"War of the Worlds"

"'The War of the Worlds' is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on Sunday, October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds (1898). It became famous for allegedly causing mass panic, although the reality of the panic is disputed as the program had relatively few listeners.

"The first two-thirds of the one-hour broadcast was presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. The illusion of realism was furthered because the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a sustaining show without commercial interruptions, and the first break in the program came almost 30 minutes into the broadcast. Popular legend holds that some of the radio audience may have been listening to Edgar Bergen and tuned in to "The War of the Worlds" during a musical interlude, thereby missing the clear introduction that the show was a drama, but recent research suggests this only happened in rare instances.

"In the days following the adaptation, widespread outrage was expressed in the media. The program's news bulletin format was described as deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast and calls for regulation by the Federal Communications Commission. The Episode secured Welles' fame as a dramatist."  (Wikipedia.org)

Listen to "War of the Worlds" with introduction by Bob Campbell.

 

 

Special Election Fact Sheet for September 25th Election, 2018

You have probably heard that Salida is having a Special Election on September 25th, 2018.  The City of Salida has posted a Special Election Fact Sheet to help us understand the ballot issues.  Just click here to go to the fact page so you can understand what you will be voting on.  Please VOTE!  This ballot will come to you by mail if you are a resident of Salida.  Just click here for the fact sheet:  City of Salida Special Election Fact Sheet

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Dan Johnson's Last Interview

Long-time Salida resident Dan Johnson passed away on March 16th, 2018 at the age of 91. He touched many hearts during his time here, enjoyed writing poetry, and was known for spearheading the creation of the veteran wall outside the Five and Dime, among other selfless projects.

We were fortunate to have Dan on the air at KHEN with Dave Ward on January 30th, 2018. You can listen to the interview here: http://www.khen.org/roll-of-the-dice.

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Remembering John Skinner

This page is a tribute to John Skinner, long-time KHEN DJ and dedicated volunteer. He will be missed and remembered fondly.

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From Ken Brandon

I always enjoyed John's dry sense of humor when we served together as members of Salida Sertoma.

From Jean Ferguson

I first met John at Shavano Poets and have deeply appreciated his constant friendship with Felice Larsen, whom a number of us have been assisting during her transition to residency at Columbine. John has been present for many of us through his kind and generous friendship.

Another friend of John's, artist Cary Carlson, mentioned that a few of his poems have been recorded as songs by Linda Taylor and company. Maybe we can access those recordings.
[Note: we are working on getting these recordings!]

From KHEN Founder, Jane Carpenter

John was one of KHEN's early volunteers, coming on during the first year we were on the air, hosting the Swingtime program of jazz and catchy tunes from the 40's and 50's. He helped behind the scenes with membership drives and wrote great poetry on many topics. My favorite was, of course, "Radio KHEN" which he put to music. We have a recording of him playing and singing that song, and I played it on the air in tribute (on December 22, 2017). He was also one of the early hosts of Poetry and Stories and hosted Jessica Saunders and her program of show tunes. John was also a founder of Radio Theatre on KHEN and was involved in a couple of live productions that were a lot of fun, back in the days when more people were involved, including teens, and they did contemporary productions some of the time.

Before his own health began to decline, John was a rock solid volunteer and a kind and caring soul. I will miss him.

John Skinner, The Early Years, by Ann Klaiman

When KHEN went on the air in 2003, John composed amusing poems and jingles about the shows and the people on KHEN and the joys of having a community radio station. Special ones were done for holidays and for membership drives. He would set them to music and, accompanying himself on guitar, record them for on-air use. For some he pulled in other volunteers to sing, add percussion, whatever. Volunteers often found print copies of these offerings in their mailboxes. He continued this tradition for years.

John must hold the KHEN record for dead air-time with an open mic. He was careful with air-studio equipment, but, bless his heart, he didn't move with any speed. On his long-running "Swingtime" show, he would announce his next number, then turn away from the mic to the turntable on his left, gently lift the arm, and carefully set the needle on the chosen track of a 33 or 78 rpm record already spinning. Five seconds (an eternity in air-time) could elapse. The results, however, were undeniable: really good stuff. His library and knowledge of swing and big band music were excellent.

For years, John teamed with Jessica Saunders for "It's Showtime."  Jessica's two-hour show would feature one Broadway musical every week -- some old, some new. Jessica, with her encyclopedic knowledge, did the musical numbers in sequence, with an introduction, plot summary and commentary setting up each one. John helped Jessica find soundtracks of musicals and engineered her show. Jessica's poor sight made it impossible for her to run the board herself.

From Barbara Ford, of Shavano Poets

John was a Shavano member for many years and a prolific poet.

From Maria Weber, Secretary of Shavano Poets

I can't tell you for certain how many years John Skinner was part of Shavano Poets. The Shavano Poets was founded in 1992 by Jessica Saunders (who died in 2012). John was probably part of that group pretty early on. He left the poet group after his son Jonathan died and John himself had been very ill in the same hospital with Jonathan for a while. So it would be safe to say John was a member of the poets group for 20 years. He wrote tons of poetry and kept it in notebooks. He was treasurer of the organization for at least 5 years if not longer. He occasionally substituted leading it when the president, Jessica Saunders, was absent. The Shavano Poets published a book of poetry, Parade of Poets, to commemorate its 20th anniversary in 2012. All then-current poets contributed two poems or two pages. John's two excellent poems, "Unabridged" and "The Very Idea" are published in that book, which has been for sale at The Book Haven. You might also obtain a copy from Jean Hanfelt, who still has a few copies at her house. (Jean's wonderful watercolor of Mt. Shavano graces the cover of that book.) There's also a copy of this book at the library in Salida.

John was also a member of Chaffee County Writers Exchange for a similar number of years. That was not a poetry group, however, and John found it difficult to concoct fictional stories off the top of his head. He was by nature, a poet.

From Salida Museum

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of former board member and fellow volunteer, John Skinner. What a wonderful man, who always had a story, a poem, or a joke to tell! He loved talking with visitors and most enjoyed talking about Sheriff Baxter Stingley.

He was always willing to help with anything that needed to be done, from painting the walls, moving exhibits, to raking the leaves out front. We will miss his smile, his laugh and great service to the Museum. Rest in peace, John.

For more, see his obituary.

The Making of Salida's First Last Waltz

 Pictured from left: George Mossman, Aaron Robbins, Lindsay Sutton-Stephens, Bones, Peter Mossman

Pictured from left: George Mossman, Aaron Robbins, Lindsay Sutton-Stephens, Bones, Peter Mossman

We recorded a special show, The Making of Salida's First Last Waltz, with Lindsay Sutton-Stephens, Bones, George and Peter Mossman, Aaron Robbins, and their musical guests. Thank you to the First Last Waltz crew for making this special show possible, and for Adam Caimi for running the sound board and letting the Waltz crew invade his show time!

You can listen to the recording here for two weeks (through January 10th, 2018). After that, we will take down the recording, due to copyright regulations.

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Interview: Cindy Williams, Envision Chaffee County Survey

On Friday, December 8th, KHEN Board Chair Leslie Matthews interviewed Cindy Williams, Project Leader for Envision Chaffee County, about the results of the Envision Chaffee County Community Survey. The conversation is now available as a podcast at www.khen.org/2017-community-news-stories.

 Envision Chaffee County is a county-wide community effort to help maintain Chaffee County's natural beauty, special sense of community, and rural landscapes as the county grows and prospers. As part of identifying what the community values, the Envision Core Team conducted a survey. Community engagement in the Envision survey was excellent, with 1,203 total respondents – more than a quarter of whom asked to stay involved in the project.  The survey provides clear quantitative information about what the county’s residents value most and what concerns them as they consider the County’s growth. At the highest level, the survey respondents envision a future where citizens and county/town governments collaborate to create a future Chaffee County that has maintained or enhanced: natural beauty; affordability (especially in housing); friendly small-town culture; rural landscapes and working ranches; exceptional outdoor recreation experiences; healthy, fire-resistant public lands; and a prospering economy.

Envision Chaffee County is a county-wide community effort to help maintain Chaffee County's natural beauty, special sense of community, and rural landscapes as the county grows and prospers. As part of identifying what the community values, the Envision Core Team conducted a survey. Community engagement in the Envision survey was excellent, with 1,203 total respondents – more than a quarter of whom asked to stay involved in the project.

The survey provides clear quantitative information about what the county’s residents value most and what concerns them as they consider the County’s growth. At the highest level, the survey respondents envision a future where citizens and county/town governments collaborate to create a future Chaffee County that has maintained or enhanced: natural beauty; affordability (especially in housing); friendly small-town culture; rural landscapes and working ranches; exceptional outdoor recreation experiences; healthy, fire-resistant public lands; and a prospering economy.

Chasing Summits Author, Garry Harrington, Visits KHEN

Garry Harrington, author of Chasing Summits: In Pursuit of High Places and an Unconventional Life, stopped by the KHEN studio on July 3rd to talk with Leslie Matthews about his adventures. Garry has climbed every fourteener in the lower 48 states and is also a peakbagger, ultramarathonner, freelance sportswriter, and film promoter. His writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, the Kansas City Star, and more. A New Hampshire native, Garry lives wherever his adventures take him.

Listen to his story, a bonus episode of Wild Colorado, here!

http://www.khen.org/wild-colorado