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Waltz Time Pgm 69, January 26, 1945

October 13th, 2018 · Comments

Waltz Time” was a popular radio program created and produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, more well known for their work in soap operas.  The series was on the air for fifteen years and presented popular light orchestral music.

Program 69 in the series as heard on Armed Forces Radio was originally broadcast on NBC on January 26, 1945.  It was sponsored by Phillips Milk of Magnesia on NBC, but the commercials are omitted here.  The first tune is “I Dream of You”, sung by Frank Munn.  The program features Frank Munn, Evelyn MacGregor, Abe Lyman and His Orchestra, and the Amsterdam Chorus.  Howard Duff is the announcer for AFRS.  This appears to be a previously lost/uncirculated episode of the series.

Our program was transferred to digital from an original vinyl Armed Forces Radio transcription disc.

My thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the blog.  We’ll be hearing more episodes of “Waltz Time” in the coming weeks.


Tags: music

Concert Hall - Pgm 34

October 13th, 2018 · Comments

With this post, we start a series of several AFRS transcriptions dating from around 1945 and some other transcriptions of primarily more obscure music programs.  They were donated to the blog by listener William Harris.  My thanks to blog listener William for sending the discs my way!

“Concert Hall” was a program of classical music created especially for Armed Forces Radio.  Using material from a variety of sources - likely different radio broadcasts - the show featured the top classical and light classical performers of the day and was hosted by Lionel Barrymore.

Program 34 in the series features pianist Jose Iturbe performing first movement of the Concerto in B-Flat Minor by Tchaikovsky.  Soprano Rose Bampton sings a song in Spanish by Padilla.  Barrymore relates a story about Iturbe recently appearing in a Hollywood film.

Our program was transferred from an original vinyl Armed Forces Radio transcription disc.


Tags: music

Philco Radio Time - October 1, 1947

June 2nd, 2017 · Comments

Bing Crosby shows are so well known that they’re usually out of my collecting specialty of obscure programs.  But I’ll make an exception if I run into some favorite popular series from time to time.  And, besides, I feel like I owe you something for putting up with “Wade Lane’s Home Folks” for several weeks.

In this post, we hear the “Philco Radio Time” program of October 1, 1947.  Bing has just returned from his vacation in Canada for the first show of the season.  After the first song, “My Heart is a Hobo”, we get music from Peggy Lee and a fun sketch with guest Gary Cooper.  The show features announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra and backup vocals by the Rhythmaires.

The show was transferred from three sides of two sixteen vinyl American Broadcasting Company/Crosby Enterprise transcriptions, matrix numbers HD7-MM-11081-10, HD7-MM-11099-10, and HD7-MM-11134-10.

It’s interesting the program is spread across three sides - US half hour shows are usually on two sides, but I worked with a large group of BBC discs that all used three sides for a thirty-minute show.  I imagine it was done to release the show with the highest sound quality.  The “dead” side of the set includes a strobe and empty groove that could be used by the engineer to make sure the turntable was running at the correct speed.



Tags: music · Bing Crosby

Rhapsody in Rhythm - Pgm 2

May 20th, 2017 · Comments

It’s been awhile since I posted a Transco program.  The company syndicated several shows in the early 30s, particularly of great jazz and popular music performances.

In this post, we hear program two in the series, “Rhapsody in Rhythm”, featuring Charles W. Hamp and the Rhythm Rascals.  (I posted program one from the other side of the disc a few years ago in the blog.)  The first song is “And Still No Luck With You”, played by the Rhythm Rascals.

I wish I could run into these Transco discs more often.

Our mp3 transfer is direct from blue laminated Radio Transcription Company (Transco) transcription, matrix number A-2569.


Tags: music · Transco · early radio

Sammy Kaye Showroom - Pgm 39

April 29th, 2017 · Comments

And here’s our final episode of “The Sammy Kaye Showroom”, a fifteen minute syndicated music program sponsored by Chrysler-Plymouth distributed around 1949.  Although at least seventy shows were produced in the series, only a handful circulate among collectors.

The first song on program 39 is the Irving Berline tune “Homework”, sung by Laura Leslie, from the Broadway show, “Miss Liberty”.  Don Cornel and the choir sing “Bali Hai”.  “It’s a Great Feeling” is the “Chrysler Song of the Week”.  The commercials highlight service by your local Chrysler dealer.

The show was transferred from an original sixteen-inch Columbia vinyl transcription, matrix number YTNY 11470.


Tags: music

Guest Star - Pgm 682 - April 17, 1960

April 8th, 2017 · Comments

Now another late era episode of the long-running program promoting US Savings Bonds, “Guest Star”.  The times are changing, as some upstart teenage rock n’ roll invades this showcase for vocalists and big bands.

In program 682, we hear the popular fifties vocal group from Canada, the Crew Cuts.  While we don’t get to hear their big hit, “Sh-Boom”, we get a reminder of how good they could be, turning in polished performances of less well-remembered tunes.  The first song is the upbeat “Let’s Fall in Love” and they also perform “Aura Lee”, recorded by Elvis four years earlier as the title song for his film, “Love Me Tender”.  As usual, the music is provided by Harry Sosnik’s Orchestra and the announcer is Del Sharbutt.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from a sixteen inch vinyl microgroove Treasury Department vinyl transcription.



Tags: music · Treasury Department

Wade Lane’s Home Folks - Pgm 4

April 2nd, 2017 · Comments

Now, let’s sit by the fire for another fifteen minutes with everyone’s favorite unwanted guest in “Wade Lane’s Home Folks”.

In program 4, Lane starts off the show with a creepy little monologue about his fascination with peering into his neighbor’s windows and how the windows are an “eye to the soul”, leading to the first song, “Little Grey Home in the West”.  The usual assortment of slightly disturbing stories and corny old songs round out the quarter hour of your life you’ll never get back.

This show is so old-fashioned that, even for the late 30s, the target market must have been great-grandmothers or undead vampires who still had vivid memories of the pre-Civil War era.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch shellac transcription, matrix number B5090A.  The show was recorded in the Hollywood studios of Recordings, Inc. and probably pressed by Allied.  It was produced by Mertens and Price, 1240 South Main Street, Los Angeles.


Tags: music

Guest Star - Pgm 681 - April 10, 1960

March 25th, 2017 · Comments

Here’s another in our series of late era “Guest Star” programs that were syndicated by the Treasury Department to promote Savings Bonds.

Program 681 in the series features vocalist Betty Johnson and the first is “You Don’t Care a Rowboat”, which she released on Atlantic records.  Johnson, by the way, is a native of Guilford County, North Carolina.  Her vocal style reminds me a bit of Dinah Shore.  The show features  Harry Sosnik’s Orchestra and the announcer is Del Sharbutt.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from a sixteen inch vinyl microgroove Treasury Department vinyl transcription.



Tags: music · Treasury Department