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10/31/2007


Arch Obler’s Plays - Johnny Got His Gun

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 7:48 pm

This is the Arch Obler’s Plays episode currently being talked about on the Internet OTR Digest, kindly provided by Bill Scherer. It contains a contemporary recording by Obler (it’s not completely original), but it’s perfect for Halloween evening!

Thanks to Bill…and enjoy!

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10/30/2007


2007 FOTR Con Pics; The Jack Benny Program

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:16 pm

Finally, some photos from the 2007 Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention held better than a week ago…and of course, instead of starting at the beginning, I’m starting at the end - the re-creation of The Jack Benny Program, starring Eddie Carroll as Jack Benny.

Carroll’s Benny is so dead-on it’s a little intimidating close-up…you actually forget he’s an actor portraying Benny, and fall right into the magic of the performance. I can’t imagine how eerie it must be for those who knew Jack; even the photos here will show he has mastered the mannerisms creating a seemingly-effortless illusion. Like I said, it’s so powerful it’s a little intimidating when you’re within a few feet of his performance.

The rest of the cast shined, but with the power of Carroll’s impersonation, it’s unfortunate that everyone else got a little lost…I want to mention Stuffy Singer’s “Dennis Day” in particular, as I thought he achieved the innocence of Dennis’ persona without pushing it, something not so easy to accomplish. Underneath the photos you’ll find a short video clip from the production, posted with kind permission of Jay “Throws-one-helluva-party” Hickerson in his role as Chairman of FOTR.

More photos to follow over the next few days; now that I have the gallery programming set up, it should be easier to get photos posted as I get the time to go through them all (I took one hundred and four photographs during the Benny production alone, and a handful came out what with shooting without flash and all, so imagine how many there are from the weekend)…just click on the thumbnail for a larger version.
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10/27/2007


Radio relics preserved, then tainted

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:15 am

From The Los Angeles Times: Radio relics preserved, then tainted

From the article: “The carefully preserved original scripts, fragile transcriptions of radio shows and news broadcasts, antique microphones and rare equipment from Southern California’s first stations have been contaminated by toxic PCBs. And nobody can agree who should pay for the cleanup.”

Joe Salerno posted this link to the Internet OTR Digest and I wanted to make sure it received wide distribution. This is enough to break the heart of any OTR lover…

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Hal Stone Photo Montage…

Filed under: General, Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:42 am

First off, let me apologize for not getting more posted regarding last week’s Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention…just as while I was at the con I never seemed to be organized enough to have time for posting, this week has been busy and convoluted as well. I’m working on finding the time to post some pics and additional thoughts, honest.

A few people who were at the convention asked me about the photos of Hal Stone that ran before the comedy panel. The moderator, Derek Tague, asked me if I could put together some pics of Hal to be used as a tribute to him, and it was impossible for me to refuse. Some people have asked for copies of the short piece, and so I include it here so those who were there, and those who weren’t, can see it.

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10/22/2007


Friends of Old-Time Radio Wrap-up

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:54 am

We’re finally home from Newark, NJ and the 2007 Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention. I wanted to run a few of my thoughts up here, and then hopefully over the next few days I can find the time to look at the hundreds of photos I took to see if any of them actually came out, and get them posted (I want to install some new gallery software to this blog, to see if I can auto-add captions to the pics, something the existing gallery software doesn’t do.)
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10/14/2007


The Jack Benny Show - Robert Taylor Plays the Cello

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:29 pm

Bethany Rutledge posted a note to the Internet OTR Digest about this episode of The Jack Benny Show which aired on February 13, 1938 and guest-starred Robert Taylor, who plays a love scene with Mary that brings the house down. To make sure everyone has a chance to hear this episode, I thought I’d post it to the podcast.

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (iTunes, Juice, etc.) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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10/12/2007


New face of vandalism?

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 1:53 pm

From The Brooklyn Paper: New face of vandalism?

Six-year-old “vandalizes” block with sidewalk chalk. Oh, shut up…

Also see this editorial cartoon.

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Fibber McGee and Molly - Tall Story Contest

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:28 pm

I received a request through the “Contact the Webmaster” button over there on the sidebar for episodes of Fibber McGee and Molly; while I usually post more…obscure programs (I know, I probably shouldn’t, but I’ve been collecting so long I sometimes get bored with the same old Suspense and Jack Benny Programs I’ve heard time and time again, so I’m always looking for oddball programs that you, gentle reader, might not have taken the time to hear before), how can I refuse a request?

But there were no specific episodes in the request, so I was in a quandary - which ones to podcast? One of the most amazing things about being me, running the Internet OTR Digest and all, is that while I am not an expert on any particular program, I almost always know experts for any given show. In this case, I contacted Al Girard, he of the Unofficial Fibber McGee and Molly web pages, and asked him which episodes he would recommend. From his list, this is the chronologically next episode having aired January 1, 1946. Enjoy!

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10/11/2007


Doc, what’s up with snooping?

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 11:13 am

From The Boston Herald: Doc, what’s up with snooping?

It’s an opinion piece, but still pretty scary…

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Can You Top This? - First Topic, Service

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 9:09 am

Recently on the Internet OTR Digest there was a discussion about the show Can You Top This?, an audience-participation program where the listeners could send in jokes to tell; the panelists would then try to top the laughter level as measured on the meter, which would determine how much money the joke-sender would receive.

Our friend Jim Widner, he of the Radio Days website, provided a collection of episodes he’s acquired from the Net for running on this podcast. This episode is labled from July 26, 1946 and has as its first topic “Service.”

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (iTunes, Juice, etc.) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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10/10/2007


It’s Higgins, Sir - Newspaper Interview

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:01 pm

By request, the final episode in the series, “It’s Higgins, Sir” aired September 25, 1951, a summer replacement series for Bob Hope’s Pepsodent program starring Harry McNaughton, Vinton Hayworth, and our good friend Pat Hosley.

Jerry Haendiges, he of The Vintage Radio Place and the original source of this series, has provided us high-quality masters of this entire series from which to create the MP3 files; while we’re distributing 32kbps MP3 files of these programs, you can find excellent-quality audio CDs at his website - go to the order page and use #40961 A for this episode. (Also, high-quality MP3s of this program are also available from Jerry in his MP3 Catalog.)

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (iTunes, Juice, etc.) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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10/9/2007


Fibber McGee and Molly - Fibber Tunes the Piano

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:54 pm

I received a request through the “Contact the Webmaster” button over there on the sidebar for episodes of Fibber McGee and Molly; while I usually post more…obscure programs (I know, I probably shouldn’t, but I’ve been collecting so long I sometimes get bored with the same old Suspense and Jack Benny Programs I’ve heard time and time again, so I’m always looking for oddball programs that you, gentle reader, might not have taken the time to hear before), how can I refuse a request?

But there were no specific episodes in the request, so I was in a quandary - which ones to podcast? One of the most amazing things about being me, running the Internet OTR Digest and all, is that while I am not an expert on any particular program, I almost always know experts for any given show. In this case, I contacted Al Girard, he of the Unofficial Fibber McGee and Molly web pages, and asked him which episodes he would recommend. From his list, this is the chronologically next episode having aired February 13, 1945. Enjoy!

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10/5/2007


Jury penalises music file-sharer

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 6:52 pm

From the BBC: Jury penalises music file-sharer

It is time, I believe, to stop purchasing music from any of the major labels. there are many, many independent artists and labels out there that do not sue their customers.

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10/2/2007


Can You Top This? - First Topic, Sutors

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:53 am

Recently on the Internet OTR Digest there was a discussion about the show Can You Top This?, an audience-participation program where the listeners could send in jokes to tell; the panelists would then try to top the laughter level as measured on the meter, which would determine how much money the joke-sender would receive.

Our friend Jim Widner, he of the Radio Days website, provided a collection of episodes he’s acquired from the Net for running on this podcast. This episode is labled from August 15, 1945 and has as its first topic “Sutors.” (Note the original encoder [not Jim] did a rather poor encode, sampling at 11kHz and encoding a mono file in joint stereo, so apologies for the poor quality of the file. I’ve learned that trying to “fix” things like this makes it even worse, so I am providing the file as-is.)

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (iTunes, Juice, etc.) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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10/1/2007


Press Releases on the Internet OTR Digest

Filed under: General, Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 6:03 pm

I’ve decided to use this blog instead of the Internet OTR Digest for this information, since any discussion about this would be off-topic for the Digest, yet I’m pretty sure a lot of people are going to have an opinion they’ll need to vent, and there’s a place for that here.

I have been, for the last year or more, trying desperately to keep press releases out of the Digest. There are generally multiple factors at work here, and a lot of people can’t quite grasp any of ‘em…either I have lost my ability to communicate in English, or they are too close to their particular event/book/item/whatever to understand what I’m saying. So let’s review it briefly: (more…)

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