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1/31/2013


Last Andrews sister, Patty, dies in LA aged 94

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, News — Charlie Summers @ 1:30 am
The Andrews Sisters, from left, Maxene, Patty and LaVerne

From the BBC: Last Andrews sister, Patty, dies in LA aged 94

From the article: “The last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters - the popular singing trio of the 1940s and 1950s - has died in California at the age of 94.

Patty Andrews’s spokesman, Alan Eichler, said she died from natural causes at her Los Angeles home.

Patty was the youngest of the sisters whose hits included Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.

LaVerne Andrews died of cancer in 1967 and Maxene Andrews died in 1995 after suffering a heart attack.”

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1/27/2013


SummersTime for the week of 01/07/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:10 pm

This week Kate puts, A Life in Your Hands, I join The Line Up, she plays an episode of Strange Wills, and I play an odd little episode of Frontier Gentleman!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

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1/15/2013


Congressional Offices Continue to Illegally Download Movies and TV Shows

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 1:49 pm

From U.S. News and World Report: Congressional Offices Continue to Illegally Download Movies and TV Shows

From the article: “In late October, someone at the U.S. House of Representatives decided to catch up on the latest season of Dexter, illegally downloading an episode of the TV series while at a congressional office. In the days that followed, with Hurricane Sandy threatening to keep federal workers hunkered down at home, employees of Congress downloaded the 2012 mob film Lawless, a Halloween-themed episode of The Middle, and an episode from Season 9 of CSI: New York.”

Yeah, your congresscritter and staff are lovin’ the illegal downloads…wonder if they will get any “strikes?”

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1/13/2013


SummersTime for the week of 12/31/2012

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 11:23 am

In our return-from-vacation program, to say goodbye to the year 2012 Kate starts us off with a New Year’s Eve (Arden) episode of Our Miss Brooks, I can’t let go of Christmas and play a holiday-themed episode of The Minnesota School of the Air followed by a New Year’s themed show of the same series, she counters with a funny episode of Fibber McGee and Molly, and I finish up with the New Year’s Eve 1947 episode of Philco Radio Time starring Bing Crosby with guest Danny Thomas!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

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. - just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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1/11/2013


Verizon’s “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Measures Unveiled

Filed under: General, News — Charlie Summers @ 6:25 pm

From TorrentFreak: Verizon’s “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Measures Unveiled

From the article: “While none of the participating ISPs have officially announced how they will handle repeat infringers, TorrentFreak has obtained a copy of Verizon’s full policy. Among other things, offenders will have to watch a video about the consequences of online piracy, before their speeds are reduced to 256kbps. Also worth mentioning is that the copyright alert system will also apply to business customers.”

While I admit articles from this website tend to be not-terribly-balanced (personally, I really enjoy the wildly-hyperbolic comments that every post regarding copyright is certain to generate), it is important that everyone in the United States who receives Internet access from any of the “big-5″ understand what they are up to…monitoring, or more accurately allowing a third-party, MarkMonitor, to monitor all of your Internet traffic. This is abhorrent to me, and frankly calls into question the ISP’s standing as a “common carrier.”

I am working on a piece for this blog that explains why not just filesharers, but everyone should carefully consider purchasing and using a VPN, Virtual Private Network, to prevent MarkMonitor and Verizon from monitoring your email, web browsing, and other Internet traffic. I already have one, because I believe it is no business of Verizon or MarkMonitor what I transfer to and from this server, for example…I am now retrieving my email over an encrypted connection from London, or Toronto, or even Romania, for heaven’s sake. Just because you have nothing to hide doesn’t mean you want everyone knowing everything about you, you know.

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1/9/2013


SummersTime for the week of 11/19/2012

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:21 pm

In our last show before we take some time off, Kate plays an episode of Luke Slaughter of Tombstone, I slum with an episode of The Avenger, she lightens the mood with a funny episode of Fibber McGee and Company, and I finish up with a Thanksgiving-themed episode of Crime Photographer!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

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1/2/2013


2012’s Best and Worst Television

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 4:38 pm

Now that we’re passed the end of another year, it’s time for yet another insipid list of the best and worst. These are my personal choices, tongue-generally-in-cheek, so don’t take any of this too seriously…

  • Worst Television Program Premiering in 2012: Wow, with all the possibilities, it’s hard to choose finalists in this category let alone a clear winner. The yet-another-Sherlock-Holmes-in-the-present series seems a reasonable choice (especially with the lovely Lucy Lu trying to act like the kid she was in Ally McBeal instead of the woman she’s become), but then there’s the poorly-executed knockoff of ITV’s Primeval, the oddly-structured successor to The Closer, the almost creepy “comedy” Partners, and the dumbest idea for a program I’ve heard in a while, Last Resort, so how can one pick the epitome of bad? Oh, right…Animal Practice. What moron even thought that show would be a good idea? When your costar is a primate, you know you’re in serious trouble.

  • Best Television Program Premiering in 2012: Now we have a quandary of a different sort, since there hasn’t exactly been a surplus of originality in television shows - not that that is unique to this year, but it seems to be getting worse. I like Go On, but frankly liked the canceled Mr. Sunshine better. Revolution is ok, but it doesn’t really get me to worry whether I’m weeks behind or not. For best, I have to go with HBO’s The Newsroom - yeah, I know Aaron Sorkin gets preachy, but no one on the planet writes solid snappy dialog like this guy does. Each episode unfolds a real news story and looks at how they should be covered and how they are covered. The entire news industry should be forced to watch this show over and over until they get a clue.

  • Guiltiest Television Program Pleasure in 2012: The Neighbors. I still haven’t decided whether I’m laughing with the show or at the show, but I frequently laugh, which is more than I can say for The Partners or Guys with Kids. Still, don’t tell anyone, since I’m a little embarrassed about it.

  • Best “Reboot” of 2012: I hate reboots…they never really work, and even those that have reluctantly grown on me would have been better off being a sequel. Which is why I think Dallas is the best for the year, even if I haven’t had the time to watch all of last season (it has to do with waiting for hot turnovers and ice cream, which is a story onto itself). This is a sequel that honors the past series, and doesn’t attempt to replace it with a bunch of kids holding the same character names as those we remember and cherish. And it has Brenda Strong, one of my personal favorites (known of her for a long time, but it was her recurring role in Sports Night that really got my attention), so how bad can it be? I mean, geez, Patrick Duffy has had one helluva career, screen-romancing Victoria Principal and Ms. Strong. Of course, the loss of J.R. will be devastating to the show…without evil, how can we judge good? Still, I look forward to watching Larry Hagman’s final work, just as I’ve watched with Katie the first episode of I Dream of Jeanie, his early breakout role.

  • Worst Exit in 2012: This one’s easy; The Closer. Brenda Leigh Johnson just got into an elevator and disappeared. It was a tremendous letdown, driven more by the production company’s determination to create an unsatisfying sequel to the show than any loyalty to the character. Brenda Leigh deserved more, and so did the viewers. But one more time, to the amazing Kyra Sedgwick who wore Brenda Leigh’s strengths and weaknesses on her sleeve for all to see, and with the thickest of southern drawl, “Thank-eue…”

Now, onward to see what 2013 holds in store for us!

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