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3/24/2010


Actor Robert Culp Dead

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Television — Charlie Summers @ 5:49 pm

From the Washington Post’s Post Mortem blog: Actor Robert Culp Dead

From the article: “Actor Robert Culp, 79, best known for his work in television’s ‘I Spy’ in the 1960s and more recently in ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ died this morning after a fall at his Hollywood home, authorities said.”

For the wonderfulness of himself…if I can find it, I’ll run his old-radio debut on the podcast.

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Cincinnati Nostalgia Convention Flyer Redux

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 5:29 pm

The Cincy Convention has moved hotels, so we have a new informational flier. Download, print, and register.

icon for podpress  Cincinnati Convention Flier Version 2: Download

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3/22/2010


Missing Digest Issue Recreated…

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

It looks like an issue of the Internet OTR Digest vanished off the face of the earth. I’ve manual recreated the issue from the inbound logs and released it, but if anything you sent to the Digest doesn’t appear in the next day or so, please resend.

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3/18/2010


‘Davy Crockett’ Star Fess Parker Dies at 85

Filed under: Television, News — Charlie Summers @ 4:47 pm

From The New York Times: ‘Davy Crockett’ Star Fess Parker Dies at 85

Fess Parker, the actor best known for playing the American folk hero Davy Crockett, has died at the age of 85, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Edit: A more detailed obit.

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The BBC, and all networks, are misguided

Filed under: General, Television — Charlie Summers @ 2:19 pm

This is just a quick little story; the BBC had a news program (I should say programme) on I wanted to see. I went to the BBC website, which informed me I couldn’t, since they only allow streaming to computers within the UK. Now I could have found a proxy in the UK that would let me pretend to be within the country, but I said “the heck with it,” went to the newsgroups, found a cap of the program, downloaded it, and watched it.

Who wins? No one. I had to perform a mildly improper act just to watch a program I should have been able to see directly from the provider. And other networks are equally narrow-sighted, locking out whoever they wish without seeing that on the Internet, one can always find what one is looking for. I mean, c’mon, how many folks in the UK watch our drama series right after they air here instead of waiting until their country deigns to run the show. Do they think denying access really stops anyone who wants to see the latest episode of House or Heroes?

Look, this is really simple. Media companies can either make it easy for us to watch their programming, or we’ll find another way, one over which they have no control. Putting up roadblocks just encourages us to find a more direct route to the same target.

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3/17/2010


Podcast: Arthur Anderson St. Pat’s Interviews

Filed under: General, Old-Time Radio, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 8:33 pm

Today we’re making something of a departure from the usual Old-Time Radio podcast; these recordings were made earlier today, March 17, 2010 from various radio stations around the country. They all feature interviews with my friend Arthur Anderson, best-known as the original Lucky Charms Leprechaun. Understand, all of the interviews here are from various “morning zoo” programs, so the local talent may or may not be particularly knowledgeable about Old-Time Radio.

There are three interviews here; KZPS in Dallas, Texas, Ocean 98.1, The Best of Rock in Ocean City, Maryland, and WGTY Great Country 107.7 out of Gettysburg/Hanover, Pennsylvania.

You may stream the program 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  Arthur Anderson St. Pat's Interviews [22:14m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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3/14/2010


Peter Graves, ‘Mission - Impossible’ Star, Dies at 83

Filed under: Television, News — Charlie Summers @ 11:43 pm

From The New York Times: Peter Graves, ‘Mission - Impossible’ Star, Dies at 83

“Good luck, Jim.”

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Panic in Georgia After a Mock News Broadcast

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

From The New York Times: Panic in Georgia After a Mock News Broadcast

An independent television station in the republic of Georgia panicked the populous by running a satirical “mocumentary” depicting a Russian invasion, drawing comparisons to Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast. Everything old is new again…

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3/10/2010


My New Shirt Playes My Theme Song!

Filed under: General, Television — Charlie Summers @ 5:44 pm

Ok for those of you not nerdy enough to be in love with the CBS television program The Big Bang Theory (a show, I must add, that my daughter brought me to kicking and screaming), last week’s episode dealt with Stan Lee signing autographs, and Roj wearing the coolest shirt I have ever seen:


So naturally, I had to have one. Last evening, I ordered one from Think Geek, and d*mned if it didn’t arrive today. Other than being thirty years older, three times as heavy, and that whole not-being-born-in-India thing, I look just like Roj!

I added my theme song (written and performed by Jill Sobule), and now I literally can play my theme song as I enter a room, accompanied by tumultuous applause.

Wonder how long it’ll be until my wife divorces me?

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