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Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries, Pgm 7

February 13th, 2009

I'd like to give a special acknowledgment to David Kiner for this week's mp3 transfer.  I recently arranged a trade for a couple of transcriptions with him and he generously threw in a digital transfer of the discs, complete with CEDAR processing.  Kiner sells high quality discs of old time radio material and you can find his cds at his ebay store.

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"Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries" is a distinctive series in many respects.  Marking the first appearance of a female detective, the show was syndicated in 1936 to about 250 radio stations and was structured for a unique sponsor promotional gimmick.  The show was sponsored by Philco and local dealers would give listeners a booklet to fill out clues from the mysteries for a chance at cash prizes.  Not only is the namesake detective ("Phyl" being short for "Phyllis") a sponsor tie in, but the show offered all kinds of opportunities for witnesses and suspects in the mysteries to casually listen to the radio and remark on great quality Philco sets and tubes!

In program 7 of the series, "Last Will and Testament", Phyllis is called in to solve a murder that centers around a will, a hat pin, and annoying relatives.  Even though we do find out the name of the killer, the complete details of how Phyl solves the mystery isn't revealed for purposes of the contest.  However, you can match your wits with one otr listener who has posted their possible solutions to the mysteries.

The show was transferred from an original World Broadcasting transcription and restored using CEDAR noise recution by David Kiner.  The matrix number of the disc is BB14924C1.


  • OTRBob

    Just as an FYI, CEDAR is in no way a “noise reduction” system. Quite the opposite, in fact. It is, instead, a series of independent processing units which are designed with specific purposes - one removes hum, one hiss, one clicks, one specific types of scratches, etc. - which then leaves the remaining content of the recording unaffected. “Noise reduction,” which is usually attributed to inexpensive audio “restoration” programs, removes as much program content as it does audio defects - which is why such things are never used by professional audio studios. In my experience, noise reduction does far more harm than good, while CEDAR tackles only the defects.

    Nice of David Kiner to share this recording with you. He’s a very good fellow who deserves far more support than he generally gets from the OTR community.

    Feb 16, 2009 at 3:19 am