Archive for the 'kids and juvenile' Category

Sally in Hollywoodland - Audition

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Here's an unusual bit of radio and Hollywood history, an audition for a children's radio series based on popular animated cartoons.

Sally in Hollywoodland - Audition label

"Sally in Hollywoodland" was recorded June 3, 1947, and is a half-hour kid's show based on the Walter Lantz cartoons, featuring Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda and the gang.  The audition includes announcements on how the show could be sold to potential sponsors.

I've done quite a bit of searching on this one, but haven't turned up anything on the origins of the audition or information on the company that produced it.  The show didn't appear to actually go into production and syndication.

The program was transferred from an original 6000 Sunset Radio Center (Hollywood) vinyl transcription disc, matrix numbers SUN-535A and SUN-536B.

If anyone has some more info on this one, I'd appreciated hearing from you!

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The Story Lady - January 10, 1948 - excerpt

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

"The Story Lady" was a local children's program on WHO, Des Moines, Iowa.  In this post, we hear the last fifteen minutes of the broadcast of January 10, 1948.  The show includes birthday greetings, songs, a segment where the kids try to come up with names for pets of listeners, and a child in the audience with a bad cold who coughs up a lung during the broadcast.

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I couldn't make out the name of the host at the end of the program and didn't have any luck finding newspaper articles about her or the show - perhaps one of our readers can help us out with more information.  (Heck, it may be that one of our listeners was in the audience that day.)

Our program was transferred from an original WHO single-sided lacquer.  The disc came from a group of local programs from 1948 heard on stations around the country - I think they may have been entries in some type of contest for local programming.

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Once Upon a Time - Pgm 20

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

A few weeks back, we heard an episode of a rather obscure children's series, "Once Upon a Time", syndicated by Standard Radio, Inc in Hollywood in the 1930s.  Here's the other side of the disc, program 20 in the series, "The Little Red Hen".

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This particular episode is rather curious - it reminds me of the vocalizations and style of a later children's show, "The Wormwood Forest", that originated at WSM in Nashville and was heard on NBC circa 1949.

The show was transferred from an original Standard Radio vinyl transcription pressed by RCA, matrix number PMS-79219.

Many thanks to Michael Utz for his donation of the disc to may collection!

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Once Upon a Time - Pgm 7

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Here's a little curiosity donated to my collection by Michael Utz.  It's "Once Upon a Time", a series based on famous children's stories and syndicated by Standard Radio, Inc in Hollywood.

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Program 7 is "Hansel and Gretel".  The style of the shows, particularly the one on the flip side of the disc that I'll post another time, reminds me of "Wormwood Forest", an NBC show from 1949 that originated at WSM in Nashville.

I've done some digging, but haven't been able to verify the date of the show.  Goldin and otrsite.com date the program to 1938, but I've not run into newspaper listings for it.  WOR had a half-hour show by this title between 1937 and 1939, but it could be a similarly named program done by the Federal Theater Project that ran for a half-hour.

The show was transferred from the original Standard Radio, Inc, Hollywood, vinyl transcription pressed by RCA, matrix number PMS-79152.

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Story Princess - Pgm 5

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Here's the second, and last, program I have in the previously "lost" children's series, "The Story Princess".  The show was carried on ABC in 1958 and '59 and was hosted by Alene Dalton who created the "Story Princess" character for a local Salt Lake City station in the early 1950s.

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Program 2 in the series as broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service includes "Androcles and the Lion" and one of those bizarre Little Orley stories, this one where he has an experience with a magic feather.  The show is dated August 15, 1958 in the disc matrix, so that's probably the original ABC radio network broadcast date.

The show was transferred from an original vinyl microgroove AFRTS transcription.

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Mystery Castle - Pgm 9

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

And now a special piece of local old time radio history, previously unheard since it was originally broadcast. I posted to a couple of mailing lists about the show, but couldn't turn up any more info on it, so what I have here is based on the disc itself.

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"Mystery Castle" was a local serial adventure show from WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio. Run during the holiday season, and probably inspired by the success of "The Cinnamon Bear", the program follows the adventures of a boy and girl in an enchanted forest as they try to figure out "mystery packages" hidden around the forest.

The show was sponsored by a local department store, Stambaugh Thompsons, and if you were a young listener you were encouraged to have mom and dad take you down to the store to buy your own "Mystery Package" (for only 25 cents!) that you can open as you follow the program. The store also had displays featuring characters from the show.

Episode 9 of the series has Happy and Ronny stealing a special key from Santa that they hope will open one of the mystery packages in the castle. It includes the original Stambaugh Thompsons commercials at the beginning and end of the program. The show was written by Ellamae Casteel, produced and directed by Chick Lynn and the sound effects were by Howard Rampus.

There's no date on the label, but a sharp-eyed listener to the blog spotted entries for the show in the WKBN schedule listings in the Massilon, Ohio Evening Independent showing that the series ran in December 1947. Jay Hickerson noted that Clay Cole, host of an influential New York rock and roll tv show in the late 50s and early 60s, mentions in his autobiography being part of the cast of the program when he was a child.

WKBN, according to Wikipedia, was founded in 1926 by Warren P. Williamson, Jr. and was Youngstown's first radio station. Early on, the station became an affiliate of the CBS radio network and remained so until the station was sold by the Williamson family in 1999. Currently, WKBN is one of many stations owned by Clear Channel Communications.

Our program was transferred from an original lacquer transcription from WKBN, Youngstown, Ohio. The show is previously uncirculated among otr collectors and appears to be the only surviving episode of the series.

Update: See the comments for detailed info on the show from readers of the blog.  The local paper in Youngstown, the Vindicator, has made a post on their blog seeing if any locals remember the show and looking for more info.

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Tribe Book of the Lone Wolf

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Note:  The attached pdf file contains racial stereotyping themes that may be offensive to some blog readers.

"Lone Wolf Tribe" was a juvenile series that ran on CBS for one or two seasons, circa 1932-33, three days a week.  The show followed the adventures of Wolf Paw and his Indian tribe.  I haven't found out much about the program, except for a page on a collectors site that talks about premiums offered in conjunction with the program.

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In this post, "The Tribe Book of the Lone Wolf", a pdf file of a booklet offered to listeners of the show.  It includes secret signs and picture writing you should only share with the members of your tribe, some info on Native American lore (at least the way that Madison Avenue imagined it), the Wolf Tribe credo, and, most importantly, a catalog of fine "Indian things" you can get by trading "wampum" (ie, Wrigley's Chewing Gum wrappers).

Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any surviving episodes of the series.  Anyone have additional info to offer about it?

The pdf file, linked on the ebook icon below the post, is about 1.8 MB and runs 28 pages.

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The Story Princess - Pgm 2

Friday, July 24th, 2009

"The Story Princess" was a series created by Alene Dalton for a local Salt Lake City radio station in the early 1950s.  She left for New York in 1953 and the program appears to have been picked up by the ABC network.  It's shown as being carried on WABC in this program log.  In digging around the web, I've run into some merchandising associated with the show, including one or more books with a "Story Princess" theme and toys associated with the program.

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In this entry, program 2 in the "Story Princess" series as broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network.  In this previously lost program, the Story Princess performs "Snow White" and we also hear a Little Orley story where he gets himself a cricket.  The show is dated July 25, 1958 in the matrix of the disc and was probably carried on ABC.

I warn you - this may be a previously undocumented old time radio series and that can be exciting, but the program itself is quite dreadful.  Everything about is canned, prerecorded, and prepackaged, even down to the chatter of the kids.  Perhaps earlier efforts by the Story Princess broadcast during radio's better days had a little more life about them.

Any one else heard another episode of this show or seen anything else about the series?

The program was transferred from an original AFRTS vinyl microgroove transcription.

Update, 7/25/09 - See Jim B's remarks in the comments section.  He found an article from the Long Beach Independent dated October 4, 1958 where the show premiered on KABC.  He also notes the last show on the station was March 5, 1960 and has some other information on Alene Dalton.

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Hopalong Cassidy - Pgm 23

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Here's the last program I have in the popular cowboy adventure series, "Hopalong Cassidy".  Program 23 in the series is "Death Paints a Picture", recorded November 16, 1948, according to otrsite.com.  Hopalong investigates the mysterious disappearance of two men - an artist visiting a local rance and the foreman that went to look for him.

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The show was digitized from an original red vinyl Commodore Productions and Artists, Inc transcription disc set, matrix numbers V-2164-23-1-R and V-2164-23-2-R.

A special tip of the hat to GL Mercer for his donation of the Hopalong Cassidy discs to my collection. Mercer puts together a “multimedia” Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio as a set of cds that includes information on series, such as logs and photos, and examples of programs in mp3 format.  You can email him at goldenotrmp3@hotmail.com for more info on the set.

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Falstaff’s Fables - Program 51

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

We come to the end of our collection of programs in the series "Falstaff's Fables", broadcast circa November 1950 on the ABC radio network and featuring Alan Reed.

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Program 51 of the series is "The Tale of The Engine and the Pullman Car" and, as usual, includes Alan Reed, Jr. to help with the story.  The show is sponsored by Milky Way candy bars.

The transfer was directly from an original ABC radio acetate.

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