, Helen & I began to cook up some creative ideas and activities for us to enjoy at home. 

One of my favorites activities is Friday Game Night.  After Helen signs off from work Friday afternoon, our game night begins.  We adjourn to the basement to start the fun.  We begin by enjoying a fun dinner, such as Pepperoni Pizza, Sloppy Joes, Hoagies, Hot Dogs, Ribs, and other fun foods like that.  While eating our fun meal we play a classic board game such as Aggravation, Yahtzee, Battleship, Trouble, Movie & TV Trivia, and others.  We also enjoy some fun music, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, etc. while playing our games.  After our game and meal, we move over to the TV for a game or 2 of bowling on the Nintendo Wii.  We’ve also played some tennis as well.  For those of you that have seen Helen’s posts on Facebook, know that she routinely beats the pants off of me, although I do occasionally win a game of Yahtzee.  However, I truly do enjoy our game night and the fact that we are now finally getting to enjoy our basement game room.  I hope we can continue this long after the pandemic is over.

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Tacos
Yahtzee
Hoagies
Aggravation
Trouble
Kate & Al’s Pizza……Yum!!!!
Battleship
Sloppy Joes and Tater Tots!!!!……..A Holmsey favorite!!!!
TV Trvia………..
Movie Trivia…………
And even Christmas Trivia!!!!!!!
Hot Dogs and Baked Beans
The Flintstones Game
The Fibber McGee & Molly Game
More Pizza!!!!
Scattergories
Ribs!!!!!
And some after board game and dinner bowling with Helen & Johnny…………Helen usually wins!!!!!!!

We received very sad news in April that B-Mom’s younger brother Albert, from Cherry Hill, passed away as a result of Covid.  The passing of Uncle Al was an awakening that this virus is indeed no hoax and that it can strike at any time.  This was again reinforced when we learned that Helen’s cousin Lynn, from Tennessee, passed away in May.  Lynn was such a sweet young lady and she also passed from Covid and she was only in her 40’s. 

In adding to the creativity around the house, Helen and I participated in an online paint party where we painted sunflowers.  We’ve done many of these paint events at various venues, but this was the first virtual painting event we participated in.  Helen continued with painting this year as she completed 3 wonderful paint by numbers paintings.  Every day when she signed off from work, she would go downstairs to our make-shift painting studio and put about 40 minutes a day into her painting before dinner.  This was beyond my capability and it was around when I was taking my usual mid-afternoon nap. 

Our mini paint studio in the basement
Sunflowers
Our Virtual Paint Party!!!!
Yes, I agree Helen’s is better….but I do like the cool “Holmsey” signature!!!!!

Our beloved coffee shop “Breaking Grounds Coffee and Cafe” unfortunately was a victim of Covid and shut it’s doors for good late this year.  Helen and I did only one presentation of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” in February, and then we placed the presentations on hiatus.  However, some good news, the coffee shop business was purchased and re-opened, and is now “Colonial Cafe”.  More good news….”Colonial Cafe” has already asked Helen & I if we’d like to continue our “An Evening of Old Time Radio” presentations at the newly established coffee shop.  So, Helen & I are looking forward to hopefully sometime in the future when conditions permit us to resume and share some great “Old Time Radio” at “Colonial Cafe”. 

Since all vacations were canceled this year, we spruced up the house a bit in 2020.  We finally had our 30 year old dilapidated shed removed and hauled away.  We also had our driveway resurfaced, and we had 2 giant trees removed from the back yard.

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Timber!!!!!
The squirrels are now puzzled……”Where are the trees????”

Thankfully, Helen and I were able to continue our internet radio show on the internet radio station “Radio Once More”.  In June we celebrated our 6th year of “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” on “Radio Once More”.  We’ve also continued our additional non-Wednesday shows known as “Woo-Hoo Extra” and we’ve also periodically combined forces with our friends at “Yesterday USA” for occasional simulcasts.  As a matter of fact we kept ourselves extra busy on the internet radio this year.  During 2020, Helen & I presented (24) 3 hour “Woo-Hoo-Wednesday” shows, and (28) “Woo-Hoo Extra” shows including (1) 6 hour overnighter,  (1) 3 hour simulcast, (1) 4 hour simulcast, (1) 6 hour simulcast, and (4) 9 hour simulcasts.  If you haven’t had the chance to listen to us yet, we invite you to tune in on Wednesday evenings, 9PM (eastern time) for some nostalgic fun at www.RadioOnceMore.com.     

“Woo-Hoo Wednesday”!!!!!

2020 is also the year that Helen and I decided to begin re-watching the entire television series, “Dark Shadows”.  Our DLP TV finally died on us, so we now entered the world of flat screen television in our living room with a new Vizio LED TV.  I digitized the entire DVD set of “Dark Shadows” and it now sits on a hard drive in our living room. We began our quest of watching all 1,225 episodes on August 1st.  Every night for dinner, we set up the TV trays in the living room and watch a handful of episodes.  My rough calculations compute that we should complete the series in April 2021.  We decided that when we finish, we’ll continue to watch a classic TV series with dinner.  We’ve considered “The Night Stalker”, “The Naked City”, and “Peter Gunn”.  Any suggestions?  Actually, I’m also watching the entire series of  “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”.  Back around April, I decided to get back on my treadmill.  Every other day, I treadmill just under a half-hour and watch an episode of a classic TV series.  I jumped around a bit until I decided to stick with “Dobie”.  Each treadmill session I cover a little more than a mile.  I’m now on episode 90 of “Dobie Gillis”, which means I’ve done over 90 miles since I started hanging out with Dobie & Maynard.  Now I realize to all you runners out there that to you, 90 miles isn’t very much, but I look at it that at least that’s 90 more miles I’ve done rather than sitting on the couch. 

Dark Shadows on our new 55″ Vizio TV. We now welcome the world of flat screen Television to our Living Room!!!!

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of another year.  A very different year than we’ve all experienced in decades!!!!  Helen and I have not made any definite traveling plans for 2021.  We are awaiting the availability for when we can be safely vaccinated.   We are hoping and praying that sometime in 2021 will bring back some normalcy back to all of our lives.  Let’s all hope for the best!!! 

Be well folks!!!!  We’ll chat soon!!!!!


Joanna Wilson Returns to “Radio Once More” to Discuss Christmas Comfort Classics

December 21, 2020

‘Radio Once More’ recently welcomed back author and Christmas TV historian, Joanna Wilson.  Joanna was on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ radio show where we had another delightful and fun conversation.  We again aired our Christmas TV conversation “LIVE” allowing the listeners to comment during our discussion. 

Joanna discussed about the updated version of one of my favorite books, “Tis the Season TV:  The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-For-TV Movies”.  This updated version will be bigger and better than ever and is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2021. When released, it will be available on Amazon and all the regular channels for books. 

“Tis the Season TV:  The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-For-TV Movies”

Personalized requests can be made directly to the publisher, 1701 Press and can be purchased through their web site, or you can contact Joanna at her web site and arrange purchasing an autographed copy from her directly.  Joanna’s web site is:

www.ChristmasTVHistory.com.  

Joanna and I listened to various audio clips from various Christmas Comfort Classics from Classic television series, including “The Honeymooners”, “The Waltons” (the TV pilot movie), and “The Twilight Zone”

“The Honeymooners”
“The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” (1971)
“The Twilight Zone”

We moved on to discussing Classic Christmas Films that we all fell in love during our childhood where we grew up watching on TV in the comfort of our home.  We again discussed our disappointment that the classic 1973 made-for-TV version of “Miracle on 34th Street” has not been released on DVD/BluRay.  (We will continue to do so every year until it is released on DVD/Blu Ray) Joanna and I then dove into three “Christmas Comfort Classic” films, the original 1947 version of “Miracle on 34th Street”, the heartwarming “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946), and the Alastair Sim favorite “A Christmas Carol” (1951).

“Miracle on 34th Street” (1973)
“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
“A Christmas Carol” (1951)

Here is the You Tube link to the 1973 version of “Miracle on 34th Street”.

We then moved our discussion to a couple of Television Christmas Specials beginning with the 1970 Rankin/Bass classic “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”.  This year “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” celebrated it’s 50 year anniversary. Our final audio clip came from the memorable Peanuts Christmas classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” from (1965). 

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1970)
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

Below is our entire show from December 9th that our discussion with Joanna Wilson aired on ‘Radio Once More’.  Thanks again to Joanna Wilson for taking the time to chat with us!!!!  Please visit Joanna’s web site at www.ChristmasTVHistory.com.  Enjoy and Woo-Hoo!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!!


Rick Goldschmidt returns to “Radio Once More”

December 6, 2020

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Helen and I kicked off December with an extra special “Woo-Hoo Extra” on “Radio Once More”.  We welcomed back to “Radio Once More” author and official historian/biographer of Rankin/Bass productions, Rick Goldschmidt.  We had another great Rankin/Bass themed conversation with Rick.  Rick shared some interesting information about the recent auction where a Santa Claus and Rudolph set of original puppets were auctioned off. 

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Santa Claus and Rudolph puppets from the 1964 Rankin/Bass classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

 

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Rankin/Bass Productions

Rick also discussed that in addition to his www.MiserBros.com web site, he also has a Miser Bros store on Etsy

We then discussed the importance of the music to many of the classic Rankin/Bass Christmas productions from the 1960’s – 1970’s.  During this discussion, we played complete songs from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964), “Frosty the Snowman” (1969), “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1970), and “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974)

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964)

 

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“Frosty the Snowman” (1969)

 

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“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1970)

 

The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

“The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974)

Here is the entire conversation with Rick Goldschmidt on “Radio Once More”.

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Many Thanks to Rick Goldschmidt!!!

Again, a big thanks to Rick Goldschmidt for again appearing on ‘Radio Once More’.  You can visit Rick’s web site at MiserBros.com.  Thanks for stopping by the ‘Holmsey Blog’ and…….Merry Christmas….Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!


Special Guest Mike Pipher “Zones” in on ‘Radio Once More’

November 4, 2020

Helen & Johnny with Mike Pipher

In September, Helen and I had another “Twilight Zone” / Rod Serling themed “Live Show” on the internet radio station, “Radio Once More”.  This time we had the honor to have as a special guest, Mike Pipher.  Mike is a historian/archivist of Rod Serling and is associated with the Rod Serling Archive & Exhibit at the Bundy Museum located in Rod Serling’s home town of  Binghamton, New York.  Mike shared many memories of Rod Serling with us including the time Mike got to meet him many years ago.  Mike also shared some wonderful memories of many of the famous personalities he became friends with over the years, including Lloyd Bridges and Earl Holliman.  Mike was kind enough to share a rare audio clip recorded by Earl Holliman back in 1987 where he discusses being in the very first “Twilight Zone” episode, “Where is Everybody?” which originally aired on CBS October 2nd 1959.  Below is a series of autographed photos Helen & I personally received from Earl Holliman in 2011.  I asked for one, and he was kind enough to send me four!!!!     

(1) Earl Holliman - The Sons of Katie Elder

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

(2) Earl Holliman - Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet (1956)

(3) Earl Holliman - The Twilight Zone

“The Twilight Zone” (1959)

(4) Earl Holliman

Earl Holliman

In addition to taking the time to speak with us and sharing some of his great stories, Mike also provided a rare recording of a radio show from the a series from WLW Cincinnati, “It Happens to You”.  The episode is “The Human Comedy'” (also known as “You Be the Bad Guy”).  This episode is dated October 2nd 1953 and was Written & Produced by Rod Serling. 

In 2019, Mike invited Helen & myself to the Rod Serling Archive & Exhibit at the Bundy Museum to present a mini version of our coffee shop presentation, “An Evening of Old Time Radio”.  In addition to playing some Rod Serling clips and “The Human Comedy” mentioned above during Mike’s “Rod Serling in Radio” “In the Zone” presentation, Helen and I played an episode from “The Hall of Fantasy” and a great Sci-Fi episode from the series “X Minus One”.  We were invited back to the Bundy Museum this year, however the ongoing pandemic forced those plans to be cancelled.  We are hopeful that vaccinations will be available in 2021 so that Helen & I can return to the Bundy and share some more classic “Old Time Radio” at the Bundy.  A big Thanks to Mike Pipher for taking the time to share some of his wonderful stories with us on “Radio Once More” and for inviting Helen & I to play some “Old Time Radio” at the Bundy. 

Below are a few photos from the Rod Serling Archive & Exhibit at the Bundy Museum.

Below are a few photos of when Helen & I had the honor to present “An Evening of Old Time Radio” at the Rod Serling Archive & Exhibit at the Bundy Museum.

Returning to “Radio Once More” during our “Twilight Zone” / Rod Serling themed “Live Show” was Shelley McKay Young, the administrator of the largest “Twilight Zone” Facebook page.  Shelley chatted about the “Twilight Zone” with us and we even fielded a few phone calls from some of the “Twilight Zone” fans that were listening.  Shelley was kind enough to donate a few giveaways to the listeners including a “Twilight Zone” magazine, a “Twilight Zone” comic book, and a Hallmark “Twilight Zone” ornament.  It was a wonderful visit with Shelley loaded with fun, laughs, and some great “Twilight Zone” conversation.  Thanks Shelley!!!!

Again big thanks to our special guests, Mike Pipher and Shelley McKay Young for another fun filled “Twilight Zone” & Rod Serling themed Woo-Hoo Wednesday.  We are hopeful that we’ll all be able to get together in 2021 at the Bundy and attend another “Serlingfest” as well.

Here is the entire “Twilight Zone” themed “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” that aired LIVE on the internet radio station, “Radio Once More” on September 16th 2020.


Rev Donna Christine Park discusses “WAMMS” on “Radio Once More”

January 25, 2020

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Recently, I had the honor and pleasure to chat with our dear friend Rev Donna Christine Park on our “Woo-Hoo Extra” radio show on the internet radio station, “Radio Once More”.

Donna Christine and I chatted about her wonderful organization “Walk a Mile in My Shoes on the Path to Peace”.  Over the years Donna Christine has sponsored many shoe drives and flip-flop drives in many states to collect gently used shoes and new flip-flops for those in need of footwear.

During our “shoe” related conversation, we also listened to the Carl Perkins classic hit, “Blue Suede Shoes”.  We also enjoyed some classic “Old Time Radio” as we listened to an episode of “Family Theater”.  We enjoyed the episode entitled “In Each Other’s Shoes” that originally aired on 10-26-1949.

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Johnny chatting with Rev Donna Christine Park

We ended our discussion by listening to the very meaningful (1970) song, “Walk a Mile In My Shoes” by Joe South and The Believers.  If you wish to contact Rev Donna Christine Park, you reach her at the “Walk a MILE in MY SHOES~~~on the Path to Peace!!!” Facebook page.  A big thanks to Rev Donna Christine Park for taking the time to share with us all about the wonderful organization “Walk a Mile in My Shoes on the Path to Peace” during our “Woo-Hoo Extra” on “Radio Once More”.

Below is our entire conversation with Rev Donna Christine Park.


2019 Year End Holiday Letter

December 31, 2019

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Happy Holidays to all our friends and family.  2019 has been another incredibly fun-filled year for us.  During 2019, we took some more trips to some neat places, and attended various autograph/nostalgia conventions along with a couple of other treats.

In January we spent New Years in Cape May, New Jersey at the historical “Congress Hall” celebrating my retirement after 30 years with the NJ Division of Taxation.

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Helen & Johnny in Cape May, New Jersey at the historical “Congress Hall”

We celebrated Helen’s birthday in February with an extended weekend in Philadelphia.  We saw two Shows with the talented Frank Ferrante, “A Comedy of Tenors” and “An Evening with Groucho“.  While in Philly, we also visited the Reading Terminal Market and toured the Mütter Museum.  Also in February, with my retirement, I added an additional radio show to “Radio Once More” entitled “Woo-Hoo Extra“.  Unlike “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” which airs Wednesday evenings, “Woo-Hoo Extra” is a quick (usually only an hour long) show that can air any time, mornings, evenings, overnight, etc. on the internet radio station “Radio Once More“.

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Helen & Johnny clowning around with Frank Ferrante as he brings to life…..”The One, the only…………Grouch Marx” after another one of his “An Evening with Groucho” performances

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“Woo-Hoo Extra” on “Radio Once More”

In March, we again attended the “Monstermania Convention” where Helen and I met various celebrities including Dolph Lundgren and Dylan McDermott among others.  Also in March, as part of our “Woo-Hoo Extra” on “Radio Once More“, we partnered up for the first time with the internet radio station “Yesterday USA“, and had a simulcast with Walden Hughes.  Walden and I were broadcasting on both “Radio Once More” and “Yesterday USA” at the same time.  This was a joy!!!  Together we had a blast chatting, sharing stories, playing music and “Old Time Radio” shows, and taking phone calls from the listeners.  We are now doing this on a regular basis every month or so, and sometimes some of the other gang joins in including Helen, and from Yesterday USA, Patricia, John & Larry Gassman, and Big John Matthews as well.  Sometimes we stay on all night until 6AM……you never what can happen on Live Radio!!!!!

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We’ve done a number of simulcasts with our good buddy Walden Hughes along with some of the other gang at “YesterdayUSA”

April featured our first “Chiller Theatre Convention” of 2019 where met many friends and got some great photos and autographs from various celebrities including Anson Williams, Don Most, Donna Pescow, William Katt & John Davidson.

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Helen & Johnny with William Katt (Carrie, The Greatest American Hero)

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Helen & Johnny with Donna Pescow (Saturday Night Fever)

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Helen & Johnny with veteran entertainer, John Davidson

In May, Helen and I were invited to The Rod Serling Archive at The Bundy Museum in Binghamton, New York where we gave a mini presentation of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” in connection with a Rod Serling radio presentation.  Big thanks to Rod Serling archivist Mike Pipher from the Bundy Museum for the kind invitation.  Also in May, Helen and I also accepted an invitation to give an “Old Time Radio” presentation at the “Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences“.  Helen and I presented an overview of “Old Time Radio” programs entitled “Remembering the Golden Age of Radio”  This went quite well and the many attendees seemed to enjoy the presentation.  Thanks to the staff of the “Burlington County Lyceum” for this wonderful opportunity.

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Johnny at The Rod Serling Archive at The Bundy Museum in Binghamton, New York where we gave a mini presentation of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” in connection with a Rod Serling radio presentation

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Helen & Johnny at The Rod Serling Archive at The Bundy Museum in Binghamton, New York where we gave a mini presentation of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” in connection with a Rod Serling radio presentation

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Big thanks to Rod Serling archivist Mike Pipher from the Bundy Museum for the kind invitation to us

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Thanks to the staff of the “Burlington County Lyceum” for this wonderful opportunity to share “Old Time Radio” programs with the community with our presentation entitled “Remembering the Golden Age of Radio”  

June brought us the bittersweet task of finalizing the sale of our late Mother’s home.  It was very surreal to say “good-bye” to the house that I grew up in, and spent 27 years living in.  However, in retrospect, it was amazing that almost 55 years ago, a young family of 5 including a newborn baby boy, moved into this house to begin a new chapter in their lives in Mount Holly. That baby boy was yours truly, Johnny Boy.  And in June a young family of 5 including a newborn baby boy, moved into this same house and is starting their new lives together in 2019. I wish them many happy years of Laughing, Living, and Loving!!!! I’m sure that Mom & Dad are looking down with pride as they witness the circle of life continuing. I hope this family has as much fun and joy as I had growing up there, and later on spending time with Mom, Dad, and the entire family. I wish them all well in their new chapter of life!!!!!  Also in June, Helen and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary of our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” radio show on the internet radio station “Radio Once More“.  If you haven’t had the chance to listen to us yet, we invite you to tune in on Wednesday evenings, 9PM (eastern time) for some nostalgic fun at www.RadioOnceMore.com.

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The Holmes home from 1964 to 2019

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Happy 5 Year Anniversary of our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” radio show on the internet radio station “Radio Once More”.

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Johnny Boy enjoying retirement and his new retirement glasses

Helen and I celebrated our 16th Wedding Anniversary in July with a get-a-way extended weekend to Ocean City, NJ.  We had a relaxing celebration and enjoyed walking the boardwalk, and taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the Jersey Shore, while reflecting upon our joys and blessings of our 16 years of marriage.

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Celebrating our 16th Wedding Anniversary in Ocean City, New Jersey

In August Helen and I celebrated Helen being 15 years Cancer Free.  A wonderful milestone and a major…..Woo-Hoo!!!!!  We also attended our 2ndMonstermania Convention” of the year where we met Ron Perlman, Beverly D’Angelo, and author Clive Barker.  Also in August Helen and I gave our first “Old Time Radio” presentation at a senior center.  We had the opportunity to present the “Best of Benny” at the “Brookdale Senior Living” center in Richboro, PA.  We had a great time and enjoyed a rewarding experience at the senior center.

Beverly D'Angelo (Natiomnal Lampoon Vacation Films) with Johnny

Beverly D’Angelo with Johnny

Clive Barker (Horror Writer) with Helen

Clive Barker with Helen

In September Helen and I had a brainstorm to broadcast a 24 hour marathon “Woo-Hoo Extra” on “Radio Once More” for Labor Day.  We were successful with our marathon and we named this marathon our…….“Radio Once More 24 Hour Labor Day Woo-Hoo Palooza”.

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We celebrated Labor Day with our “Radio Once More 24 Hour Labor Day Woo-Hoo Palooza”

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Our humble studio where we broadcasted our “Radio Once More 24 Hour Labor Day Woo-Hoo Palooza”

Also in September, we attended the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, MD and had a great time seeing old friends and meeting celebrities including Loni Anderson, Tatum O’Neal and Tom Berenger.

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Helen & I wearing our “Gilligan Island” T-Shirts at the “Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention” in Hunt Valley, MD

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Helen & I wearing our “Flintstone” T-Shirts at the “Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention” in Hunt Valley, MD

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An “Old Time Radio” recreation from the series “Dragnet” at the “Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention” in Hunt Valley, MD

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Helen & I at the Saturday evening banquet at the “Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention” in Hunt Valley, MD

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A screen grab image from the 1983 film “Eddie and the Cruisers” featuring actor Tom Berenger and in the background, RVRHS student…..Johnny Boy.  Thanks so much to Tom Berenger for signing this wonderful memory  

October brought us back to Binghamton, New York, where we attended SerlingFest2019.  We got to again hang out with many of our “Twilight Zone” fans and attended an interesting seminar at the “Bundy Museum of History“.  The event also included many authors/speakers discussing various aspects of Rod Serling’s career at three different venues, (including Rod’s High School), and we also enjoyed screenings of original “Twilight Zone” episodes and the “Night Gallery” pilot film.  We had loads of fun and we look forward to heading back in 2020 for another celebration of the work of Rod Serling.  Also in October, our “Fright Night” Presentation at “Breaking Grounds Coffee and Cafe” marked our 7th Anniversary and 43rd presentation of “An Evening of Old Time Radio“.  More fun in October had us attending our 2nd “Chiller Theatre” Convention of the year where we met Hayley and Juliet Mills, and enjoyed a mini “Barney Miller” reunion, and also met Richard Anderson of “MacGyver” fame.

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SerlingFest2019 in Binghamton, New York

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“Johnny Boy acting goofy………..thrilled and happy to be spending time with all of our “Twilight Zone” friends!!!

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Our October “Fright Night” Presentation at “Breaking Grounds Coffee and Cafe” marked our 7th Anniversary and 43rd presentation of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” in downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey

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Wizard Johnny at “Breaking Grounds Coffee and Cafe” celebrating our 7th Anniversary and 43rd presentation of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” in downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey

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Juliet and Hayley Mills with Helen & Johnny

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A mini Barney Miller reunion with Max Gail and Hal Linden with Helen & Johnny

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Richard Anderson of “MacGyver” with Helen

November brought us to Hollywood, California.  We had a blast taking the Sony, Warner, Paramount, and Universal studio tours.  We also took a few bus tours, and enjoyed seeing many of the sites of the Hollywood-Los Angeles area, and seeing many of the stars on Hollywood Boulevard and toured the famous “Grauman’s Chinese Theatre” and “Dolby Theatre”.  This was certainly a trip of a lifetime.  After leaving Hollywood, we headed to Costa Mesa, California where we attended the SPERDVAC Old Time Radio convention.  We reconnected with old friends and met many new friends while enjoying numerous presentations and recreations.  While attending one of the dinner banquets, Helen and I were presented with an Achievement Award from SPERDVAC for our coffee shop presentations and for our work on the internet radio station “Radio Once More“.  We were absolutely shocked about this reward.  We had no idea about this presentation and  are extremely honored, humbled and thankful for this award and for everyone’s kind words and allowing us to share the nostalgia from the “Golden Age of Radio“.

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Helen & Johnny were presented with an Emmy and an Oscar at the Sony Studio Tour

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The historical “Grauman’s Chinese Theatre” in Hollywood, California

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Helen & Johnny at the “Dolby Theatre”

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So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly……..Hills, that is. Swimming pools, movie stars.

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The famous Hollywood sign

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Helen & Johnny taking a tour of some of the beautiful scenery in the Los Angeles-Hollywood area of California

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Helen & Johnny at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour

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Helen & Johnny at the Paramount Pictures Studio Tour

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Helen & Johnny at the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour

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Helen & Johnny attending the SPERDVAC convention (The Society To Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy)

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Walden Hughes with Helen & Johnny

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Larry & John Gassman with Helen & Johnny

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The very talented Brad Zinn with Helen & Johnny

Award

Helen and I were extremely honored, humbled and thankful to be presented with an Achievement Award from SPERDVAC for our coffee shop presentations and for our work on
the internet radio station “Radio Once More”.  We were shocked and had no idea about the presentation of this award.  Thanks so much for everyone’s kind words and for allowing us to share the nostalgia from the “Golden Age of Radio”. 

Helen and I spent Thanksgiving weekend away on a Starr Tour to Virginia Beach/Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.  We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving buffet at “The Founders Inn” along with a relaxing cruise on “The Spirit of Norfolk”.  We also enjoyed an entire day touring and enjoying “Colonial Williamsburg”, ending a truly enjoyable getaway Thanksgiving weekend.

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“The Spirit of Norfolk”

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Helen in the stockade in Colonial Williamsburg

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Colonial Williamsburg

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The replica of the Virginia State Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of another year.  Helen and I are planning a trip to the Carolinas in 2020.  Feel free to visit the ‘Holmsey Blog’ at https://JHolmsey.wordpress.com/ (where we are now approaching 11,100 visitors) and our home page www.JohnnyHolmes.net.

Again, we wish you all a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year in 2020.  Please keep in touch and our very best to all of you!!!!!

Happy Holidays!!!

   Helen & Johnny Holmes

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Special Guest Joanna Wilson returns “LIVE” on ‘Radio Once More’

December 27, 2019

01) Woo-Hoo Wed Christmas

‘Radio Once More’ recently welcomed back author and Christmas TV specials historian, Joanna Wilson.  Joanna was on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ radio show where we had another delightful and fun conversation.  This time Joanna was on “LIVE” with us, which enabled us to open our listener line for phone calls.

Our discussion began with Joanna announcing that in 2020, she will be releasing an updated version of one of my favorite books, “Tis the Season TV:  The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-For-TV Movies”.  Joanna said that this updated version should be approximately double the size of the number of entries in this amazing book.  When released, it will be available on Amazon and all the regular channels for books.  Personalized requests can be made directly to the publisher, 1701 Press and can be purchased through their web site, or you can contact Joanna at her web site and arrange purchasing an autographed copy from her directly.  Joanna’s web site is:

www.ChristmasTVHistory.com.

02)Tis the Season TV - The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies, by Joanna Wilson

Joanna and I then listened to various audio clips from many Christmas episodes from classic television series, including “The Joey Bishop Show” (1962),  “All in the Family” (1971), “The Wonder Years” (1988), “Bewitched” (1965), “The Brady Bunch” (1969), and “The Twilight Zone” (1960).

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The Joey Bishop Show

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All in the Family

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The Wonder Years

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The Twilight Zone

We then turned our discussion to Classic Christmas Films that we all fell in love with growing up and watching on TV in the comfort of our home.  As usual, we discussed our mutual disappointment that the classic 1973, made-for-TV version of “Miracle on 34th Street” has not been released on DVD/BluRay.  We also discussed the classic Christmas film, “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946).

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1973 Made-For-TV version of “Miracle on 34th Street” on YouTube:

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It’s a Wonderful Life

We then discussed a few classic Television Christmas Specials beginning with the 1969 Rankin/Bass classic “Frosty the Snowman”.  This year “Frosty” celebrated 50 years running on CBS.  Our final audio clip came from the memorable Peanuts Christmas classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” from (1965).

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Frosty the Snowman (1969)

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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Below I have posted our discussion that we aired on December 4th on ‘Radio Once More’.  Thanks again to Joanna Wilson for taking the time to chat with us!!!!  Please visit Joanna’s web site at www.ChristmasTVHistory.com.  Enjoy and Woo-Hoo!!!!!!

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Author Joanna Wilson with Helen & Johnny Holmes!!!!


“SerlingFest 2019”

November 22, 2019

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In October, Helen and I attended “SerlingFest 2019” in Binghamton, New York, the hometown of Rod Serling.  This event celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the premiere of the television series “The Twilight Zone” and the 50th Anniversary of “Night Gallery”.  This was a 3 day event (Friday, October 4th – Sunday October 6th) and a bonus Thursday evening presentation by Mike Pipher at the Rod Serling Archive at the Bundy Museum.

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Johnny & Helen with Rod Serling historian Mike Pipher at the “Rod Serling Archive” at the Bundy Museum in Binghamton, NY.

SerlingFest 2019 was held at 3 different venues in Binghamton, Atomic Tom’s, The Forum, and The Helen Foley Theatre at the Binghamton High School.  Some of the highlights included various presentation and panels by Twilight Zone/Rod Serling experts, authors, historians, podcast hosts, etc.  I particularly enjoyed the dramatic reading of the unearthed Rod Serling script, “The Happy Place”.  A big thanks to Serling historian Amy Boyle Johnston for obtaining this script and to Kate Murray for directing this riveting dramatic reading.

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Helen takes a group shot of the “Twilight Zone” gang as we await the beginning of “SerlingFest 2019”

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“Talking Twilight Zone in the 21st Century” featuring, Shelley McKay Young, Tom Elliot,  Paul Gallagher, and Wayne Gladstone

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Dramatic reading of the unearthed Rod Serling script, “The Happy Place”

Saturday we were treated to Arlen Schumer‘s multi-media “Twilight Zone” presentation along with a touching “Remembering Rod” panel discussion which included Rod Serling’s daughters, Jodi and Anne.  After viewing a mini “Twilight Zone” marathon featuring the three Billy Mumy episodes, Rod Serling author/historian Nick Parisi interviewed Bill Mumy live at the Forum Theatre via skype.  After dinner with our “Zone” friends, we enjoyed a “Night Gallery at 50” discussion with Night Gallery experts Scott Skelton and Paul Gallagher followed by a screening of the “Night Gallery” pilot from 1969.

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Broome County Forum Theatre

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Nick Parisi emceeing the events at the Broome County Forum Theatre

 

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“Remembering Rod” panel with two former students of Rod Serling, Jodi Serling, Mark Olshaker, and Anne Serling

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“A Chat with Bill Mumy” hosted by Nick Parisi

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Dinner with the “Twilight Zone” gang

Sunday at The Helen Foley Theatre at the Binghamton High School, we enjoyed an interesting presentation about the “Twilight Zone” in comic books along with a fascinating “Music in the Twilight Zone” presentation.  SerlingFest ended with the best of “The Twilight Zone Awards” as chosen by fans in an online poll and hosted by Nick Parisi.

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“The Helen Foley Theatre at the Binghamton High School”

These were just a few of all the events during this fun “SerlingFest 2019” weekend.  And it was a blast (as always) spending time, having meals, chatting and laughing with all of our dear “Twilight Zone” friends.  So many wonderful folks from different walks of life assembled at this fun event and we all have the bond of the love of the creations of the talented Rod Serling.

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Breakfast with the “Twilight Zone” gang

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“Johnny Boy acting goofy………..thrilled and happy to be spending time with all of our “Twilight Zone” friends!!!

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The Twilight Zone Pinball machine at Robot City Games and Arcade

A couple of weeks before “SerlingFest 2019” Helen and I hosted a special “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” on “Radio Once More” about “The Twilight Zone”.  We had a very informative interview with Nick Parisi about Rod Serling and we discussed Nick’s book, “Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination”.  Nick and I also discussed the plans on “SerlingFest 2019”.  We also had Live guest Shelley McKay Young.  Shelley is the administrator of Facebook’s largest “Twilight Zone” group which is currently over 41,000 members.  Helen and I chatted with Shelley and fielded phone calls from fellow “Twilight Zone” fans.  Additionally we played a couple of “Old Time Radio” shows during this “Twilight Zone” tribute.  This was truly a wonderful experience and we hope to perhaps have another “Twilight Zone” themed show next year and Helen and I look forward to another “SerlingFest” in 2020.

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Helen & Johnny in Binghamton, New York

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Helen & Johnny in their “Eye of the Beholder” costumes

Here is the “Twilight Zone” themed “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” that aired LIVE on the internet radio station, “Radio Once More” on 09/18/2019.

 


Many Thanks From Helen & Johnny!!!!!

September 5, 2019

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Helen and I want to thank everyone that made our “Radio Once More 24 Hour Labor Day Woo-Hoo Palooza” a tremendous success.  We were very touched by all the nice Facebook posts, messages, emails, and phone calls that we received before, during, and after the “Woo-Hoo Palooza”.

Also a big thanks to all of our guests that added to the weekend fun of our Labor Day radio marathon.  Joining us on Labor Day was our friend Rob Crawford…..aka OTR Rob, who discussed his love of “Old Time Radio” and his Old Time Radio Podcast.  We then chatted with long time member of “Radio Once More“, Gary Lowe.  Gary and I discussed classic comedians and comedy teams including, Laurel & Hardy, The Little Rascals, The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, and Martin and Lewis.  We also played quite a few audio clips featuring these comedy teams to go with the interesting discussion.  Our last guest on Labor Day was the “Co-Host Emeritus” of “Radio Once More“, Ken Stockinger.  Ken has many interests including a passion for sports, especially Major League Baseball.  We chatted about Baseball, Football, and also about sports memorabilia collections including Ken’s personal sports memorabilia collection.

Sunday evening we had a delightful fun-filled “mini-simulcast” with our friend Walden Hughes from YesterdayUSA, and also joining us from “The Glowing Dial” was “Big John” Matthews.  We had a few phone calls and later on joining us was Walden’s Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday co-host, the delightful, Patricia.  We had loads of fun and lots of delightful conversation and numerous laughs!!!!  Thanks again to our dear friends from YesterdayUSA for being part of our “Woo-Hoo Palooza”.

Our first guest Sunday evening was the “Big Boss” of “Radio Once More“, Neal Ellis.  Neal and I had a wonderful discussion about the history of “Radio Once More” and about Neal’s long career in radio.  Neal explained some of the many and various duties he had over the years and how radio has changed, including the many technological improvements over the years.  We are very thankful for the wonderful time Neal shared with us and of course for giving us the chance to be part of the internet radio station “Radio Once More” and making my childhood dreams come true of being involved in the world of radio.

During this Labor Day “Woo-Hoo Palooza”, Helen and I played some music, 2 “Holmsey Stories”, 3 “Larry King Stories”, 8 “Holmsey Comedy Sketches”, and 21 episodes of “Old Time Radio“.

This was truly an amazing experience that I will never forget.  Thanks so much for all of your support and we’ll be chatting with you soon on “Radio Once More“.

#Below is the entire “Radio Once More (2019) 24 Hour Labor Day Woo-Hoo Palooza” broken down in six parts.

Woo-Hoo Extra-2019-09-01 ‘Woo-Hoo Palooza’ (Part 1)                                                                                                                                                          Woo-Hoo Extra-2019-09-02 ‘Woo-Hoo Palooza’ (Part 2)                                                                                                                                                            Woo-Hoo Extra-2019-09-02 ‘Woo-Hoo Palooza’ (Part 3)                                                                                                                                                          Woo-Hoo Extra-2019-09-02 ‘Woo-Hoo Palooza’ (Part 4)                                                                                                                                                           Woo-Hoo Extra-2019-09-02 ‘Woo-Hoo Palooza’ (Part 5)                                                                                                                                                          Woo-Hoo Extra-2019-09-02 ‘Woo-Hoo Palooza’ (Part 6)                                                        

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“Radio Once More 24 Hour Labor Day Woo-Hoo Palooza”

August 28, 2019

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Hello All!!!!  Helen and I invite you to join us “Labor Day” weekend for our “Radio Once More 24 Hour Labor Day Woo-Hoo Palooza”.

During our 24 Hour “Woo-Hoo Palooza”, we’ll have…..Old Time Radio,  Music, Guests, Comedy Sketches, Facebook Posts, Conversation, Your Emails, and Your Phone Calls!!!!

The fun begins Sunday evening, September 1st, 9PM (eastern), and we’ll be on until Monday, Labor Day evening 9PM (eastern), for our……”Radio Once More 24 Hour Labor Day Woo-Hoo Palooza”.

Join us for all the Woo-Hoo fun on “Radio Once More“……..www.RadioOnceMore.com

Listen to our promo!!!

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The “Holmsey Studio” where we’ll be presenting our…”Radio Once More 24 Hour Labor Day Woo-Hoo Palooza”