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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 308, October 8, 1931

March 18th, 2017

Here’s another visit with the “little German band”, “Louie’s Hungry Five”, a series of twenty episodes of this early radio serial I’ll be posting on the blog.  There’s more background information on this obscure program in my first post about the series.

We’re almost half-way through the run of shows that I have from the series.  In program 308, broadcast October 8, 1931, the group continues preparing for their trip to South America.  Emil has ripped the telephone out of their room and taken it back to the telephone company.  You can download a jpeg of the original local announcer’s cue sheet for the episode here.

Our show was transferred directly from two twelve-inch shellac 78 rpm transcriptions, pressed by Columbia’s Sound-on-Disc division, matrix numbers 233269 and 233270.

Listen to more “Louie’s Hungry Five” in the blog next week.

 

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Hymns and Their Romance - July 24, 1949

March 18th, 2017

We continue entries this week with another lost local radio show from WHBC, Canton, Ohio.  I got these a couple of years back from a collector in the midwest; they appear to be “throwaway” working discs from the station.

“Hymns and Their Romance” is a program featuring Major Charles McCray of the Salvation Army telling the story behind famous hymns.  The organist is Martin Alexander.  The first hymn performed on the show of July 24, 1949 is “Love Lifted Me”.  McCray tells the story behind the hymn “Love Divine, All Love Excelling”.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original 16” Audiodisc lacquer.  I have another episode in the series I’ll post in coming weeks.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 141

March 18th, 2017

 

Starting off our posts this week on the blog is another previously lost episode of the controversial mid-thirties syndicated propaganda radio serial, “American Family Robinson”, sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers.  Read more about the series in my first blog post on the broadcasts.

Previously, Gus Olsen bought the Centerville “Herald” and made Luke the managing editor.  Gus also rented out the ground floor of the building to a pet shop.  In program 141, Luke comes up with a plan to get rid of a goat and other animals from the shop cause havoc in the newspaper offices and Gus presents Luke with a new secretary.  This is one of the more humorous episodes of the series.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch World Broadcasting System, Inc. vinyl transcription, matrix number BB13029A2.

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Curtis Springer for Acidine - Pgm 5

March 11th, 2017

And now the last episode I have in my collection of an obscure early 30s syndicated radio show featuring Curtis H. Springer, the “King of the Quacks”, with his advice on “the facts about life”.  You can read more about Springer in my first post on the series.

In program 5, Springer starts off his commentary talking about old family photographs, leading into his pitch for how fashions can be damaging to health.  The sponsor is Acidine and your announcer is Hal Dean.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from a translucent blue one-sided 16” celluloid Brunswick transcription, matrix number 9153.  The disc was pressed by Flexo, a manufacturer of promotional and radio-related discs made with experimental plastics in the early 1930s.  The series was recorded in Chicago.

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For Your Consideration - Pgm 3 - November 9, 1941

March 11th, 2017

Here’s another little local show from WHBC in Canton, Ohio.  I’ve been posting several transcriptions over the past few week from the station that came in a batch of “throwaway” discs that I got from a collector a couple of years ago.

“For Your Consideration” is an odd little program consisting of light music by a small group that sounds like it is played live in the studio for half the show, with the other half a commentary by an unidentified speaker.  Program 3 in the series, broadcast November 9, 1941, deals with the commentator picking up a college-student hitchhiker and ideas around personal convictions, being idealistic versus being pragmatic, and what the future holds for youth that will be our leaders tomorrow.

The series was sponsored by the Timken Company, still doing business in Ohio, and heard Sundays and 1:00 pm.  The show seems to have been carried on a regional radio network, the Ohio Broadcasting Company.  The end of the transcription includes a station id for WHBC in Canton and a time check.

The show was transferred from an original 16” Audiodisc lacquer.

I have one other show, program four, from this series I’ll post in a few weeks.  It’s interesting to hear a program like this broadcast just a month before Pearl Harbor.

 

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Safe at Home - Pgm 1

March 11th, 2017

Now we kick off a few episodes of another obscure public service series that I haven’t really been able to dig up much on.  “Safe at Home” was syndicated by the Bureau of Health Education of the American Medical Association.  A local station penned 1958 dates on the label, but I’m not sure when the series might have originally been distributed.

Program 1 in the series is “Care in the Kitchen” and consists of a little drama about a husband and wife with commentary by Fred V. Hein, PhD, educational consultant of the Bureau.  The Roger Steele Trio plays music; the first tune is “It’s All Right With Me”.  The announcer is Jack Sterling.  The show was directed by Martin Magner and written by Harriet H. Hester.

Our transfer is from a rather abused 16” vinyl transcription from WOR-Mutual’s Recording Division.  The matrix number is 97718-1.

 

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 307, October 7, 1931

March 11th, 2017

Now another episode in our twenty-show run of the early radio serial, “Louie’s Hungry Five”, syndicated by WGN and the Tribune Company in Chicago.  You can find out more background on the series in my first post about the show.

Program 307 was originally heard October 7, 1931.  The guys have sold all of their furniture so they can go on their trip to South America and haven’t made arrangements to leave town, so they have to sleep on the floor until their lease runs out.  The group rebels against Louie and get a hotel room.  You can download a jpeg of the original local announcer’s cue sheet for the program here.

Our show was transferred directly from two twelve-inch shellac 78 rpm transcriptions, pressed by Columbia’s Sound-on-Disc division, matrix numbers 233267 and 233268.

 

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Guest Star - Pgm 680 - April 3, 1960

March 11th, 2017

Here’s another late OTR era episode of the long running Treasury Department public service program, “Guest Star”.

Program 680 in the series features singer Felicia Saunders backed by Harry Sosnik’s Orchestra.  The announcer is Del Sharbutt.

I won’t tell you what the first song is that Saunders performs - you’ll have to listen and find out yourself.  It’s one of the most bizarre arrangements of a well known show tune that I think I’ve ever heard.  Keep in mind, though, that the show this song came from was still on Broadway and hadn’t been made into one of the biggest musicals of the sixties - back in 1960, it was just another song from another Broadway show that could be shaped and rearranged by a variety of recording artists.

The show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl microgroove Treasury Department transcription. 

 

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 140

March 11th, 2017

Here’s another episode of the controversial mid-30s radio serial, “American Family Robinson”, sponsored by the “National Industrial Council” (actually the National Association of Manufacturers).  Read more about the series here.

The Robinsons have returned to Centerville from New York and Luke has his old job back as newspaper editor.  Myra is settling back into the house with her friend Olga.  Gus stops by to take Luke to work and they eventually get into a conversation about how free enterprise encourages new inventions.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch World Broadcasting System, Inc. vinyl transcription, matrix number BB13028A.

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Wade Lane’s Home Folks - Pgm 3

March 11th, 2017

Once again, we sit by the fire with everyone’s favorite deep bass creepy warbling home invader on “Wade Lane’s Home Folks”.  You can read what little background I was able to dig up on this 1930s-era show in a previous post on the blog.

The first songs in Program 3 in the series are “(In the Gloaming) By the Fireside”, a song recorded by English band leader Ray Noble with singer Al Bowlly, and “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny”.  (The organist has some slip-ups in the latter tune that will make you cringe.)  Lane rambles on about grandmother’s picture album and his old school chum, Ike, singing songs about rivers.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch shellac transcription, matrix number B5089.  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.

 

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