Cypress broadcaster tapped to appear in radio production of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Southern California broadcaster Manny Pacheco has been cast in a national radio play production of It’s a Wonderful Life. The part: Angel Second Class -Clarence Odbody! This production is being presented by the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center in Pennsylvania. The radio program will be streamed nationwide in conjunction with a Broadway streaming app. It will be presented three times on December 17, 18, and 19.

Manny Pacheco. Photo courtesy of the Cypress Chamber of Commerce.
Manny Pacheco. Photo courtesy of the Cypress Chamber of Commerce.

Those wishing to stream the production can click here.

Radio drama has a storied tradition during Hollywood’s Golden Age. It’s a Wonderful Life aired on the Lux Radio Theater program on March 10, 1947, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed reprising their original screen roles as George and Mary Bailey. Clarence was originally played by Henry Travers, the remarkable British actor, in the 1946 cinematic production. Travers’ movie credits include The Invisible Man, High Sierra, Ball of Fire, and Mrs. Miniver; the latter film earning him a well-deserved Best Supporting Actor nomination.

Pacheco is a Southern California radio broadcaster and currently works weekends as a traffic anchor on KNX 1070 News Radio. He also teaches media broadcasting as an adjunct faculty professor at Fullerton College and Mt. San Antonio College. His award-winning Forgotten Hollywood series of books are available on Amazon. Pacheco has penned chapter narratives on the careers of several co-stars who appeared in the 1946 production of It’s a Wonderful Life, including Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Ward Bond, Beulah Bondi, Gloria Grahame, and Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer.

For more information about Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center production of It’s a Wonderful Life, contact Pacheco at

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