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Joe Hehn Tuesday (December 29, 2020)

Ryan Ellett
 

Welcome back to "Joe Hehn Tuesday!"
Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs has been the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors. The principal groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology and skills are the Old Time Radio Researchers (otrr.org) and a small group of transcription disc preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of the Turning Table."
New material is being added very week to the Joe Hehn Collection on archive.org. We'll try to highlight some of that material on this Facebook page.
Tonight, a few recordings from the legendary Escape, one of the most beloved shows among hobbyists (https://archive.org/details/EscapeJHMC). On the opposite side of the listening spectrum, try the afternoon children’s program Jolly Bill and Jane (https://archive.org/details/jollybilljanejhmc). Or if you want to give your ears a break, sit back with some scripts from the legendary (but so far undiscovered) series Og, Son of Fire (https://archive.org/.../Og%20Son%20of%20Fire%20%23099...)!
 
Whatever your preference, enjoy!
Ryan 


Re: Proof listeners

Ryan Ellett
 

I have a list of seven interested listeners:

Ed Ehrbek

Damon Fries 

Ed Baker

Adam

John Nicholson

Larry Gassman

Richard Davenport

I'm testing it out with a couple people right now, and I don't want to get into the logistics of managing seven different listeners yet. But I've got these people on the list so that when we really begin to hit the Radio Archives reels hard, we'll have individuals lined up to work on confirming dates and titles for the programs. Thank you all!
Ryan


Re: Magic Key of RCA

Richard Davenport
 

If you refer to the show Magic Key I have 32 episodes of that show...

Rick

Labor ipse voluptas


On Monday, December 28, 2020, 6:25:45 PM CST, not.serious@... <not.serious@...> wrote:


Hello Everyone,

My fav variety show is the Magic Key of RCA. I have recently become
aware of 2 broadcasts of particular interest, those of Sept 25, 1938 and
Feb 26, 1939. The main guest is the famous concert pianist Ignace
Paderewski. I have both but not in the best sound. I am wondering if
better copies circulate or if perhaps there may be some open reel tapes
out there, possibly even in the collection recently acquired from First
Gen Radio Archives.

I am also interested in a number of other broadcasts from this series,
such as Feb 12, 1939.

If anyone has info of any of these pls contact me.

Thanks,

Joe Salerno







Re: Radio Memories

Larry Maupin
 

Rick,
I do not have that information.  What Ted told me is that a collector who has all the transcription discs of Young Widder Brown will be sending him 5 hours of episodes every month until Ted has received them all.  If you know Ted, you might ask him if he knows the air dates, times and number of shows and I think he will provide them if he has them.  I would very much like to see such a list also.

Larry

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From: "Richard Davenport"
To: "main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io"
Cc:
Sent: Monday December 28 2020 6:51:21PM
Subject: Re: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Radio Memories

Larry,
Do you know the air date and time and number of shows in total for Young Widder Brown.  I am only missing that for the entry for that show..

Rick

Labor ipse voluptas


On Monday, December 28, 2020, 9:09:09 AM CST, Larry Maupin <lmaupin@...> wrote:


I have received permission to post a message about Ted Davenport's Buyers' Group.  Apparently our Purchasing Group subscribes to 4 memberships, so members of that group will already be acquainted with it.

The good news is that you can join it without having to submit a resume or undergo a background check.  The cost to belong is $35 per month.  Members receive 18 hours of old-time radio shows every month, some of which is almost always new material that has never before been cataloged or circulated.

Here are a couple of examples: (1) Ted has acquired at least 12 episodes of Big Sister and 12 of Pepper Young's Family that were broadcast in 1965.  I think that more may be on the way, but he is releasing them to his Buyers' Group over a period of time; (2) He just informed me that he has acquired all the transcription discs of Young Widder Brown.  He says that all shows will be direct from disc and in wav files.  "Some will be uncirculated, and all will be of pristine sound quality."  Soap opera fans will like this because most of the existing episodes of Young Widder Brown are old mp3s, have been stripped of music and commercials and are of poor sound quality.  When Ted digitizes a show, he removes commercials but leaves the music in.  Also, I have found that most of his soap opera episodes are full length, not stripped down to 9 or 10 minutes as the old mp3s are.  This is by no means to imply that Ted only releases OTR soap operas to his Buyers' Group.  Far from it.

Also a note about his Radio Memories website (radiomemories.com).  Ted is in the process of digitizing 25,000 cassettes and placing their content on CD-Rom discs.  To view them you just enter the above address, click on "Enter Website." and then on CD-Roms.  You will see all the series listed in alphabetical order.  I am a regular customer and have found the sound quality of his CDs and most of his cassettes to be excellent.  He can be contacted at tedotr52@....

One last comment.  He is a friendly person and takes orders over the phone.  I ask you, what could be more in the spirit of old-time radio than a dealer who still takes orders over the telephone?

Happy holidays to everyone!

Larry



--
Larry Maupin

--
Larry Maupin


Magic Key of RCA

not.serious@comcast.net
 

Hello Everyone,

My fav variety show is the Magic Key of RCA. I have recently become aware of 2 broadcasts of particular interest, those of Sept 25, 1938 and Feb 26, 1939. The main guest is the famous concert pianist Ignace Paderewski. I have both but not in the best sound. I am wondering if better copies circulate or if perhaps there may be some open reel tapes out there, possibly even in the collection recently acquired from First Gen Radio Archives.

I am also interested in a number of other broadcasts from this series, such as Feb 12, 1939.

If anyone has info of any of these pls contact me.

Thanks,

Joe Salerno


Re: Radio Memories

Richard Davenport
 

Larry,
Do you know the air date and time and number of shows in total for Young Widder Brown.  I am only missing that for the entry for that show..

Rick

Labor ipse voluptas


On Monday, December 28, 2020, 9:09:09 AM CST, Larry Maupin <lmaupin@...> wrote:


I have received permission to post a message about Ted Davenport's Buyers' Group.  Apparently our Purchasing Group subscribes to 4 memberships, so members of that group will already be acquainted with it.

The good news is that you can join it without having to submit a resume or undergo a background check.  The cost to belong is $35 per month.  Members receive 18 hours of old-time radio shows every month, some of which is almost always new material that has never before been cataloged or circulated.

Here are a couple of examples: (1) Ted has acquired at least 12 episodes of Big Sister and 12 of Pepper Young's Family that were broadcast in 1965.  I think that more may be on the way, but he is releasing them to his Buyers' Group over a period of time; (2) He just informed me that he has acquired all the transcription discs of Young Widder Brown.  He says that all shows will be direct from disc and in wav files.  "Some will be uncirculated, and all will be of pristine sound quality."  Soap opera fans will like this because most of the existing episodes of Young Widder Brown are old mp3s, have been stripped of music and commercials and are of poor sound quality.  When Ted digitizes a show, he removes commercials but leaves the music in.  Also, I have found that most of his soap opera episodes are full length, not stripped down to 9 or 10 minutes as the old mp3s are.  This is by no means to imply that Ted only releases OTR soap operas to his Buyers' Group.  Far from it.

Also a note about his Radio Memories website (radiomemories.com).  Ted is in the process of digitizing 25,000 cassettes and placing their content on CD-Rom discs.  To view them you just enter the above address, click on "Enter Website." and then on CD-Roms.  You will see all the series listed in alphabetical order.  I am a regular customer and have found the sound quality of his CDs and most of his cassettes to be excellent.  He can be contacted at tedotr52@....

One last comment.  He is a friendly person and takes orders over the phone.  I ask you, what could be more in the spirit of old-time radio than a dealer who still takes orders over the telephone?

Happy holidays to everyone!

Larry



--
Larry Maupin


Radio Memories

Larry Maupin
 

I have received permission to post a message about Ted Davenport's Buyers' Group.  Apparently our Purchasing Group subscribes to 4 memberships, so members of that group will already be acquainted with it.

The good news is that you can join it without having to submit a resume or undergo a background check.  The cost to belong is $35 per month.  Members receive 18 hours of old-time radio shows every month, some of which is almost always new material that has never before been cataloged or circulated.

Here are a couple of examples: (1) Ted has acquired at least 12 episodes of Big Sister and 12 of Pepper Young's Family that were broadcast in 1965.  I think that more may be on the way, but he is releasing them to his Buyers' Group over a period of time; (2) He just informed me that he has acquired all the transcription discs of Young Widder Brown.  He says that all shows will be direct from disc and in wav files.  "Some will be uncirculated, and all will be of pristine sound quality."  Soap opera fans will like this because most of the existing episodes of Young Widder Brown are old mp3s, have been stripped of music and commercials and are of poor sound quality.  When Ted digitizes a show, he removes commercials but leaves the music in.  Also, I have found that most of his soap opera episodes are full length, not stripped down to 9 or 10 minutes as the old mp3s are.  This is by no means to imply that Ted only releases OTR soap operas to his Buyers' Group.  Far from it.

Also a note about his Radio Memories website (radiomemories.com).  Ted is in the process of digitizing 25,000 cassettes and placing their content on CD-Rom discs.  To view them you just enter the above address, click on "Enter Website." and then on CD-Roms.  You will see all the series listed in alphabetical order.  I am a regular customer and have found the sound quality of his CDs and most of his cassettes to be excellent.  He can be contacted at tedotr52@....

One last comment.  He is a friendly person and takes orders over the phone.  I ask you, what could be more in the spirit of old-time radio than a dealer who still takes orders over the telephone?

Happy holidays to everyone!

Larry



--
Larry Maupin


James Gunn

Ryan Ellett
 

This note has a thin OTR connection. Here is a link to the notice of the death of sci-fi writer James Gunn in the local paper. The name may not be familiar but a couple of his stories were adapted to X-1 scripts. I had a chance to do an email interview with him about ten years ago and was curious about his experience with radio drama. Unfortunately, he had nothing to say. He was not involved in any stage of the script writing, but he did receive at one point what he described as oversize records of the shows. He didn't make any indication that he still had those transcription discs or that he wanted to hear them after so many years.
Ryan


Re: Joe Hehn Tuesday (December 22, 2020)

Jim Jones
 


Here is a listing for Books Bring Adventure 12/8/1944 for the next day Sat 12/9/1944. 
This proves show was broadcast in 1944.

I found A LOT of 1945 references which I might be able to trace back to 1944 if needed.


Re: Joe Hehn Tuesday (December 22, 2020)

Jim Jones
 


This comes from the Pittsfield Berkshire Evening Eagle 12/01/1944


Re: Joe Hehn Tuesday (December 22, 2020)

Matthew Nunes
 

For syndicated series like this, I usually go with the year it was recorded (1944 in this case). 1946 is accurate for when it was broadcast on some stations, but it was also broadcast before that as well.

On Thursday, December 24, 2020, 05:46:04 PM EST, Richard Davenport <klingon1@...> wrote:


To clarify, I was asking because Jerry H's log puts the titles in the 1944 set.  Another chimed in and said he helped Jerry create the listing, another said it was research verified with newspaper articles as 46.  I found that generally, Jerry is pretty good about the accuracy of his material.  The titles place them in the 1944 logs but the newspaper articles say 1946.  I only want to be accurate.  If I adjust the year then it puts them into the 1946 folder then the titles does not have a place to line up.  As someone pointed out it's 13 per year.  

Rick

Labor ipse voluptas


On Thursday, December 24, 2020, 1:36:49 PM CST, Matthew Nunes via groups.io <mjnunes84@...> wrote:


Yes, Joe is correct. As a syndicated series, the programs were played on many different stations on many different dates. Even though Series 1 of Books Bring Adventure was first recorded and broadcast in 1944, it continued to be broadcast and distributed for several years, into the 1950s. The first two series were very popular, and so additional episodes were recorded for a total of 53 episodes (as far as we know) with 4 series of 13 episodes and then one extra recorded separately. It's been a little while since I went through all of my research on the series, but I seem to recall that since the series became popular (not only for broadcast but for use in schools and libraries), additional copies had to be made, which probably accounts for the 1946 dating. Many of Jerry's label scans are also dated as 1946, even though the first recordings of Series 1 and Series 2 came earlier.

On Thursday, December 24, 2020, 07:16:50 AM EST, Joe Webb via groups.io <drjoewebb@...> wrote:


[Edited Message Follows]

these are syndicated programs and could be played most any time

i found newspaper listings and ads and articles in 1946 for both episodes
this was also the year written on the contents sheet of the reel they were transferred from

--


Re: Joe Hehn Tuesday (December 22, 2020)

Richard Davenport
 

To clarify, I was asking because Jerry H's log puts the titles in the 1944 set.  Another chimed in and said he helped Jerry create the listing, another said it was research verified with newspaper articles as 46.  I found that generally, Jerry is pretty good about the accuracy of his material.  The titles place them in the 1944 logs but the newspaper articles say 1946.  I only want to be accurate.  If I adjust the year then it puts them into the 1946 folder then the titles does not have a place to line up.  As someone pointed out it's 13 per year.  

Rick

Labor ipse voluptas


On Thursday, December 24, 2020, 1:36:49 PM CST, Matthew Nunes via groups.io <mjnunes84@...> wrote:


Yes, Joe is correct. As a syndicated series, the programs were played on many different stations on many different dates. Even though Series 1 of Books Bring Adventure was first recorded and broadcast in 1944, it continued to be broadcast and distributed for several years, into the 1950s. The first two series were very popular, and so additional episodes were recorded for a total of 53 episodes (as far as we know) with 4 series of 13 episodes and then one extra recorded separately. It's been a little while since I went through all of my research on the series, but I seem to recall that since the series became popular (not only for broadcast but for use in schools and libraries), additional copies had to be made, which probably accounts for the 1946 dating. Many of Jerry's label scans are also dated as 1946, even though the first recordings of Series 1 and Series 2 came earlier.

On Thursday, December 24, 2020, 07:16:50 AM EST, Joe Webb via groups.io <drjoewebb@...> wrote:


[Edited Message Follows]

these are syndicated programs and could be played most any time

i found newspaper listings and ads and articles in 1946 for both episodes
this was also the year written on the contents sheet of the reel they were transferred from

--


Re: Joe Hehn Tuesday (December 22, 2020)

Matthew Nunes
 

Yes, Joe is correct. As a syndicated series, the programs were played on many different stations on many different dates. Even though Series 1 of Books Bring Adventure was first recorded and broadcast in 1944, it continued to be broadcast and distributed for several years, into the 1950s. The first two series were very popular, and so additional episodes were recorded for a total of 53 episodes (as far as we know) with 4 series of 13 episodes and then one extra recorded separately. It's been a little while since I went through all of my research on the series, but I seem to recall that since the series became popular (not only for broadcast but for use in schools and libraries), additional copies had to be made, which probably accounts for the 1946 dating. Many of Jerry's label scans are also dated as 1946, even though the first recordings of Series 1 and Series 2 came earlier.

On Thursday, December 24, 2020, 07:16:50 AM EST, Joe Webb via groups.io <drjoewebb@...> wrote:


[Edited Message Follows]

these are syndicated programs and could be played most any time

i found newspaper listings and ads and articles in 1946 for both episodes
this was also the year written on the contents sheet of the reel they were transferred from

--


Re: Books Bring Adventure

Joseph K Adams
 

This looks like a great addition to the archive, and would be valuable as part of the history of the civil rights movement. References to the series include a Peabody Award, which honors social issues in media. 

The "m:/xx" file leads to a google search. Are thes available from OTRR now? How Do I get them so I can listen?

--

Joe Adams
Over Prepare and Go With the Flow; Stepwallah
Current books available: Amazon.com and other outlets


Re: Joe Hehn Tuesday (December 22, 2020)

Joe Webb
 
Edited

these are syndicated programs and could be played most any time

i found newspaper listings and ads and articles in 1946 for both episodes
this was also the year written on the contents sheet of the reel they were transferred from
file names being changed to say 1944-1946

--


Re: Proof listeners

Damon Fries
 

I can help a bit…. I’m actually enjoying identifying a lot of the nameless or mis-labelled episodes of the Hehn shows I’m working on.  

Damon

On 24 Dec 2020, at 03:59, Ryan Ellett via groups.io <oldradiotimes@...> wrote:

Joe said it was okay to put out feelers. I have been slowly digitizing reels from the reel-to-reel collection we bought from Radio Archives. This is totally separate from the Joe Hehn collection that is being processed. For now I am generally labeling the shows with the info provided on the reel's box insert. Sometimes it has series, date, and show title, other times just a series name. Dates and such may or may not be accurate. I do not have time to listen to each program and verify the date and show title (if any).

Is anyone interested in helping with this task?

A reel has anywhere from 1 to 6 hours of material on it, 6 is the most common. I'd probably send the content of a reel or two at a time. All files for now are in .wav format. They have not been cleaned or edited yet. You need to have reliable internet; one reel is probably 1-2 GB. On vacation I'm getting through 2-3 reels per day. When I'm working, maybe 2-3 reels per week. Content is all over, from mysteries to dramas to comedies to gossip shows. Email me at OldRadioTimes@...
Ryan


Re: Proof listeners

adam
 

Ryan,

 

I’d be interested in helping.

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Ryan Ellett via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 7:59 PM
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Subject: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Proof listeners

 

Joe said it was okay to put out feelers. I have been slowly digitizing reels from the reel-to-reel collection we bought from Radio Archives. This is totally separate from the Joe Hehn collection that is being processed. For now I am generally labeling the shows with the info provided on the reel's box insert. Sometimes it has series, date, and show title, other times just a series name. Dates and such may or may not be accurate. I do not have time to listen to each program and verify the date and show title (if any).

Is anyone interested in helping with this task?

A reel has anywhere from 1 to 6 hours of material on it, 6 is the most common. I'd probably send the content of a reel or two at a time. All files for now are in .wav format. They have not been cleaned or edited yet. You need to have reliable internet; one reel is probably 1-2 GB. On vacation I'm getting through 2-3 reels per day. When I'm working, maybe 2-3 reels per week. Content is all over, from mysteries to dramas to comedies to gossip shows. Email me at OldRadioTimes@...
Ryan

 


Re: Joe Hehn Tuesday (December 22, 2020)

Richard Davenport
 

I was told by Joe Webb that they have newspaper confirmation that the shows were from 1946.  The titles are not repeated so 1944 run is the only place the shows of that title appear. 

Rick

Labor ipse voluptas


On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 9:55:16 PM CST, Matthew Nunes via groups.io <mjnunes84@...> wrote:


Yes, that's the right log.

On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 09:07:02 PM EST, Richard Davenport <klingon1@...> wrote:


From the OTR site...I just want to make sure I have my information correct..Im gettin

Series: "BOOKS BRING ADVENTURE" Series 1 - One World (books with backgrounds in foreign lands) Syndicated by World Broadcasting System Producer: Gloria Chandler Director: Claude Morris ====================================================================================================== 111 "MISCHIEF IN FEZ" 1 1944 :15:00* By: Eleanor Hoffman 111 "TRAP LINES NORTH" 2 1944 :15:00* By: Stephen W. Meader 111 "GIFT OF THE FOREST" 3 1944 :15:00* By: Eloise Lownsbery & H. Lal Singh 111 "CAPTAIN KIDD'S COW" 4 1944 :15:00* By: Phil Strong 111 "STRUGGLE IS OUR BROTHER" 5 1944 :15:00* By: Gregor Felsen 111 "WHEN THE TYPHOON BLOWS" 6 1944 :15:00* By: Elizabeth Foreman Lewis


Labor ipse voluptas


On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 11:36:17 AM CST, Matthew Nunes via groups.io <mjnunes84@...> wrote:


Jerry's Books Bring Adventure log is correct. I did the research for him for that log. Jerry's dates are when series was recorded, and then it was later distributed for broadcast. Here is some of my research with additional information about the series:




On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 08:10:27 AM EST, Joe Webb via groups.io <drjoewebb@...> wrote:



Re: Joe Hehn Tuesday (December 22, 2020)

Matthew Nunes
 

Yes, that's the right log.

On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 09:07:02 PM EST, Richard Davenport <klingon1@...> wrote:


From the OTR site...I just want to make sure I have my information correct..Im gettin

Series: "BOOKS BRING ADVENTURE" Series 1 - One World (books with backgrounds in foreign lands) Syndicated by World Broadcasting System Producer: Gloria Chandler Director: Claude Morris ====================================================================================================== 111 "MISCHIEF IN FEZ" 1 1944 :15:00* By: Eleanor Hoffman 111 "TRAP LINES NORTH" 2 1944 :15:00* By: Stephen W. Meader 111 "GIFT OF THE FOREST" 3 1944 :15:00* By: Eloise Lownsbery & H. Lal Singh 111 "CAPTAIN KIDD'S COW" 4 1944 :15:00* By: Phil Strong 111 "STRUGGLE IS OUR BROTHER" 5 1944 :15:00* By: Gregor Felsen 111 "WHEN THE TYPHOON BLOWS" 6 1944 :15:00* By: Elizabeth Foreman Lewis


Labor ipse voluptas


On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 11:36:17 AM CST, Matthew Nunes via groups.io <mjnunes84@...> wrote:


Jerry's Books Bring Adventure log is correct. I did the research for him for that log. Jerry's dates are when series was recorded, and then it was later distributed for broadcast. Here is some of my research with additional information about the series:




On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 08:10:27 AM EST, Joe Webb via groups.io <drjoewebb@...> wrote:



Re: Proof listeners

Larry Gassman <larrygassman@...>
 

Ryan,

I’d be happy to help.

Also I will send along the two additional Christmas Sing with Bing shows this weekend.

Larry

 

 

From: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io <main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ryan Ellett via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 7:00 PM
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Subject: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Proof listeners

 

Joe said it was okay to put out feelers. I have been slowly digitizing reels from the reel-to-reel collection we bought from Radio Archives. This is totally separate from the Joe Hehn collection that is being processed. For now I am generally labeling the shows with the info provided on the reel's box insert. Sometimes it has series, date, and show title, other times just a series name. Dates and such may or may not be accurate. I do not have time to listen to each program and verify the date and show title (if any).

Is anyone interested in helping with this task?

A reel has anywhere from 1 to 6 hours of material on it, 6 is the most common. I'd probably send the content of a reel or two at a time. All files for now are in .wav format. They have not been cleaned or edited yet. You need to have reliable internet; one reel is probably 1-2 GB. On vacation I'm getting through 2-3 reels per day. When I'm working, maybe 2-3 reels per week. Content is all over, from mysteries to dramas to comedies to gossip shows. Email me at OldRadioTimes@...
Ryan

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