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Burkhardt’s Request Roundup - Jan 20, 1950

April 22nd, 2017

 Finally on the blog this week, the next-to-last in a series of programs from a collection of discarded working lacquers originating at WHBC in Canton, Ohio, I’ve been posting over the past few weeks.

“Burkhardt’s Request Roundup” was a country music series sponsored by the Burkhardt Brewing Company of Akron, Ohio.  The first tune is “Roamin’ in Wyoming”  Other songs include “Anticipation Blues” and “A Calico Apron and a Gingham Gown”.  The music is from transcriptions.  Performers include Andy Parker and the Plainsmen, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and T. Texas Tyler.  (They must have subscribed to the Capitol transcription library.)

A listener to the blog helpfully provided this scan of an advertising item from the series - I’d love to credit you for the scan, but I lost your message on Facebook!

Our show was transferred from a single-sided sixteen inch Audiodisc lacquer transcription from WHBC.


How About That - Pgm 1

April 22nd, 2017

This week, we hear the first of a couple of episodes of an odd little series, “How About That”, hosted by Gregory Abbott. Goldin dates the show to 1949.

The series is similar to “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”, with more of a slant on science and industry.  The stories in program one concentrate on spring.  The first story is about “Overhand Joe”, an automated baseball pitching machine used in spring training.  Seed companies are coating their seeds in the same color as the flowers that will bloom.  Experiments in growing grass for golf courses makes advances for home lawns.  A special guest talks about materials made from the then-new material, latex foam rubber.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch vinyl transcription syndicated by the Fought Company, 342 Madison Avenue, New York, matrix number 3131.

I’ve never seen anything other than programs 1 and 2 circulating from this series - I wonder if these were just demonstration programs for a series that never made it to air or if these are just more commonly found because they were used for demonstration purposes and more widely circulated than the series itself.


Louie’s Hungry Five - October 14, 1931 - Pgm 313

April 22nd, 2017

Let’s find out what’s happening with the “little German band” in “Louie’s Hungry Five”.

Louie, Emil and the rest of the band are preparing for their trip to South America.  Louie and Emil get into an argument about their girlfriends.  The secret is out about Louie pretending to his girlfriend that he broke his leg to cover up the auction of their household items for their trip.

You can see a jpeg of the original local announcer's cue sheet for the show here.

Our show was transferred from a set of two original twelve inch laminated shellac Columbia Sound-on-Disc Division transcriptions, matrix numbers 233290 and 233291.


Wade Lane’s Home Folks - Pgm 19

April 22nd, 2017

Let’s visit again with everyone’s favorite uninvited pest in “Wade Lane’s Home Folks”.

In program 19, Lane starts off the show saying that the though the unlocked door on your home was meant for him.  His first song is “When Mother Played the Organ (And Daddy Sang a Hymn)”.  The main story is about Lane wandering through the forest with a friend when he found the initials of lovers carved on a tree.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch shellac transcription, matrix number B5221.  The show was recorded in the Hollywood studios of Recordings, Inc. and probably pressed by Allied.  It was produced by Mertens and Price, 1240 South Main Street, Los Angeles.

We’ve only got five more episodes of this series to wade through, no pun intended.


American Family Robinson - Pgm 258

April 22nd, 2017

We’re nearing the end of our run of previously lost episodes of the controversial radio serial, “American Family Robinson”, syndicated by the National Association of Manufacturers to combat Roosevelt’s New Deal polices.  We’ll have one more episode next week.

Luke, Myra, and Windy Bill are stranded in the strange little town of Bleeckerville after their airplane runs out of gas.  They’re being held captive by the secretive residents of the town.  In program 258, Myra talks with the wife of town leader Cy Bleecker, discovering that the town doesn’t have a library.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original World Broadcasting, Inc. sixteen inch transcription, matrix number BB15554A2.  My apologies for the rough sound, but this disc was pretty beat up.


Malcolm Claire - March 10, 1938

April 15th, 2017

Malcolm Claire was an emcee and storyteller that was a fixture on radio in the mid-west in the late 30s and early 40s.  He worked as an emcee for the “National Barn Dance” and had a regular morning series on the NBC network where he told stories for children.

In the program of March 10, 1938, Claire tells Russell Gordan Carter’s story, “The Little Men of the Mountains”.  Larry Larson is heard on the organ.  The show broadcast on NBC-Red from 7:00 am to 7:15am and was sustained; it contains the NBC chimes and an announcement that the program originated in Chicago.

According to Goldin's website, there's only one other broadcast from the series in circulation, dating from 1940.

The mp3 was transferred direct from an original single-sided sixteen inch NBC lacquer.



Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 312 - October 13, 1931

April 15th, 2017

And now, another in our twenty episode run of “Louie’s Hungry Five”, an early 30s radio comedy serial syndicated by WGN-The Tribune Company.

Louie and the group are staying at a hotel, getting ready for their trip to South America.  In program 312, intended for broadcast October 13, 1931, they plan on leaving in a few days, but Emil has been invited to a house warming party by his girlfriend and wants the trip postponed.  You can see a jpeg of the original local announcer’s cue sheet for the program here.

Our mp3 was transferred from two twelve inch Columbia Sound-On-Disc 78 rpm transcriptions, matrix numbers 233288 and 233289.


This is Your FBI - August 29, 1952 - syndication version

April 15th, 2017

Here’s the next to last installment in our collection of a half-dozen episodes of the early 1950s crime drama, “This is Your FBI”.  These are syndication versions of the shows distributed in the early 1970s, transferred from the 15 inches per second dubbing masters used to create the lp records or tapes sent to stations.  You can read more about these tapes in my original blog post about them.

“The Traveling Swindle” was originally broadcast on August 29, 1952.  The story concerns a couple of crooks that run a swindle where they pretend to be IRS agents, examining the business’s books, and telling the owner they can “settle” with them for minor problems they’ve found.  You’ll recognize “Gunsmoke” regular Parley Baer as one of the crooks.  This appears to be another episode of the series not commonly circulating among collectors.

Our mp3 was transferred from a 10” reel to reel dubbing master running at 15 inches per second, captured at 24 bit/96 kHz.  There’s a few dropouts in the first few minutes of the show.


American Family Robinson - Pgm 257

April 15th, 2017

Now another in a series of previously lost episodes of the controversial fifteen minute serial, “American Family Robinson”, distributed by the National Association of Manufacturers as propaganda against FDR’s New Deal policies.

Luke, Myra, Windy Bill and a pilot are stranded in the strange little town of Bleeckersville after their plane runs out of fuel and is forced to land.  A mysterious leader of the town, Cy Bleecker, has ordered all of them to be held captive in two separate homes.

In program 257, Luke has escaped and is confronting Cy about his control over the townspeople and the secret they’re trying to keep.  We finally discover, with a slip of some information from one of the townspeople, is that this storyline is about the evils of a business being run by the state.

Our mp3 was transferred rom an original sixteen inch World Broadcasting System, Inc. red acetate transcription, matrix number BB1553A.



Safe at Home - Pgm 8

April 15th, 2017

And now, another entry in the forgotten public service series “Safe at Home”, syndicated by the Bureau of Health Education of the American Medical Association.

Program 8 in the series looks at “Sharing Duties”; Fred V. Hein, PhD, educational consultant of the Bureau, and announcer Sterling discuss how husbands, wives, and children sharing responsibilities in the home contributes to the emotional life of the family.  As usual, music is provided by the Roger Steele Trio.

Our program was digitized from a 16” vinyl transcription from WOR-Mutual’s Recording Division.  The matrix number is 97718-8.