To celebrate Kansas Day, the Peabody Historical Society will present a re-enactment of the “Evening Gospel Hour” as heard in 1952 on XERF radio. The program will begin at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the Anne Potter Room of the Peabody Library.
Levi Goossen plays the part of Bill Garrett, the 1952 announcer, lead singer, and pitchman on the show. The program will be styled as it was in 1952, with Southern Gospel music as sung by people in the south and the Appalachian regions during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, and as heard on XERF radio, Del Rio, Texas.
Between songs, there will be humorous commercial pitches for merchandise ranging from prayer cloths, engagement rings, and shower caps to bug killer. Famous goat gland doctor J.R. Brinkley of Milford will deliver his pitch.
Admission to the event is by donation.