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WATG-FM aircheck - “Music Fair” circa May 1947

May 6th, 2017 · Comments

And now, the second side of the disc heard in our previous post.  From the same group of discarded lacquers that originated at WHBC in Canton, Ohio, comes this air check of WATG-FM, probably from its first days on the air in May 1947.

This side of the disc, titled “Music Fair” starts off with some light music performed by solo violin and later an organ with harp and strings.  The sound is overmodulated and I’m not sure if that’s because of the recording or the way the program was broadcast.  Finally near the end of the recording, we hear a station ID for WATG, “North Central Ohio’s first frequency modulation station”; an ad for Ashland Jewelry, congratulating the station; and a time check.  Then we hear an announcer just start a mid-day news broadcast.

Our mp3 was transferred from a ten inch Audiodisc lacquer cut at 33 1/3 rpm.

This is the final disc that I have from the group of WHBC, Akron, Ohio lacquers.

 

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Tags: local radio · FM Radio

WATG-FM aircheck - May 13, 1947

May 6th, 2017 · Comments

Finally this week, we have an unusual aircheck that came from the same group of “throw away” lacquers that originated from WHBC in Canton, Ohio.

This disc includes two excerpts from FM station WATG-FM in Ashland, Ohio.  This side of the disc is dated May 13, 1947.  According to Wikipedia, WATG-FM went on the air on May 18, 1947, so perhaps this is a recording of some kind of test broadcast from the station or the date on the article is incorrect.

The aircheck starts off with an upbeat boogie boogie-style number from a small combo.  An announcer introduces a request for Omar Moore of Orville, Ohio, who says “everything is coming in fine”, Joe Mooney and his Quartet performing “Tea for Two”.  In the middle of the record, the announcer notes that Moore is receiving the signal without an antenna.  Another request for a Charlie Spivak number and Perry Como.  The recording ends with another unidentified boogie boogie recording.

Our mp3 was transferred from a ten inch Audiodisc lacquer cut at 33 1/3 rpm.  Our next post features the other side of the disc.

 

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Tags: local radio · FM Radio

Burkhardt’s Request Roundup - Jan 20, 1950

April 22nd, 2017 · Comments

 Finally on the blog this week, the next-to-last in a series of programs from a collection of discarded working lacquers originating at WHBC in Canton, Ohio, I’ve been posting over the past few weeks.

“Burkhardt’s Request Roundup” was a country music series sponsored by the Burkhardt Brewing Company of Akron, Ohio.  The first tune is “Roamin’ in Wyoming”  Other songs include “Anticipation Blues” and “A Calico Apron and a Gingham Gown”.  The music is from transcriptions.  Performers include Andy Parker and the Plainsmen, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and T. Texas Tyler.  (They must have subscribed to the Capitol transcription library.)

A listener to the blog helpfully provided this scan of an advertising item from the series - I’d love to credit you for the scan, but I lost your message on Facebook!

Our show was transferred from a single-sided sixteen inch Audiodisc lacquer transcription from WHBC.

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Tags: country music · local radio

The Ohio State Band - March 28,1950

April 15th, 2017 · Comments

Kicking off our posts this week, here’s another show from a collection of “throwaway” working lacquers from WHBC in Canton, Ohio, I’ve been posting over the past few weeks.

This transcribed program, originally heard March 28, 1950, features the Ohio State University Symphonic Band.  The first song played is “The Fairest of the Fair” composed by John Philip Sousa.  Mary Bingham, a student at Ohio State and member of the band, is interviewed about her interest in music and introduced the next work, the “Summer Day Suite”, by Prokofiev.

Our mp3 was transferred from a single-sided sixteen inch Audiodisc lacquer.

If you would like to learn more about the history of Ohio State’s band program, you can read a master’s thesis on the subject from 2010.

Next week - the last in our series of previously lost local WHBC programs.

 

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Tags: local radio

WHKK Aircheck - Unknown Program

April 8th, 2017 · Comments

We have a little mystery for our listeners to figure out on the blog this week.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been posting a collection of sixteen inch lacquers that originated from WHBC in Canton, Ohio.  These included a few network shows recorded for time-shifting, but many local programs from the station dating from the 40s and early 50s.

This disc came in the same collection, but is different from the rest.  It’s a single-sided twelve inch disc with a WHKK label and sounds like it was recorded off the air using a microphone in front of a radio.  There’s no writing on the label to identify the contents.

The program on the disc is some type of afternoon call-in show, where people call in with advice and household problems.  The host of the show talks about leaving WHKK in Canton and moving to a station in Akron.  The callers tell the host how much they’ll miss him and give him best wishes on his new job - one refers to him as “Gary”.  The host reads commercials for Yeager’s department store and Sparkle supermarkets.  He refers to the program as “The Answer Line” show and “The Question Line”, but the actual title of the show isn’t clear.  The host and callers also mention the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.

WHKK was a leader in the Canton market in the 1950s with rock and roll and the station changed its call sign to WHLO in 1960, according to Wikipedia.  So this excerpt would date from sometime in that decade.  I don’t hear any internal topical references in the program that would help narrow down a year, but perhaps someone would recognize the host of the show and that might help determine when it was broadcast and what the proper title of the show would be.

Our little mystery show was transferred direct from a single-sided twelve inch 33 1/3 rpm lacquer with a blank WHKK label.  It sounds as though the program was recorded with a microphone in front of a radio.  However, the disc is cut quite well and doesn’t resemble something usually done on a home machine.

 

 

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Tags: local radio

Hymns and Their Romance - April 2, 1950

April 2nd, 2017 · Comments

We pick up this week with another in our series of previously lost radio programs from WHBC in Canton, Ohio, transferred from a small collection of “throwaway” working lacquers from the station.

This is the last of the episodes in the collection of “Hymns and Their Romance”, a series featuring Major Charles McCray of the Salvation Army, with organist Martin Alexander, telling the stories behind famous hymns.  The program for April 2, 1950 focuses on the story behind “Ride On, Ride On, In Majesty”.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original 16” Audiodisc lacquer.

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Tags: local radio · religion

Hymns and Their Romance - January 21, 1950

March 25th, 2017 · Comments

And here’s another lost local show from WHBC in Canton, Ohio.

“Hymns and Their Romance” features Major Charles McCray of the Salvation Army telling the story behind famous hymns with organist Martin Alexander playing the songs.  The program of January 21, 1950 tells the story of “Savior, Thy Dying Love”.

Oddly, the transcription starts out with a bit of a recorded or broadcast opera before the start of the program.  Since the show was pre-recorded, the engineer would have just kept this part off the air.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original 16” Audiodisc lacquer.

 

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Tags: local radio · religion

For Your Consideration - Pgm 4 - November 26, 1941

March 25th, 2017 · Comments

I’ve been posting some previously lost local programming that came from a group of “throwaway” working lacquers from WHBC in Canton, Ohio over the past few weeks.

We continue our look at these unusual discs with another episode of “For Your Consideration” sponsored by the Timken Company.  The show was heard Sundays at 1:00 pm.

Program four in the series, heard November 26, 1941, is the usual mix of light music by a small group playing live in the studio and talk by an unidentified commentator.  The talk is about how you perceive different things in life based on your experience and point of view.  The show includes an id at the end for the Ohio Broadcasting Company.

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

It’s odd to hear a little show like this that was broadcast just a couple of weeks before Pearl Harbor.

 

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Tags: local radio · commentary

Hymns and Their Romance - July 24, 1949

March 18th, 2017 · Comments

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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Tags: local radio · religion

For Your Consideration - Pgm 3 - November 9, 1941

March 11th, 2017 · Comments

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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Tags: local radio