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Coleman Cox - Pgm 12

February 15th, 2019

Following up on our previous post, here’s program 12 in the “Coleman Cox” series.  The announcer is probably Hal Dean and the first bit of philosophy is “If you need it, really want, have the money, and can spare it, go and buy it. It is not that which you deny yourself, but what you buy yourself.”

The show was dubbed to digital from a ten inch MacGregor & Sollie Recording Laboratories laminated disc pressed by Columbia, matrix number MS-1312.  The disc runs at 33 1/3 rpm and plays inside-out.

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Coleman Cox - Pgm 11

February 15th, 2019

In this post and the next, two shows in an odd little series of syndicated five minute programs by “Coleman Cox”.

My research hasn’t turned up much about Cox, except that he was an author from California that published in the 1920s.  At JJ’s radio logs site, he pops up in the 1934-35 New York Times and Los Angeles radio listings.  On WJZ, he was listed as a “Philosopher”.

And that appears to be what Coleman Cox is doing here in program 11.  After the show introduction, describing Cox as “the kindly philosopher who smiles as he talks”, Cox offers little bits of wisdom, such as “You’re well dressed when no-one can remember anything you’re wearing”.  Each little bit is separated by a bell.  Oddly, the theme song is “Jingle Bells”.  The announcer sounds like Hal Dean, heard on the Curtis Springer transcriptions I posted on the blog awhile back.

Our mp3 was directly digitized from a ten inch MacGregor & Sollie Recording Laboratories laminated 33 1/3 rpm disc pressed by Columbia, matrix number MS-1311.  The disc plays from inside-out.

In the next post - the other side of the disc.

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This is War - February 28, 1942

February 15th, 2019

Now, the third program in our brief run of “This is War”, a program written by Norman Corwin and carried on all four networks as an early contribution to the War effort a few months after Pearl Harbor.

Program 3 in the series was heard February 28, 1942 and is titled “Your Navy”, dealing with the Navy and Merchant Marine.  Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Frederick March are featured in the program.  The music was composed by Kurt Weill.

Our show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl Orthacoustic transcription pressed by RCA-NBC, matrix numbers MS 08691 and MS 08692.

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Lanny Ross - May 23, 1949

February 15th, 2019

In this post, “The Lanny Ross Show”, originally broadcast May 23, 1949 on Mutual and heard here in a version broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Service as program 90 in the series.  The first song on the program is “It’s a Grand Night Night For Singing”.  Young vocalist Bobby White sings “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic”.

Our show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl Armed Forces Radio transcription.  The date is from the disc matrix.

Our thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to our collection.

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Great Music - Pgm 144

February 15th, 2019

Kicking off our posts this week, some highbrow pop concert music.

Walter Huston hosts this series produced for Armed Forces Radio and drawing on various sources for the recorded music.  The first selection in program 144 is Rubenstein’s “Romance”, performed by an uncredited vocalist and orchestra.  William Primrose performs “Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair”.

The show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl Armed Forces Radio Service transcription.

Our thanks go out to blog listener William Harris for his donation to our collection.

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This is War - February 21, 1942

February 8th, 2019

We continue with a short run of a few episodes from Norman Corwin’s series, “This Is War”, carried on all four networks just a few weeks after the US entered World War II.

Episode 2, broadcast February 21, 1942 is “The White House at War”.  Actor Paul Lukas paints a vivid word portrait of the changes happening to Washington as we shift to a war footing - the program looks not only at the President’s role in the War, but at the immense responsibility for human life that go into the decisions being made in Washington.

The program was transferred from an original 16” vinyl Orthacoustic transcription pressed by RCA-NBC, matrix numbers MS 086735 and MS 086736.

I believe this is a non-circulating episode of the series.

 

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The People Act - May 18, 1952

February 8th, 2019

Here’s the last episode I have of the unusual CBS documentary series, “The People Act”.  Using then-new portable tape recording technology, the series looks at efforts for cultural understanding in small communities around the US.

Program 20 in the series, originally heard May 18, 1952, is titled “Displaced Persons Are Welcomed As New Americans”.  Robert Trout narrates as the people of Owatonna, Minnesota welcome European refugees to their local community.

 

The program was digitized from an original 12” microgroove lp issued by the People Act Center in State College, Pennsylvania.  It was pressed by Columbia and XTY-17203 is the matrix number.

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Naval Air Reserve Show - Pgm 24

February 8th, 2019

Another quarter hour of upbeat harmony is on the way on the blog with the “Navel Air Reserve Show”, hosted by Don Ameche, with he Honeydreamers with the George Barnes Octette.  Program 24 features Sam and Aunt from “The Breakfast Club”.  The first song is “Sunday”.

Our show was transferred from an original Naval Air Reserve Command 16” vinyl transcription, matrix number U-4024.

Thanks again to blog listener William Harris for the disc!

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Fred Waring Show - April 26, 1945

February 8th, 2019

Here’s another installment in the popular series featuring light music by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians.  Originally heard on the Blue network on April 26, 1945, this is the Armed Forces Radio Service version, where it was distributed as program 414 in the series.  The first song is “Tico Tico”.

Our musical half-hour was dubbed direct to digital from an original vinyl Armed Forces Radio Service transcription disc.

Many thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection!

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Great Music - Pgm 143

February 8th, 2019

Here’s an obscure Armed Forces Radio Service program, “Great Music”, giving GIs fifteen minutes of short classical works.  Program 143 in the series is hosted by Walter Huston.  The first selection is the overture to “Ruslan and Lyudmila” by Glinka.  Also heard is a two-piano duet by Amparo and José Iturbi.

The show was digitized direct from an original 16” Armed Forces Radio Service transcription.

Again, my thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection.

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