Old time radio, anyone?
Years ago, my dad got me hooked on old time radio shows. My dad’s favorite series was Lum and Abner — two characters created and portrayed by Chester Lauck and Norris Goff. Lum and Abner came on every afternoon after school in (at least!) the 1970s and 1980s from a radio station in Hot Springs.
I believe that station was KTHS, which would make sense as that’s where Goff and Lauck started off with their “bumpkin” act before getting picked up by NBC. Lum and Abner made some movies and stayed on the radio from 1932 through 1954.
Interestingly enough, both Goff and Lauck both attended the University of Arkansas but were convincing as hillbillies from the (then) fictional town of Pine Ridge, Ark. Well, it was kind of a fictional town. The entire Lum and Abner series was based on a small town in west Arkansas (Montgomery County, to be exact) called Waters. The community’s name was changed to Pine Ridge in honor of the Lum and Abner series.
I’ve been to the Jot ’em Down Store (named for the general store in the series) and Lum and Abner Museum in Pine Ridge and still listen to a Lum and Abner show from time to time. You can learn more about the history of the series by visiting the Encyclopedia of Arkansas and the National Lum and Abner Society.
The best way to learn about Lum and Abner, of course, is to listen to the radio shows. The Internet Archive has a lot of those shows available for download and I figure on posting some of them here from time to time. Why? Because I can and no one can stop me (ha!)
Can’t wait to start hearing some Lum and Abner? Just head on over to the aforementioned Internet Archive and run a search.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.