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Linda’s First Love - Pgm 3385 - January 20, 1950

May 13th, 2017

Finally on the blog this week, an almost forgotten syndicated daytime soap opera, “Linda’s First Love”.

Despite being a program syndicated on disc during the prime years of old time radio, on the air from 1939 to 1950, only less than ten episodes of the series circulate among collectors.

What happened to all those discs?

Program 3385 was originally heard January 20, 1950.  Linda and Danny rush to the train depot to find out why Elaine is suddenly leaving.  Is she really in love with Danny?  The show is sponsored by Kroger’s Spotlight Coffee.  This appears to be a previously lost episode of the series.

The show was produced by the Ralph H. Jones Company.  Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch red vinyl Muzak transcription disc.

Next week, another previously lost episode of the series from the other side of the disc.

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Special Assignment - Pgm 25

May 13th, 2017

“Special Assignment” was an unusual syndicated series from the late 30s and early 40s from the Associated Press that dramatizes reporters pursuing big stories.  Less than a dozen episodes in the series appear to be circulating among collectors.

Program 25 in the series looks at the story of William Miller and his reporting work on the famous Floyd Collins incident.  The host of the series is Oliver Gramling. Goldin dates the episode to 1941.

The program was produced by AP Radio Productions, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York.  Our mp3 was transferred direct from an original sixteen inch AP red vinyl transcription disc, matrix number 10-0106.

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 316 - October 17, 1931

May 13th, 2017

 

Only a few more episodes are left in our consecutive twenty episode run of the early radio comedy serial, “Louie’s Hungry Five”, syndicated by WGN-The Tribune Company, Chicago.

Program 316 was originally heard October 17, 1931.  Louie talks with the hotel clerk about their reason for going to South America - an invention that will let them go into the cocoanut ice cream pie business.  You can download the original local announcer’s cue sheet here.

Our mp3 was transferred from a set of two 12” laminated shellac 78 rpm transcriptions pressed by the Columbia Sound-On-Disc Division, matrix numbers 233296 and 233297.

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Civilian Defense - They Perish Alone

May 13th, 2017

Here’s another episode in a series of dramas produced in the early days of World War II by the Office of Civilian Defense.

“They Perish Alone” compares the plight of our fighting forces to the dangers faced by early settlers of the American West and how they had to work together.  The show was written by Pauline Gibson and directed by William Rousseau.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from an original sixteen inch vinyl transcription, pressed by Allied, matrix number G-6001.

 

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Wade Lane’s Home Folks - Pgm 28

May 13th, 2017

Who’s that opening your front door, making you think someone is breaking in to rob or kill you?  Oh, it’s just time for “Wade Lane’s Home Folks”.

In program 28, Wade kicks off the show talking about daydreaming and sings the obscure song “To Be Near You”.  Once again, Wade is accompanied by both an organ and violin in this episode.

I have daydreams about never hearing this series again.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen-inch Mertens and Price, Inc. transcription, matrix number B5339.

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WATG-FM aircheck - “Music Fair” circa May 1947

May 6th, 2017

And now, the second side of the disc heard in our previous post.  From the same group of discarded lacquers that originated at WHBC in Canton, Ohio, comes this air check of WATG-FM, probably from its first days on the air in May 1947.

This side of the disc, titled “Music Fair” starts off with some light music performed by solo violin and later an organ with harp and strings.  The sound is overmodulated and I’m not sure if that’s because of the recording or the way the program was broadcast.  Finally near the end of the recording, we hear a station ID for WATG, “North Central Ohio’s first frequency modulation station”; an ad for Ashland Jewelry, congratulating the station; and a time check.  Then we hear an announcer just start a mid-day news broadcast.

Our mp3 was transferred from a ten inch Audiodisc lacquer cut at 33 1/3 rpm.

This is the final disc that I have from the group of WHBC, Akron, Ohio lacquers.

 

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WATG-FM aircheck - May 13, 1947

May 6th, 2017

Finally this week, we have an unusual aircheck that came from the same group of “throw away” lacquers that originated from WHBC in Canton, Ohio.

This disc includes two excerpts from FM station WATG-FM in Ashland, Ohio.  This side of the disc is dated May 13, 1947.  According to Wikipedia, WATG-FM went on the air on May 18, 1947, so perhaps this is a recording of some kind of test broadcast from the station or the date on the article is incorrect.

The aircheck starts off with an upbeat boogie boogie-style number from a small combo.  An announcer introduces a request for Omar Moore of Orville, Ohio, who says “everything is coming in fine”, Joe Mooney and his Quartet performing “Tea for Two”.  In the middle of the record, the announcer notes that Moore is receiving the signal without an antenna.  Another request for a Charlie Spivak number and Perry Como.  The recording ends with another unidentified boogie boogie recording.

Our mp3 was transferred from a ten inch Audiodisc lacquer cut at 33 1/3 rpm.  Our next post features the other side of the disc.

 

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 315 - October 16, 1931

May 6th, 2017

We only have a few more shows in our run of twenty consecutive episodes of the early syndicated comedy serial, “Louie’s Hungry Five”, originating with WGN, the Tribune Company, in Chicago.

Program 315 was originally heard October 16, 1931.  The group is still planning their trip to South America.  In this episode, Emil and the other members of the group talk with Louie about him leaving them to face Louie’s girlfriend, Julia, when she was angry at Louie.  You can see the original local announcer’s cue sheet for the program here.

Our mp3 was transferred from a set of two 12” laminated shellac 78 rpm transcriptions pressed by the Columbia Sound-On-Disc Division, matrix numbers 233294 and 233295.

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How About That - Pgm 2

May 6th, 2017

 

Here's our second and final program in the syndicated series “How About That”, hosted by Gregory Abbott.

In program 2, the first story is about a “lighthouse” to call waiters at restaurants.  We also hear about “emergency umbrellas”, creating sterling silver objects as a hobby, cooking a perfect poached egg, and the work of CARE rebuilding libraries in war-torn Europe to combat the rise of Communist propaganda.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch vinyl transcription distributed by the Faught Company, 342 Madison Avenue, New York, matrix number 3132.  Apologies for the rough sound on this one - as you can see from the photo, this was a pretty beat up disc.

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Civilian Defense - “Of Interest to the Enemy”

May 6th, 2017

In recent weeks, I’ve posted some shows from a previously overlooked World War II series, “Yankee Doodle”, produced by the Office of Civilian Defense to encourage people to support the war effort on the home front.  This week, we kick off a few individual shows, not part of a series, from the same batch of discs.

“Of Interest to the Enemy”, is a fifteen minute drama about Larry Crane, “told by the man who wrote his obituary”.  The editor of a small-town newspaper talks with different people in the town about the loss of one of their own who died fighting in the Pacific.  It prompts the editor to write an editorial about the “Block Plan”, to coordinate neighbors for civilian defense.  The show was written by Pauline Gibson and directed by William Rousseau.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from an original sixteen inch vinyl OWI transcription, matrix number G-1995.

We’ll have a few more shows in this series in the following weeks.

 

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