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Willie Piper Promotional Announcements - August 1947

July 18th, 2009

In this entry, we offer something a bit unusual - a peek behind the scenes of radio promotion.

"Tales of Willie Piper" is a rare ABC radio sitcom, broadcast from 1946 to 1948.  The show followed the misadventures of Willie and his wife Martha and her father in a small New England seacoast town.  Outside of that, I can't say I know much about the series except for the basic info provide in the show's entry in Dunning's "On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio".

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What you'll hear in this file is a series of promotional announcements for the program from an original ABC radio transcription.  The first side of the disc includes seven announcements for the program by members of the cast; the other side contains announcements for the show by Diana Lynn, probably broadcast during the "Hollywood Star Time" series.  In between the sides, you'll hear a tone I inserted for the side break (the tone isn't on the original disc).

The announcements were transferred from an original red vinyl American Broadcasting Company transcription.  The file has been run through click reduction software.

Update:  See the comments for this post for a link to an episode of "Willie Piper".