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Breakfast in the Blue Ridge - Audition Sales Pitch

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Now let's take a look "behind the scenes" of old radio.

"Breakfast in the Blue Ridge" was a popular syndicated country music program featuring "National Barn Dance" performers Lulubelle and Scotty.  In this post and the next, we hear two sides of the Audition disc for the series, circulated to station programmers and advertisers.

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First off, we hear Lulu Belle and Scotty and their announcer Jack Stillwell giving us their pitch for the series, which is modeled on chat and talk morning shows like "Tex and Jinx".

Lulu Belle and Scotty were originally from Boone and Spruce Pine, North Carolina and were quite popular in the 30s and 40s in the early country music scene.  After their retirement from show business, Lulu Belle served two terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives and she was her memory was honored by a resolution of the NC legislature in 2001.

The program was digitized from original vinyl transcription from Brinkley Recording Company, 232 E. Erie Street, Chicago made for Attractions, Inc.

The disc label, by the way, spells her name as "Lulubelle", but references on the web show her proper name as "Lulu Belle"

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Breakfast in the Blue Ridge - Audition Sample Episode

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Now, following from the previous post, here's the sample episode of "Breakfast in the Blue Ridge" from the flip side of the audition disc. The first song is "The Charming Black Mustache".

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The show was digitized from original vinyl transcription from Brinkley Recording Company, 232 E. Erie Street, Chicago made for Attractions, Inc.

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World Program Service - Disc 191

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

If you've been listening to the World Program Service Christmas dramas the past couple of weeks on the blog, you might wonder what other kinds of material are contained on these station library discs.

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Listener Micheal Utz donated a fun one to my collection.  World Program Service Disc 191, "World Commercial Jingles", is a fun series of generic vocal jingles that might have been used as part of commercials at a local station in the 40s, and 50s.  The cuts, repeated in pairs on the disc, are for a beverage, ice cream, and drive-in movie theaters.

The cuts were transferred from original World Program Service red vinyl vertical cut transcription, matrix number BB-50213-A1.

Thanks again, Michael!

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