The Adventures of Super Stater
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A weekly comedy cliffhanger radio show in 10 episodes about life at Penn State. The Adventures of SuperStater aired on WDFM every Saturday morning in 1969. It was written by DJ Mike Berger and each episode was topical with the news of the day and stories reported in The Collegian. The shows were performed by some of the volunteers of WDFM. The station didn't yet have a production room, so we taped it in the on-air control room when the station went off the air at midnight on Wednesday night, waiting to see the what had been in the news in the previous days. Writing started at 10:30PM, then production was planned and it took three hours to produce. There were 10 episodes originally however the final two episodes have not been found. If you have them let me know please.
Waves of Penn State nostalgia will sweep over you as you enjoy hearing this incredible radio series, bringing back all the memories of Penn State: the buildings, The Penn State Creamery, Ritenour Health Clinic, rumors of saltpeter in dorm food, the after hours curfew assistance, USG, Bellefonte, the Tyrone smell, the New College Diner, the OLD College Diner, and the Metzger Building, just to name a few!
The Adventures of Super Stater episode guide.Episode 1 - “Sly Scintillating Solvent“ Hear entire episode. Then order the disk to hear the rest.
Peace marchers, burning draft cards, President Walker’s resignation, SDS, drinking games at Sigma Delta Sigma, “Inform-On-A-Friend”, Pattee Library, Pollack Road underpass, USG, After-Hours Curfew Service.
Episode 2 - “Mickeyed Thermometer”
Episode 3 - “Escape from Hammond Building”
Episode 4 - “SuperStater In Love”
Episode 5 - “Busted for Bootlegging”
Episode 6 – “Selling To Dirty Miners”
Episode 7 - “The Heck with the First Amendment”
Episode 8 - “Kaptain Kangaroo Kourt”
A lot was going on at Penn State in 1969. The Vietnam War for one, and many people had strong emotions. There were protests. There was conflict between Greeks and non-fraternity students, but everyone enjoyed the frat rush parties. Remember those drinking games? An X-rated underground paper called The Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel was banned. There were demonstrations about the real GTWT testing the Navy's Mark48 torpedos for the Vietnam War, and a sit-in at Old Main.There were many common everyday problems like trying to get around campus, from East Halls to a 8am class in Hammond Building, on the right floor on time, And, dealing with the underpass under Pollack Road, It's all reflected in these shows.
Thanks to the many players who came to WDFM to produce this on Wednesdays nights at midnight until we finished around 3am or 4am because the players had to wait for the audio effects to be recorded after the station went of the air at midnight since the station didn't have a production room then
Biggest thanks to George Werl who played some characters and saved copies of the tapes, keeping them from extinction. Giant thanks to Nick Dubil who was the narrator. And huge thanks to Dave Talmas who was each week's commercial announcer. Grandiose kudos to Al Dunning, who played many characters and including the announcer reading the nominations for the SuperStater Secret Message. Thanks to John Molnar, Paul Heimbach, Joannie Kalejta, Dave Gill, Joe Berwanger, Harry Gahagan, Cliff Leahey and others I can't remember yet. If you were in one let me know.
And thanks to Don Roy King, who first conceptualized Super Stater as a class project in 1968. Don wrote it and I produced the audio. Don has been the Director of Saturday Night Live since 2006, after being the Director of Survivors.
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