CHARLIE MATKIN is a co-founder of New Orleans Radio Theatre and Executive Producer of these shows. His roles in radio theatre have ranged from Jonathon Harker in "Dracula" to Daddy in "Baby Snooks" and John in "The Bickersons". Since arriving in New Orleans from his native Alabama , his voice has been heard on most "easy listening" stations in the area. An announcer and radio newsman for over 20 years, (In the early sixties he was with WWOM-AM, WWL-AM, and WDSU Radio & TV, among others) he has also appeared on stage, radio and television as a professional singer, recording an album of show tunes, backed by the Ronnie Kole Trio. Matkin was Charter President of the New Orleans Symphony Chorusand has often appeared as baritone soloist, as well as having toured the U.S. and Canada with several singing groups.

JOHN BARBER produced the first re-creation our group performed, as a fund raiser for WRBH-FM (Radio for the Blind & Print Handicapped), in 1988. He was also co-founder of our present group. Since then, he has acted in and directed many stage productions of old time radio programs. Now retired, he resigned the position of vice-president in order to pursue other interests. John has spent most of his life in Show Business, starting as a discjockey in his hometown of Talladega, Alabama. He continued to work in radio in the armed forces, in Iceland with the Air Force. Barber is a veteran of many stage productions and studied broadcasting at the University of Alabama. He was in several films, including "Mandingo", "The Undefeated" and "Avenging Force". He is now a member of the board of the Arthur Godfrey Memorial Foundation, which is located in Virginia.

PETER GABB is well known in local theatre circles for his versatility. Before joining NORT, Inc. he and Matkin worked together in a dinner theatre production of "Sound of Music" and again in "H.M.S. Pinafore" for J.P.A.S. (Jefferson Performing Arts Society). Peter teaches speech and drama at Abramson high school and has appeared in several productions of Tulane's Summer Lyric Theater (Khralahomme in "The King & I", 1994). He played a recurring role (Deputy Horace Good) in the first season of the TV series, "In the Heat of the Night".

PAUL YACICH started in broadcasting as an engineer and then became a television director. He was at WDSU-TV for over 30 years whe;re he won two Emmys (the TV equivalent to Oscars). He pro;duced and directed the Morgus shows... and now he has moved up to RADIO as our Supervising Director.

CONNIE QUAVE is now our Secretary/Treasurer. A part of her contribution to the group has been her outstanding readings of Molly McGee & Teeny, as well as Baby Snooks. She also has been a big help with sound effects. (More to follow)

REGGIE HENDRY was an original board member of NORT, Inc. He has appeared in several of our productions and we are grateful to him for his donation of various pieces of sound effects apparatus (wind machine, door, etc.). We miss his expertise in the area of sound effects, but he prefers to limit his participation to acting. Reggie has many stage credits locally (notably John Adams in "1776" at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre) and has been a Floor Director at WDSU-TV for MANY years. He has been seen in many television commercials and also does voiceovers.Reggie says he particularly enjoys taking part in these shows because he grew up listening to oldtime radio.

JOSEPH MARK COSTELLO, III was our Chief Engineer on a number of our "live" tapings until he became quite ill. He passed away Wednesday the 23rd of April in 1997 after losing a lengthy battle with diabetes. He was 56. Costello, was the founder of WRNO-FM in New Orleans and owned KXOR-FM in Thibodaux. A lifelong New Orleans resident, he graduated from Martin Behrman High School and Loyola University. He also attended Harvard Business School. In 1982, he began WRNO Worldwide, a commercial shortwave station with 3 million watts of power. He also built a chain of 16 movie theaters in the New Orleans area.

JAY RICHARDS (deceased) had a 25 year background in broadcasting (predominantly in sports) and was at his death News Director for WBYU-AM. He had been national spokesman for numerous well known accounts, as well as performing on Showtime's FUNNIEST PERSON IN AMERICA. as an actor or comic/impressionist with Ed Ames, Marty Allen, Jim Nabors, Pete Fountain, Loretta Lynn and Roger Whittaker. Jay had recently completed a one man play - RUNYON - based on the life and troubles of the great sportswriter/humorist. We had also discussed having Jay make a radio script from one or more of his stories for us to perform. He had done a first draft of a radio play for us, but he passed away before completing it.

DEL HALL is a writer and actress. Her first appearance in radio theatre was as Mary Bailey in our production of "It's a Wonderful Life". She has written, produced and/or acted in numerous local stage shows, such as "Oyster Playhouse" at Movie Pitchers, "Inherit the Wind" at Rivertown Repertory Theatre and was Marie Dindon in "La Cage Aux Folles" at Le Petit. She has recently published her first book of poetry, Before They Paved the Road.

PAULINE PRELUTSKY was in our production of "It's A Wonderful Life", and is a big fan of Oldtime Radio . She has performed at most of the theaters around the New Orleans area, such as Le Petit, Tulane, Bayou Dinner Theater, Rivertown Rep, Star Castle Dinner Theater and U.N. O. She is a professional travel agent in real life.

SYLVIA CABIRAN has been a big help in several areas, particularly on the membership committee. She works as an announcer at WWNO-FM and was previously with KPFT , KLEF and KUHF in Houston. She has been cast in previous radio shows, notably as Blanche Bickerson and in an appearances at a Kiwanis Club luncheon. Sylvia is an attorney, a flutist and singer. Sylvia has an impressive art background. having studied at the McCrady School of Art , Delgado Museum of Art School and the American Fashion School of Switzerland. She was Assistant Manager of Images in the Time & Space Holography Museum in Pasadena, California. Sylvia has been active in area theatre groups such as NORD, Le Petit, and Repertory Theatre. She was Director, writer and performer of a medieval morality play for the Texas Renaissance Festival, as well as Director and performer for the Minstrel Players.

LYMAN GREENWOOD first appeared on stage while a student at McMain Junior High School. In his senior year at Fortier High he was awarded a scholorship to L.S.U. as winner of the radio speaking contest and state literary contest. That same year he won first place in voice oratory at Tulane in the Lindy Burke speech class. He represented New Orleans in the national American Legion Voice of Democracy competition. Lyman earned his Associate of Arts degree in southern Iowa and later graduated from the University of New Orleans in television and film. For the past several years he as been a freelance actor in Crescent City media.

MICHAEL CAHILL has starred as Christy Mahon in "The Playboy of the Western World" at the C.A.C. and as Edmund Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at Southern Rep, both for Beefield Productions. He has also appeared in "The Heidi Chronicles" at Tulane Center Stage, "The Lion In Winter" at Le Petit Theatre and numerous productions for the Bayou Dinner Theater, Southern Repertory Theater, Don & Pony Theater, and the Newcomb Dance Company. Michael recently directed "Joyce Unconfined", readings from James Joyce, at O'Flaherty's Irish Pub for his own Beefield Productions.

ROGER COLLINS has been involved in radio theatre in the Philadelphia area. He is an engineer at WWOZ-FM.

BARBARA BOLLINGER HOWER recently performed the part of Julie in Showboat. Before that, she was Evita (a role that is her favorite)... both at Le Petit Theatre. In separate local productions of The Sound of Music, Barbara has played both Maria Von Trapp and Elsa, the countess. She was Anna in The King & I, Madame Grimaldi in Bells Are Ringing and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, as well as soloist with the Junior Philharmonic, Summer Pops, Cathedral Concert Series and Musica Da Camera. Barbara is a professional voice-over artist regionally and does commercial and industrial work on-camera and off. She is a reader at WRBH, having heard their "Theater of the Air". She is also a naturalist guide at the Aquarium of the Americas.

PAUL ARCENEAUX had his first contact with show business many years ago through his college radio station. He was both an on-air personality and a participant in radio drama. Though he has been absent from broadcasting for some time, he has continued to perform. For the past 10 years he has been in the Jefferson Symphony Chorus. Paul was Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore this past summer for the Jefferson Performiing Arts Society. He also had a role in Bayou Cabaret Theatre's production of Harvey. He and his wife Pamela have a catering business (they started before Blondie went into the same line) and they are both very involved in local theatre productions and video-taping.

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New Orleans Radio Theatre, Inc.
P.O. Box 24184
New Orleans, LA 70184-4184


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