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So long and thanks for listening

February 22nd, 2019 · Comments

Well, that wraps up this season on the blog.  This will probably be the last round of posts I make here.

As I mentioned when I put the blog on hiatus before the round of current posts, I’m finding fewer discs “in the wild” of the type of unusual programs I collect, so I’m picking up relatively few new transcriptions.

I’m also refocusing my interests a little bit and concentrating on some non-Old Time Radio projects I’ve been working on for several years.  I’m in the middle of doing transfers and restoration work on about nine hours of recordings by an obscure vaudeville and nightclub performer, so there may be news on that front in a few months.  And I’m getting back to two of my long-time interests, screenwriting and vintage films.

I didn’t realize it, but the first posts went up on the blog in March 2008, more than a decade ago.  Since then, I’ve posted over a thousand shows.  So I think the blog has had a pretty good run.

Thanks again for listening and for all of your kind support and well wishes!

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The Lives of Harry Towers on BBC Radio Four Extra

January 5th, 2019 · Comments

If you're interested in great radio drama and the colorful and interesting people who made it, give a listen to "The Lives of Harry Towers", a new three-hour miniseries on BBC Radio Four Extra. The full three hours can be streamed for the next month.
The show includes full versions of programs Towers created featuring an array of stars like Olivier, Welles, and many others in the 1940s and 50s, along with interviews and other material about his life and work.
Congrats to Dominic Delargy for his great work producing the show - I listened to the full three hours this morning as I was working around the apartment.
Now I finally know the story behind a couple of Towers-produced "Movie Playhouse" transcriptions I ran into a few years ago.  (You can find those here and here.)

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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 https://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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