Frances Shrand, 82, Spider’s Web actor

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From Cynthis Broner

Former ’GBHer Frances Shrand, of Brighton, died Sun, 3/15.

Her career included time as an actress, an elocution teacher, and a children’s etiquette instructor, but Frances may be best remembered at WGBH for her work on The Spider’s Web, the WGBH radio production for which she won two Armstrong Awards. The Spider’s Web, which debuted on 89.7 in 1970, was one of WGBH’s earliest productions aimed at promoting literacy.

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  1. Sammy Driscoll on December 9, 2022 at 11:50 am

    Hi Joseph,

    I am Sammy Driscoll, current Sr. Archivist at the GBH Archives. Over 1,100 Spider’s Web programs have recently been sent to our digitization vendor. Once these programs have been digitized, we will be able to offer limited remote access. The digitization process is ongoing, so feel free to check back with us by sending an email to .

    It is our hope to have researchers and interested patrons be able to access this programs. Due to copyright restrictions, we are not allowed to put them all online on GBH Open Vault. However, we can offer limited remote access to digitized programs.

    Thank you for your comment!


  2. Joseph Aaron Shrand on November 19, 2022 at 11:03 am

    Hi folks. Joe Shrand here, Joe from ZOOM and the Spiders Web. Somebody has contacted me looking for Wind in the Willows tapes. How do we get those? It would be really fun to be able to resurrect Frances Shrand and the Spiders Web. Just a thought but I do think a lot of people would listen to it as a podcast. I hope to hear from you. It is wonderful being a WGBH alum! Thanks in advance.

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