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WGTD Holiday Show Highlights...including "It Might Have Been a Wonderful Life"


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It Could Have Been a Wonderful Life


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"It Could Have Been a Wonderful Life" is an original sequel to the 1946 movie, "It's a Wonderful Life."  This adaptation of the original story was written by Steve Brown and Michael Ullstrup and it aired in December of 2006 as part of the WGTD Radio Theater series, created by Steve and Mike.  This broadcast also won a Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Meritorious Award.

The production included cameo roles for Karolyn Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins, two of the surviving cast members of the 1946 Frank Capra film.  Grimes was "Aunt Zuzu" and Hawkins played "Uncle Tommy."  Their recorded voices were intertwined with the lines of the "live" 91.1 Players.

Others stars included Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President of Gateway Technical College, the late Howard Brown, President and CEO of The Kenosha News, Mike Radigan, owner of “Ray Radigans” restaurant in Kenosha, and Kyle Farrell was “Jeffrey Bailey.”

What Might Have Happened to Baby Jane?

June 6, 2020

(Re-broadcast of show of September 20, 2014


Remember the classic movie “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”?  Well, what if Jane was the “nice” sister and Blanche – yes, Blanche, the one in the wheelchair – was the nasty one?  On September 20th at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin, the WGTD Radio Theater presents a new and chilling take on the story of two sisters locked together by money, need, and desperation.  You will FEEL the bird’s bones breaking!

Medley of 2019 WGTD Radio Theater Detective Shows

May 23, 2000

(Date Posted)


This audio file is a medley of the shows that have earned awards from HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, 2019.  Click here to see the list!

The Annual Cartoons-on-the-Radio Mash-up: Ode to Angela!  Pre-recorded for broadcast in Antioch, Illinois

February 15, 2020


Comedies The 91.1 Players presented again the The Annual Cartoons-on-the-Radio Mash-up: Ode to Angela! for the Antioch, Illinois Senior Center.  We exchanged some cast members from the February 1st show.  This show was broadcast on April 4, 2020.
The Annual Cartoons-on-the-Radio Mash-up: Ode to Angela! February 1, 2020 Comedies The theme for the 2020 season is “Leading Ladies”. Not just leading ladies in the show biz sense but ladies who are leaders in all sorts of fields. AND, keeping with some of our past cartoon shows of dedicating them to major people in the news, we decided this show will be devoted to the Iron Chancellor, the Iron Frau, the first woman and second longest serving chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel!

The 2019 Annual Holiday Extravaganza

December 14, 2019 Comedies It's the Annual Holiday Extravaganza featuring Joey Van Hulle as “Dean Martin.” Joining Joey will be actors from the 91.1 Players.  Bringing live music will be the Dixie Dudes and Bill’s Little Big Band out of Antioch, Illinois.
Hercule Poirot: Murder on the Mounds November 2, 2019 Mysteries

That famous Belgian detective, Agatha Christies' Hercule Poirot, takes us to the Indian Mounds near Delavan Lake in Delavan Lake to solve a murder.  The Indian mounds in the Delavan area have stirred the interests and imaginations of many for well over 100 years.  The May 4th, 1912 edition of the New York Times reported what might be one of the strangest giant skeleton discoveries of all.  An excavation of one large mound on Lake Lawn Farm near Lake Delavan revealed the skeletal remains of eighteen individuals measuring between 7.6 and 10 feet. The “heretofore unknown race of men” were found to have six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, as well as double rows of teeth in their large, elongated skulls.

The Kane Shadow: Send in the Clowns


September 28, 2019 Mysteries

The Delavan area does not disappoint with its abundance of stories and legends from the days of the circuses that used to winter there at the end of the nineteenth century.  In this show, Orson Welles investigates the rumors of a local, hidden colony of escaped circus folk stalking a damsel-in-distress.  We will hear the story of Haunchyville, its little people, and its “protector”.  Orson and his trusty secretary, Jeannette, come to Delavan and figure out just who this mysterious stalker is…or do they?  As always, they descend onto Lake Lawn Resort and make the Frontier Restaurant..and Bar!...their headquarters during their stay. 

Mike Ullstrup Presentation to the City of Delavan (Wisconsin) and Lake Lawn Resort August 20, 2019 Event Mike Ullstrup of the Brown-Ullstrup Performing Arts Foundation spoke to the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Delavan, Wisconsin thanking them for welcoming and embracing Japanese-American internees during World War II. Eight families were sponsored out of the Minidoka Internment in Idaho to live at Lake Lawn Resort on Delavan Lake. Steve Brown and Mike Ullstrup wrote a radio mystery telling of the discovery of this story and this show went on to win a first place recognition from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and a Silver Division award at the Hear Now Festival in Kansas City, Missouri in 2019. Mike presented the first place awards to the City of Delavan and Lake Lawn Resort on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson...“The Professor Jeremy Clarkson Murder”

June 22, 2019 Mysteries “The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Murder of Professor Jeremy Clarkson," will transport the listening audience through an intricate, well designed web of clues.  This roadmap of clues will be drawn by Sherlock, landlady Mrs. Hudson, the dangerous and unpredictable Professor James Moriarty, Dr. John Watson, and finally by British Prime Minister Eloise Bannister.

A Detective Double-Header!  The Thin Man!...and...Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar!

May 11, 2019 Mysteries

“The Thin Man,” based on Dashiell Hammett’s novels, follows Nick and Nora Charles as they solve mysteries, and charm the world.  Nick (portrayed by Joe Van Hulle) is a retired private investigator who is accompanied by his gorgeous, beautifully dressed, pent-house-rich wife, Nora, played by Susan Lien.  Even Asta, their darling little Fox Terrier, helps solve some crimes in his own special way.

“Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar,” starring 91.1 Players actor Larry Rowe, always begins with a phone call from an insurance executive, calling on Johnny to investigate an unusual claim.  Each story required Johnny to travel to some distant locale, usually within the United States but sometimes abroad, where he was almost always threatened with personal danger in the course of his investigations.

Stage Door Canteen

WINNER: Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Award, 2nd Place, USE OF AUDIO (NON-NEWS), May 2019

WINNER: National Audio Theatre Festivals, HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, Silver Division, April, 2019...The WGTD Radio Theater: 14th Season, World War II Theme

December 8, 2018 Comedies

During the World War II, there was a place called the Stage Door Canteen. There, whatever performer was available, no matter what they performed, they would go to the Canteen and "put on a show" for the troops waiting to leave for Europe. There was no theme or type of performance, the idea was to entertain the troops.

In this show are The Dixie Dudes, Bill's Little Big Band, The Riverport Chorus Sweet Adelines, and Steve Brown on vocals. We have skits long and short in between. It's a great show!

Deep Stealth

WINNER: National Audio Theatre Festivals, HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, Silver Division, April, 2019...The WGTD Radio Theater: 14th Season, World War II Theme

November 10, 2018 Drama It is November, 2018 and the Virginia Class USS Wisconsin nuclear-powered attack submarine is on a shakedown cruise after being retrofitted with newly designed stealth technology where it will be submerged under the polar ice-cap for 4 months. But when the Wisconsin returns to the surface, it is no longer 2018! The year is now 1942! The place: the North Atlantic. The USS Wisconsin has all of the 2018 technology in a 1942 WWII world!

The Kane Shadow: Sayonara, My Friends

WINNER: Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Award, 1st Place, Significant Community Impact, May 2019

WINNER: National Audio Theatre Festivals, HEAR Now, Silver Division, April 2019

WINNER: National Audio Theatre Festivals, HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, Silver Division, April, 2019...The WGTD Radio Theater: 14th Season, World War II Theme

October 6, 2018 Mystery n 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which ordered the removal of any person with at least 1/16th Japanese ancestry on the western coast of the United States into internment camps. In 1943, one of the then-owners of Lake Lawn Resort, Jay Reader, sponsored Henry Tsuru out of Minidoka Internment Camp in Idaho and made him a pastry chef at the resort. This was the start of a great chapter of Lake Lawn history as many more Japanese-Americans left the camps and joined Tsuru to become part of the Lake Lawn family. Join The Kane Shadow, a.k.a Orson Welles, as he investigates a secret he stumbles upon during a visit to his favorite vacation spot, Lake Lawn Resort.

The Kane Shadow: The Louis "Gas" Derler Murder Mystery

WINNER: Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Award, 1st Place, Best Live On-site Broadcast Remote, May 2019

July 28, 2018 Mystery On August 1, 1930, Louis “Gas” Derler, owner of Gas’ Place in Trevor, and his bartender, Ed Dennesty, were shot. No one was ever arrested for the murders and Louis is buried in Salem at Liberty Cemetery on highway 83 just south of highway C. Gas’ Place has since become Towne Square and is once again run by Louis’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our hero, the KANE SHADOW, a.k.a Orson Welles, who always likes a mystery, especially a local one, takes a stab at solving this unsolved crime. Although we use current names of locations, all of these places did exist back in the 30’s.

The Enigma Covenant

WINNER: National Audio Theatre Festivals, HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, Silver Division, April, 2019...The WGTD Radio Theater: 14th Season, World War II Theme

June 16, 1028 Drama The ENIGMA Covenant, a World II thriller, set in London in 1942, will take our listeners on a journey of how the British Navy captured the German code machine, The Enigma, and how the code itself was broken at Bletchley Park, just outside of London. Featured will be actual characters who were directly involved in actually breaking the German code, including: Alan Turing, Dilly Knox, and General “Wild” Bill Donovan, who headed up the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), which was the precursor of the current C.I.A.

Our Secret Sisters

WINNER: National Audio Theatre Festivals, HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, Silver Division, April, 2019...The WGTD Radio Theater: 14th Season, World War II Theme

March 10, 2018 Drama

In this original drama co-written by Steven Brown and Michael Ullstrup, two young American women, in 1942, are recruited into the man’s world of cloak-and-dagger espionage to uncover the reasons behind the Nazi’s U-boat probing of the North American East Coast.
The women are sent to spy school in Virginia where they face rigorous training in hand-to-hand combat, small weapons, and the use of poisons and special devices. They are secreted to Germany by land, sea, and air avoiding the ever present Gestapo and take on undercover roles at a German naval base.

Working with a mole, they discover the Nazi plot to send a u-boat up the Potomac River and deliver Nazi agents to put a bomb in the Capitol of the United States when President Roosevelt is giving his State-of-the-Union address. The women make a daring escape with these secret documents under Gestapo gunfire by flying a plane out of Germany to the safety of England. The Nazis never had a chance to derail America’s war efforts due to the courage, patriotism, and sacrifice of the women of the OSS, The Office of Strategic Services, which later became the C.I.A.

A Cartoons-on-the-Radio Mash-up, 2018

"God Help the Queen"

WINNER: National Audio Theatre Festivals, HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, Silver Division, April, 2019...The WGTD Radio Theater: 14th Season, World War II Theme

January 27, 2018 Comedy

It’s become a tradition at the WGTD Radio Theater over the last few years that the theme of the annual Cartoons-on the-Radio Mash-up revolves around a personality in the news. They have had shows focused on Kim Jong-Un, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump. This season, the WGTD Radio Theater will feature shows about World War 2 and no one would be better to celebrate but the one current world leader who actually served during the war and the longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Rocky and Bullwinkle will be hosting her in Frostbite Falls in spite of the antics of Boris and Natasha. Dudley Do-Right will be patrolling the far reaches of the queen’s Dominion of Canada as she plans to visit Quebec. Yogi Bear thinks her purse might have something better in it than the usual pic-a-nic baskets. Bugs Bunny, well, he’s eating carrots right out the Queen’s garden and it’s Elmer Fudd’s job to stop him.

The Kane Shadow: Murder is a Circus June 25, 2017 Mystery The KANE SHADOW...a.k.a, Kenosha, Wisconsin native son, Orson Welles...goes to historic Delavan, Wisconsin to solve a murder....of Juliet! Delavan is jam-packed full of history! Go to to learn... - Who founded Delavan and why (Good thing they changed the alcohol laws since then!) - How important the circuses were to Delavan (Did you know that Delavan was the home to as many as 26 circuses in the mid-19th century? In fact, P.T. Barnum started there!) - The tragic story of the famous elephants, Romeo and Juliet (You will feel awful after reading about it.) - The Walldogs (They are all over the place in Delavan...see the pictures!) - Some pictures of Delavan and Old Settler's Cemetery.

The Kane Shadow: A Rear Window Murder

WINNER: Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Award. 2nd Place, 2016 Best Original Feature, May, 2017

November 5, 2016 Mystery Orson Welles returns to that nasty town but while re-re-re-recording that radio commercial, he trips over a mic cable and has to rest his twisted ankle at friends on Powers Lake. And yes, Jeannette flies in to take care of Orson, in person! While sitting out back on the upper patio, he fears he may be witnessing a murder. Pass the cabernet!
The Kane Shadow: A Roaring Murder June 13, 2015 Mystery Orson Welles, a.k.a the Kane Shadow, visits Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and finds himself helping a flapper accused of murder while running out of a local speakeasy during a raid by the Feds. What could make matters worse? His grandmother!
The Kane Shadow: If You Can Choose Your Friends, Can You Kill Your Relatives? November 16, 2013 Mystery Orson Welles, a.k.a. The Kane Shadow, comes back to his home town, Kenosha after another frustrating re-recording of a radio commercial in Chicago. While at dinner at one of his favorite restaurants, three very attractive and identical triplet women approach him and ask for his help. It would appear that a “friend” of theirs has gone missing and they fear the worst: murder. Their friend was last seen near Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin. Never able to resist the cries for help from attractive women, and knowing of the fine restaurants at the resort, Orson motors out to Delavan to investigate the matter. During his interviews of patrons and local people, he runs into, of all people, his grandmother! After years of avoiding this sorceress of the black arts (or so he accuses her of) and her harping at him for not finding legitimate work, she is the last person he wants to see. But…could she actually be connected to the disappearance? Although the story is pure fiction, the places and the cantankerous relationship between Orson and his grandmother are all accurate! And yes, the golf course at Lake Lawn Resort was built many decades ago over Indian burial mounds.
Radio Classics Theater: July Birthdays July 27, 2013 Old Time Radio Classics