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Monday Morning Headlines - December 28, 1947

June 15th, 2017 · Comments

And here’s a final disc of time-shifted network programming from a collection of “throwaway” transcriptions from WHBC in Akron, Ohio.

“Monday Morning Headlines” was an ABC radio network program, touting itself as giving you the headlines you would be reading about in the next morning’s papers.  The program was sponsored by Airwick, “the little bottle with the magic wick”.

Truman will sign the Republican sponsored anti-inflation bill tomorrow, despite his reservations about the bill.  Maine senator encourages cooperation by Republicans and Democrats on legislation to fight inflation.  British government has confirmed a trade agreement with the Russian government.  An update on the Friendship Train.  Italy’s former king, in exile in Egypt, has died in Egypt.  The Manila typhoon is the worst in forty-two years.  Flyers hope to rescue survivors from a B29 that crashed in Alaska.  Burma is becoming independent from Britain.  The editor of the “New Republic” has resigned because of the political ambitions of Henry Wallace.

The program was transferred from an original sixteen inch Audiodisc lacquer recorded at WHBC, Akron.  I haven't found any other examples of this series, but some may be floating around out there.

My apologies for the rough sound on this disc.

 

 

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American Radio Newsreel - Pgm 8

June 15th, 2017 · Comments

Now we kick off the final posts on the blog before we go on hiatus again.

Here’s our final episode of the obscure pre-War Ayers-Prescott syndicated news series, “American Radio Newsreel”.  Program 8 in the series probably dates from January or February 1940 and appears to be previously lost.

The head of the French Bureau of Information gives his opinion on the war in Europe, the Russian-German pact, and the mistakes of 1918.  A former Nazi propaganda official, Hitler’s press secretary, is interviewed about Hitler. Benny Friedman, coach at New York City College, gives tips to football hopefuls and gives his opinion on schools funding football players. Paul Robeson is interviewed about a new play about folk hero John Henry that is headed for Broadway.  The “Woman’s Page” talks with twin women about returning from a sheik’s harem in Iraq.

Our program was transferred from an original sixteen inch Ayers-Prescott shellac transcription.

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Tags: news · American Radio Newsreel

Drew Pearson - January 4, 1948

June 10th, 2017 · Comments

And here’s a final disc of time-shifted network programming from a collection of “throwaway” discs from WHBC in Akron, Ohio, a news broadcast from columnist Drew Pearson.

In the program of January 4, 1948, Drew Pearson is heard via shortwave transcription from Milan, Italy, where he is traveling with the Friendship Train.  The show was broadcast on ABC and is sponsored by Lee Hats.

Pearson reports that Russia has sent fighter planes to Albania to help the Communist army in Greece and is concentrating more former Nazi POWs in Belgrade to help with the effort in Greece.  The Italian crew of the Friendship Train has threatened to go on strike at Bologna because they didn’t want to switch crews.  Franco is concerned about trouble in Spain this winter.  Pearson describes the reception of the Friendship Train in Rome, Florence, and Bologna.  The Communist mayor of Bologna refused to meet the train because of reports about him by Pearson.

In the last segment of the program, Pearson gives some of his famous predictions.  The first is that a bill requiring Senators and Congressmen to register their securities with the SEC will be introduced in the next session of Congress and will be killed in committee by two Republicans.  Pearson predicts revolution in Italy, due to the presence of Tito’s Communist forces poised on the Italian border, but that it will not succeed.  Pearson encourages Americans to help the fight against Communism by writing to their relatives abroad to dispel the lies being spread about America in Europe.

The Friendship Train was an unusual project that Drew Pearson advocated.  The Train was packed with food and supplies from different states as a gift to war-torn Europe.  In return, the Europeans sent gifts back to the states.  There are still some museums in different states that display these gifts.  You can see a short Pathe newsreel clip of the Freedom Train in Italy, taken during the period when our radio broadcast was originally recorded.

This appears to be a previously lost episode of Drew Pearson’s series; Goldin lists thirty that surive from his long-running series.

The program was transferred from an original sixteen inch Audiodisc lacquer recorded at WHBC, Akron.

 

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Tags: Cold War · news

American Radio Newsreel - Pgm 7

June 10th, 2017 · Comments

We continue our look at the obscure pre-War syndicated series “American Radio Newsreel” with a previously lost episode.

Program 7 probably dates to January or February 1940.  Delores Laurell recounts her harrowing escape from Poland as it fell to the Nazis.  Jack Dempsy discusses fighters, past and present.  Edith Rogers Dahl fights for her release of her husband from a Spanish prison.  Then we go to Hollywood for short interviews with actors and actresses, including Claire Trevor, Adrian Aimes, Eddie Lowe, and Beverly Roberts.  Finally, the editor of the Pathe News is interviewed about how he gets his war pictures.

Our program was transferred from an original sixteen inch Ayers-Prescott shellac transcription.

 

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Coronation Week - Pgm 2

June 2nd, 2017 · Comments

Here’s the second of two episodes of an obscure special series syndicated by London Records as part of the celebrations surrounding the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

In program 2, reporter Josephine Hunter interviews Lord Donegal and James Farley at the lower level of the Rockefeller Center about the State Coach that will be used by the Queen to ride to and from the Coronation.  London Records paid for a replica of the Coach to be transported to Rockefeller Center for a Coronation Week display.  Farley briefly talks about his travels to Europe and Israel as part of work on the board of the Coca-Cola Corporation.  Music from London FFRR Records is interspersed through the interviews. Goldin dates the program to June 2, 1952.

The show was transferred from a sixteen vinyl transcription pressed by RCA, matrix number E3-KM-3553.

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Tags: historical · classical music · news

American Radio Newsreel - Pgm 5

June 2nd, 2017 · Comments

Now, let’s hear another episode of the unusual series, “American Radio Newsreel”.  The program was recorded on location each week and quickly edited and pressed up for syndication to local stations by Ayer-Prescott.

Program 5 in the series is dated to December 1939 by Goldin.  Stories include an interview with the captain and radio operator of a US vessel sailing for Norway to test neutrality law and another with the “only white rani in the world”, Viner Brooke.  Then we hear Otis Skinner and Martha Raye.  The announcers are James Cleminger and Alan Barnes.

The show was transferred from a sixteen inch one-sided shellac transcription.  There is no matrix number.

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Coronation Week - Pgm 1

May 27th, 2017 · Comments

This week, we offer the first of two episodes of the obscure special radio series “Coronation Week”, produced by London Records, and syndicated to stations as part of the celebrations around the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

In Program 1 in this special series, reporter Josephine Hunter interviews Lord Donegal about the special carriage that the Queen will use to ride to and from the Coronation ceremony, a replica of the State Coach is being exhibited in lower level of Rockefeller Center and London Records paid for transporting the replica for the exhibit.  Interspersed with the interview with Lord Donegal, we hear excerpts of London FFRR recordings that can help you get in the spirt of the Coronation. Goldin dates the program to June 1, 1952.

Although this is a show produced by London Records, it appears the discs were pressed by RCA.  I suppose London didn’t have a pressing facility capable of producing 16” transcriptions in the US market at the time.  Our mp3 has been transferred from an original vinyl transcription, matrix number E3-KM-3552.

We’ll have one more show in the series from the other side of the disc next week.

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Tags: historical · classical music · news

Special Assignment - Pgm 26

May 27th, 2017 · Comments

And here’s the last program I have in the Associated Press-produced series, “Special Assignment”, which dramatizes the work of reporters on major news stories.

Program 26 deals with Missouri reporter Leo Dolan who learns that dead men can talk. Goldin dates the show to 1941.  The host is Oliver Gramling.

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 9-9459.

 

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Special Assignment - Pgm 25

May 13th, 2017 · Comments

“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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American Radio Newsreel - Pgm 4

April 2nd, 2017 · Comments

Rounding out the blog entries this week, the first episode I have in a short run a pioneering radio actuality series from 1939, “American Radio Newsreel”.  The series, produced and syndicated by Ayers-Prescott Inc, Radio City, New York, is much like an audio newsreel, interviewing various prominent figures of the day “on the spot”.

According to John Dunning’s “On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio”, the program was heard on about 300 stations and he describes it as one of the earliest attempts at “cut and edit” syndication, blending the announcer, interview clips, and music into a show that had to be produced, pressed on records, and sent to subscribing stations on a fairly short turnaround.

Program 4 in the series appears to be a previously lost episode and, according to a log of the show at Goldin, likely dates to November or December 1939.

Wyeth Williams, editor of the “Greenwich Time”, talks about his predictions on the political situation in Europe and how he comes to his conclusions.  He predicts that the end of the War will come with the overthrow of Hitler from within Germany and that the US will never enter the conflict because of the dependence on other nations for our industrial might.  A creationist, Rev. Dr. Harry Rimmer of the Central Baptist Church, who placed an ad offering rewards to anyone who could prove scientific inaccuracies in the Bible is interviewed, along with William Floyd, editor of “The Arbitrator”, who is suing him to claim the award.

George Jessel is interviewed, telling stories about working on stage with Sophie Tucker. Jessel tells a “cleaned up” version of the old joke about Tucker saying she was “up to my neck in midgets” in one show.  Football great Tuffy Leemans is interviewed by sports reporter Mike Blair about the differences between college and pro football and other topics. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., attending the Bowl of Rice dinner to benefit refugees from the war in China is interviewed. The announcer is Bill Harding.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch one-sided shellac transcription.

 

 

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