On Sunday, June 11, Massasoit Community College hosted its final production of Radio/TV Classics Live, a live comedy and music performance of classic radio and television shows. The evening featured many of Boston’s leading radio, television, and theater personalities as well as special guest John Astin of The Addams Family. The show included a special presentation of “Command Performance,” a salute to veterans and first responders.
Established in 1990, Radio/TV Classics Live has raised more than $100,000 in scholarship money for Massasoit graduates going on to four-year colleges. The production has provided Massasoit students the rare opportunity to meet and learn from radio and television professionals – actors, writers, directors and sound effects editors – from the Golden Age of Radio who were on the cutting edge of what was then the nation’s primary communication and entertainment medium as well as current radio personalities and television broadcasters.
In addition to John Astin, who has more than 150 television and movie credits across his 60 year career, special guests included Hank Phillippi Ryan (WHDH-TV and best-selling author); Barry Nolan (NPR’s Says You!); Jordan Rich; Scott Wahle; Laurie Kirby; and the Massasoit Radio Players, comprised of current and former faculty, staff, students, and friends of the College. The Tinkertown Big Band performed throughout the show.
Paul Sullivan and Sullivan Tire and Auto Service were the generous sponsor of the show; Mr. Sullivan joined retiring president Dr. Charles Wall on stage for a skit in the first act.
Produced entirely by volunteers, every dollar raised above the actual expenses of the program goes into a scholarship fund administered by the Massasoit Community College Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation of the College.
Special thanks to Professor Bob Bowers, chair of the Communicative Arts department, and his committee for their hard work and dedication in executing this performance.