Archive for the ‘WSPR News Stories’ Category

Memorial Day in Springfield

May 27, 2012

From time to time, I create a WSPR news story reporting on what’s going on in Springfield. Here is one talking about what went on in Springfield Memorial Day of last year:

Unlike most of those news stories, this one doesn’t have anyone we know in it, but I think you will enjoy it anyway.

Also enjoy Rev. Ruthledge’s Memorial Day sermon from 1937:

Celebrate Guiding Light

January 26, 2012

When I was getting started as an online fan, I got to the point where I wanted to make a video. However, I didn’t want to do the same thing as everybody else and strip clips to a music montage. I wanted to do something different. Something that made people feel like they had a gotten word from Springfield and life there was going on, even if it was off screen so I started making WSPR newscasts.

So tonight I’m sharing three of my favorites that mix together decades of history to create a new storyline. The one above is one I’m most proud of. It is one of several that I did in honor of the flash ahead in the final episode, however, look for story and characters scattered throughout from the 1980s to the end as we look at the school Billy put Jonathan in charge of building, as I named it Chamberlain Elementary.  Below is a fundraiser for the Elizabeth Spaulding Foundation for Cancer Research. It makes reference to quite a few past storylines and characters as well. Plus Danny and Michelle win. Well, I’m a card carrying Mannyac after all (actually we don’t have cards — DANG we NEED cards). Plus Sarah and Robbie tie and I thought the final shot should have been them kissing on the cheek, promising us 72 more years of love, laughs, and heartbreak in Springfield.

Plus this bonus which is a summary of Alan’s life. I include it because it is by far my most popular vid.

WSPR Springfield Airport

July 28, 2011

The entire inspiration for today’s WSPR story was the fact that the new sets (post-2008) usually made the airport into a tiny parking lot, not JUST a tiny parking lot, but a GRAVEL, tiny, parking lot. So I tried in this piece to explain why that would be.  See the gravel parking lot here: at 2:00 mark

So I threw in Danny Santos – established as a pilot, Alan-Michael Spaulding – established as a parachutist, Olivia Spencer – established owner of hotel which would presumably work with airport, plus the whole sending Emma out to visit Ava in California also appeared on screen. Then I tossed in a location for the Lewis and Spaulding jets and this is what I got.  I also decided to start having my “real” people use the names of actors/actresses who played characters on the show, just for fun. I hope you enjoy it.

And if this makes you wonder about the airport in Springfield, back when it looked like an airport, see:

Chamberlain Elementary Opening This Fall

June 15, 2011

Periodically we get a report from WSPR on what’s going on in Springfield thanks to ace reporter Sharon Scott. This is the last one based on the flashforward of the Guiding Light finale. Jonathan Randall is given the job of project manager for the new elementary school. Ever since I read a young Manny fanfic where they attended Chamberlain Elementary, I’ve been enchanted with the idea that the school would be named for Henry Chamberlain, a fitting tribute. Tonight’s report is on that school mentioned in the flashforward and named by me after Henry getting ready to open.

I’m most proud that I was able to work in Henry Chamberlain, Bill Lewis, Billy Lewis, Jonathan Randall, Richard Winslow, Matt Reardon, Vanessa Chamberlain Reardon Lewis, Quint Chamberlain, Nola Reardon Chamberlain, Hope Santos and Peyton Spaulding into one story. See Jonathan get the job of project foreman below.

Memorial Day

May 30, 2011

Every so often WSPR reporter Sharon Scott sends me a report from Springfield. These two are from last year, but in  honor of the day I’m resharing a couple of related reports.

A related older post is from when Buzz Cooper was running for mayor.

Santos Land Development

May 11, 2011

When Danny got out of the mob he had to do something. He decided to partner with his cousin Tony Santos and Cassie Layne Winslow (who was in financial difficulties and had recently saved his life) to re-do Towers in 2003. When that is successful Danny takes a tour of Springfield and decides he can 1) make money 2) make up for some of the damage his mother did 3) help restore the 5th Street neighborhood via a massive urban renewal project and 4) help make himself worthy of Michelle and a father Robbie could be proud of. Ultimately the construction/neighborhood part of the project was successful, but they hit financial issues after it was revealed that, as in the old Seinfield bit, it takes a couple of shakes of the pop machine to tip it over and Danny had been diverting some mob money via garbage collection into the cash flow and he is forced to sell everything including Orchard Manor to meet the loan.

This clip shows the Danny-Cassie partnership and at 1:45 in to the clip, Danny reveals his urban renewal plan. Note Manny are still separated after Danny faked his death, but slowly moving back toward each other.

See Nico and Danny tour the 5th Street neighbor during the project.

Vote Now for Endicott Awards

November 12, 2010

As we procede through award show season, I decided I wanted to play to. Since I don’t remember any actual media awards made up for Guiding Light, I’ve decided that I’m going to give myself an Endicott Award as seen on As the World Turns. (Wonderful pay off when Katie gets hers for a whole bunch of garbage.) As no one else is creating WSPR news stories, I don’t have much competition, but there is a little suspense. Which news story from this year will win the prize? I know what I think my top three stories but what do YOU think. Vote by adding a comment either here or on the video on YouTube. I’ll also include number of views in my rating, so vote today! Vote early and vote often! ;-0

Find the list here:

I’ll announce the winner right after the first of the year.

Lighthouse Barn Quilts 2

October 27, 2010

After I posted my WSPR news story on the lighthouse barn quilt project in Guiding Light‘s Springfield, I decided some people might really be interested in it. I spent a lot of time working on getting the “barn quilts” Photoshoped into individual squares, so I’m giving you all a closer look at the overall quilt – which again I take no credit for I just found the image online – and of the locations for the barn squares. I tried to pick locations where it would be possible to put one up and that everyone familiar with Springfield should know.

The one exception was that I created a ruin garden from the remains of the original St. Michael’s church. Ruin gardens are a pretty cool thing and next summer I hope to get over to one and do a WSPR news story about the St. Michael’s one.  I hope you enjoy.

See the actual WSPR news story here:

To learn more about real barn quilts, start here:

UPDATED October 28 2017: I added the signature block.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Lighthouse Barn Quilts

October 26, 2010

Another current report from Springfield coming from Sharon Scott of WSPR. This time Blake Marler, still involved with Frank and managing Company, has come up with a new idea to promote Springfield. Blake and Frank, along with Jason, Kevin, and Clarissa (who didn’t evaporate after all) went on an antiquing jaunt over to Iowa. There they ran into a bunch of barn quilt projects (which while the exist all across the country are particularly common in Iowa) and found a lighthouse quilt (which actually popped up in my image search when I was looking for lighthouses and I totally love it – clearly it’s an art quilt & not an antique one, but what would Blake know about quilts anyway?). She organized a community wide barn quilt program with quilt squares being put up all around Springfield with a lighthouse theme in the hope that tourists will follow the “lighthouse trail” and visit all the places (especially businesses) that are hosting quilt squares.

There are many real barn quilt projects, a quick internet search will turn them up. Sharon Scott reported from McHenry County, IL because it looks like the closest one I could find to the real Springfield, IL. I don’t know of any that have a theme like this, but I’m actually pretty pleased with the idea and would make the whole thing a lot more interesting. By the way, the barn I show is a real barn quilt barn, but is not really in McHenry County.

I tweeted the direct link to the video to Elizabeth Keifer (Blake Marler #5) and she responded “Very good reporting!” Which was pretty cool. You can find her under the Twitter handle @eakcik.

No video to connect with this one because it was sort of from a collection of ongoing story points.

UPDATE: More info on the barn quilt story.

Last Updated February 3, 2016: I added the signature block and want to point out the comment that Liz Keifer actually did quilt in the 1990s.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Catch Up with WSPR

October 7, 2010

I just thought I’d give everybody a chance to catch up on my videos.

I began a news series of news stories “from” WSPR, Springfield’s TV station. They both report on events in Springfield through the years and let us know that life in Springfield is continuing even if we can’t see them. They are listed below in the order they were originally uploaded. First is the direct link to the YouTube video, second is a link to the post about each video with more information, and third will be a clip, if any, that shows the storyline or event the news story is related to. Sharon Scott is a fictional reporter that I invented. She didn’t appear on the show.

Jessup Farm Foreclosure – 2002

Beth Raines Struck by Car at Gate to Spaulding Estate – Feb. 1, 1999

Memorial Day in Springfield – May 2010

Buzz Cooper Dedicates a POW Monument – July 4, 2007

Body Found in Park – 1 Year Out – May 15, 2010
See an Edmund Profile like the one WSPR aired here, thanks to Spauldingfield:

First Lewis Golf Open – June 19, 2010

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for the Springfield Fire Department – September 6, 2010

Alan Spaulding Found Dead – Breaking News Bulletin – September 16, 2009

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