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Special thanks, update

August 25th, 2010 · Comments

A tip of the hat goes out to Joe this week for his generous donation to blog - hope you keep enjoying what you hear here!

School's starting up at Duke where I work, so I'm posting this weeks programs a bit early in the week as I prepare for a busy weekend.

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Action in the Afternoon - Secret Agent Five

August 25th, 2010 · Comments

A few years back, I read about a most unusual series and have been wanting to take a peek at it ever since.

"Action in the Afternoon" was broadcast live on CBS for about a year, from 1953 to 1954.  Originating at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, the program was a five day a week Western, staged on an outdoor set behind the tv station.  Come rain or shine, the show was on the air.

Usually when we think about the "Golden Age" of live television, it's the big prestigious dramas, comedies and variety shows that we recall with misty-eyed fondness about the "good old days".  "Action in the Afternoon" is a wonderful reminder about how experimental - and awkward - early tv could be.

If you want to see a rare episode of the show, go to http://www.tvswestern.com/tv.cfm - scroll down on the page a bit and you should see it listed as the first program in the list.  Apologies for the annoying ad at the beginning of the video.

For something a bit more modern on that new-fangled tv set, you might check out a show on PBS called "History Detectives".  Old time radio researcher Elizabeth McCloud was featured in a recent episode, which you can watch online, with a segment on a script that someone found for the 1932 radio series "Secret Agent Five" - it's an intriguing little story about the FBI's involvement in early radio as a tool to promote its image.  The segment starts at 36:00.  You even get to see and hear played a unique Victor Home Recording from one of the shows.  You can also view a pdf of the script.

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Update on the missing shows

August 22nd, 2010 · Comments

Yesterday, because of the recent take-down notices handed out to archive.org by Radio Spirits, I pulled several shows from the blog.  I've put some back up since they were produced by government agencies and would appear to be beyond any rights claims.  If you're browsing the archival entries, you'll run into around 45 programs that I'm still keeping down as a preventative measure.  Note that no one has sent me a cease and desist on any programs - I'm just being careful in light of the current situation. - rand

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A bit of a break, but for a good cause….

July 24th, 2010 · Comments

Well, my apologies for the lack of posts last weekend.  It's been a really busy couple of weeks.

I've been spending quite some time cleaning transcriptions and transferring discs for some great shows that will be appearing on the blog over the next few months.  Most of the work has been on a set of 43 episodes of "Monticello Party Line" that ran in 1938, with only two of the shows currently circulating.  There's enough episodes so you can get an idea of what this syndicated soap opera was really like from week to week.  These came from a set of transcriptions from the same seller and I think the discs may have been scurried away for many years in some closet - there's been quite a few layers of dust to remove off these to get them playable again.

I'll probably start running "Monticello Party Line" as soon as one of our regular series - "Family Robinson" or "Grantland Rice" has run its course.  I've also done some research on this little documented series and turned up some surprising info about it.  I've also been lucky enough to pick up a couple of pieces of memorabilia to post along with the show.

Stay tuned!

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Update on The Police Reporter - Pgm 7

July 10th, 2010 · Comments

An intrepid blog listener did some digging and found an article about the true crime case heard a couple of weeks ago in Program 7 of the series.  It's from the Sunday, January 9, 1927 edition of Heart's American Weekly by way of the San Antonio Texas Light.


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This week’s thanks and an update

July 3rd, 2010 · Comments

A big "thank you" goes out to Scott for his donation to the blog this week.

Several discs have been rolling in to the collection recently that you'll hear in coming months.  I've got a couple of shows from a pioneering Hawaiian singer, a demo for a curious 1938 show hosted by Richard Funk (of Funk and Wagnall's fame), and some episodes of a previously lost public affairs documentary series that's a great deal of fun - "The Ways of Mankind".

Also on the way is a fairly large run (around 40 shows) of "The Monticello Party Line", syndicated in the 1930s.  There's only around six or eight shows in this series floating around right now.

Keep listening and have a great holiday weekend!

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The Investigator from the CBC

June 21st, 2010 · Comments

The CBC, in its podcast "Rewind", broadcast the influential May 1954 radio satire "The Investigator" back in March. The program was produced at the height of Senator McCarthy's accusations of Communists working in high levels of the United States government. After the program aired, recordings of it circulated here in the States, denounced by the right and embraced by the left. Even Ed Sullivan denounced the radio play.

You can download the mp3 podcast at this link and read about the program at its Wikipedia entry and a 2000 National Post piece about the program.

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Early radio shows retreived from films

June 18th, 2010 · Comments

I would be amiss if I didn't direct your attention to a fascinating article that's just appeared in the Albany "Times Union".

An archivist, working with a tinkerer, has retreived twenty hours of radio programs broadcast over WGY in the 1929 to 1931 period.  The broadcasts were recorded by an early sound-on-film process. The archives website is here, but there's no mention of the find that I can see.

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Mike Biel posted a couple of YouTube videos to the OTRR mailing list on the device used to play the recordings. You can view them here and here. He noted that the museum is looking for funding to improve or rebuild the device since the recordings have a great deal of wow and flutter, making the musical segments very difficult to listen to.

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Thanks and more on Police Reporter

June 13th, 2010 · Comments

A big "thank you" goes out to some very generous folks who donated to the blog this week - Charles in the UK, Barbara, and an anonymous donor.

Hope you continue enjoying the programs!

More info keeps popping up on "The Police Reporter".  Dee from Digital Deli logged the series from the Los Angeles Times.  The show started on February 10, 1936 at 8:15 pm and ran five days a week through March 2nd - only 18 episodes.

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Some thanks and notes on Police Reporter

May 21st, 2010 · Comments

A tip of the hat goes out to Dave in Michigan for his generous donation to the blog this week and to Michael Utz who sent some interesting transcriptions my way for the collection.  I'm working on the discs over the next week or so and they should turn up on the blog soon.

I didn't get notifications about the different comments from the blog until today, so I missed several of the comments, particularly about "Police Reporter".

Bob noted that the December 1933 reference to "Police Reporter" in the New York Times radio program grid for WEAF probably refers to that night's episode of "The First Nighter", which was called "Police Reporter".  So, that would make the February and March 1936 listings in the LA Times for KGPJ the earliest possible references to the show so far in newspapers.  It's hard to tell when the show was recorded and first broadcast until more info turns up.  Some of the discs in my set have dates from 1935, so, for now, I'm calling that as the earliest date the show was syndicated, but I suspect it might be earlier.

Dr. OTR notes the similarities of the show to "Calling All Cars", which started up in 1933 and was produced in Hollywood.  Radio Release, Limited, which produced "Police Reporter" was also headquartered in Hollywood, so perhaps there was some overlap with writers or actors on the two series.

Dr. OTR also wonders how I find these discs.  Well, this set turned up on ebay.  Sometimes I find discs there and, in some cases, I have collectors or individuals that have run into discs in estates contact me after finding my blog.  But, if you've got an old relative that used to work in radio, I'd be happy to rummage around your attic to see what might turn up. :)

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