A Radio Romance
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In the spring of 1926, the Soderbjerg brothers, Ray and Roy, plunge into radio and launch station WLT (With Lettuce and Tomato) to rescuer their failing restaurant and become the Sandwich Kings of South Minneapolis. For the next quarter century, the “Friendly Neighbor” station produces a dazzling array of shows and stars, including Leo LaValley, Dad Benson, Wingo Beals, Slim Graves and Little Buddy, chain-smoking child star Marjery Moore, and blind baseball announcer Buck Steller.
Francis With, a shy young man from North Dakota, entranced by radio, gets into WLT through his uncle Art and quickly becomes the Soderbjerg's right hand. Soon Francis is a budding announcer adored by Lily Dale, the crippled nightingale of WLT kept hidden from her fans, whose firing contributes to the downfall of the station. And then comes television.
Publishers Weekly Review
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A funny book
I've read this book several times and its still funny as the first time I read it. Great collection of characters and situations which pertain to the fictional radio station WLT in Minneapolis. Some of the radio shows and their plots are true Keillor gems. My favorite characters are the party-animal Gospel Choir. LOL stuff. If you're a fan of Prairie Home and Keillor's Lake Woebegon stories, you'll enjoy this. However, be forewarned: some of the situations, language and characters are a little racy compared to the usual PHC fare.