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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 318 - October 20, 1931

May 27th, 2017

Here’s our next-to-last visit with the “little German band” with another episode in “Louie’s Hungry Five”, syndicated by WGN-The Tribune Company.

Program 318 was originally heard October 20, 1931.  Louie and Emil are figuring out how to deal with how to sleep on the train as they head to New York for their trip to South America.  You can look at the original local announcer’s cue sheet for the program as a jpeg here.

Our mp3 was transferred from a set of two 12” laminated shellac 78 rpm transcriptions pressed by the Columbia Sound-On-Disc Division, matrix numbers 233300 and 233301.

 

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Civilian Defense - Your Neighbors, the Millers

May 27th, 2017

Here’s the final disc in our run of special Civilian Defense dramas distributed by the US government in the early days of World War II to encourage communities to organize and contribute to the War effort.

In “Your Neighbors, the Millers”, poor Mrs. Miller had to bring back three cans of grease because she forgot to strain it and Mr. Miller doesn’t know what to do with his radiator.  And the kids are using all kind of slang that Mrs. Miller doesn’t like.  Perhaps in the Civilian Defense coordinator in the local neighborhood can help.  The show was written by Pauline Gibson and directed by William Rousseau.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from an original sixteen inch vinyl transcription, pressed by Allied, matrix number G-6000.

This is our last show from the series.

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Wade Lane’s Home Folks - Pgm 34

May 27th, 2017

Finally, we’ve come to the end of our run of “Wade Lane’s Home Folks”.  Won’t you miss our deep voiced home invader, letting himself in to sit a spell in your living room?

The opening theme of program 34 is rather upbeat, which is a little disconcerting for this nightmare-inducing show.  Wade starts off the episode talking about someone alternating eating pickles and cake, looking for his paper in the front yard, and giving us his rendition of the obscure song “Know a Lovely Garden”.  It’s a fitting surrealistic end to this creepy little slice of Old Time Radio.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen-inch Mertens and Price, Inc. transcription, matrix number B5746.

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Rhapsody in Rhythm - Pgm 2

May 20th, 2017

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.

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Linda’s First Love - Pgm 3386 - January 23, 1950

May 20th, 2017

And now another episode of the obscure soap opera, “Linda’s First Love”.  As I mentioned last week, the program was syndicated for eleven years, from 1939 to 1950, but only a handful of the shows seem to survive.

Program 3386 was on the air on January 20, 1950.  Danny doesn’t believe that Elaine is in love with him and has gone away to forget.  Your sponsor for the show is Kroger’s Spotlight Coffee.  This appears to be another previously lost episode of the series.

The show was produced by the Ralph H. Jones Company.  Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch red vinyl Muzak transcription disc.

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 317 - October 19, 1931

May 20th, 2017

 

We’re nearing the end of our consecutive twenty episode run of the early radio comedy serial about the “little German band”, “Louie’s Hungry Five”, syndicated by WGN-The Tribune Company, Chicago.

Program 317 was originally broadcast on October 19, 1931.  The band finally boards the train for New York.  You can download the original cue sheet for the local announcer here.

Our mp3 was transferred from a set of two 12” laminated shellac 78 rpm transcriptions pressed by the Columbia Sound-On-Disc Division, matrix numbers 233298 and 233299.

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Civilian Defense - What’s Good for the Army

May 20th, 2017

The Office of Civilian Defense has another short drama from the early days of World War II.

“What’s Good for the Army” is about what can happen when we don’t coordinate and work together for civilian defense on the home front.  The show was written by Pauline Gibson and directed by William Rousseau.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from an original sixteen inch vinyl transcription, pressed by Allied, matrix number G-1994.

 

 

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Wade Lane’s Home Folks - Pgm 33

May 20th, 2017

There’s a strange man in your house, rambling on about something.  Don’t call the cops - it’s just time for “Wade Lane’s Home Folks”.

In program 33, Wade starts off the show with the creepy laugh of his, talking about two kids that had been to the circus, leading into the obsucure 1918 song, “Dear Little Boy of Mine”.  There’s no violin in this episode, just an overactive organ with a thyroid condition accompanying Wade.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen-inch Mertens and Price, Inc. transcription, matrix number B5745.

Sigh.  Will we ever run out of shows from this dreadful series?

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Linda’s First Love - Pgm 3385 - January 20, 1950

May 13th, 2017

Finally on the blog this week, an almost forgotten syndicated daytime soap opera, “Linda’s First Love”.

Despite being a program syndicated on disc during the prime years of old time radio, on the air from 1939 to 1950, only less than ten episodes of the series circulate among collectors.

What happened to all those discs?

Program 3385 was originally heard January 20, 1950.  Linda and Danny rush to the train depot to find out why Elaine is suddenly leaving.  Is she really in love with Danny?  The show is sponsored by Kroger’s Spotlight Coffee.  This appears to be a previously lost episode of the series.

The show was produced by the Ralph H. Jones Company.  Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch red vinyl Muzak transcription disc.

Next week, another previously lost episode of the series from the other side of the disc.

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Special Assignment - Pgm 25

May 13th, 2017

“Special Assignment” was an unusual syndicated series from the late 30s and early 40s from the Associated Press that dramatizes reporters pursuing big stories.  Less than a dozen episodes in the series appear to be circulating among collectors.

Program 25 in the series looks at the story of William Miller and his reporting work on the famous Floyd Collins incident.  The host of the series is Oliver Gramling. Goldin dates the episode to 1941.

The program was produced by AP Radio Productions, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York.  Our mp3 was transferred direct from an original sixteen inch AP red vinyl transcription disc, matrix number 10-0106.

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