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11/30/2010


First Flier for the 2011 Cincinnati Old Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Television, Films and Video — Charlie Summers @ 12:40 pm

Received this morning from Bob Burchett the first flier for next May’s Old Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Details within.

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11/28/2010


Actor Leslie Nielsen dies of complications from pneumonia

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 10:27 pm

From CNN: Actor Leslie Nielsen dies of complications from pneumonia

From the article: “Actor Leslie Nielsen, known for his role as Lt. Frank Drebin in ‘The Naked Gun’ series, died of complications from pneumonia Sunday, his family said.”

And stop calling me Shirley…

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11/26/2010


U.S. Shuts Down Web Sites in Piracy Crackdown

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 11:16 pm

From The New York Times: U.S. Shuts Down Web Sites in Piracy Crackdown

Welcome to the beginning of Internet Censorship. Next, anyone who disagrees with the party-in-power (whichever happens to be at the moment) will be removed from the Web. Can someone tell me when the Congress and the Department of Homeland Security was taken over by the music and movie industries?

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11/24/2010


Podcast: Rogue’s Gallery, October 25th, 1945

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 3:43 pm

A poster on the Internet Old-Time Radio Digest asked about the series, “Rogue’s Gallery.” I admit I’m a little surprised - I assumed this series was better-known, as the first of the Dick Powell detective series. This show has a really odd gag; in each episode, Rogue is knocked unconscious and on his trip to “Cloud number Eight,” meets his alter-ego, Eugor (Rogue spelled backwards) who helps him figure out what to do next to solve the case. I think this gimmick gets a little strained, frankly, after listening to two or three episodes, but since the show ran in various incarnations on various networks from 1945 to 1951, maybe that’s just me.

I selected an episode for this podcast that is not particularly representative of the series…in this episode, Rogue doesn’t get hit over the head, and doesn’t run into Eugor. While those new to the series may get the wrong idea about the show, those who are familiar with it should find this episode more interesting because of the change in format.

By the way, if any of you have episodes of this series with Barry Sullivan or Paul Stewart in the role and can provide them to me, I’ll be glad to run them here on the podcast. Personally, I’d love to hear the changes once Powell left the show to eventually become Richard Diamond.

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11/22/2010


Court battle moves on in Sirius-XM anti-trust/fraud case

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 11:10 pm

From RBR.com: Court battle moves on in Sirius-XM anti-trust/fraud case

From the article: “A lawsuit filed on behalf of approximately 20M subscribers to satellite audio service Sirius-XM is being allowed to proceed. The suit alleges that the company is an illegal monopolistic entity, and that it fraudulently used royalty payments as an excuse to increase its subscription price.”

If you review previous postings here on this subject, you’ll see I argued exactly this a long long time ago. Should be fun to watch.

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11/13/2010


Two Television Shows You Haven’t Seen, But Should

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 5:32 pm

While I’m feeling under-the-weather and avoiding client visits to keep from spreading this d*mned cold, I thought I’d review two television programs you probably haven’t seen, and strongly suggest you expend the energy to seek them out. Both are “foreign” programs (that is, produced outside the United States), and both are well worth the trouble it takes to find and watch them. Reviews and photos from first the drama This is Not My Life, then the comedy Men with Brooms after the jump.
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11/11/2010


Cats Drink Using the Tip of the Tongue, Engineers Find

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 5:30 pm

From The New York Times: Cats Drink Using the Tip of the Tongue, Engineers Find

From the article: “It has taken four highly qualified engineers and a bunch of integral equations to figure it out, but we now know how cats drink. The answer is: very elegantly, and not at all the way you might suppose.”

Finally, a science article that interested my daughter…


“Um…I drink later. Tired now. Shush, please.”

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