Radio: The New Shows

Herb Shriner Time (Thurs. 9 p.m., ABC-TV) brings a latter-day and considerably less-than-life-size Will Rogers to the TV screen. Shriner, a transplanted Hoosier, has most of the master's mannerisms, from the errant lock of hair to the habit of quizzically scratching his ear. And he has some of Rogers' owlish humor. On the opening show, Shriner followed a comic monologue about an Indiana postmaster with a small-town skit that contained liberal borrowings from such poles-apart sources as Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. Beneath all the imitative layers is a...

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