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Guest Star - Pgm 86

December 15th, 2018 · Comments

You know you should be buying US Savings Bonds, right?

Here’s another installment of the US Treasury Department’s long-running series, “Guest Star”.  Program 86 in the series features guest Bonita Granville and Jack Webb in a dramatic sketch, “The Road to Yesterday”, written by Harry Lawrence.  The plot concerns a dead woman reflecting on her life.  David Rose and the Savings Bond Orchestra kick off the program with “I’ll Be Seeing You”.  

The program was digitized direct from an original Treasury Department 16” vinyl transcription, matrix number TDR-1004 D-32349.


Tags: drama · Treasury Department

Guest Star - Pgm 85

November 24th, 2018 · Comments

You want to buy some US Savings Bonds, right?

If I can’t convince you, perhaps this week’s “Guest Star” can.  Humphrey Bogart drops in on this week’s episode to star in a fifteen minute drama called “Incident in Freedom”.  Your announcer is Jess Barker and we hear David Rose and the Savings Bond Orchestra.

Our show was transferred to digital direct from an original vinyl Treasury Department transcription, matrix number TDR-1007 D-32380.  The disc was pressed by Allied Record.


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Guest Star - Pgm 77

November 10th, 2018 · Comments

Here’s another episode of the long-running public service program, “Guest Star”.  Usually, the show features musical guests, but here’s one with a short dramatic sketch.

Program 77, originally heard the week of September 12, 1948, stars Boris Karloff in “The Baby Sitter”, a piece about a stranger that breaks into a house to find food and finds a little boy.  Before the drama, Harry Sosnik and the orchestra perform “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”.  The announcer is Roger Forster.

The show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl Treasury Department transcription, matrix number FS-ABC-SB-80 D-28615.


Tags: drama · Treasury Department

Beggars of Life - Kangaroo Court - Pgm 1

November 4th, 2018 · Comments

A highlight of the blog this week is an usual, previously lost audition for a syndicated program.

Jim Tully was an author and columnist who came to fame for “riding the rails” in the 1910s, turning his experiences into a popular book, “Beggars of Life” in the mid-1920s.  The book was turned into a silent film of the same name with Louis Brooks.  The movie was recently restored and released on blu-ray.

Tully was one of the first journalists to cover the film industry.  As a free-lancer, unaccountable to the studios, he gained a reputation as “the most hated man in Hollywood” for his frank and open writing about Hollywood stars.

“Beggars of Life” was a series of dramatized incidents from his popular book.  In this book, we hear “Kangaroo Court”, which is about a kind of initiation ceremony done by prisoners thrown in jail for vagrancy when someone new would arrive.  Tully introduces the drama.

I haven’t been able to find any documentation on a broadcast run of this series, but would guess it dates from the mid to late 1930s.

Our program was transferred to digital direct from an original single-sided 16” shellac transcription pressed by Hollywood Recorders, matrix number HR-1007.

Next week, we’ll hear a series of five minute syndicated shows that Tully produced where he narrates stories about famous people he’s known.


Tags: drama

Guest Star - Program 63

October 27th, 2018 · Comments

Once again, we hear from the Treasury Department hawking United States Savings Bonds. Rather than the usual musical guest or comedian, our guests are the cast of a popular radio drama.

Program #63, dated June 6, 1948 on the label, features the cast of “One Man’s Family” in a short sketch where son Paul makes a speech for US Savings Bonds. The announcer is David Ross.

Our show was dubbed direct from an original Treasury Department vinyl transcription, matrix number D23995B.


Tags: drama · Treasury Department · soap opera · serials

Front Page Drama - Pgm 194

June 10th, 2017 · Comments

Our last post this week is another entry in the series “Front Page Drama”, syndicated by Hearst Newspapers to promote their “American Weekly” newspaper supplement and produced by Langlois & Wentworth, New York.

Program 195 in the series was originally heard January 16, 1937.  “The Field of Honor” tells the story of what happens to a young man after a father doesn’t allow him to marry the man’s daughter.

“Front Page Drama” was usually distributed with another Hearst program, “Jungle Jim”.  We’ll have the flip-side of this disc with that show next week.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch Victrolac transcription pressed by RCA, matrix number MS 03673.


Tags: drama · Front Page Drama

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

March 25th, 2017 · Comments

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.


Tags: drama · This is Your FBI

This Is Your FBI - September 28, 1951 - syndication version

February 9th, 2017 · Comments

Here’s another episode of “This Is Your FBI”, taken from a group of tape syndication masters I obtained a few months ago.  For more information on the series and this set of tapes, see my original post that started off this series of posts.

Our program this week is “The Harvest”, originally broadcast September 28, 1951 on ABC and sponsored by the Equitable Life Assurance Society.  Two drifters hold up a bank messenger and hide to among a group of migrant farm workers.  Your narrator is William Woodson and the cast features Stacy Harris, Alice Backes, Tony Barrett, Ted de Corsia, Sam Edwards, Wally Maher, Victor Rodman, and Harry Rosenthal, according to Goldin.  In this syndication version, the commercials are omitted.

Our mp3 was transferred from a 10” reel to reel tape dubbing master running at 15 inches per second.  The sound, as other shows in this group of tapes, is quite remarkable, dubbed from the original 50s tape masters of the series for this 1970s syndication run of the show.



Tags: drama · This is Your FBI