rand’s esoteric otr

A weblog and podcast featuring vintage broadcasts directly transferred from original transcriptions.

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Over the weekend, I got to meet old time radio researcher Joe Webb.  Joe interviewed me about my radio transcription collection and the blog.  Here's his post about the interview on the Old Time Rad...
November 22, 2016
Once in a while I run into a little mystery on ebay and take a chance on a disc.  This one popped up recently and I couldn’t figure out what the heck it was.  It’s a one-sided NBC Reference Reco...
May 14, 2015
Note:  The mp3 attached to this post is the same transfer I put up earlier in the summer; it is included here as a convenience. At the end of July, I posted a lacquer 78 rpm ...
October 27, 2013
If you are near Los Altos, California, tune in to KFJC-FM 89.7 on Wednesday, October 30th at 8:30 pm.  The station will be carrying a special on the 75th anniversary of "War of the Worl...
October 27, 2013
In this post, an alternative version of probably the most well-known broadcast of all time. I recently picked up on ebay a six-disc, twelve-side lacquer recorded at 78 rpm of the Mercury Theatre broad...
July 31, 2013
Curtis H. Springer was a unique American character.  The self-described "last of the old-time medicine men", Springer got his start working with Billy Sunday's evangelical outfit and, in the 1930s, t...
March 24, 2013
Update - click "Read the rest of this entry" at the bottom of the blog post to see an important update on the origins of this unusual tape. In this post, a bit of a mystery. Some months ago, I got som...
March 24, 2013
During the New Deal era, the Roosevelt administration used the new medium of radio to get the word out about new programs through syndicated shows.  Some, like programs featuring WPA musicians, was m...
March 24, 2013
Note:  This program contains racial stereotyping themes that may be offensive to some listeners. "Eno Crime Clues" is a rare 1930s radio series heard on the NBC Blue Network from 1933 to 1936.  The ...
March 24, 2013
Here's an unusual bit of radio and Hollywood history, an audition for a children's radio series based on popular animated cartoons. "Sally in Hollywoodland" was recorded June 3, 1947, and is a half-h...
March 24, 2013

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