Posts Tagged ‘WJR’

I’m on a big push right now to get the rest of my grandpa’s records digitized as quickly as possible. I know I’ve said this before. This time, though, I actually have a deadline looming. Later this year my family and I will be moving out of the country and we can’t take the record player or records with us. Even if I thought they could survive the journey (which I don’t), shipping costs would be astronomical. As much as I love the player and the records themselves, what’s special to me is the content and the glimpse it gives me not only of my grandpa, but of life in a different era. Once I have that content preserved, I can handle parting with the physical media and player.

To see exactly what this “stuff” is, click on the “About” menu at the top of the page. For the gear, select “The iPod” and for the records “The Playlist.” The only part of the turntable setup that is currently functioning is the 78rpm motor. The 33rpm motor worked until about a year ago, when I think it burned out. It will start but immediately starts to lose speed and eventually stops, all while making a loud humming noise. The Altec A323B amp lights up (or did the last time we messed with it) but it’s not connected to anything.  The records are in a custom case made of 3/4″ plywood lined with foam, on large heavy-duty casters. For a picture of it, see my very first post.

But now I need your help. What do I do with this stuff? My first thought is to try to sell it (especially the equipment) but for a lot of it, shipping is impossible. The smaller components from the record player are the only things that I could possibly package and send. I’d also be willing to consider donating (particularly the records) to a museum, archive, or some other place that would appreciate and share what I have. If you know of any person or organization that might be interested in either my gear or my records–or if you are interested–please contact me either via comment or by email.

I think it will take me at least another month or two to finish digitizing everything, so I’m guessing I’ll be ready to part with it sometime after the beginning of April. We will probably be moving in mid-May. We will leave central Florida by car, stop in St. Louis en route to Detroit to visit family and friends, then fly out of Detroit to Thailand, our final destination.

While digitizing will take priority over posting for the next couple of months, I am going to try to keep getting material up. And even after we move I’ll be able to keep posting, so please don’t go away–there are lots of great programs to come.

Tony Martin, 1946

January 8, 2012

My grandpa apparently went on a Tony Martin kick for a while:  he has 14 sides of The Tony Martin Show from June-October of 1946. Instead of having so many separate Tony Martin posts, I decided to do something a little different and made them into an album. The album includes 12 out of the 14 recordings; two were in such poor condition that I couldn’t play them.

From what I’ve gathered, Tony Martin had a 30-minute Saturday evening show sponsored by Bourjois, a maker of women’s cosmetics. The programs include some fun advertisements for things like Evening in Paris face powder. Albert Sacks and his orchestra accompany Tony and Georgia Gibbs (“the little girl with the big voice”), while James Wallington is the announcer. I have a couple of complete shows and one which I think is complete but I’m not certain of the date of one of the discs. All the rest are either part one or part two of a two-part program.

Rather than detail all the songs here, I’ve included them on the bandcamp site. If you want to see those details, click on the album title in the player below (instead of the play or download buttons) and you’ll be taken to my bandcamp page. There you can click on the individual tracks to see the song listings. Enjoy!

 

Mystery of the Week, 5-19-1947

December 22, 2011

Making up for lost time…

This is a track that I digitized a long time ago but never posted. I apologize for the poor audio quality; this was with my old computer which put a lot of digital noise into everything. But I’ve decided that it’s better to get material up here that isn’t perfect rather than sitting on it until I get the chance to fix it (which might never happen).

This is an incomplete program, part one of two. Proctor and Gamble, Makers of Ivory Soap present Hercule Poirot in “The Blonde Who Went Bye-Bye.” Harold Huber stars as Hercule Poirot.

Two posts in one day… what is this world coming to?

Here’s Mal Hallett and his Orchestra,

Eileen Farrell, 9-17-43

February 5, 2011

Eileen Farrell was a soprano

This is a pretty strange show, produced locally at WJR and hosted by Ron Gamble. 

Your Hit Parade, 11-24-45

December 11, 2010

Hidden treasure! I didn’t know that I had any “Your Hit Parade” programs until recently. My grandpa didn’t put the show name on any of his index cards or on the records themselves–only the song names were listed, followed by “HP.” My mom told me what that meant just a few months ago.

This is almost a complete show.

House of Squibb, 5-17-44

November 26, 2010

Can you believe it–another post already?

I could have sworn that I posted this a long time ago, but I don’t see it in the archives. This is “To Your Good Health from the House of Squibb,” from May 17, 1944. As always, Lyn Murray directs the Squibb orchestra and Chorus of Stars. Betty Mullener is the featured soloist.

While the turkey was in the oven today, I was able to digitize a few more records. I should be able to keep these posts coming!

Today I have Art Linkletter’s House Party from May 21, 1947.

Finally, I’m back with a real post. I want to apologize for the terse tone of my last post. I was really frustrated with not being able to get anything new recorded. I have so appreciated the emails and comments checking in on me and my gear. Ever since we started back to school (we homeschool our three kids) and fall sports got into full swing, my life has been a little crazy. Things are slowing down a bit now so I should have a little more time to spend on the records. I’ve also figured out a simpler way to digitize them, so hopefully that will help too.

I don’t know much about today’s post. It’s an aircheck disc my grandpa made of Fats Waller.