By Wooster Footlights
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Wooster Footlights was a radio-comedy troupe founded in the ancient days of the early 1990s. They were all students at the College of Wooster in Ohio and broadcast their show on the colleges radio station WCWS every Friday. This 2 hour show was a loose collection of skits, parodies, and music, with all original content written and performed by Footlights 13 members. Back then, WCWS was lucky to get a campus audience. Broadcasting at full power was not an option because the radio antenna played havoc with the experiments of the Physics Department. Thus, the Footlights group rarely reached an off-campus audience. Until now. We have begun to digitize our old cassette tape recordings of those broadcasts and share them with you as a podcast. Although many of the references are severely dated, and some of the humor is shockingly derivative, this podcast series collects together a significant portion of the groups output at its height.
||CleanWooster Footlights Presents Lotsa Jokes About Us and Wooster||The members of Footlights loved Wooster.They also loved making fun of both it and themselves. Only a few words of explanation are needed to make some of the sketches make sense today. The first is who this Henry P Copeland guy is who shows up in one ske||6/18/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWooster Footlights Presents Soaps||Footlights attempted many kinds of parodies, so it was inevitable that soap operas would make the list. Our in-house soap opera was called As the Minutes Tick By which began as an extended one-joke sketch about a drama where everyone was named Bob. This||5/9/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWooster Footlights Presents Shows Part Two||Footlights had several recurring segments such as Footlights Presents the Classics, Art Forum, Candidate Watch, and Great Moments in History. This episode brings several examples together from recordings of live FM broadcasts in the early 90s on magnet||5/9/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWooster Footlights Presents Shows Part One||Footlights had several recurring segments such as Footlights Presents the Classics, Art Forum, Candidate Watch, and Great Moments in History. This episode brings several examples together from recordings of live FM broadcasts in the early 90s on magnet||5/9/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWooster Footlights Presents Monsters, School, and Sex||This episode brings three random subjects together. Monster parodies were always fun to do even when it was not Halloween. Although when it was Halloween it usually made more sense. Because Footlights members were all college students, academic life its||5/9/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWooster Footlights Presents Commercials||Ad execs dream of broadcasting nothing but commercials. Footlights often did. They were the easiest kind of sketches to write after all. Please note that in the Artful Persuasion commercial, we did the subliminal ad bit long before the guy on Saturday||5/9/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWooster Footlights Presents Television||Television parodies are a staple of every two bit sketch show, and Footlights was no different. Back when we still had analog TV, these masters were made from magnetic cassette tapes recording life FM broadcasts in the early 90s, so sometimes their qua||5/9/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWooster Footlights Presents Movies||Footlights did not often do movie parodies. Instead, they did movie commercial parodies. Their fictitious Hollywood studio was called Sunny Day Pictures, a subtle ironic reference to the weather in Wooster. The obsolete technology used was magnetic cas||5/9/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWooster Footlights Presents Classics||Three of the writers for Wooster Footlights were Classical Studies majors at the College of Wooster. This meant that many sketches centered around the ancient Greek and Roman worlds (and contained many a inside joke intelligible to only a Classics dwee||5/9/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWooster Footlights Presents Religion||This collection presents several sketches with a religious theme that were broadcast between 1990 and 1992. As you will hear, most of them were just excuses to bring in God as a character, or to use our explosion sound effect. Please remember that thes||5/9/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
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can't wait for more episodes
What a funny reminder of the dear old WCWS 90.9 Wooster. A public service of the College of Wooster. Good thing Henry P. Copeland never listened to the station...