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10/31/2015


SummersTime for the week of 10/20/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 9:02 pm

This week, Katie opens up The Casebook of Gregory Hood, I enjoy the Micky Mouse Theater of the Air, she rides genteelly with Frontier Gentleman, and Saints Preserve Us I get lost with Mr Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons!

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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10/30/2015


Video from the 1st Bob Edwards Show Anniversary

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 9:55 am

As some of you know, I have been a booster of The Bob Edwards Show since its inception, and have been fortunate enough to know Bob and his producers over the years. And yes, I really did record every program broadcast over XM/SXM, as well as all of the PRI-distributed Bob Edwards Weekend compilation program. I was even invited to the show’s First Anniversary Party, where the anniversary show was recorded. It was an amazing night, let me tell you, and one many of us remember through photographs and even some elicit audio and video recordings we made throughout the evening.

When SiriusXM cancelled the show to make room for younger, less intelligent, and considerably louder programs, the staff had to dispose of all of the program’s paperwork, recordings, pretty much everything that wasn’t in the computer system was slated for the dumpster.

This is where I came in.

As now, “Chief Archivist” (hey, everyone needs a title, and thanks to former Executive Producer Chad Campbell I now have one that isn’t, “Biggest Fan”) I am trying to wade though eleven years worth of stuff. And I am finding some really amazing things for fans of the program and its host, things I hope to share with you over the months ahead.

First up, while going through program CDs (my recordings were made originally from the satellite radio and later through the Internet stream, so those that exist in CD or DAT tape format are a studio-quality “upgrade”), I found one of that First Anniversary program I mentioned. I didn’t think too much about it, since I knew I had the DAT tape recorded in the performance studio to eventually upgrade the recording I made with a small dictation recorder. But as I was filing it in the, “not-important-check-later-if-time” pile, I suddenly realized it said, “DVD-R” on the hand-written label.

Huh?!?

I ran to my office, jammed the disc into the drive, and found a VIDEO-TS folder on the root of the drive. I think my heart stopped for a few moments as I slowly realized I had in my computer a video recording of that evening.

I have cut out a few highlights of that video recording for you, and include the edited video here. If you were at the XM Studios that evening, you will remember fondly what you will see…and if you weren’t, you now have an idea what you missed, and what we are all missing now that the show has been shuttered.

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10/28/2015


SummersTime for the week of 10/13/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:25 am

Kate’s busy with schoolwork this week, so I’m flying solo…first up, a visit with the Family Doctor, then another episode of The Big Show, and I close it out with another episode of Family Doctor!

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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10/25/2015


SummersTime for the week of 10/06/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 1:25 pm

First up, Kate runs with The Man Called X, I listen to the Nightbeat, she learns about history with the Cavalcade of America, and I end with Murder at Midnight!

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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Another Massive AOL Bounce on the OTR Digest…

Filed under: General, Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:44 am

Sorry, folks, but AOL has decided yet again that the Internet OTR Digest is spam, and rejected to all addresses under its control. This usually clears itself out after a day or two, but there is nothing I can do about it - this is all on AOL.

Hopefully once they stop blocking the server, you can retrieve the missed issue via the archive server.

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10/16/2015


SummersTime for the week of 09/29/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:11 am

This week, it’s all Noir! Kate gets a letter from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, I enjoy an Adventures of Phillip Marlowe, she plays an Adventures of Sam Spade, and I close it out with a Private Eyelash, Candy Matson!

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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10/9/2015


CapitalOne - A Lesson in LOSING Customer Loyality for Other Companies

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 10:43 pm

Edit December 10, 2015: Life is nothing but disappointment - just when I thought CapitalOne was an amazing company with amazing employees, they prove that they aren’t. Their fraud prevention system is so screwed-up they managed to decline my card at a local merchant for some non-existent fraud…and then the Customer Service rep I talked to suggested it was my fault that I didn’t have their app on my phone so I could clear it. Yeah, no accepting that it should never have happened in the first place, no apologies for the inconvenience, just a smug suggestion that it was my fault for trying to buy glassware at an outlet. Clearly the thousands I charge with them every month pales in comparison to the $70-worth of “fraudulent” coffee mugs and extra serving spoons they declined and pushed-off to another card (which, by the way, cheerfully accepted the business).

(*shrug*) So much for CapitalOne. Back to Bank Of America, Chase, American Express, et al - at least I don’t have to worry about their fraud prevention computer triggering arbitrarily and embarrassing me unnecessarily, like another customer who was declined today because they bought a burrito…


Sorry, I have to give you some background information, so hang with me a sec. Our household adopted, or was adopted by, an emaciated stray cat. I will explain this bizarre sequence of events and introduce you to our newest family member in another post on another day, but you need to know that this poor cat is not in excellent shape, and required a pretty substantial veterinary visit. It was the visit, and the Vet’s bill for services, that began this odd yet wonderful journey.

Shortly after we got home from the visit, I received a telephone call from someone purporting to be from CapitalOne’s Fraud Prevention Department. Anyone who knows me knows I do not provide personal information to anyone I do not personally know who calls me - I mean, after all, how can I possibly know whether they are who they say they are, or just some scammer attempting to steal personal information? I politely but firmly told the person I would telephone the number on the back of my CapitalOne credit card. Which, of course, I did almost immediately (I needed to get a stronger pair of glasses to read the d*mned thing…hey CapitalOne, how about making that number bigger for your older customers?).

I was almost immediately diverted to Fraud Prevention, where I spoke with a most pleasant soul, to whom I explained why I pushed off the person who called me. He let me know a fraud alert was triggered by a purchase, gave me the Vet’s practice name, and asked if the charge was valid. I admitted it was, mentioned the cat’s condition, and had a short but pleasant conversation. When we hung up, I pretty much forgot about it, other than briefly wondering why a guy who routinely purchases stuff from England, Hong Kong, and other countries would trigger an alert with a charge a few blocks away. (Much later I discovered the practice bills out of Los Angeles, CA, which explains why the transaction was flagged.)

Anyway, didn’t give it any additional thought…until today.

My daughter had a half-day of school today, and was home when the doorbell rang. I sent her to see what was what (c’mon, what good are kids if you can’t use them as free labor?), and she went outside, but didn’t come back in. I went to the door to see her struggling to pick up a very large, very heavy box left at the door by the UPS delivery guy.

I helped her get the package in, checked that it was indeed addressed to me and not a neighbor, and was completely confused as to why Amazon would be sending me anything. I carefully opened the box, and found inside a smaller, seemingly heavier box…and some paperwork:

A Gift from Capital One Financial Corp

Mr. Summers, it was a pleasure speaking with you recently. We hope your cat recovers smoothly and is back to normal in no time. Warm regards, Affonso.

You could have knocked me over with the feather on the toy mouse.

A huge financial corporation, one of the “too big to fail” companies I’ve always believed should be broken up into parts small enough to implode if their management screws up, sent me a beautiful cat domicile (sorry, can’t bring myself to call it a “cat house” and not giggle like a 10-year-old) along with wishes this poor stray whose luckiest day of his so-far short life was the day he begged food from Katie would feel better soonest.

So to CapitalOne, the huge financial corporation humanized by Affonso, I offer a sincere and humble thank you. So you know, you had me at giving me a half-percent more cashback on purchases than the other cards I carry, and with no foreign transaction fees…but after this act of kindness it’ll be a cold day in Hades before anyone pries the CapitalOne card out of my hands.

So…what’s in your wallet? (Edit December 10, 2015: Right now, Chase, Bank of America, American Express…pretty much anything but CapitalOne. Yep, the Devil must have had a snow day today - between the unnecessary decline, and the unforgivable Customer “Service,” they won’t be getting my business.)

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10/4/2015


Eleven Years Ago Today…

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 3:41 pm

…Bob Edwards stepped up to the XM Satellite Radio microphones, and for the first time broadcast The Bob Edwards Show. That show was a constant companion of mine over the years (and still is, thanks to my collection of recordings), so I thought I’d share that first show. You can find it on the BobEdwards.Info server.

Along with the audio to the program (in the .ZIP file), I’ve included the script to that first show, archived from the studio files. You can see the changes Bob made to the script, some during the show itself. The audio includes some promos and bumpers, including the Scott Walterman-voiced “Up Next” piece, and lots of examples of the “seven notes” signature XM used until its demise.

To download the files, just right-click (or click-hold on Mac) and select “Save Link As…” or the equivalent in your browser.

Speaking of that collection of programs, I blame Walter Cronkite. He told Bob, when asked for advice on what to do with his first show, to, “Do another one.” Since I recorded the first show, and Bob was going to “do another one,” I recorded another one. And another…and another…until suddenly it’s eleven years later and there aren’t any more to record. I’ve been randomly choosing shows from the archives to hear every day…if you follow me on Twitter, you can find out the guests I’m listening to each weekday. (Today, you can just listen along…although between you and me, I also listened to the show from October 4th, 2010; a full hour with David Broder, then regular Friday guest of the program.)

And if you’ve enjoyed The Bob Edwards Show over the years, grab a finger or two of Kentucky bourbon and toast with me this evening the program, its host, and its producers. But don’t add anything to that glass, excepting maybe some ice…

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