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Old-time radio convention meets for last time

October 22, 2011 • National News


Writer and director Edgar Farr Russell III, left, directs Russell Horton, standing center, as Jughead Jones, and others during rehearsal of his “Radio Goes To War,” episode, “Any Bonds Today” at the Friends of Old-Time Radio convention in Newark, N.J., Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. To devotees of old-time radio, Fibber McGee is still opening that closet and Fred Allen and Jack Benny are still enjoying their feud. But time has run out on this convention. This weekend’s gathering of the Friends of Old-time Radio is the 36th and last, says the organizer. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For one weekend a year, the ghosts and survivors of Jack Benny, Benny Goodman, Goodman Ace and hundreds of other legends of the old days of radio hold court at a hotel across the road from Newark Airport.

The annual Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention has been meeting for 36 years. But when it signs off Saturday night, it will be for the last time. The reason is simple, says Jay Hickerson, a musician who has been running the show from the beginning: the march of time.

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