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SummersTime for the week of 07/01/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:22 pm

It’s our patriotic July Fourth show! We play a pair of episodes from Treasury Star Parade, Orson Welles broadcasts from a military base with his strange Your Radio Almanac, and and we close it out with the original May 8th, 1945 broadcast of Norman Corwin’s famous On A Note Of Triumph!

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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So then this happened…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 8:44 pm

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AOL Bouncing the Digest…again.

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 1:22 pm

Second verse, same as the first - AOL is yet again bouncing the Internet OTR Digest. Nothing I can do about it, since they tend to arbitrarily block then release the Digest. But you’ll need to complain to AOL’s Customer Service.

Once they decide to remove the block, you can get the missed issue via the archive server. But if you want to avoid this hassle in the future, I’d suggest you use the email address you’re given by your provider, or another free email (Yahoo!, for example). AOL just keeps blocking the OTR Digest as spam…

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1997 Baby Cry-Off

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:09 pm

Jay Hickerson calls the ladies to the stage.
Sybil Trent and Miriam Wolfe
On Saturday evening during the 1997 Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention after the awards were distributed, Jay Hickerson made a somewhat strange request and asked Sybil Trent, Miriam Wolfe, and Vivian Block to come to the stage (Miss Block was not available, having already left the Convention).

Of course, the ladies had no idea that Jay was calling them to perform a “Battle of the Baby Criers!” Both women during their careers on radio were called upon to perform baby cries, so this “battle” was indeed a battle of titans!

They requested and received cloth napkins, the better to “muffle” the sound of the babies, and the battle began; first with Miss Trent, and then with Miss Wolfe. And in an impressive climax, they then cried together!

Personally, I agree with Jay - the “Battle” was indeed a tie!

Dedicated to the memories of Miss Sybil Trent, who left us on Monday, June 5th, 2000, and Miss Miriam Wolfe, who left us September 29th, 2000.

Miss Sybil Trent, crying like a baby.
Miss Sybil Trent and Miss Miriam Wolfe, crying together.


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‘I’m the original voice of Siri’

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 11:14 am

From CNN: ‘I’m the original voice of Siri’

From the article: “For the past two years, she’s been a pocket and purse accessory to millions of Americans. She’s starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel. She’s provided weather forecasts and restaurant tips, been mocked as useless and answered absurd questions about what she’s wearing. She is Siri, Apple’s voice-activated virtual ‘assistant’ introduced to the masses with the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011.”

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