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Louie’s Hungry five - Pgm 309 - October 9, 1931

March 25th, 2017

Now another in our continuous run of twenty episodes of “Louie’s Hungry Five”, an early radio serial syndicated by the WGN-Tribune Company of Chicago.  You can find out more about the series in my original post about the program.  If you’re just joining us, you can catch up on all the episodes here.

In program 309, heard October 9, 1931, the group checks into a hotel for a couple of days before they leave for their trip to South America.  You can download a jpeg scan of the original local announcer’s cue sheet for the show here.

The mp3 of this episode was transferred direct from a set of two 12” shellac 78 rpm transcriptions recorded and pressed by Columbia’s Sound-On-Disc Division, matrix numbers 23371 and 23372.

These original discs look unplayed and were an absolute joy to dub, by the way.


Hymns and Their Romance - January 21, 1950

March 25th, 2017

And here’s another lost local show from WHBC in Canton, Ohio.

“Hymns and Their Romance” features Major Charles McCray of the Salvation Army telling the story behind famous hymns with organist Martin Alexander playing the songs.  The program of January 21, 1950 tells the story of “Savior, Thy Dying Love”.

Oddly, the transcription starts out with a bit of a recorded or broadcast opera before the start of the program.  Since the show was pre-recorded, the engineer would have just kept this part off the air.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original 16” Audiodisc lacquer.



For Your Consideration - Pgm 4 - November 26, 1941

March 25th, 2017

I’ve been posting some previously lost local programming that came from a group of “throwaway” working lacquers from WHBC in Canton, Ohio over the past few weeks.

We continue our look at these unusual discs with another episode of “For Your Consideration” sponsored by the Timken Company.  The show was heard Sundays at 1:00 pm.

Program four in the series, heard November 26, 1941, is the usual mix of light music by a small group playing live in the studio and talk by an unidentified commentator.  The talk is about how you perceive different things in life based on your experience and point of view.  The show includes an id at the end for the Ohio Broadcasting Company.

The show was transferred from an original 16” Audiodisc lacquer.

It’s odd to hear a little show like this that was broadcast just a couple of weeks before Pearl Harbor.



This Is Your FBI - August 15, 1952 - syndication version

March 25th, 2017

Here’s another in our series of a half-dozen programs in the series “This Is Your FBI”, dubbed from early 1970s syndication masters.  Normally, later syndication versions of old time radio programs wouldn’t be of much interest to collectors, but I’m posting these because of the incredible sound.  When producing the syndicated version, the producers took out the original 50s era master tapes and dubbed them to create the dubbing master heard in this post.  The commercials are omitted, but the program is otherwise as it was originally broadcast.

Our episode this week is “The Dime-A-Dance Stick-Up”, originally broadcast August 15, 1952.  The story concerns a woman, working in a dance hall, who gets mixed up with a man injured in a bank job.

I think this might be a program in the series not circulating among collectors.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original full-track quarter-inch reel to reel tape running at 15 inches per second, captured at 24 bit/96 kHz from a ten inch reel.  The programs were edited for this 1970s syndication run at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles.


Guest Star - Pgm 681 - April 10, 1960

March 25th, 2017

Here’s another in our series of late era “Guest Star” programs that were syndicated by the Treasury Department to promote Savings Bonds.

Program 681 in the series features vocalist Betty Johnson and the first is “You Don’t Care a Rowboat”, which she released on Atlantic records.  Johnson, by the way, is a native of Guilford County, North Carolina.  Her vocal style reminds me a bit of Dinah Shore.  The show features  Harry Sosnik’s Orchestra and the announcer is Del Sharbutt.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from a sixteen inch vinyl microgroove Treasury Department vinyl transcription.



American Family Robinson - Pgm 205 - outtake

March 25th, 2017

In our previous post, we heard a master lacquer for program 205 in the series, “American Family Robinson”.

Now, the other side of the disc.  It’s the same show, but there’s some kind of goof-up half-way through the show and the director stops the recording.  At the end, you can hear the actors briefly out of character.

The excerpt was transferred from a 16” green labeled Presto lacquer.  There are no matrix markings or other information on the side.



American Family Robinson - Pgm 205 - lacquer master

March 25th, 2017

Once again, we drop in on the “American Family Robinson”.  This series of posts are some more lost episodes of the program I found over the past couple of years.  You can read about this controversial series in my original post about the show.

Program 205 of the series has Aunt Leticia staging a vaudeville show for the workers of the Centerville Herald and, as usual, trying to introduce “high culture” into the proceedings.  As part of the show’s propaganda purpose, Luke goes into a little speech about keeping workers happy.

This disc is rather special - it was transferred from a 16” unlabeled green label Presto vertical cut lacquer that appears to be a master made for the program.  There’s no matrix number on the disc - just the series name and program number.

I don’t think the disc was carried through the process of plating and mastering - it doesn’t have any discoloration or other signs that it was actually used to create a metal part.  It might have been a rejected take or perhaps the script was revised and re-recorded before release or it might have been used to dub another set of lacquers used for the actual mastering process.

In the next post, an outtake from the same episode from the other side of the disc.


Union Leader Tobacco - April 1, 1940

March 18th, 2017

Finally on the blog this week, an unusual fifteen minute musical show by a unique performer, Harry "Woo Woo" Stevens.

The Union Leader Tobacco program featured Harry Stevens playing banjo and singing old well-known tunes.  Stevens has a performing style that harkens back to the days of vaudeville and early radio, with friendly patter between (and during) the songs about his home town in Georgia and how great the “old songs” are.  The first song on the show of April 1, 1940 is “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”.  The program was originally broadcast on NBC.  I can’t find an entry for this in any newspapers at JJ’s Radio Logs, so it might have been carried on the network on a regional basis.

You can read about the long and storied career of Harry "Woo Woo" Stevens in an article published in 2007 at the Orange County Register.

The show was transferred from an original set of twelve inch air-check lacquers running at 78 rpm made for Stevens.



Yankee Doodle - Pgm 3

March 18th, 2017

Here’s another episode in the previously lost World War II Civil Defense public service series, “Yankee Doodle”.  I obtained a few beat up transcriptions of this show and managed to salvage most of them.

Directed by Clinton Johnston, program three in the series looks at the role of auxiliary firemen in civil defense in your local community with a dramatic sketch about a reluctant volunteer.

Our show was transferred from an original sixteen inch vinyl transcription pressed by Allied, matrix number G-6019.



Sammy Kaye’s Showroom - Pgm 29

March 18th, 2017

Let’s enjoy another quarter hour of “sweet band” music with “Sammy Kaye’s Showroom”, a syndicated series sponsored by Chrysler and produced by McCann-Erickson Inc.

The first song on program 29 is “My One And Only Highland Fling” sung by Laura Leslie and Don Cornell.  The commercials pitch service for your car available from your local Chrysler dealer.

The show was transferred from an original sixteen inch vinyl transcription pressed by Columbia, matrix number YTNY 11373.