To those who listen to “Selected Shorts” on WAMC-FM any given Sunday from 11am-12noon (and rebroadcast from 10-11pm Wednesdays), the voice of narrator and sometime reader Isaiah Sheffer is as instantly identifiable as that of Walter Cronkite, Howard Cosell or Lawrence Olivier. It’s one of those rare voices that you never tire of and always remember fondly.
From the moment that the live “Selected Shorts” reading at the Crandall Library was announced, tickets were snapped up quickly, and Glens Falls was abuzz by the time the Friday night reading rolled around.
The stage was practically bare – just a podium, microphone and, off to the side, a table with a few water bottles. Sheffer stepped out front in a warm, casual manner, offering a monologue filled with self-deprecating humor. Not the Rodney Dangerfield-type, but the kind that only a man who has lived life could tell.