Archive for October, 2010

OTRRLibrary Adds Guest Map

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

We have added a guest map to out home page.  You can
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/We’d like everyone to go and indicate where they are from.
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/It’s always nice to know where our borrowers are located.

Horn of Plenty!

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010


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/OK, so it’s really more of a Thanksgiving thing and here it’s not even Halloween yet and clearly I’m not doing well trying to keep coming up with cutesy headlines for these “here’s a bunch of STUFF for you” posts.  So sue me.  Hopefully some of the new shows will make up for my sorry lack of imagination.  One new series to report and nice chunks of fresh material for several other series.
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/The new show is a country music offering from Jimmy Wakely circa 1958, there’s eight of those.  And continuing in the same vein, there’s a whole slew of new items in the 10-2-4 Ranch folder featuring rural rhapsodies of a familiar stripe, but the one where the first song is “Beneath a Brazilian Moon” has me a little intrigued.  From way, WAY down South and well beyond Dixie, there’s also a bunch of new 33 Half Moon Street episodes from South Africa.  We’ve also added a number of Man Hunt mysteries from the mid-forties and a new Gildersleeve episode (for us, anyway).  Lastly, the recently departed Art Linkletter is featured in a half-dozen very amusing new volumes of People Are Funny.
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/All of today’s additions were provided through the kindness and generosity of friends and patrons.  We’d like to express our appreciation to Tom Mandeville, Neal Griffin and Adam for their terrific contributions!  Here’s a list of the shows added to existing series:
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/10-2-4 Ranch 43-02-05 First Song – Yip I Loo Aye Aye.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 44-03-08 First Song – Estrellita (Little Star).mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 44-03-10 First Song – When You Wore a Tulip.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 44-07-03 First Song – Ol’ Rockin’ Chair.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 44-07-07 First Song – By the Light of the Silvery Moon.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 44-07-10 First Song – You Tell Me Your Dream and I’ll Tell You Mine.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 44-07-12 First Song – Mexicali Rose.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 44-07-14 First Song – Amor.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 44-12-13 First Song – What a Difference a Day Makes.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 44-12-15 First Song – Jingle Bells.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-01-29 First Song – Maria.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-01-31 First Song – What a Difference a Day Makes.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-02-07 First Song – Begin the Beguine.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-02-09 First Song – Magic Is the Moonlight.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-02-16 First Song – Ne Ha Nee.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-02-19 First Song – South of the Border.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-02-21 First Song – Cuddle Up a Little Closer.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-02-23 First Song – I Hear a Rhapsody.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-03-12 First Song – Blue Skies.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-03-14 First Song – The Gal I Left Behind Me.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-03-26 First Song – Tico Tico.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-03-28 First Song – Easter Parade.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-04-09 First Song – Old Buckaroo.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-04-11 First Song – Red Sails in the Sunset.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-04-13 First Song – Beautiful Ohio.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-04-23 First Song – Hills of Old Wyoming.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-04-25 First Song – I’ll Be Seeing You.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-04-27 First Song – Beneath a Brazilian Moon.mp3
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/10-2-4 Ranch 45-04-30 First Song – Lazy Day.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-09-02 (15) The Man who thought too Much.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-10-14 (21) One is a Litter.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-10-19 (22) Requiem for a Rat.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-10-26 (23) Death of a Lifer.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-11-02 (24) Shannon and the Show Boat.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-11-09 (25) No Bells for the Bride.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-11-16 (26) A Toll for the Ringer.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-11-23 (27) Climb to the Depths.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-11-30 (28) Triple Crossed.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-12-07 (29) A Room to View.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 65-12-14 (30) Overture for an Overcoat.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-01-04 (33) The Seal of Dorian.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-01-11 (34) Sammy Brodie’s Magnum Opus.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-01-18 (35) The Butcher who got the Chop.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-01-25 (36) The Receiver of Death.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-02-01 (37) No Money for Honey.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-02-08 (38) The Temporary Husband.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-02-15 (39) Killer Killed Twice.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-02-22 (40) Brass for the Broker.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-03-01 (41) The Lively Spirit.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-03-08 (42) The House that Seamus Built.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-03-15 (43) The Norse Opera.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-03-22 (44) Ring of Roses.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-03-29 (45) The Girl in the Ascot Hat.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-04-05 (46) Three for the Omnibus.mp3
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/33 Half Moon Street – SA 66-04-12 (47) The Curse of the Silver Charlie.mp3
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/Great Gildersleeve 44-03-26 (119) Gildy Poses for a Campaign Picture (AFRS).mp3
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/Man Hunt 45-09-05 (011) Clue Of The Masked Murderer.mp3
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/Man Hunt 45-09-07 (012) Clue Of The Contradicting Confessions.mp3
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/Man Hunt 45-09-10 (013) Clue Of The Magazine Murder.mp3
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/Man Hunt 45-09-24 (019) Clue Of The Surgery Slaying.mp3
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/Man Hunt 45-09-26 (020) Clue Of The Crimson Corpse.mp3
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/Man Hunt 45-09-28 (021) Clue Of The Murdered Maestro.mp3
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/Man Hunt 45-10-01 (022) Clue Of The Stairway Slaying.mp3
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/Man Hunt 45-10-03 (023) Clue Of The Legal Loophole.mp3
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/Man Hunt 45-10-12 (024) Clue Of The Gloomy Room.mp3
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/Man Hunt 45-xx-xx Clue Of The Melody Murders.mp3
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/Man Hunt xx-xx-xx Clue Of The Movie Murder.mp3
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/People Are Funny 54-11-02 The Free Mink Stole.mp3
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/People Are Funny 55-xx-xx Dancing With Three Men.mp3
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/People Are Funny 5x-xx-xx Boys and Dogs.mp3
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/People Are Funny 5x-xx-xx Getting People Ready for a Wedding.mp3
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/People Are Funny 60-05-13 Tammy Merrihue Part 1.mp3
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/People Are Funny 60-05-20 Tammy Merrihue Part 2.mp3

Texaco Treasures

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010


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/Two very special new treats arrive today via the generosity of a new friend named Tim, and they just happen to share a sponsor.  The Fire Chief Concert program of early 1936 was designed as an immediate followup to the Jumbo Fire Chief Show… not only are the dates contiguous, but the show is broadcast, just as Jumbo was, from the New York Hippodrome, and thus sports an unusually large audience for a radio program, purported to be all of 4,500!  The vocal stars, Donald Novis and Gloria Grafton return (although Ms. Grafton is replaced by Jane Pickens by episode five) along with the “Singing Razorbacks” and added to the show is Eddy Duchin and his Orchestra.  The full run of 14 of these scarcities awaits your twitching mouse finger.
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/The other half of our double feature is no less hard to find… it’s the Texaco Star Theatre Summer Show of 1942.  This Fred Allen summer replacement series features the vocal talents of Jane Froman along with Bob Hannon.  Couldn’t even find a log for this one anywhere… so we’ve created one for Otter and for the Fire Chief Concert as well and they should be in the next release of the database.  Some of the discs from which these were transferred were not in optimal shape, but they’re well worth having nonetheless.  Hope you’re as appreciative of these valuable additions as we are!

Eddie Condon’s Jazz Concert refresh

Saturday, October 16th, 2010


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/Our friend Jeff, who treated us to all those Light Up Time shows a while back, has graced us with a much fuller run of Eddie Condon’s Jazz Concert, and in better sound to boot.  Our complement of these terrific Dixieland sessions grows from 28 to 46, and there are some interesting additional items as well.   First, there’s an hour-long concert from March 11, 1944 which, although it doesn’t really seem like part of the series to me is listed as such by Goldin, so we’ll go along in the absence of better information.  More interesting, perhaps, are a couple of files labeled as “demos” which purport to be from around the end of this series’ run, and rather than being sustained these indicate Chesterfield sponsorship.  Jeff had no more information on the origins of these two 15-minute files, but they were too nice not to include.  Thanks for the great contribution, Jeff!

New Links Added

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

We’ve added two new links to the link section – Radio Days
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/Check out these OTRR member sites for more great otr!

Red Rarities

Sunday, October 10th, 2010


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/Thanks to the generosity of Gary Hart and Mike Stevens, a massive number of Red Skelton programs have been excavated from the bottomless “uncirculating” pit and made available to the greater OTR community in recent days, and (although I find Red a little hard to digest personally) we’re extremely pleased to be able to offer these exceptional items at the Library as of today.   No fewer than 30 of them are rehearsal recordings from 1941-43;  in some cases they give valuable insight into the development process, as lines and skits are cut or rewritten en route to the finished product… but in some other cases they’re all that exists of a program whose broadcast airing is no longer available.  As a very special addition, there is a lengthy “aftershow” recording from February 19, 1950 in which Red regales the studio attendees with additional humor for a further 23 minutes or so.
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/These 98 additions just about double our Skelton holdings, and there’s no need to list them all here.  There’s a fairly neat dividing line between our previously held files and these new ones.  The original set was comprised almost exclusively of programs spanning the timeframes 1946-49 and 1951-52, plus 3 from 1950.  Today’s additions are dated 1941-1944 and 1950 (plus Red’s first show for CBS in 1949).  (A new Otter log has been prepared which references all these new items and will be available shortly, BTW.)   It’s exciting to be able to add these scarce bits of radio history and hope lots of you will be equally pleased.

Watch Your Bandwidth

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Every month, we have to toss one or two borrowers from
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/the library because they go over their bandwidth.
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/Remember that 10 gigs a month is a plentiful amount of
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/otr and it is FREE to you.
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/I suggest that you get a bandwidth monitor and run it just
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/when you are in the library.  There are many good free ones
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/out there. The one I currently use is called ‘ShaPlus
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/Bandwidth meter 1.3′ and it is very good.
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/Additionally to prospective borrowers from the library (and
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/some current ones) – When choosing your username and
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/password, keep them very simple.  That way you can
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/The number of requests for new names and passwords is
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/mounting and we do not have the manpower to continue
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/to re-issue them
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/Help up keep the library clean!
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/Librarians
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