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2/24/2008


Updated Cincinnati Convention Flier With Schedule

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 7:37 pm

Direct from Bob Burchett, an updated flier on the upcoming Cincinnati’s 22st Annual Old-Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention including the proposed schedule. Check it out!

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2/23/2008


Computer Support…on the OTR Digest?

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 1:29 pm

I wrote a note to the bottom of a Internet OTR Digest post earlier today dealing with using computers to record audio and burn audio CDs. Before I go any farther, so no one gets the wrong impression, I’m not picking on that post - I added it because over the past few months this has come up a few times, and I wanted to bring it out into the open instead of handling it behind-the-scenes. I mean, after all, what’s the point of having a blog if I can’t use it to get direct feedback about the operation and subject material appropriate to the Digest?

Anyway, to continue what I wrote there, I’d really prefer not to get the Digest bogged down in instructions on how to use computer audio processing software, burning software, etc. It isn’t that I personally have no interest in this area…heck, I probably spend more time every day in audio software packages (Audacity, lame from the command line, TotalRecorder, streamripper, Nero, etc., etc.) than most subscribers to the Digest. It’s because most subscribers don’t, and the Digest really isn’t set up to act as a computer software support list - there are many many places on the Internet which discuss this topic in excruciating detail (check Google, Yahoo, or your other favorite search engine for the specific software package or task of interest), so the Digest can better focus on Old-Time Radio, an interest all subscribers share. Brief discussions on or recommendations of audio players/recorders seem to me to be ok, but crossing into computer software support just seems the wrong direction.

Of course, it’s always possible I’m misreading the needs of the subscriber base. I try to keep the Digest more narrowly-focused than a lot of discussion lists or forums on the Internet, but that’s because I’ve been living on the Internet for a really long time, and have seen many fine lists self-destruct by fragmentation and loss of focus. At the same time, all of the decisions I make are constantly guided by, “What is best for the reader of the OTR Digest?” Everything, from the over-quoting filter to the removal of free-email system advertisement footers is designed with the reader in mind…my never-achievable goal is for the Digest to be exactly what the subscriber expects when she or he subscribes, and to be the most accessable discussion list ever published, bar none. But that also requires me to make assumptions about what the subscriber expects, and to focus the discussion that direction.

Now I’m the least-perfect person you’re going to find, so mistakes are not an uncommon occurance. In our house, we have a mantra when it comes to errors - Admit Them, Fix Them, and Move On. So I invite public comments on this specific issue - am I calling it right, or do you think the Digest should include discussions of computer software? Those interested can discuss it publicly here without interrupting the flow of the Digest.

Of course, private comments pro/con/ambivalent on this or any other Digest content issue are, as always, welcomed and encouraged, too, sent to me directly - contact address and other links are published in the footer of every issue of the Digest so you’ll always have them handy, and you can always use that “Contact the Webmaster” button on the sidebar here to get to me personally and privately, too.

(Oh, and while you’re here, scroll down a bit on the front page. While I was in the neighborhood I posted another episode from Nick Harris, Detective. I know I’ve been a little busy lately, but I’m trying to keep the podcast running fresh material and hope to have the latest from the “Haendiges Collection” up sometime this weekend. I also need to finish the MANC video tapes before Martin drives up Route 74 and beats me with a Betamax tape, and compete the major renovation to the OldRadio.Net Shop - let me know if you like or hate the changes. On top of the radical new design to make the Shop cleaner and easier-to-use, there were a boatload of under-the-hood changes for less goofy URLs, more information presented faster, and a cleanup of the database system. And I need to add some new discs I’ve put together, but I don’t want to do that until all the programming work is finished. Nothing like another look at mortality to get a guy off his rear, eh?)

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Nick Harris, Detective - The Avenging Angel Strikes Again

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:48 am

An episode of this series, discussed on the Internet OTR Digest, a continuation of the previously-posted episode titled “The Avenging Angel Strikes Again” from February 21, 1934. For amazingly complete information on the series, see the Digest…on a personal note, I was a little surprised at the…roughness of the production. While not a terrible series, it did seem a little…er…slapdash around the edges.

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 (Juice, iTunes, etc.) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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2/18/2008


Empire Builders - Glacier National Park

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 9:15 am

As recently discussed on the Internet OTR Digest, here is one of the nine surviving episodes of Empire Builders, sponsored by the Great Northern Railroad and according to Elizabeth McLeod’s Documenting Early Radio page, discovered in the mid-1980s in their corporate archives. This episode, “Glacier National Park,” aired January 19, 1931.

Our thanks to both Ken Stockinger and Jim Widner for providing the copies of these historical programs for 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 (Juice, iTunes, etc.) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

icon for podpress  Empire Builders - Glacier National Park [29:54m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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2/17/2008


Nick Harris, Detective - The Avenging Angel

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:44 am

An episode of this series, discussed on the Internet OTR Digest, titled “The Avenging Angel” from February 14, 1934. For amazingly complete information on the series, see the Digest…on a personal note, I was a little surprised at the…roughness of the production. While not a terrible series, it did seem a little…er…slapdash around the edges.

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 (Juice, iTunes, etc.) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

Edit: Seems the player/download links disappeared for a bit; they’re back now. Any problem in the future, just drop me a line with the button in the sidebar. –cfs3

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2/16/2008


Some days just suck…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 12:17 pm

So we received confirmation that Annie’s cancer has returned on the same day I find water all over the place in the basement from the tiniest of holes in the copper piping leading off the hot water heater. And I mean tiny…it was so small, I couldn’t find it at first, searching all around until I suddenly felt a light mist on my face. A flashlight showed the aerosolized water and light steam coming from this tiny hole.

Seriously, some days life really sucks.

Ok, let me back up a little. For those who don’t know the backstory, when my wife became pregnant ten years ago, our joy turned pretty rapidly to terror when she was diagnosed with a soft-tissue cancer; malignant fibrous histiocytoma to be specific, or MFH for short (I rapidly referred to it as, “Motherf***er From Hell”). Please note on the linked page the line, “Rare signs and symptoms include episodic hypoglycemia and rapid tumor enlargement during pregnancy.” That was not well-established ten years ago, and her cancer was considered an anomaly - her oncologist was then convinced there was only a temporal relationship between her pregnancy and her tumor. While it’s nice to be proven right about something in the fullness of time (I maintained there was no way the relationship was merely temporal because of the anomalous tumor growth - it had to be a reaction to the changing hormones), it didn’t really mean much back then…it was odd that someone so young would present with this, and odder still that she would present while pregnant. (Hum…you know, I just realized it’s likely that she was one of the case studies that proved the rare but clear relationship between this ugly thing and pregnancy… More after the jump.)
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2/14/2008


Can You Top This? - First Topic, Barber

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:15 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 undated and has as its first topic “Barber.”

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 (Juice, iTunes, etc.) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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2/13/2008


No, I haven’t vanished…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 10:49 am

…I’m still around. I have been extraordinarily busy with personal stuff the last few weeks (a condition that looks like it will continue for a while) I hope to explain shortly, but I haven’t forgotten you. I’ll try to get a new show onto the podcast later today or tomorrow morning.

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2/3/2008


America’s Exit Poll on XMPR

Filed under: News, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 12:23 pm

This coming “Super Tuesday,” XMPR (XM Satellite Radio Channel 133) will be running a news special from PRI/WNYC/New York Times/BBC on the election; air time is 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM Eastern time. More information (although d*mned little…) is available at http://www.americasexitpoll.org/

Note this is from The Billion Dollar President and The Morning Show production team, so plan on it being light on actual news and long on happy-talk segments apparently designed for focus groups comprised of drug-addled or brain-damaged teenagers, but it should at least cover the basics of the election in real-time between the chatting-with-elementary-kids and what-clothing-the-spouse-is-wearing segments. (Lord, what I wouldn’t give for someone to challenge NPR’s radio news dominance with anything not designed for old people’s twisted ideas of what kids want…)

Yeah, I want to get my scathing review of The Billion Dollar President posted, asking the question, “Didn’t John Hockenberry used to be a respected journalist?” but I haven’t had the time. Apologies, but I’ll get there, I promise.

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