Radio programs, if you want them to hopefully have impact, take more work than I ever imagined. And the team is so important because of the many tasks at hand. Fortunately, the team that was assembled for this project was spot on!
I met Dan Wakefield at the Red Key Tavern, an Indianapolis institution. The Red Key, around since 1933, has a storied past and has always been a place for conversation. It was the perfect atmosphere for a show staring Dan, a writer with a very thought-provoking life. Here is the story of the creating the first show of Uncle Dan's Story Hour as written by Dan.
Members of the Really Great Team!
Dan Wakefield, Author and Screen Writer
Will Higgins, Host and formerly with Indy Star, retired
Anne Ryder, Creative Consultant & Host, IU Professor
Sophie Faught, Music Entertainer, Tenor Saxophone
Roxanna Caldwell, Station Manager, WFYI-FM
Matt Pelsor, WFYI Production Master! Now with WTTS
Steve McQueary, Sound Engineer
Sarah Buschmann, Graphic Design
Jim, Dollie and Leslie Settle / Red Key Tavern, Hosts
Violet Walker, Door Host Extraordinaire
RIP Lana Seacott, Grill Master
Pat Chastain, Producer
And MANY Fantastic Guests!
Michael Thierwechter, Creator and Producer
Dan Wakefield representing the Red Key Tavern.
The first meeting with WFYI to pitch the show idea, at the Red Key Tavern of course! (L-R) Anne Ryder, Dan Wakefield, Will Higgins and Roxanna Caldwell.
Typical crowd waiting for the show to start taping.
Show set-up for Episode #1 in the Red Key Tavern being filmed by WFYI Indianapolis.
A great show (Episode #8) with Mark Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut's oldest son and a long time friend of Dan's.
(L-R) Mark Vonnegut, Will Higgins and Dan Wakefield
Accepting the award from the Indianapolis Monthly for the Best New Literary Program.
(L-R) Michael Thierwechter, Pat Chastain,
Dan Wakefield and Will Higgins.
Dan was presented an original Red Key Tavern chair as he is a Red Key Regular.
Sophie Faught always provided the show entertainment.
Anne Ryder with Dan Wakefield.
Anne guest hosted a wonderful show, Episode #3 "Seekers of the Spirit".
Checking the set-up and going over notes for the show.
(L-R) Pat Chastain, Will Higgins and Dan Wakefield.
Author Doug Wissing brought in his flack jacket and helmet for Episode #2 "Writing From Dangerous Places". Dan tried it on.
I cannot say enough about the people I worked with at 90.1 WFYI Indianapolis. I had never done a radio show so it was all new to me. The icing on the cake was creating and doing the voice over for the commercials that aired on WFYI.
A Step Back In Time #1
Writing From Dangerous Places #2
Seekers Of The Spirit #3
Creativity and Madness #4
The Continuing Struggle for Racial Equity #5
The Home-Front During WWll #6
The Hollywood Years #7
New York in the Fifties w/ David Amran #8
Why Are We Still Talking About This #9