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Sammy Kaye Showroom - Pgm 28

February 2nd, 2017

“The Sammy Kaye Showroom” was 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.  Sammy Kaye led one of the “sweet” bands, so the show hasn’t gotten as much attention as work by other big bands and jazz performers of the period that are of more interest to jazz collectors today.

The songs on program 28 include “Kiss Me Sweet”, “Louise”, “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” and a new tune Kaye had just recorded, “Belmont Boogie”.  The vocals are by Laura Leslie and Tony Alamo.  The Presto-Magic Fluid Drive Transmission and Chrysler service are promoted in the commercials.

The show was transferred from an original sixteen inch vinyl transcription pressed by Columbia, matrix number YTNY 11372.

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Peter Potter’s Platter Parade excerpt - unknown date

February 2nd, 2017

Here’s a little five minute curiosity.  I obtained some “throw away” lacquers that originally came from KFWB in Los Angeles dating from the late 1940s.  Among the discs were some that appeared to be tests where engineers were recording short snippets of program material on the cutters.

Among the clips was this five minute excerpt of “Peter Potter’s Platter Parade”, a two-hour disc jockey show carried on the station.  The clip comes from the end of the broadcast and includes part of “Roseroom”, performed by Johnny Kirby, Potter’s theme song, the KFWB station id promoting the Hitchcock movie “Under Capricorn”, a transcribed High Ten detergent commercial, and a time check.

“Under Capricorn” was released in September 1949, so this excerpt probably dates from late that year.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch Audiodisc lacquer - there were no markings on the label area.  The other cuts on the disc were just music excerpts of various types and had no announcements or other identifying information.

 

 

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 46

February 2nd, 2017

Some time ago, I posted several episodes of this rare continuing propaganda serial, funded by the National Association of Manufacturers to combat Roosevelt’s New Deal policies.  The show, first distributed in Fall 1934, was announced as being from the “National Industrial Council”, an arm of NAM set up to distribute leaflets, films and other materials bashing the New Deal.  You can read about the controversy surrounding the series in my original 2009 post on the show.

Since obtaining a significant run of the show, which was previously lost, I’ve turned up a few scattered episodes.  Some fill in a few missing pieces in the current run of the program; others are later episodes past what we had before.

In this post, the previously lost episode 46 of the series, Gus forces Windy Bill to give Luticia Timmons an ultimatum to choose between them.  Luke and his wife discuss all the new “cure alls” that are supposed to solve are economic problems that “bring new burdens”.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch World Broadcasting System, Inc. vertical cut acetate, transcription, matrix number SS 8843-33.

More lost “American Family Robinson” episodes are coming soon.

 

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Ohio Story - Apri 20, 1948

February 2nd, 2017

We continue our look at some local programs transferred from a collection of “throw-away” lacquers that came from WHBC in Canton, Ohio.

“Ohio Story” was a series sponsored by Ohio Bell.  A handful of episodes of the series are listed at Goldin.

The previously lost episode of April 20, 1948 is a drama that deals with the “Hiram Plan”, a unique 1930s experiment  at Hiram College where students study one intensive course at a time, rather than multiple classes all at once.  The program was carried on a special network of Ohio stations.

Our program was transferred from an original sixteen inch Audiodisc lacquer.  It’s in kind of rough shape, like several of the other discs from this collection, because of lamination leeching and cracking; the sound improves as the program progresses.

 

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 303, October 2, 1931

February 2nd, 2017

We continue our look at the early 30’s comedy serial, “Louie’s Hungry Five”, distributed by WGN.  You can read more about the series in my original post that kicked off the series.

Program 303, heard Friday, October 2, 1931, has the guys in the “little German band” still trying to hide the fact from their girlfriends the fact that they’re selling all their household items to go to South America.  After some music, they start the auction, with Louie giving them instructions on how to increase the bids.  You can see the original cue sheet for the local announcer by downloading this jpeg image.

Our show was transferred from two twelve-inch 78 rpm shellac transcriptions pressed by Columbia’s Sound-on-Disc division, matrix numbers 233259 and 233260.

 

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Carol Adams - July 4, 1949

January 26th, 2017

A few years ago, I wound up with a stack of “throw away” lacquers from WHBC in Canton, Ohio.  These were parts of local shows, programs recorded from the network line for time-shifting and other production odds and ends.  The “Fishing and Hunting Club” episodes from ABC came from these discs.

Now, a special treat.  Local shows in old time radio are rare - often they were just done live and not recorded or might have been recorded and tossed out, since they weren’t needed after the broadcast.

Here’s an episode of a fifteen minute program hosted by WHBC’s resident home economist, Carol Adams, originally broadcast on July 7, 1949.  It’s a nice example of a type of program produced by and for women that isn’t really well documented.

Carol talks about planning meals around the holidays and some background information on varieties of pancakes.  Then she discusses different recipes from a pamphlet of United Nations dishes recently published by the Red Cross in Queens, Long Island.  The pamphlet includes recipes from wives of UN delegates from different countries.  She reads the recipe for a rhubarb pie contributed to the pamphlet by the wife of a delegate from Canada, then an Iranian recipe for Green Beans and Rice, and New Zealand Sausage Rolls.  She gives suggestions for visiting the kids at summer camp, tips for keeping cool during the summer from a dermatologist (including an admonition against wearing girdles during hot weather).  At the end of the show, she promotes tomorrow’s program that will highlight the latest in fall fashions.

I did a little digging on Carol Adams and it appears to have been a stage name.  The June 20, 1949 issue of Broadcasting-Telecasting, on page 78, in their short notes from local stations tells us that “Zetta Horst, known to listeners of WHBC Canton, Ohio, as Carol Adams, and Blake Sommer have announced their marriage.”  I also found a brief article in the Wooster, Ohio Daily Record noting that she and her husband were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in 2009.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from an original 16” lacquer Audiodisc transcription from WHBC in Canton, Ohio.  The discs were suffering from palmitic leeching and starting to crack - I cleaned up the discs as best as I could and this one turned out pretty well.

If you’re in the Ohio area and happen to know Blake and Zetta’s family, let them know about this post.  I wonder if they might have recordings of other shows Zetta appeared in.

 

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This is Your FBI - August 10, 1951 - Syndication version

January 26th, 2017

Several old time radio programs were syndicated to local stations in the 1970s as part of the “nostalgia boom” that included the revival of nightly radio drama on the “CBS Radio Mystery Theater” and a similar series on Mutual, along with commercial releases of original old time radio shows on lp records, cassettes, and even 8-tracks.

Usually, these syndication versions, with the commercials removed and other alterations, aren’t much interest to collectors, but I’m posting a half-dozen episodes of “This Is Your FBI” that I obtained a few months ago.

What sets these apart is that they’re the actual 15 inches per second master tapes used to create vinyl discs or 7 1/2 inches per second tapes for syndication to local stations - they were dubbed from the original broadcast masters and have absolutely remarkable sound.

In this post, you’ll hear “The Adopted Thief”, originally broadcast on August 10, 1951 on ABC and sponsored by the Equitable Life Assurance Society.  The commercials are omitted and generic openings and closings are heard in this version of the program.  The episode deals with a man running a scam on a woman, convincing her that he is the son she gave up for adoption many years ago. Stacy Harris played FBI agent Jim Taylor; the announcer is Larry Keating and the narrator is William Woodson.

Over 400 episodes of “This is Your FBI” were produced between 1945 and 1953; producer Jerry Devine was given cooperation for the show by J. Edgar Hoover and the dramas were based on actual case files.  Several familiar radio regulars from this period, like William Conrad, pop up in roles in various episodes.

This group of six tapes were something of a mystery when I first got them a few months ago, based just on the labeling.  After I listened to them, I figured out these were versions of the programs prepared for syndication, likely in the early 1970s.

The engineer probably made a dub of each master tape, then spliced on a generic opening and closing to each show.  Oddly, each opening and closing was done with a tape stock different from the body of the program - when I dubbed them to digital, the opening and closing segments of the tapes suffered from sticky shed, while the body of the program was just fine.

It would have been too complicated to remove the openings and closings and bake them since the segments were fairly short, so I just let it ride, carefully cleaning the tape machine after each segment.  There was also a thin paper leader spliced before and after each opening and closing, and for a commercial break in the middle of the show - of course, all these splices came loose, so I had to prep each tape by reworking the splices.

In other words, these tapes were a good reminder of why I usually don’t deal with tapes.

These syndicated versions of “This is Your FBI” were prepared at the famous Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles where some of the major rock groups of the sixties and seventies, such as the Beach Boys, recorded their hits and classic albums.

The sound is pretty amazing, far better than what a listener would have even heard on FM when the shows were originally broadcast.  For example, if you listen carefully, you can hear things like room reverberation in the studio when they set off prop guns and other loud live sound effects during the show.  At times, the use of sound effects is layered to create atmosphere, similar to “Gunsmoke” - the sound quality adds much to the enjoyment of these programs.

I haven’t found any definite information about this 70s syndicated run of the series.  I’m not sure if these were used as masters to press the show up on vinyl or for dubbing to 7 1/2 ips tape for distribution to local stations.  Has anyone run into the tapes or disc used to syndicate the show

Our program 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 labels indicate the tape is a "Dubbing Master".  I believe this may be a program in the series not commonly in circulation among collectors.  I have five other episodes from this set of tapes I’ll be posting in the coming weeks.

 

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 302 - October 1, 1931

January 26th, 2017

Now the next installment in the early 1930s serial comedy about the “little German band”, “Louie’s Hungry Five”.  Read more about the series in my original post kicking off the series on the blog.

In our last episode, the Louie and the band were preparing to auction their household items to use the money for a trip to South America and trying to hide the auction from their girlfriends.  Julia called Louis on the phone and Emil tells her he has broken his leg.  In program 302, they’re figuring out how to keep Julia away from the auction and dealing with her checking with all the hospitals about Louie.  You can download the original cue sheet that was used by the local announcer here.

Our mp3 was transferred from two 12” Columbia Sound-On-Disc shellac transcriptions, matrix numbers 233257 and 233258.  I have a total of about twenty consecutive episodes of the series I’ll be posting over the coming weeks.

 

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Fishing and Hunting Club - July 7, 1949 - part two

January 26th, 2017

We continue our look at the obscure Mutual series, “Your Fishing and Hunting Club of the Air” that was originally heard in the late 40s and early 50s.  Our panelists once again answer questions from listeners about hunting and fishing and offer nifty prizes to listeners that have their questions read on the air.

This post features the second half of the program of July 7, 1949.  Some of the questions answered by the panel include who owns the fish and game on private property or public lands, rechambering a Japanese gun for American ammunition, and whether bass in one lake prefer one type of lure over another.  Once again, Bud Collyer handles the announcing duties and the Mail Pouch tobacco ads.

This excerpt was transferred directly from a 16” Audiodisc lacquer recorded at WHBC, Akron, Ohio from the network line, probably for time-shifting.

 

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Curtis Springer for Acidine - Pgm 3

January 26th, 2017

Now we continue our run of the first five episodes of “Curtis Springer”, a daily fifteen minute show featuring commentary by the “King of Quacks” with his advice on the “facts about life”.  You can read more about Springer in my first post on the series.

In this episode talks about two “dizzy blondes” he overheard at a restaurant talking about doping up kids they were supposed to be babysitting when they went out for a hot night of dancing.  He didn’t intervene or report the conversation because he would be wasting his time trying to give advice to someone who doesn’t want it.  This syndicated series was sponsored by Acidine.

The mp3 you’re listening to was transferred direct from a translucent blue one-sided 16” celluloid Brunswick transcription, matrix number 9151, pressed by Flexo, a manufacturer of promotional and radio-related discs made with experimental plastics in the early 1930s.

Again, I think these may be the only surviving radio programs by Springer from the 1930s.

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