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Bozeman Radio Christmas 1939

Travel back in time to Bozeman's young past
Posted at 9:59 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 11:59:57-05

BOZEMAN — Batman made his first appearance in the comics, the Wizard Of Oz was in theaters, Lou Gehrig had just retired and KRBM Radio went on the air in Bozeman. The year was 1939.
Much has changed in Bozeman in those passing 80 years, but this weekend folks have an special opportunity to venture back to those pre- World War II days.
The Reynolds Recital Hall on the MSU campus is hosting “A Bozeman Radio Christmas 1939” Thursday through Sunday this week.
The program’s director, Doug MacIntyre and and sound effects specialist Shereen Khan talked with Montana This Morning’s Chet Layman LIVE about the program. MacIntyre says months of research have gone in to making this program as authentically 1939 as is possible. Khan says creating the sounds as were required in 1939 radio has been fun. The “broadcast” will feature 1939 era music, stories of Montana’s 1939 pioneering spirit, and even period appropriate commercials. Folks will watch these play out, while listening to this 1939 re-created radio broadcast, complete with sound effects. Khan brought an example of the tools being used to make create sound effects for the program. She used a pencil, string, and a Red Solo Cup to create the sound of a creaking door. Head over to the creators website, https://smallbatcharts.org/ for more information and tickets.