Aug 16, 2012

August 25th at 4PM on WSCL, 89.5FM

The Ad Hoc Touring Company joins local historians in commemorating the War of 1812 on WSCL, 89.5FM  in a broadcast on Saturday, August 25th at 4PM.

The presentation will feature “live” radio news broadcasts from Fort McHenry in Baltimore with bulletins from Lewes, describing battles of two-hundred years ago. The original script was written by Dick Rosse, former Washington Mutual Broadcasting Bureau Chief and commentator for WSCL. The news alerts set the scene for both the U.S. victory and the inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner.

A radio adaption of Steven Vincent Benet’s play, “The Devil and Daniel Webster” will follow. The hour long program will conclude with a dialogue of letters exchanged between Dolley Madison and her loyal servant Paul Jennings.  The action takes place as Mrs. Madison famously saves George Washington’s portrait.

The Ad Hoc Touring Company is a division of Possum Point Players, Georgetown. The all-volunteer company has been presenting old-time radio shows on Delmarva for 14 years. Audiences have enjoyed a wide range of shows from Abbott and Costello’s famed baseball skit, to classics such as “Fibber McGee and Molly” and “Casablanca”.

Following the production, you can tune in to hear “From Broadside to Anthem: Music of the War of 1812” at 5PM.  Dr. David Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute traces the history of our National Anthem.