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Welcome back and update on “Nightbeat”

October 13th, 2018 · Comments

Well, the blog is back for a run for a run through the a few weeks.  I’ve spent some time obtaining new discs and have gotten a large donation of discs from listener William Harris in New York state, so we’re back for a new run of more obscure and esoteric old time radio programs.

I’d like to thank blog listener Don Ramlow for forwarding me an article from the February 8, 1950 issue of “Variety” that mentions the “Nighbeat” promotional 45 rpm record set I found a few years ago.  At the time, I wondered if there were other similar box sets sent out to agencies and potential advertisers.

According to the article, NBC produced 45 rpm box sets promoting the “Henry Morgan Show”, the “Mindy Carson Show”, “Dangerous Assignment” with Brian Donlevy, “Christopher London”, “Archie Andrews”, “Voices and Events” and “Trouble with the Truitts”.

“NBC and its parent RCA company are effecting a unique tie-in to window-dress network shows being peddled to agencies for potential clients.

The web is currently in the process of whipping together a flock of house-built programs and personalities in the form of 45 rpm package presentations.  Thus the small disks can be carried about at will, taken home by agency men, etc.”

Anyone else ever see one of these 45 rpm radio promotional sets?



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Interview on Yesterday USA

June 22nd, 2017 · Comments

On Wednesday evening, I was interviewd by Larry Gassman and Walden Hughes of Yesterday USA.  We had a great time talking about the old time radio hobby, collecting transcriptions and my blog.

The one-hour interview was broadcast on Yesterday USA Friday, June 23rd at 11:15 pm Eastern time.  It will be repeated ten days later, on Monday, July 3rd on the "Blue" network on the site.

If you missed it, here's an mp3 version you can hear.


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Thank you and goodnight

June 15th, 2017 · Comments

Well, we’ve reached the end of the shows for this run of posts in the blog.  We’re going on hiatus again as I search for new discs.

I’ll spend the next few months looking for new esoteric shows of interest to the discerning Old Time Raido Collector and start some new posts when new discs start rolling in.  It’s getting harder to find material for the blog.  I scout auctions, eBay and other sources for discs and I’m not seeing the selection of programs available when I started the posts about my collection a few years ago.  We’ll see what turns up!

Thanks so much for your support - I hope you’ve enjoyed the shows I’ve posted or at least found them useful to fill in some of the blanks in Old Time Radio history.

Until I start posting again, explore some of the older posts to hear some summer reruns!

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War of the Worlds interview on KFJC-FM

October 27th, 2013 · Comments

If you are near Los Altos, California, tune in to KFJC-FM 89.7 on Wednesday, October 30th at 8:30 pm.  The station will be carrying a special on the 75th anniversary of "War of the Worlds" that includes an interview with me on my find of the "Paul Stewart" "War of the Worlds" lacquer set and collecting transcriptions.  Information on the anniversary special is here.  You can listen live to the broadcast on the KFJC stream.

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Posting a few shows every few weeks - app availability

March 24th, 2013 · Comments

I'm still pretty busy with work and family, but I'll be trying to post some news shows every few weeks, particularly more unusual items that are rare or previously lost.

I've also activated a new feature provided by Podbean - if you go to http://randsesotericotr.podbean.com/mobile/ with your mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad, you can see the blog in a special format.  There's also an option on this link to add it to your device as an app.

Thanks for reading and listening!

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Your humble host featured on public radio’s The Story

July 10th, 2012 · Comments

If you'd like to get a peak "behind the scenes" at the blog and my collection of radio transcriptions, tune in to public radio's "The Story, on Thursday, July 12th.

Sean Cole, who is filling in for vacationing regular host Dick Gordon, stopped by my apartment on Monday to listen to some of my discs, take a look at the transcription collection and talk about old time radio as a hobby.

You can find a list of stations carrying the show and the time it will be heard in your area at "The Story" website.  They should have it available for listening online Thursday night after the broadcast.

Update:  You can listen or download the episode at "The Story" archives here.

And here are links to the full shows heard in the program:

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New posts on occaision

May 3rd, 2012 · Comments

Well, I'm still quite busy with work and family, but I'll be popping up to post an interesting show once in a while on the blog.  These won't be on a regular schedule - just a little something now and again when I have the time that I hope you find interesting.

I want to thank all of you following the blog for your kind words and thoughts over the past few months.


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rand’s esoteric otr on hiatus

March 5th, 2011 · Comments

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, I have several things going on with my job and family.  So I'm going to be stepping away from the blog for a time.  I may be posting an occasional show or interesting recording, but not on a regular weekly schedule as I've done in the past.

I appreciate all the kind words, comments, and research folks have sent my way over the past couple of years.  I'm still interested in pursuing old time radio research, and I'm thinking about heading in a different direction with my old time radio work, so feel free to send an email, if you're so inclined and are interested in talking over some ideas.

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Goodwill hunting … a little story …

February 15th, 2011 · Comments

Looks like this week's posts will be delayed a few days because of some work and family commitments - the last two episodes of "Monticello Party Line" and some other goodies will be going up soon.

Instead, I'd like to offer up an amusing little old time radio collecting story.

You might recall this odd 45 rpm box set posted a couple of years ago on the blog.



Pressed by RCA, the set contained three records - 7" 45s - that contain a full episode of the crime drama "Night Beat".  It's unusual in that it also contains a promo announcement, after the opening of the show, inviting potential sponsors to pick up the program.  I found the set at the Burlington, NC Goodwill thrift store - I think I might have paid 50 cents for it.

A few months after I put the show from the set on my blog, I was contacted by a gentleman from Montreal.  He had an original NBC reference acetate of the first audition episode of the series - a rare find indeed.  So, we set up a trade and I posted that disc on the blog.

Fast forward to this week.

One of the readers of the blog, Thomas, noted in a comment that the "Night Beat" promo 45 set is something rather unusual.

You see, around 1949, when the set was created, there was a promising young commercial artist who was designing magazine ads and some album covers.

His name:  Andy Warhol.

Thomas had found the "Night Beat" set in a museum catalogue of record covers designed by Warhol.  Turns out it's collectable as a piece of art.  Thomas also pointed me to another otr related lp from circa 1950 that had similar cover art by Warhol currently on ebay, "The Nation's Nightmare", which contained two CBS news programs about the country's drug problems.

Well, the story gets better.

I contacted the gentleman in Montreal about his find.  Turns out, he was the author, Paul Marechal, who put together the original exhibition featuring Warhol's album covers - the "Night Beat" set I traded him is the one that Thomas found in the book.

Paul believes that the "Night Beat" set I found is the only copy to surface - he's going to donate it to a Warhol archives, along with some of the other rare Warhol works he discovered in his research.  My guess is that it turned up in Burlington, NC because it was given to an employee of Lorillard or RJR Tobacco, both located in the Triad NC area.

Oh - that Warhol lp of "The Nation's Nightmare" that Thomas saw on ebay?


Moral of the story - look carefully at memorabilia you find at Goodwill.  You might go looking for an old radio show and be taking home a work of art instead.

More new shows in a few days.


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