About

About

Ralph Swain - Route 66 - Travel WriterJust a little about me and what has brought me to today…

I retired from college administration in June 2011 and moved to Coolidge, Arizona.  I was the chair of the Division of Humanities at Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) in Sioux City, Iowa from 2003 to 2011.

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Halloween Triple Feature – GSR

Get Your Headset Ready… Grab Your Favorite Hot Drink… Sit Back, Close Your Eyes and Join the “Theatre of the Mind” Experience…

 

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Listen to “A Mile Wide and a Mile Deep” (38:26 min) 

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Listen to “Calling All Souls” (31:48 min) 

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Listen to “The Devil in the Deep Freeze” (36:26 min) 

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“An evening of Halloween Radio Drama” – Oct. 26, 2013 – Coolidge, AZ Performance Arts Center

The Great Southwest Radio Theatre Project (GSR) performed three radio dramas in the 750-seat Coolidge (AZ) Performing Arts Center theatre. The triple feature drew patrons from the nearby communities of Casa Grande, Florence, Arizona City, San Tan Valley, and Queen Creek, as well as Coolidge. The first radio play, written by Wyllis Cooper and entitled “A Mile Wide and a Mile Deep,” was adapted for this performance by GSR founder Ralph Swain and first aired over the Mutual Broadcasting Company on August 17, 1947. The GSR also presented another Wyllis Cooper story entitled “Calling All Souls,” which was originally aired October 31, 1948. The third radio drama was from the Candy Matson: Yukon 2-8209 private detective series entitled “The Devil in the Deep Freeze.” It was originally aired on the NBC West Coast network on November 10, 1949.

Standing from left: Ralph Swain, Jedediah Jones, Victor Zollo, Devon Karnes, Rene Sandoval, Tom Parish, John M. Jones.  Seated from left: Jean Kolder, Bonnie Lee, Suzanne Parish

Standing from left: Ralph Swain, Jedediah Jones, Victor Zollo, Devon Karnes, Rene Sandoval, Tom Parish, John M. Jones. Seated from left: Jean Kolder, Bonnie Lee, Suzanne Parish

 

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Radio Mystery Triple Feature – GSR

Get Your Headset Ready… Grab Your Favorite Hot Drink… Sit Back, Close Your Eyes and Join the “Theatre of the Mind” Experience…

 

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Listen to “The Hitchhiker” (26:47 mins) 

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Listen to “Sorry, Wrong Number” (36:03 mins) 

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Listen to “Three Skeleton Key” (38:10 mins) 

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“Three Chilling Suspense Dramas from the Golden Age of Radio” – January 17/18, 2014 – Vista Grand High School Theater in Casa Grande, AZ

Three chilling suspense dramas from the Golden Age of radio were performed on stage along with hand-operated Foley sound effects and dramatic musical effects during three performances on January 17 and 18, 2014 at the Vista Grande High School theater in Casa Grande, Arizona. The audience was also treated to the original commercial jingles sung live on stage.

The Great Southwest Radio Theatre players, directed by Ralph Swain, are from the “East Valley” between Phoenix and Tucson. Three classic radio dramas…Lucille Fletcher’s “The Hitchhiker” and “Sorry, Wrong Number!” followed by an episode from the Escape radio mystery series “Three Skeleton Key” were performed on stage.

When the “On Air” sign lit, the audience was transported back to 1940’s America when radio was the only medium that brought live entertainment and information into the living rooms of millions of homes. Radio drama in this era was known as the “Theatre of the Mind,” creating an aural experience that those old enough to remember will never forget and, for those too young to know, how it used to be!

Standing: Jerry Mills, Tom Parish, Bill Alewyn, Jedediah Jones, Rene Sandoval    Seated: Jean Kolder, Norma VanHeeswyk, Suzanne Parish, Bonnie Lee   Front: Ralph Swain

Standing: Jerry Mills, Tom Parish, Bill Alewyn, Jedediah Jones, Rene Sandoval Seated: Jean Kolder, Norma VanHeeswyk, Suzanne Parish, Bonnie Lee Front: Ralph Swain

 

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Route 66 – Kansas and Oklahoma

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Route 66 – Texas and New Mexico

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Route 66 – Arizona and California

Arizona and California

 

 

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A Halloween Triple Feature

Get Your Headset Ready… Grab Your Favorite Hot Drink… Sit Back, Close Your Eyes and Join the “Theatre of the Mind” Experience…

 

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Listen to “Calling All Souls” (28:57 min) 

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Listen to “The Voice of Death” (29:00 min) 

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Listen to “Three Skeleton Key” (31:45 min) 

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An Evening of Hair-raising Radio Mysteries – October 15, 2009 – Sioux City, IA Scottish Rite Temple

The Great Plains Radio Theatre Project players returned to the historic Scottish Rite Temple to perform three chilling radio mysteries.  The first was Calling All Souls (1948), an episode from the Escape radio series. This was followed by The Voice of Death (1937) which was an episode from the popular The Shadow series starring Orson Welles.  The third radio play was the infamous Three Skeleton Key (1949), part of the Quiet, Please! series written by Wyllis Cooper.

Left to Right: Amy Ebsen, Paul Guggenheimer, Ralph Swain, Art Moss, Cinda Vogt, Nolley Vereen, Larry Fuller, John Krager, Lindsay Chapman, Delaine Krager, Chad Gaul.

 

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