Archive for November, 2010

What’s Thanksgiving without a gelatin dessert?

Thursday, November 25th, 2010


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/You’ll note, I trust, that I did NOT say “Jell-O”.  This is because today’s treat is not Jack Benny but rather a heaping plateful of Rudy Vallee’s Royal Gelatin Hour program!  Spanning the years 1936 to 1939, these shows contain unique gems and performances by many of the greatest stars of the era.  Among the highlights:
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/– December 17, 1936:  The first appearance on radio of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.
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/– April 28, 1938:  the character of Henry Aldrich is introduced to radio listeners, voiced by Ezra Stone.
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/– August 18, 1938:  Rudy sings the classic “Don’t Go On A Diet, Baby, You’re All I’ve Left”.
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/We’ve added no fewer than 40 new shows to our previous group of 10.  That’s the vast majority of all the episodes known to exist, and we hope they’re a valued addition to your holiday enjoyment.  (It may be pretty late in the day before they’re all uploaded… patience!)
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/Finishing off your Thanksgiving radio repast, we’ve a double helping of corn for you, as expressed in two new series for the Library (sorry, Jim!) … these feature C&W artist Arthur Smith and originated at WBT radio in Charlotte, NC.   Arthur Smith and His Crackerjacks contains four programs from 1948 and 1949, while Arthur Smith’s Corner Store features a dozen more circa 1952.
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/Hope you all enjoy the new shows and have a lovely holiday with friends and family.   For me, I’m feeling a strange sudden desire to head down to the basement and hunt down my Mom’s old gelatin mold……

Four more series added…

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

… and an odd and eclectic bunch they are.  Most mainstream is the Checkerboard Time program from the late 1930s, which features the apparently renowned vocal gymnastics of the Cackle Sisters.  Me, I don’t really get the attraction, but you might.  For even more down-home-style fun, you’ll want to check out Finger Lakes Salute, a small selection of programs from 1950 Geneva, New York featuring high school glee clubs, unfortunate local Amos’n Andy knockoff acts, and a sense of time and place that’s pretty unique.  If you are very, very lucky, you’ll also find some hometown nostalgia in the Memories of Hawaii set, but probably not.  Haven’t been able to find any information on these little chunks of tropical ephemera but they sound like mid-thirties to me.  Lastly, from repeat offender contributor Adam there’s five three-minute episodes of Basil Rathbone, Word Detective from 1959-60 in which the erstwhile Holmes sleuths out word origins for the nice people at Underwood Typewriters.  Word of warning:  these appear to be slightly truncated– when he says he’ll be back in a moment… well, he isn’t.

Map is working

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The map appears to be working, thanks to Jim Jones.
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