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Special Guests 

Banquet Dinner Honoree – Arthur Anderson

Arthur Anderson (born August 29, 1922) is an American actor of films, television and the stage. His career began on radio during the early 1930s. As a child, he was heard on NBC in the role of the orphan Buddy on the radio network’s musical serial drama, Tony and Gus (1935). The following year he joined the cast of Let’s Pretend and continued on that children’s program for 18 years (with time out for military service during World War II). Anderson appeared in Orson Welles’s Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar on Broadway in the role of Brutus’ servant Lucius. Beginning in 1963 he was the voice of the General Mills Lucky Charms mascot “Lucky the Leprechaun” for 29 years.    In addition to his roles in on the stage and radio, Anderson has also appeared on numerous television shows including Hallmark Playhouse, The Guiding Light, As the World Turns, The Phil Silvers Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, Car 54 Where Are You, Studio One in Hollywood, and Route 66.

Mr. Anderson is the author of two books published by Bear Manor Media, “Let’s Pretend and the Golden Age of Radio”, which includes a foreword by Norman Corwin and the autobiography “An Actor’s Odyssey: Orson Welles to Lucky the Leprechaun”.

Banquet Dinner Master of Ceremonies – Rick Saphire

Rick Saphire was born into the entertainment business. His mother was receptionist and secretary to songwriter Irving Berlin from 1927 through 1941. Rick entered the picture in 1947. By the time he was five, he was singing and dancing professionally on stage. By ten years old, Rick was a comedy magician, and went on to regularly appear on television. At fifteen years old, he was the youngest professional comedian to appear on the NBC Tonight Show. That was in 1962, just three months before Johnny Carson became the host. Jerry Lewis secured a position for Rick on the social staff at Brown’s Hotel in the Catskills in 1963 and there he learned the resort business and quickly became a social director, comedy master of ceremonies, and entertainment director in several of the East Coast’s finest hotels: Brown’s, The Concord, The Pines, The Laurels, The Host Resort in Lancaster, PA, among others.

In the mid 1950s Rick began his collection of Old Time Radio on transcriptions disks he collected from local radio stations. He was one of the first people to regularly broadcast OTR starting in the late 1960s on radio station WBZ in Boston.

During his years in the resort hotel business, Rick pursued his dream of representing entertainers and actors. As the CEO of Rick Saphire Celebrity Management for over 41 years he has represented comedy icon Jerry Lewis, Gary Lewis of “Gary Lewis and the Playboys,” Margot Kidder, Hayley Mills, Sir John Mills, Juliet Mills, and Mickey Rooney, among others. Rick’s first clients were Spanky McFarland and Darla Hood of, “The Little Rascals.”

Rick Saphire is also the producer of “Luncheon with the Stars!” at The Edison Hotel in Edison, NJ. For more information regarding the sumptuous luncheon, music, dancing and live entertainment hosted by Rick visit


Dan Bianchi

Dan Bianchi has spent over 40 yrs in theater, film and fine arts.  He founded Radiotheatre in 2004 and has since produced over 40 live shows, over 240 performances at NYC venues. Since 2004, Dan has been nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award, won 2 NY Innovative Theater Awards for Best Sound and Best Music. Radiotheatre has been nominated for 13 NYIT Awards including Best Performance Group five yrs in a row.   He is the most produced living writer in NYC.

While Dan does not perform authentic re-creations of old time radio shows, he is inspired by the artistry created during the Golden Years of Radio when sound was king and story telling, along with great voices, music and sound effects…as well as, the individual imaginations of its audiences …were the primary ingredients used to provide a memorable, live, theatrical experience. His shows add some 21st Century touches…such as fully scored orchestral sound tracks which you won‘t hear anywhere else, a plethora of aural effects and, sometimes, a few visuals, too!


Lisa DeMarco Brandi Celebrates “The Five DeMarco Sisters”

Before the five DeMarco Sisters (Ann, Gene, Gloria, Teri and Arlene) became a household name heard weekly on the Fred Allen Show from (1945 – 1949) earning $1,000 per week, they spent nearly a decade perfecting their act. Throughout the late 1930’s and early 1940’s the sisters often performed in front of neighbors that paid the two cents admission to the DeMarco’s Brooklyn backyard. They had many appearances on popular radio shows including The Maxwell House Showboat, The Taystee Breadwinner and Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties. They even appeared in a motion picture featuring Babe Ruth in 1937. They actually made their first radio appearance (as The Three DeMarcos) on The Fred Allen Show in the late 1930s, but it wasn’t until a decade later they would become a weekly fixture on that popular show.

While on the Fred Allen Show The DeMarco Sisters’ popularity increased, and they went on to appear on historic television shows including Toast of the Town/The Ed Sullivan Show, The Kate Smith Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. The Five DeMarco Sisters toured with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and were regulars at New York’s Copacabana. A highlight of their achievements was being cast in the 1952 MGM patriotic musical “Skirts Ahoy”, starring Esther Williams, where they sang “What Good is a Gal Without a Guy.”

Lisa DeMarco Brandi (daughter of Anne), was the last family member to sing professionally with The DeMarco Sisters. She was heard for nearly a decade singing with The DeMarcos on the theme song of legendary NY radio host Danny Stiles’ program on WNYC. Lisa wrote that jingle. Lisa will celebrate the DeMarco Sisters’ achievements with a loving presentation complete with rare videos and recordings. Music composer and lyricist Lisa DeMarco Brandi will offer a song or two of her own as she keeps the 75 year DeMarco family musical tradition alive. Lisa will be accompanied for this tribute by The Five DeMarco Sisters’ biggest fan, entertainer/producer Rick Saphire. information about Lisa, Rick, and The DeMarco Sisters can be found at on the internet at:, and


Renee-Marie Brewster

Renee-Marie Brewster is a talented actor and dancer. After spending two seasons with the Miami Heat on the NBA’s most popular dance team, Renee-Marie moved to New York City to begin her acting career. You have seen her in theater and television, in commercials for Cable Time Warner, Sterling Bank, Lucille Roberts, Vo5, MLB Allstar, Herman Miller Furniture Company and on the soap opera As The World Turns. Her theater credits include the Off-Broadway show Platanos and Collard Greens, Alice vs. Wonderland, Cabaret and Auction Block to Hip Hop. Never one to shy away from broadening her horizon, Renee-Marie recently returned to school and earned her MFA, Acting from Harvard University.


Larry Conroy & Christina Britton Conroy

Larry started in radio working in the Count of Monte Cristo series. That was in 1949 and he hasn’t stopped yet nor does he intend to! He has performed many hundreds of radio and television commercials and taught on camera and voice over skills for several years at the School of Film and Television under his own organization: On Camera and Off, Inc. Larry is a media coach and more information about him can be found at a

Born into the business, Christina Britton Conroy is the daughter of radio, television and film actress Barbara Britton. An accomplished actor, author and humanitarian, Christina worked in theatre for several years playing a multitude of roles before earning a Master’s at NYU. She works as a Music Therapist and founded the non-profit organization Music Gives Life. In 2009 she was named a New Yorker of the Week by NY1 news.


Curtiss Cook

Curtiss Cook started nurturing his talent at a young age. Growing up in Ohio he took classes with various community theatre groups and eventually joined the world renowned DCDC (Dayton Contemporary Dance Company) as a dancer. He went on to graduate from the prestigious Mountview Theatre School in London, England and then moved to New York City. Curtiss landed leading roles in back to back Broadway productions – Miss Saigon and Walt Disney’s production of The Lion King.

Curtiss Cook is now a rising star of exceptional television and film projects. His most recent film credits include Shutter Island, Arbitrage and Lucky Dog (set for release in 2013). He has become a recognizable face on numerous television series including Person of Interest, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, How to Make It in America and the Good Wife. Curtiss recently wrapped work on The House of Cards with Kevin Spacey, the first original television series from Netflix.


Elliott Forrest

Elliott Forrest is a Peabody Award winning Broadcaster and Producer. He can now be heard on 105.9 FM WQXR and WNYC in New York. He is the host and producer of the national radio broadcasts of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the award winning podcasts for the New York Philharmonic.

Along with partner, Broadway Producer Don Frantz, Elliott is co-producing WALKIN’ BROADWAY™ the first audio-walking tour of Broadway and Times Square. Tourists and theater lovers stroll from theater to theater and hear stories from Broadway stars and artists and hear music from shows past and present.

Elliott regularly hosts and produces events in The Jerome L. Greene Space and he is the founder of Arts Rock, a non-profit organization dedicated to provide increased access to professional arts and multi-cultural programs for an underserved, diverse audience, in and around Rockland County.


Jeff Greene

Jeff Greene is true native New Yorker. He was born in Staten Island, moved to Brooklyn at age 7, and has lived in every borough. Jeff started his career in print and fashion modeling. His face has been seen in ads for Ford, IBM, State Farm, Apple Computers, Motorola, and Polaroid.

After establishing himself as a model, Jeff expanded his repertoire to include Film, Television, and Theater. Jeff has been on stage in the Off-Broadway productions of Two Trains Running and Romeo and Juliet and internationally in When A Man Loves A Woman in Canberra Australia, among others. He has appeared on television in The Good Wife, Law & Order, All My Children and in the film American Gangster. Jeff’s innovative thinking and creativity continues to inspire him as he cultivates the actors art and craft.


Michael C. Gwynne

Michael C. Gwynne’s outstanding achievements have encompassed all areas of entertainment – radio, television and film.  Through out the sixties Michael could be heard as a DJ in San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles. Shortly after breaking the Guinness Book of Records for nonstop drumming (92 hours) at the 1965 “Drum-A-Thon” in Honolulu, Michael was cast in the TV series The Psychiatrist by a young Steven Spielberg.

Michael went on to work behind the scenes on Spielberg’s breakthrough film Jaws where he can be heard as the DJ on beach radios. He continued to land roles in popular television shows: Kojak, Dallas, CHiPS, Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and Falcon Crest before he crossed paths again with Spielberg when he was cast in an episode of Amazing Stories directed by Martin Scorsese.

Although Michael has worked steadily as a character actor in television and film over the last three decades his first love is still radio where he enjoys the challenges of a fast paced production, bringing a character to life with nothing but his deep thrilling voice!

Simon Jones

Simon Jones is an award winning film, stage, television and radio actor. He has appeared in the film Miracle on 34th Street (the remake), Green Card, and Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, among others. He has been featured on Broadway in Blithe Spirit, The Real Thing, Benefactors, and Private Lives. His off-Broadway appearances include Woman in Mind, Terra Nova, The Home Place, and the role of C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands. Simon starred in the world premiere of Noel Coward’s, Long Island Sound – which he also produced in his capacity as co-artistic director of The Actors Company Theatre in New York. An audiobook narrator since 1986, he has recorded over 60 titles, many of them Audie Award nominees.

Despite his numerous accomplishments, Simon is still best remembered to loyal fans for his work in “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” in which he starred as Arthur Dent in the BBC radio and television series.


Bobby Ramsen

Bobby Ramsen got his start in show business while still in his teens. Starting as a radio actor, Bobby’s first “role” was playing a mosquito in a sketch on WOR’s “Rainbow House.” In a short time he was playing juvenile parts on such radio serials as “Dick Tracy,” “Let’s Pretend,” “Front Page Farrell,” and “Terry and the Pirates.” At age fourteen he made his Broadway debut in a play titled “Career Angel.” As a comedian Bobby has traveled throughout the country sharing billing with such stars as Dinah Shore, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, and Diana Ross. Bobby Ramsen is a performer of originality, great appeal, and a man whom VARIETY has called “a comedian with a hilarious repertoire, chock-full of sure-fire material.”


Tony Roberts

Tony Roberts is an extraordinarily talented film, theater, television and radio star. His frequent Broadway appearances have earned him two Tony Award nominations. Tony’s voice sounds so strong and perfect that fans enjoy listening to him speak regardless of what he says. Thankfully, he has steadily worked on wonderful projects including 6 Woody Allen films where he had audiences in stitches with repeated updates on the phone number where he can be reached for the next 10 minutes (Play It Again Sam) or sharing the hilarious incident of being mugged while performing Shakespeare in the Park, “two guys with leather jackets stole my leotard” (Annie Hall).

His father Ken Roberts worked as an actor and announcer on many popular programs during the Golden of Radio including The Shadow, Easy Aces and It Pays to Be Ignorant.

Tony Roberts illustrious career includes working with Himan Brown as regular performer on CBS Radio Mystery Theater.


Dr. Cynthia Meyers

Dr. Cynthia Meyers is Associate Professor of Communication at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Dr. Meyers received her Ph.D. in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas, Austin, and has also taught at New York University and Hunter College. Her book A Word From Our Sponsor: Admen, Advertising, and the Golden Age of Radio, is slated for publication by Fordham University Press in Fall 2013.


Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy currently can be heard on the animated series Octonauts on the Disney Channel, and on PBS Kids. She also recently appeared in the films Room 333,Palace Hotel, Blind, On Vacation, Replaced, and Satisfaction. A few of her stage credits include Pop at Here, Artist Descending A Staircase, Jailbirds, Stonewall Voices, and Wait Until Dark. Mary has voice acted for Pirates of the Flying Fortress, the U.S. version of Mugsy, My Little Pony, Pokemon, the animated film Together, the animated film Bedtime, the audio adventure series Billy Brown, along with numerous film, animation, and radio projects. Presently she is narrating the audio book Love and Smoke.


leslie Shreve

leslie Shreve was “discovered” for Old Time Radio recreations, by the legendary Arthur Anderson when he cast her as the Fairy Godmother in a fundraiser of Cinderella for the EAG. Her work as a performer includes a multitude of voices for commercials, exhibitions, promo’s and programs from The Friends of Old Time Radio. She has enjoyed a long career in voice overs, working alongside veteran radio stars such as Jackson Beck, Ken Roberts, Harry Goz, Sheila Smith, John Cannon, and Ken Harvey. leslie has voiced many fun diverse roles, including Tenderhearted Bear, and Holly Hobby; a sizzling hamburger, a sore elbow, – and lots of babies coo-ing, and crying!

In addition to her work as a performer, leslie is also a Daytime Emmy Award recipient for her work as a Make-Up Artist on All My Children.


Craig Wichman

Craig Wichman is the founder of Quicksilver Radio Theater, with whom he has played such characters as Frankenstein’s Monster and Sherlock Holmes, and which has taken awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and the National Audio Theatre. In recognition of his performances at the Friends of Old Time Radio Convention he received the Florence Williams Award. Craig’s film work includes the title role in The Devil You Know for which he received a Best Actor Award nomination and he will soon be seen in the feature film The Adventures Of Paul And Marian. Craig’s study of the audio productions of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, “Standing in the Spirit at your Elbow,” is forthcoming this Yuletide from Bear Manor Media.


Sheila York

Sheila York grew up traveling, the daughter of a career army officer. After post-graduate studies in psychology, she took a sharp turn and enjoyed a long career as a radio disk jockey and occasional news anchor and sports reporter, with assignments on all three coasts, including stints in Los Angeles and New York, where her books are set. Sheila serves as treasurer of the NY chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and is the author of the Lauren Atwill Screenwriter mystery series. Lauren uses her insider knowledge of the entertainment business to solve murders in the glamorous, dangerous world of 1940s Hollywood and New York.

In addition to speaking on a panel, Shelia will be selling and autographing her book A Good Knife’s Work which takes place in a fictional radio mystery series in 1946.


Edgar Farr Russell, III Directs “Raising Junior”

“Raising Junior” the daily domestic comedy about a young city couple and their baby, was sponsored by Wheatena cereal and broadcast on NBC radio from 1930-1932. It was created and written by early radio pioneer Peter Dixon who starred alongside his wife Aline Berry.

Edgar Farr Russell, III is an award winning writer, director, and actor whose work has been nationally syndicated over National Public Radio and performed on stage. He is a member of the National Society of Arts & Letters. Edgar is also the Immediate Past President of The Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio Club.


Erika Smith

Erika Smith is an internationally renowned Marilyn Monroe look-alike and tribute artist. Based in New York City, Erika has traveled the world bringing the songs, the laughs and the charisma of Marilyn back to life. When Miss Smith performs, she not only captures the look and sound of Marilyn in her hey day, but her irresistible charm, sweetness and sex appeal as well. Erika Smith is as close as you can get to the real thing.

Erika will recreate the role of Marilyn Monroe in Gary Yoggy’s, recreation of “The Edgar Bergen Show: The Wedding of Charlie McCarthy and Marilyn Monroe”. This was one of only 2 radio shows Ms. Monroe appeared on.


Gary Yoggy Directs “The Edgar Bergen Show: The Wedding of Charlie McCarthy and Marilyn Monroe”

1952 was a big year for Marilyn Monroe – she made her first appearance on the cover of Life Magazine, the Hollywood studio system released four films in which she was featured, she served as Grand Marshal at the Miss America Parade and despite her budding romance with Joe DiMaggio she was set to marry Charlie McCarthy on the radio!

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the episode and in memory of the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s untimely death, Gary Yoggy, will direct a recreation of “The Edgar Bergen Show: The Wedding of Charlie McCarthy and Marilyn Monroe” This was one of only 2 radio shows Ms. Monroe appeared on. Our recreation will include many “guest” stars lamenting the news (Arthur Godfrey, Walter Winchell, Gabriel Heater and even Winston Churchill) as well as an actual working ventriloquist doll.

Gary Yoggy is an award winning OTR historian, published author and professor emeritus of Corning Community College. He has worked with the Elmira Little Theatre in upstate NY since 1982 and his annual production of “A Visit to the Golden Age of Radio,” recently performed its 25th anniversary show.


Cranston & Spade Theatre Company

The Cranston & Spade Theater Company will present their W-WOW! Radio Mystery Hour at the 2012 NY Old Time Radio Convention. Since 1996 W-WOW Radio has “broadcast” over 400 episodes of Old-Time Radio episodes of the 1940’s and 50’s, complete with live and recorded sound effects, music and commercials. WWOW has been seen on local and national television and in local, national and international newspapers.

The Old Time Radio Players

For over a decade the Old Time Radio Players led by Daniel W. Smith have presented over 200 recreations both live on the air and in front of an audience at the Quick Center for the Arts on the campus of Fairfield University in Conneticut. Their recreations are in all generes and often include Daniel’s personal favorite “Quiet, Please”.

Their work has been featured in several Conneticut newspapers and in the NY Times. Prior to performing recreations at the Quick Center, the Old Time Radio Players could be heard on WYBC, Yale University’s radio station. Earlier this year Daniel was a guest on ‘State of the Arts’ a weekly radio show on WPKN.  You can listen to it at the Water Cooler.


Hear Again Radio Project

Hear Again Radio Project is Philadelphia’s premiere Old Time Radio live performance theater company. Audiences experience the wonder of live radio theater complete with music, vintage commercials, and foley sound effects. Bringing great stories to life for the whole family; among their favorite series to perform are My Favorite Husband, The Fat Man, Suspense!, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Capt. Midnight, X Minus One, Ellery Queen, Lights Out, and Our Miss Brooks, among many others. Hear Again Radio Project has also performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival each of the past three years.


Starting a Troupe

NYOTR’s mission is to foster a love and appreciation of the Golden Age of Radio; to that end if you’re interested in starting a radio acting troupe check out this link:

How to Start and Old Time Radio Drama/Audio Theatre Troupe