The Progress City Radio Hour
The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 34 - Town Hall: Pat Terry, Jr.

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 34 - Town Hall: Pat Terry, Jr.

September 21, 2021

It's no secret we love Disney park music, so we're very excited to bring you our interview with long-time Walt Disney World banjoist and Disney Legacy Award winner Pat Terry, Jr. Pat started off at Disneyland before helping open Walt Disney World alongside his father, with whom he played for more than a decade before striking out on his own. Along the way he's had some fabulous experiences and got to meet some fascinating people. From the streets of New Orleans Square to the stage of Pioneer Hall - tune up folks, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 33 - The Vacation Kingdom! Bay Lake

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 33 - The Vacation Kingdom! Bay Lake

September 7, 2021

The Progress City Radio Hour catches a blue-flagged motor launch for a look at the Vacation Kingdom via the waterways of Bay Lake! We remember an eccentric occupant of the area before Disney arrived, dig into the origins of Fort Wilderness, and explore Bay Lake's entertainment offerings of the 1970s. We also check in with legendary Walt Disney World entertainer Pat Terry, Jr. for some memories about the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. History, music, and more - peel some shrimp and tune your banjo, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 32 - Town Hall: Scott Girard, Part II

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 32 - Town Hall: Scott Girard, Part II

August 24, 2021

In this Progress City Town Hall we continue our discussion with veteran Disney landscaper and horticulturalist Scott Girard. Topics of discussion include Scott's influence on the landscapes of EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland, some of his projects outside Disney, and his time spent as head of Disney Horticulture in the 1990s. From the gardens of Canada to the forests of Japan - plant those tiddlywinks, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 31 - Town Hall: Scott Girard, Part I

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 31 - Town Hall: Scott Girard, Part I

August 10, 2021

Landscaping is a fundamental part of the Disney themed experience, so we're thrilled this month to bring you a two-part Progress City Town Hall with veteran Disney landscaper and horticulturalist Scott Girard. Scott started at Disneyland in 1964, and went on to become part of the team that helped create Walt Disney World. In this part of our talk we discuss those early experiences, including encounters with Walt and Roy Disney themselves. From the orange groves of Anaheim to the swamps of Florida - stay off those topiaries, kids, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 30 - The Glorious Fourth!

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 30 - The Glorious Fourth!

July 12, 2021

The Progress City Radio Hour picks up our fife and drum for another celebration of the Fourth of July! In this patriotic episode we'll look back at how Disney parks celebrated the Bicentennial, and examine some very early concepts for Epcot's American Adventure. We'll also walk you through a lengthy televised spectacle of Americana from 1991. History, music, and more - strike up the band, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 29 - Frontierland! Part II

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 29 - Frontierland! Part II

June 23, 2021

The Progress City Radio Hour sets sail down the mighty Mississippi for more wild west excitement in Frontierland! In part two of this month's episode we look at how Mark Twain influenced Walt Disney's youth. We'll also look at Frontierland dining options from Disneyland's past, hear a catchy ditty about Nature's Wonderland, and continue our retrospective tour of Walt Disney World's Frontierland! History, music, and more - send down another bag of golden corn, Klondike, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 28 - Frontierland! Part I

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 28 - Frontierland! Part I

June 8, 2021

The Progress City Radio Hour hits the dusty trail in search of frontier adventure! In part one of our Frontierland episode we look at the musical legacy of some of Disney's western offerings and revisit the televised exploits of Texas John Slaughter. We also begin our trip back through time to Remember the Magic of Frontierland's past at Walt Disney World. History, music, and more - prepare for the wildest ride in the wilderness, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 27 - Adventureland! Part II

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 27 - Adventureland! Part II

May 25, 2021

The Progress City Radio Hour wakes up the glee club and returns to the wilds of Adventureland! In part two of our Adventureland episode we examine the careers of two individuals who had a great influence on this land's history - Imagineer Harper Goff and horticulturalist Bill Evans. We'll also revisit the filming of the Disney classic The Swiss Family Robinson, and Jeff holds a Polynesian feast! History, music, and more - we're offering two heads for just one of yours, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 26 - Adventureland! Part I

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 26 - Adventureland! Part I

May 11, 2021

The Progress City Radio Hour starts the show rolling and embarks on a safari into Adventureland! In part one of our Adventureland episode we look at the True-Life Adventures which first inspired this exotic land and Remember the Magic™ of some of the area's past offerings. We also look at the history and lore of the Orange Bird, and examine Walt Disney World's citrus ties. History, music, and more - wave goodbye to the people at the dock, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 25 - Town Hall: Tom Morris, Part II

The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 25 - Town Hall: Tom Morris, Part II

May 4, 2021

Here we return to our Progress City Town Hall two-part interview with Imagineer and historian Tom Morris. In part two of our talk we discuss a number of major projects that he worked on, most notably Disney Studios Paris, DisneyQuest, and Hong Kong Disneyland. We also discuss his huge new research project about the roots of Imagineering, and some of the important names you may never have heard about until now. History, music, and more - long live the theme park, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

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