Rod Serling researcher Amy Boyle Johnston found a script for a radio play by Rod Serling from 1954 and brought it back to Binghamton. Director Kate Murray and actor Joe Bardales talk about re-creating this drama, which was a precursor to Serling’s ground-breaking series ‘The Twilight Zone’. It is part of the 2018 Serling Fest taking place July 6 and 7 in downtown Binghamton.
Join WSKG and the Broome County Historical Society on April 27 at 6:30 PM for a special presentation entitled “Rod Serling’s Binghamton” at WSKG Studios in Vestal, New York. Rod Serling grew up on Binghamton’s West Side and graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1943. After serving as a paratrooper during World War II, Serling went on to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers in television history. “The Twilight Zone,” the iconic television series he created and hosted, continues to influence writers and filmmakers nearly sixty years after it first aired. During the presentation, documentary filmmaker Brian Frey will talk about the lasting legacy of Rod Serling’s writings, and share film clips and interviews with friends and historians who illustrate how Serling’s war experience and Southern Tier upbringing helped influence his life and work.
Brian Frey has been producing films for Public Television for over twenty years. Several of his films have aired on PBS stations across the country. He has produced profiles of EJ shoe company founder George F. Johnson, IBM CEO Thomas Watson, and flight simulator inventor Ed Link. He has won three New York State Emmy Awards and eleven New York State Broadcasters Awards. This event is sponsored by the Broome County Historical Society.
The WSKG program OFF THE PAGE is designed specifically as “a forum for writers from our region”. Since its inception in January, 2000 it has presented hundreds of novelists, poets, playwrights, historians, essayists… (the list goes on and even includes farmers and a playground designer who wrote books). With very few exceptions (mostly authors of books with special regional interest) they are people living and writing within the WSKG coverage area. For the first time OFF THE PAGE presents a program devoted to an author who is no longer with us. If, as Walt Whitman said, the proof of a poet is that his people absorb him as affectionately as he has them, we can apply that idea to playwright Rod Serling. He belongs to Binghamton as much as the city was a part of him. Even at his most fanciful or bizarre, in works destined to a mass audience, there are signs that Rod Serling never left home. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-863354.mp3
“Everybody has to have a hometown, Binghamton’s mine.