SiriusXM Launches “Redhead Radio: 100 Years of Lucille Ball”


Thanks to our friends over at SiriusXM for this press release regarding the 100th Birthday of Lucille Ball!

“Redhead Radio” broadcasting from “Lucy Fest,” the annual celebration held in her hometown of Jamestown, NY

Two days of non-stop classic Lucille Ball radio programs and coverage of the comedienne’s influence and birthday celebrations

Redhead Radio: 100 Years of Lucille Ball, a limited-run channel celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the comedy legend with non-stop broadcasts of classic radio shows featuring the comedienne at key moments in her storied career, as well as interviews with her fans, devotees and fellow comedians—launched at 12:00 am ET today, August 6, 2011—the day Lucy would have celebrated her 100th birthday—on SiriusXM channel 82, taking over SiriusXM’s RadioClassics for two days. SiriusXM’s Greg Bell will host Redhead Radio from The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, aka “Lucy Fest,” the annual community-organized birthday celebration held in her hometown of Jamestown, NY. This year’s headliner is comedy icon Joan Rivers.

The wide-range of perspectives and recordings on Redhead Radio offers SiriusXM listeners an extraordinary look into Lucy’s life and legacy. Redhead Radio features: dozens of episodes of her classic 1940s radio comedy series My Favorite Husband, which inspired l Love Lucy; an interview with stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone—a featured performer at this year’s fest— about the influence Lucy has had on her career; and interviews with Lucy impersonators, experts, historians, event organizers and fans at Lucy Fest. The channel will chronicle fan participation in “Be a Lucy,” the attempt set the world’s record for the most people dressed as Lucy Ricardo in one place at one time. Additional content includes Lucy’s guest-starring role on the classic radio dramatic series Suspense; radio versions of her films Fancy Pants (with Bob Hope) and Dark Corner and interviews Lucy did with legendary personalities Abbott & Costello and Bob Hope on their classic radio shows.

Visit www.siriusxm.com for more information. Visit www.LucyComedyFest.com for the full comedy festival schedule, information, tickets and world record registration information.

Happy 100th Birthday To Lucille Ball!

First of all, make sure to hop over to Google and check out their awesome tribute to everyone’s favorite comedic red head. You will be presented with a wonderful interactive image of an Black and White television, flip the channel knob and you can watch some classic clips from I Love Lucy!

Speaking of that classic show, a huge thanks as always to Quint over at Ain’t It Cool News for this fantastic look at Ricky Ricardo and Lucille Ball on the set.

Life With Lucy (1986)

In 1984-85, NBC was credited with reviving the unpopular sitcom, as well as the career of a beloved TV legend, with The Cosby Show, and Bill Cosby, respectively. ABC wanted in on that, so they went after another retired TV legend, the biggest TV legend there was: Lucille Ball. In 1986, ABC debuted Life With Lucy, which was not the massive hit it was expected to be. Namely because it was terrible and had a convoluted premise about Lucy living with her kids and her dead husband’s old business partner because everybody was in-laws or something. And in every episode, some sight gag would happen, like a bubble machine going off or a recliner going haywire. But audiences didn’t like seeing a 79-year-old woman in what appears to be clown makeup do alarming physical comedy and it was canceled in three months.