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American Family Robinson - New Series - Pgm 64

June 4th, 2010 · Comments

Myra's having all manner of trouble with Luke as we drop in on the Robinson's this week in "American Family Robinson - New Series", syndicated by the National Industrial Council (aka the National Association of Manufacturers).

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In program 64, intended for broadcast the week of September 1, 1940, Myra and the Baron are plotting to get Luke back to Birch Falls so he can concentrate on managing the Emporium.  It seems that he was a guest on Myra's program recently and stardom as the "ideal husband" has been going to his head.

The show was transferred from a vinyl Orthacoustic transcription pressed by RCA, matrix number MS 051990-1.

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American Family Robinson - New Series - Pgm 54

May 21st, 2010 · Comments

Now back to our continuing serial "The American Family Robinson", a series syndicated by the National Association of Manufacturers on business contributions towards preparing for war, just months before the entry of the US into World War II.

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In program 54, released the week of July 28, 1940, Luke Robinson and the Baron hit the road for a break away from the Emporium and Mrs. Robinson's radio show.  They stop for buttermilk at a farmhouse and the show turns into a conversation about how different types of businesses should stick together.

The program was transferred from an Orthacoustic vinyl transcription, matrix number 051767-1.

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American Family Robinson - New Series - Pgm 53

May 13th, 2010 · Comments

Now we continue the story of the Robinsons in Birch Falls in "American Family Robinson - New Series", a serial syndicated by the National Industrial Council (ie, the National Association of Manufacturers) as a propaganda effort to promote pro-business government policies and to show how American business was prepared for the threat of war.

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Pgm 53 was broadcast the week of July 21, 1940.  Luke's wife, Myra, is pursuing a career in radio and he's feeling neglected.  In this episode, Myra talks about the role of women in the home with the approaching War.  Luke arrives to propose a vacation away in the woods to calm his nerves.

The show was transferred from an original vinyl NBC Orthacoustic transcription, matrix number MS 051683-1A.

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American Family Robinson - New Series - Pgm 52

May 7th, 2010 · Comments

Well, a couple of weeks ago we finished up our run of "American Family Robinson", a serial from the mid-1930s sponsored by the National Industrial Council (aka the National Association of Manufacturers).

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This week we start looking at a "New Series" based on the characters.  The original "American Family Robinson" was pretty successful for the NAM.  Sponsored by local business and Chambers of Commerce, it ran on over 300 stations.  By 1940, however, there were a new set of government policies and a looming war that were on the minds of the country.  So NAM brought back the Robinsons, following up on them in a series that was more polished and subtle than the previous series.

My coverage of this series is a little more spotty, but the fifteen shows I'm posting in coming weeks should give you an idea of how the series developed.  My thanks to the Old Time Radio Researchers group, which provided most of these transcriptions for my collection.

In the New Series, Mr. Robinson is no longer a newspaper editor, but is managing his Aunt Agatha's store.  Mrs. Robinson has become a radio personality with a marriage advice program.  But, Luke is unhappy - his wife's work is taking so much time that he's feeling neglected.  In Program 52, for release week of July 21, 1940, Luke stops by a local cafe to talk about his troubles and this whole "equal rights for women" trend.

The show was digitized from an original vinyl transcription pressed NBC Orthacoustic, matrix number MS 051683-1A.

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