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Home Town Sketches - Pgm 50

May 9th, 2009

Today, we present the flip side of a disc heard last week on the blog featuring the series "Home Town Sketches".  This rare program was syndicated circa 1936 and sponsored by Fels-Naptha laundry soap.

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"Home Town Sketches" was heard four times each week and took a light-hearted look at life in the small town of Centerville.  The plots centered around the owner of the radio station, his family and friends.  Program 50 in the series takes the form of a "broadcast" from Lem Weatherby's station FELS, where he gives us news about Captain Alberry and Anna Watts wedding, a commercial for a local furniture dealer and mortician, and a poem for a sick shut-in.

It would be interesting to hear a run of consecutive episodes of the program to see how they handled telling the story with this unusual format that went between being a kind of traditional serial like "Vic and Sade" or "Lum and Abner" and a parody of small town radio.

The show was transferred from an original Radio Recorders transcription disc, pressed on blue Vinylite by Columbia, matrix number RR-1544.

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