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So You Think It’s New - Audition

July 10th, 2010 · Comments

Here's a little audition program I haven't found documented anywhere.  Wilfred J. Funk, of Funk and Wagnall's fame, published a popular book with this title in 1937.  The concept was to explore new trends and fads and show that they're weren't really new at all.  The current fad of painting your nails?  Nudism?  Been there, done that.

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The audition gives an overview of the series with some quirky and interesting facts and a brief sketch about an ancient Egyptian inventor who came up with unbreakable glass.  The series itself would focus on one story or theme.  The recording includes ads for a Dallas jewelry store, likely to demonstrate how local continuity would work for the ads by the sposor, Gruen watches.

The show dates from 1938, which Funk mentions during the program.  It was transferred from an original one-sided Transamerican Broadcasting and Television Victrolac transcription pressed by RCA, matrix number 023648-1A.

My thanks to listener Michael Utz for providing some funding towards the auction where I won this one.

Anyone ever see any other episodes of the series?  Did it survive beyond an audition?

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Show Stoppers - Pgm 20

June 13th, 2010 · Comments

Well, here's the only other show I have in the obscure little series, "Show Stoppers", syndicated by Koret of California.  The show features guest stars who talk about turning points in their showbiz careers.

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In program 20, host Knox Manning welcomes actress Constance Bennett.  You might remember her from the films "Topper" or "What Price Hollywood?".  The sister of Joan Bennett, she came from a showbiz family and sounds a bit reluctant to enter the business.

The show was transferred from an original NBC Orthacoustic transcription pressed for Textile Broadcasts, Los Angeles, California, matrix number HD6-MM-7307-1.

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The Passing Parade - Pgm 24

May 22nd, 2009 · Comments

Here's another colorful story in John Nesbitt's notebook of the strange, unusual and ironic, "The Passing Parade", syndicated by MGM Radio Attractions in the late 1940s and early 50s.

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Program 24 in the series concerns a man who went in search of fairy tales, but wound up discovering ....

Well, I'll let John Nesbitt tell you the fascinating story of what he found.

The show was transferred to digital from an original MGM Radio Attractions vinyl transcription, matrix number MGM JN 1624.

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The Passing Parade, Pgm 23

April 20th, 2009 · Comments

Let's drop in on Jim Nesbitt again this week to see what story of the unusual and strange he has in store for us in this series syndicated in the early 1950s by MGM.

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In program 23 of the series, we hear the fascinating tale of Wild Jack Howard, the Man Who Searched for Death.  It seems that Howard was an Earl with a longing for adventure and danger who made a contribution to the War effort.  And then ... well, I'll let Jim Nesbitt finish the story.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original vinyl MGM Radio Attractions transcription, matrix number MGM JN 1623.

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The Passing Parade, Pgm 18

February 8th, 2009 · Comments

This week, we finish up a two-part story of the unusual with program 18 in the series "The Passing Parade".

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John Nesbitt tells us about the later years of the infamous Typhoid Mary, a woman who spread a deadly disease and wound up becoming ... a tourist attraction.

The show was transferred from an original MGM Radio Attractions transcription, matrix number MGM JN 1618.

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Tags: Passing Parade · commentary · medical related

The Passing Parade, Pgm 17

February 1st, 2009 · Comments

Back by popular demand, here's another episode of John Nesbitt's tales of the ironic, "The Passing Parade", a program syndicated by MGM Radio Attractions in the late 40s or early 50s.

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This week, we present Program 17 in the series, part one of the story of Typhoid Mary.  If you think Mary's story is remarkable, wait until you hear what happened to her later in life in part two, next week in the blog.

The show was transferred from an original MGM Radio Attractions transcription, matrix number MGM JN 1617.

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The Passing Parade - Pgm 10

December 6th, 2008 · Comments

John Nesbitt was well-known as the announcer for MGM's series of theatrical "docu-drama" shorts, "The Passing Parade", that offered up odd and mysterious stories, often with a twist of irony.  Nesbitt was heard from the late 40s to the early 50s on all three radio networks at one time or another with a program that remind of a "Ripley's Believe It or Not" cartoon or later television and radio commentaries by Paul Harvey.  I recently obtained a few discs of a syndicated version of Nesbitt's show, distributed by MGM's radio syndication arm, probably in the late 40s and early 50s.  (In the 1950s, MGM also re-edited Nesbitt's film shorts for distribution on television during the rise of movie studio involvement in tv show production.)

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In program 10 of the series, Nesbitt tells the story of Elizabeth Woodcock, a woman who was caught in a sudden blizzard when she went out horseback riding and was buried alive for five days.  I thought it would be an appropriate show since many parts of the US are getting some snow this time of year.

The program was transferred from an original vinyl MGM radio syndication disc, matrix number MGM JN 1610.  I'll offer up a few of these on occasion from the collection over the coming months.

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