The Golden Age of Radio is alive and well at Eastern. For the past 11 years on WECS-FM (90.1), Christine Guarnieri, student development specialist in the Advising Center and Eastern's 2003 Barnard Scholar, has been producing a six-hour classic radio show Saturday nights. Via broadcast and WECS-FM's streaming audio Internet feed, Guarnieri's "Chatterbox Old Time Radio" program has developed a following of radio buffs across Connecticut and the nation.
Old Time Radio refers to a period in radio programming from the early 1920s through the 1950s. On her weekly program, Guarnieri talks about the history of radio and plays classic radio comedy and drama, complemented with period blues, jazz and big band music. Guarnieri often produces programs written exclusively for her show.
Guarnieri also recasts and reproduces live productions of classic scripts from the past. For the past decade, Guarnieri also has been airing holiday specials. On Dec. 24, during her 12-hour Christmas Show, 13 individuals faculty, staff, alumni and community members provided their favorite holiday readings and shared childhood holiday memories. At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, listeners heard the Guy Lombardo Orchestra play Auld Lang Syne. Chatterbox is on from 6 p.m. to midnight every Saturday on WECS-FM. Catch it if you can!