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The Sandlotters - January 21, 1948

February 5th, 2010

Periodically over the next few months, I'll be posting some curious local shows that came to me in a single group of laquers.  These all date from December, 1947 and January, 1948 from different stations around the country, so I think they may have been entries in some type of competition for an award or connected with some other event.  The first disc in this set, "Mystery Castle", a local kid's show from Ohio was posted last month on the blog.

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In this post, we hear a curious little sports program from WXYZ, Detroit, "The Sandlotters".  This episode was broadcast January 21, 1948; the show includes local scores and a short drama about a sportsman's unusual war experience.  The show includes commercials for a Detroit-area lumber company.

The show was transferred from an original American Broadcasting Company/WXYZ lacquer dub transcription.  It appears to be a previously lost/uncircualted show.


  • Dr. OTR

    Does the “play inside out” label mean that record had be spun in reverse? (Does transcription players have that capability?)

    Feb 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm
  • randsesotericotr

    No - the record spins in the same direction. It just means the groove starts near the label and moves towards the outside of the record.

    They would do this with lacquers sometimes because of the difference in sound quality between the inside and outside of the record - in a multipart show, the transition isn’t so jarring when you switch from one side to another if a part ends on the outside of the record and the next part begins on the outside of the next record.

    They also might do this so the climax of the show would have better sound or convenience when dealing with the left over lacquer that came from the cutting head.

    Feb 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm
  • Dr. OTR

    Thanks for the clarification. I had just figured, since the needle generally moves from the outer edge to the middle, if it starts near the middle and goes to the outside you must have to play it backwards. But I guess it’s just grooved in the other direction.

    How common was this? And how much of a difference in sound quality is there between the inside and outside of the record–enough to be noticeable to the casual listener?

    Feb 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm