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As Told by Jim Tully - Clark Gable

November 10th, 2018 · Comments

Finally, following up from our previous posts, Jim Tully tells us about the personal side of Clark Gable and his early career.

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As Told by Jim Tully - Spencer Tracy

November 10th, 2018 · Comments

Following up on our previous post, Tully tells us about the early career of Spencer Tracy and how he got started in Hollywood and his friend Pat O’Brien.

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As Told by Jim Tully - Jack Dempsey

November 10th, 2018 · Comments

Last week, we heard a fifteen minute show adapted from Jim Tully’s popular book on his years “riding the rails” and learned about Tully’s later work in Hollywood as a columnist.

This week, a set of three five minute shows from the same time period by Tully.  In these, we hear from Tully himself, telling stories about his friends in Hollywood.

The first show on the disc has Tully telling us about prizefighter Jack Dempsey, “one of the finest fellows I’ve ever known” and talks about the personal side of the night of the Tunny fight.

I haven’t found anything else about this program; it may just be an audition disc for a series that never went into syndication.  Based on the internal references, I’m guessing it dates from around 1937.

Our show, along with the next two episodes, were transferred direct from a shellac 16” Hollywood Recorders transcription, matrix number HR 1006.

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How About That - Pgm 2

May 6th, 2017 · Comments

 

Here's our second and final program in the syndicated series “How About That”, hosted by Gregory Abbott.

In program 2, the first story is about a “lighthouse” to call waiters at restaurants.  We also hear about “emergency umbrellas”, creating sterling silver objects as a hobby, cooking a perfect poached egg, and the work of CARE rebuilding libraries in war-torn Europe to combat the rise of Communist propaganda.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch vinyl transcription distributed by the Faught Company, 342 Madison Avenue, New York, matrix number 3132.  Apologies for the rough sound on this one - as you can see from the photo, this was a pretty beat up disc.

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Tags: Cold War · commentary

How About That - Pgm 1

April 22nd, 2017 · Comments

This week, we hear the first of a couple of episodes of an odd little series, “How About That”, hosted by Gregory Abbott. Goldin dates the show to 1949.

The series is similar to “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”, with more of a slant on science and industry.  The stories in program one concentrate on spring.  The first story is about “Overhand Joe”, an automated baseball pitching machine used in spring training.  Seed companies are coating their seeds in the same color as the flowers that will bloom.  Experiments in growing grass for golf courses makes advances for home lawns.  A special guest talks about materials made from the then-new material, latex foam rubber.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch vinyl transcription syndicated by the Fought Company, 342 Madison Avenue, New York, matrix number 3131.

I’ve never seen anything other than programs 1 and 2 circulating from this series - I wonder if these were just demonstration programs for a series that never made it to air or if these are just more commonly found because they were used for demonstration purposes and more widely circulated than the series itself.

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For Your Consideration - Pgm 4 - November 26, 1941

March 25th, 2017 · Comments

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.

 

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Tags: local radio · commentary

Curtis Springer for Acidine - Pgm 5

March 11th, 2017 · Comments

And now the last episode I have in my collection of an obscure early 30s syndicated radio show featuring Curtis H. Springer, the “King of the Quacks”, with his advice on “the facts about life”.  You can read more about Springer in my first post on the series.

In program 5, Springer starts off his commentary talking about old family photographs, leading into his pitch for how fashions can be damaging to health.  The sponsor is Acidine and your announcer is Hal Dean.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from a translucent blue one-sided 16” celluloid Brunswick transcription, matrix number 9153.  The disc was pressed by Flexo, a manufacturer of promotional and radio-related discs made with experimental plastics in the early 1930s.  The series was recorded in Chicago.

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Tags: commentary · medical related · early radio

Curtis Springer for Acidine - Pgm 3

January 26th, 2017 · Comments

Now we continue our run of the first five episodes of “Curtis Springer”, a daily fifteen minute show featuring commentary by the “King of Quacks” with his advice on the “facts about life”.  You can read more about Springer in my first post on the series.

In this episode talks about two “dizzy blondes” he overheard at a restaurant talking about doping up kids they were supposed to be babysitting when they went out for a hot night of dancing.  He didn’t intervene or report the conversation because he would be wasting his time trying to give advice to someone who doesn’t want it.  This syndicated series was sponsored by Acidine.

The mp3 you’re listening to was transferred direct from a translucent blue one-sided 16” celluloid Brunswick transcription, matrix number 9151, pressed by Flexo, a manufacturer of promotional and radio-related discs made with experimental plastics in the early 1930s.

Again, I think these may be the only surviving radio programs by Springer from the 1930s.

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Tags: commentary · medical related · early radio

Fraternal Order of Eagles speech - August 8, 1935

January 18th, 2017 · Comments

Finally on the blog this week, a rare mid-thirties political broadcast.

This was a special program carried on CBS from the Dayton Biltmore Hotel in Dayton, Ohio, where the Fraternal Order of Eagles was having its annual convention.  George F. Douglas, from Philadelphia, the Grand Worthy President of the Eagles, introduces a speech by Frank. E. Hering, editor of the “Eagles” magazine.

The Eagles is a fraternity that was founded in 1898 by a group of theater owners and became known for consisting of individuals involved in the performing arts.  They helped the establishment of Mother’s Day and were instrumental in organizing in support of Social Security.

Hering uses his time to outline the organization’s previous support for legislation to support widows, the poor and unemployed in times of economic crisis.  He goes on to urge Congress to pass what he calls the “Ludlow Eagles” bill, which would allow workers to have a sufficient wage to save for their future.

Social Security was working its way through Congress at this time, but I’ve been unable to determine with certainty if Hering is calling for the passage of the Social Security Act or another piece of New Deal legislation.  Anyone out there that’s more familiar with what was going on in Congress in August 1935 have an opinion on this?

This recording is an air check of WABC, New York.  The transcription begins and ends with a time check and id from the station and includes the CBS network id.  There's a short piano fill at the end of the broadcast that made me think I was listening to the "War of the Worlds" for a moment.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from four sides of two 12” Audio-Scriptions, Inc. uncoated aluminum discs running at 78 rpm.  Hering's name is misspelled on the disc labels, by the way.  The first part is in rough shape with a few skips - it was difficult to get it to play because it was scratched and heavily abused.  The remaining parts sound much better.  This appears to be a previously lost program.

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Tags: commentary · politics · New Deal related

Rupert Hughes - Pgm 4 - September 4, 1944

January 18th, 2017 · Comments

Here’s another anti-FDR speech from the 1944 Presidential campaign, this one originating on the West Coast.

This is the fourth program in a series of 15 minute commentaries by Rupert Hughes sponsored by the Republican Party of California and heard on KMPC, Los Angeles, California.  The series was broadcast at 6:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Rupert Hughes was a writer who was the uncle of billionaire Howard Hughes; he served as president of the American Writers Association, a group of anti-Communist writers, and is most well-known for his biography of George Washington.

Hughes spends his quarter hour commentary raising fears about FDR’s death and what might happen if his inexperienced VP Truman took over the Oval Office.  He’s suspicious of FDR’s dealings with Churchill and Stalin and the ability of Truman to serve as President, noting how he had been left out of the Tehran Conference.  Hughes goes on to liken Roosevelt to a king or dictator - “Is he going to liquidate the American republic?  He’s already liquidated the Democratic party … This is an election that’s coming up - not a coronation!”

Our mp3 was transferred from a single-sided 16” glass-based NBC Reference lacquer.  I think this may be the only surviving episode of this series and it appears to not be currently in circulation among old time radio enthusiasts.

I had a very difficult time playing this program - it was cracked long ago from the edge to the label and, typical of glass-based discs, the lacquer coating was beginning to flake off and deform.  I had to “ride the needle” to get it to track, especially in the first few minutes.

Please note that I did a “copy and paste” of one phrase from the end of the program to the beginning, where the announcer states that the program was paid for by the Republican Party of California - there was a nasty skip in the opening and I did the alternation since the announcer was saying the same phrase to preserve the continuity of the program content.  I also saved a raw wav file of the full transfer.

By the way, the label fell off this disc.  Here’s what was underneath it.

 

 

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Tags: WW II related · commentary · politics