Friday I will begin releasing a distribution to members of this group who sign up for it. Because it was purchased from a dealer, only dues-paying members of The Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound can receive it. It is the largest and possibly most important collection that I have released so far. It has 76 episodes, all in wav. format so the sound quality is very good.
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Because there are so many episodes I will spread the distro over a number of days, depending how many join.
This is the longest distro I have released this year, and probably will be the most important one to collectors so far. Here are a few facts about it:
1. All the files are in wav format and are of superior sound quality.
2. Many of the series are lesser known and many of the episodes are rare, some difficult if not impossible to obtain elsewhere. If a series is not in the OTRR Library, not in David Goldin's Index, not in Vintage Radio Logs and not in John Dunning's On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, then I think most collectors would be comfortable in defining it as very rare.
3. Several of the shows are not even from series, but are unique special broadcasts, such as "The Brookhaven, Mississippi Water Carnival Coverage" and "The Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Program." One is an Audition tape ("Phil Crisp for Hess Shoe Stores").
4. Several are daytime series, which I recently noted that a collector remarked are under-represented among surviving OTR series. Our day begins with two early morning talk, news, weather, and musical programs (musical variety) that help us wake up with our first cup of coffee, they being Dude Martin's Sunrise Roundup and Morning in Maryland. We also have two episodes of Matinee With Bob and Ray (the "matinee" tips us off that they were aired in the afternoon), one of Dorothy Dix (morning or afternoon according to internal evidence but no exact time available), and one of Arthur Godfrey Time, not rare but a daytime staple). Finally, two episodes of Young Dr. Malone, our only soap opera.
5. Also included are several scientific series that are much more interesting to listen to than one might think (for example, one reports on a huge, unanticipated volcanic explosion and another on biochemical mutants of bacteria and another on population changes in the animal world); two religious programs (Hymns From Home and The Baptist Hour); a few visits to the eorld of stage, screen and romance (Four Story Theater, Sunsweet Surprise Theatre, Here's To Romance and Lux Radio Theater); two classical music presentations ("Philadelphia Orchestra" and Great Moments in Music); two news broadcasts ("Drew Pearson" and "Elmer Peterson and the News"); two sitcoms, a legal drama, a detective show and a popular juvenile series.
II. List of Episodes
1. FDR Memorial: "Network Broadcast Segments" (April 15, 1945)
JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY: Jack Armstrong. The All-American Boy. In On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (p.352), John Dunning describes the genre as "juvenile adventure serial." He notes that "from August 31, 1942 until August 29, 1947" the program was aired "on the Blue Network of ABC as 15-minute continuations weekdays at 5:30 for Wheaties." The dates of all three episodes in this collection fall within that time frame:
1. "The Hidden City of Death Valley" (June 4, 1945). Recorded from Chicago as part of The Funny Paper Theater, presented by "your Chicago Sunday Tribune."
2. "The Trial of the Silencer" (September 4, 1945). Sponsored by Wheaties, "Breakfast of Champions."
3. "The Trial of the Silencer" (September 6, 1945). Premium offer of the Wheaties Library of Sports.
Phil Crist: "Audition For Hess Shoe Stores" (July 19, 1945)
Showstoppers: "Abbott&Costello" (February 20, 1946)
Lux Radio Theater: "One More Tomorrow" (June 8, 1947). Rehearsal.
Mr. President: "Ulysses S. Grant" (July 24, 1947)
Arthur Godfrey Time (Friday, November 28, 1947): Sponsored by Chesterfield Cigarettes, and opens with Arthur singing "In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia." A guest at last night's Thanksgiving party approached Arthur and said "It's dull here. Let's go home." Arthur replied "I can't. I'm the host!" Jeanette Davis sings "Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter." A listener has written suggesting that Arthur try comedy sometime. After her final song of the day Arthur bids Jeanette farewell on her trip to Chicago and says "See you Monday." CBS.
The Man Called X: "Checkmate in Tahiti" (November 30, 1947)
Sunsweet Surprise Theatre: "Time In Memorium" (November 30, 1947). [4:36]. 8:25am. CBS. Sponsored by The Sunsweet Growers ("Sunsweet Tenderized Prunes and Sunsweet Prune Juice"). Introduction: "8:25, curtain time." The series "brings you true drama, drama from real life."
On Stage America: "Guest, Paul Winchell" (December 1, 1947)
Fred Waring: "Salute To Walt Disney" (December 5, 1947). Dunning (pp.269-70) calls this a "musical variety" that was heard on this date "on NBC Monday at 10:30 for General Electric."
Opie Cates: "Star Witness For the Defense" (December 14, 1947)
You Bet Your Life: "Outtake, Incomplete Show" (January 20, 1948). Dunning (p.732) lists the genre as "comedy-quiz" and notes that during this time it aired Mondays at 8:30 on ABC for Elgin-American.
Dude Martin's Sunrise Roundup (February 11, 1948): According to the host, this program was aired from 6:15-6:45am weekday mornings on KGO-San Francisco. In this, possibly the only surviving episode of the series, we hear "This is Dude Martin speakin', and here comes your Sunrise Roundup. Thirty minutes loaded with Western music, a little bit of weather, a smiddlin' of news, the correct time and anything else we can think of." At 6:20 he invites listeners to pour themselves "a nice friendly cup of coffee" and look over the news with him. The weather report achieves flights of poetry with the beautiful place names such as the Bay area, "the fresh, northwesterly winds [soaring] through the passes of the Sierra Nevadas," all along the coast, and the Sacramento and San Joachin Valleys.
Eddy Howard (March 28, 1948):"The Shaefer Parade." Introduction: "Here it comes! 'The Shaefer Parade' starring Eddie Howard. On behalf of Shaefer news everywhere...The W.A.Shaefer Pen Company....invites you to join us for a colorful procession of popular melodies by the man behind the songs and his band of the year, Eddie Howard."
18. The Baptist Hour (June 6, 1948)
19. Drew Pearson: "Live From Washington, D.C." (October 30, 1948). End clipped. Sponsored by Lee Hats. Commercials for The Adventurer state, "While it looks like a regulation felt hat, it is so incredibly light you scarcely know you have it on." The price is ten dollars. Summary: Next Tuesday the 1948 presidential election will be held. Tonight's news is from London, Vienna, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, Detroit, New York and Moscow. The proposed expansion of NATO is being debated, as is the formation of a Scandanavian Defense Pact. Pearson predicts that Strom Thurmond, the Dixiecrat candidate, will win South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama.
20. "Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Program" (October 30, 1948): Live from Minneapolis, Minnesota [Part 2 only].
21. Dorothy Dix (January 10, 1949): "Every day at this time you are invited to listen to Dorothy Dix, the world's foremost confidante, whose great understanding of everyone's problems will help you open the door to a happier life." The program was carried on ABC, internal evidence suggesting that it was probably heard five days every week in either the morning or afternoon because it has a promo for Kay Kaiser's College of Musical Knowledge which it states will be heard "later today." The episode is 15 minutes in length and sponsored by Sealtest Milk. It may be rare. There is no entry in Vintage Radio Logs and the fact that three episodes (not this one) are summarized in David Goldin's Index does not mean those are in circulation. I found no entry in the OTRR Library, and the series is not mentioned in Dunning's On the Air. It is entertaining, and has the unique old-time radio aura. Dorothy reads a letter from a young woman who is "going about" with a married man who happens to be her boss. Their relationship is dramatized.
22. The Baptist Hour (May 9, 1949)
23. "Brookhaven, Mississippi Water Carnival Coverage" (July 7, 1949). WJMB air check.
MORNING IN MARYLAND: A weekday program aired on station WFBR in Baltimore, Maryland in 1949 and 1950. It is structured very much like Sundial with Arthur Godfrey a decade earlier, consisting almost entirely of humor, birthday greetings to listeners, weather reports, recorded music and commercials. The two episodes in this collection, which are wav files and of almost perfect sound quality, seem to be the only which have survived. The program is not in the OTRR Library, or David Goldin's Index, or Vintage Radio Logs or John Dunning's On the Air:
1. Morning in Maryland (September 29, 1949): "This is the Thursday, September 29th edition of Morning in Maryland." Recorded and transcribed on WFBR-Baltimore. The program begins at 8am with birthday greetings, a weather report, a commercial for Kool Cigarettes and the song "Your Great Big Beautiful Eyes." The hosts are two brothers, Jim and Phil Crisp, who call themselves "The Cream Puffs" and engage in humorous exchanges. One of the birthday greetings is for an 84-year-old woman who lives at the Snider Convalescent Center on Hartford Road.
2. Morning in Maryland (March 22, 1950): This episode was digitized on two different files, the second of which is labeled "Mennen Shave Time" and identified as "Short Segment." It begins at 7:15am with a commercial. Then recordings of "It Isn't Fair" by Don Cornell and "I Don't Know Whether To Laugh or Cry" by Jeanette Davis. Also birthday greetings and a weather report.
The other file for March 22 is labeled "15-minute Segment" and begins at 7:36am with a Colgate Toothpaste commercial and banter between the Crisp brothers. "And so we conclude The Arnold Bakery Hour for this morning, till Friday same time. Fifteen minutes before eight o'clock, WFBR-Baltimore, Morning in Maryland." Murine commercial
26. Your Hit Parade (September 16, 1950): John Dunning (p.738) characterizes the series as "popular music" Between April 26, 1947 and January 16, 1953 it was aired on NBC Saturdays at 9pm.
27-28. Bob and Ray (June 11, 1951); (June 25, 1951): On page 99 Dunning writes the following: "Comedy and satire 1946-51. WHDH-Boston as Matinee with Bob and Ray. Various days and times."
29. Meet Millie: "Uncle To Wed a Gold Digger" (1950). An ethnic sitcom set in New York City. Vintage Radio Logs lists five episodes, none of which are this one, and provides some excellent background information about the series: three of the shows were sustained by CBS, aired Tuesdays at 10:00-10:30pm and starred Audrey Totter, Bea Benaderet and William Tracy. The other two had a slightly different cast and were sponsored by Brylcreme.
30. Father Knows Best (October 1, 1953): "A Date Mix-up with Leonard, Ralph and Betty" Dunning (p.243) notes that the series is a "situation comedy" and that it aired "Thursdays at 8:30 on NBC for General Foods" on this date.
31. Way Back Home: "Monday Broadcast" (December 21, 1953). "Wherever you are, this is that special music from way back home. Come on along as Armed Forces Radio and broadcasting stations all over the U.S.A. help to take you way back home. Two sergeants from Kingsville, Texas would like to hear from their home town radio station KINE." A young wife dedicates "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" to her husband stationed in Okinawa. "WAC pfc Helen M. Bower, stationed in Germany, should get a kick out of this report from Alliance, Ohio." It begins with an air check from station WFAH-AM&FM.
32. Way Back Home: "Tuesday Broadcast" (December 22, 1953)
33. The Comic Weekly Man (July 19, 1955). The series "aired from 1947 to 1954, and was [a series in which the main character] read the Sunday Comics in a dramatic fashion, complete with music and sound effects. Adults and children of all ages would tune in to hear the show and enjoy the antics. Strips included Blondie, Beatle Bailey, Hi and Lois as well as many others." Source: Old-Time Radio Researchers Library on the Internet Archive.
ADVENTURES IN RESEARCH
These programs "were produced in co-operation with the Westinghouse Research Laboratories":
34. "Sir William's Rocket" (#0362)
35. "The Magic Keyboard" (#0363)
36. "The Spinning Barber": Set in England in 1756 (#0546)
37. "Alexander the Great": Not the Greek Emperor (#0547)
38. American Heritage: "The Crusades." starring Sir Cedric Hardwicke
39. American Heritage: "Joe College in the 13th Century." The story of life in Medieval Universities.
BEHIND THE STORY
"From Hollywood, The Armed Services Radio Service presents ... stories unusual but true, as narrated by your favorite storyteller Marvin Miller":
40. "The Crypt of Knowledge" (#306)
41. "The First Train Robbery" (#340)
42. "The Wild Bunch" (#341)
43. "Blue Streak and the Ghost Horse of the Plains" (#346)
44. "William Clark Quantrille": Set during The Civil War, and dramatizes "the Guerilla raid which destroyed the town of Lawrence, Kansas." (#347)
45. "The Cat With the Crimson Eyes": The story of "a pair of priceless rubies that played an important role in the fate of men and nations." (#348)
47. Eddie Condon. AFRS. "Gentlemen, ladies! All you G.I. hot fans from Ketchikan to Calcutta, it's time now to visit Eddie Condon's Jazz Band Ball by direct rebroadcast, straight from the hallowed Town Hall on the Island of Manhattan. Now your host for this jazz bash, Fred Robbins."
EXCURSIONS IN SCIENCE
Experts answer questions about all aspects of science mailed in by listeners.
48. Excursions in Science: "Population Changes in the Animal World" Described by science reporter Frank Singheiser (#465).
49. Excursions in Science: "Rheumatic Disease" (Frank Singheiser: #466).
50. Excursions in Science: "Biochemical Mutants of Bacteria": Guest is Dr, Bernard D. Davis, Senior Scientist in charge of the Tuberculosis Laboratory of the United States Public Health Service. (#459).
51. Excursions in Science: "Notes About Eastman House," a recently opened museum of photography in Rochester, New York. (#060).
FOUR STORY THEATER
Host Leo Thomas Cleary describes this series as "stories to touch your interest, your funnybone, perhaps your heart. Real stories that could have happened to you."
52. "The Shopping Excursion": There like a little gleam in the palm of her husband's hand was the largest diamond in all the world.
53. "The Whole State of Texas": How could a high school boy think of something so amazing that a city the size of Ft. Worth is still talking about it years later?
54. Great Moments in Music: "The series presents distinguished soloists, the chorus and orchestra in distinguished selections from your favorite operas and operettas. This evening Tosca by Puccini."
55. "Heard at Home: "How Should Parents Discipline Their Children?" A rebroadcast of "The Northwestern University Reviewing Stand," a discussion program heard in the United States just recently."
56. Here's To Romance: "Here's a half-hour of enjoyable music. Music easy to listen to. The grand old show tunes from Broadway and Hollywood inspired by The Ray Bloch Chorus." #011 (30 minutes).
57. Hollywood Radio Theater: "Out of the Great God's Heart." Stories by the world's greatest authors" (30 minutes): This narrative, adapted from a romantic love story by Stuart Gould, can also be described as a myth and is referred to explicitly as a fairy tale by actress Gale Sondegaarde, who introduces it and plays the leading role. Two young people make a pact that if they ever lose their adoration for each other they will part with no regrets. A magic ring plays a role in the story's ending.
HYMNS FROM HOME: Old-time, Old-style hymns.
58. #0199: First hymn: "Saved, Saved, Saved"
59. #0200: First hymn: "Lead, Kindly Light"
60. Portrait of a City: "Syracuse, NY" (#004). "The Armed Services Radio Service proudly presents a study of America through its cities which have played an important part in American progress down through the years."
SCIENCE MAGAZINE OF THE AIR: "Background information on the news of the week from science laboratories throughout the world.
61. #0438: The influence of weather, especially severe, on the scheduling of "atom bomb" testing.
62. #0439: A news event from August 1, 1952 concerning the witnessing of a tremendous volcanic eruption on the tiny, uninhabited island of San Benedicto, a barren three-mile stretch of land, by the crew of a tuna boat anchored some 300 miles off the Mexican mainland
63. Woodmen of the World: "60th Anniversary Program"
64. Woodmen of the World: "A Quest For Valor." 65th Anniversary Program.
YOU AND THE WORLD: With Dwight Cook. A series of interviews with the leaders and the peoples of the Far East. 15 minutes each.
1. "Japan": Today's interview, held in the Katsu Hotel in Tokyo, is with Frank Matsumoto, a member of the Japanese House of Representatives from Hiroshima/
2. "Indian Planning Commission": Today's topic is the 5-Year-Plan to raise the living standard of the Indian people. The interview is held in the Southeast Wing of the President's House in New Delhi, "a huge yellow-red sandstone building." It is in the office of Dr. Tauhit Singh, the Deputy Secretary of the commission.
3. "Music of India": From Studio 13 of AIR, All-India Radio in Broadcasting House on Parliament Street in New Delhi. A group of "very carefully made selections of Indian music."
4. "India:" Today is a summary of Mr. Cook's entire visit. By tape recording from Old Delhi.
1. Young Doctor Malone: 10:30pm. At the Three Oaks Medical Clinic, Jerry visits a troubled patient while waiting for Ann's flight to arrive from New York after midnight.
2. Young Doctor Malone: Ann counsels a headstrong young man to delay his wedding until his father returns from out of town. Today's recipe from sponsor Crisco is for coconut custard pie.