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On the mind. I had a long time mental block with creating anything worthwhile as far as dialogue and trick ideas went. Out of frustration and needing a laugh, one day, I popped in an audio tape of Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First." I liked it so much I went out and bought a few more. After a week of listening to the tapes over and over again my creative juices began flowing once more. I believe this is because radio stimulates the mind. I'm not sitting in front of the TV while pictures dance across the screen. Instead I have to mentally visualize what is going on from the words coming out of the stereo speakers. Coinsidence? You decide.
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There is an old story about a father who finds his young son listening to old radio tapes.
He asks the boy which he likes best: radio or TV.
The boy replies "radio".
And, when the father asks why, the boy replies: "Because the pictures are better."

That's taking the long way to say what you, x-treem, found out very quickly.

BTW, years ago, in a One-Man Parade in the Linking Ring, I did a coin matrix routine, with the coins in a (baseball) diamond shape, rather than a square; the patter was a 'magic' version of Bud and Lou's brilliant "Who's On First".
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A few years ago, I heard a wonderfully creative advertisement on the radio.

They started out by saying they were going to create the largest Bannana Spilt ever, and proceed to have the announcer call in the Dump trucks with Ice Cream, and the FrontLoaders with nuts and had King Kong contribute the Bananna, and the Fire Department used a pumper truck to shoot the cream on, and then with wonderfully graphic sound effects to it all, they called in a helicopter to drop the 2000 pound marascino cherry on top.

They constucted an incredible visual image - in spite of our not really seeing a thing.

Then they said; "Let's see you do that on Television!!!"

The whole thing was an ad for the power of radio as an advertising medium. And it surely made it's point!

No reality can compete with the visions and pictures that the Imagination, with proper inducement, can create!

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I, too, am a fan of old radio. In fact it doesn't have to be old, any radio fiction will do. It's just that they don't make much of them anymore.

I don't think its a coincidence that radio stimulated your imagination. It really is a much more creative process than television.

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I loved the stories you shared Peter and Bro David. The reaction that I often get from the radio generation is, "I can not believe that someone 26 years of age would know anything of the Golden Days of Radio." To prove that I do I start rattleing off shows intro's until they believe me.

The last time I did that I realized there were two different intro's to "The Shadow" what is even more interesting was when I learned who (sort of) created/developed "The Shadow." When I learned that a friend of Houdini's (and great magician), Walter B. Gibson had a large hand in the conception I wondered if any of Harry/Theo's traits were put into Lamont/Shadow.

Peter what is the best way to find a copy of that article.

Chris, I too have a hard time finding new radio shows. Listening to Christain stations has been the closest thing I could find, they have numerous (and well done) shows. Also every so often I run across one on the Public station.
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Chris, I too have a hard time finding new radio shows. Listening to Christain stations has been the closest thing I could find, they have numerous (and well done) shows. Also every so often I run across one on the Public station.


I've heard a few on some Christian stations, and I agree, they're pretty good. In general, I'd prefer something a bit less didactic, though. To me there are fewer greater thrills than to hear Sgt. Preson of the Yukon summoning his trusty wolf-dog King. My wife hates Sgt. Preston, because it's so kitchy, but that's a big part of what I like about the show. And I yearn for a Sky King secret decoder ring. My dad had a bunch of them as a kid, but they're all gone now.

Public radio has a show called, I think, "Remember When," which replays old radio. And Cracker Barrel restaurants sell old radio shows on tape.

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This is a site for you Christopher
http://www.radiospirits.com

They sell everything I can think of.

I'm saving up for both of their "Suspense" Sets.
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I have always been a fan of radio. I grew up with the Lone Ranger, the Shadow, and many other Classics.

As a child/young man, I used to practice getting my voice into the right tone, and depth to try to duplicate the Intros to both of those shows. I loved it!

When I was in High School, the Vocational Counselor asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I said RADIO! And he told me that the vast majority of radio personalities didnt make very much money. So I opted for a more general College course approach and ended up in Computers and Technology.

Throughout the years, people always said "you have a radio voice". And I was a Public Speaker, Seminar Leader, Teacher/Trainer, and MC'ed a number of Public events and performance, but never got to radio - until I was 49 years old.

I had been a Christian, and Single for about 3 years, and I felt led to minister/encourage/support other singles. So I bought time on a local Christian Radio Station and began doing a radio program I called; "Single Victory!" which was a call-in show for singles, and we talked about almost everything you can imagine. The show cost me $150 a week for a one hour time slot. And it was worth every penny of it. I felt that I had finally come home.

But the point was that after all those years, and being so enamored with old time radio, I finally got my shot!

Since then, I have done radio commericals, and other audio work and gotten many more radio spots and appearances on National Christian programs. All because Radio caught my imagination "back in the day!"

I still listen to more radio than I watch television. I love Radio, and the Classics will always be that and more to me.

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Woah! BroDavid,
I have the "radio voice" too! So many have sworn that I have a radio show on "this station or that station," all I have done several commercials mainly for my old high school.

The forensics (speech teacher) quickly became a "fan" of my public speaking style because I refused to follow the "rules of good speech" and oft got away with it due to personality.

I too went to college for radio and got the same lecture you did about pay, I didn't care. it was what I wanted.

I never finished but the Lord pulled me in another direction. I would have loved to hear your show in the "old days," I'll bet they where a blast.

I have done several plays, the only character I had a voice problem with was in "Sweeny Todd" I had to do an evil Duddly Doright voice. It took nearly three weeks to get it to the directors liking. I can still do the voice today -- well over 10 years after the fact.
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x-treem,
Regarding your request, what article are you referring to?
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BTW, years ago, in a One-Man Parade in the Linking Ring, I did a coin matrix routine, with the coins in a (baseball) diamond shape, rather than a square; the patter was a 'magic' version of Bud and Lou's brilliant "Who's On First".


Where might I find this one.

Take Care Peter and thanks for the help.

X-treem
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Two of my favourite radio shows are both long running panel games and very,very British !!!

They are 'Just a Minute'where the panel take turns to speak for one minute without hesitation,deviation or repetition and 'I'm Sorry I Havn't a Clue' which quite honestly defies description.

Both programmes have been running for nearly 30 years and are infinately more entertaining than anything on television these days. As Peter Marucci correctly points out in an earlier post 'the pictures are much better on radio !'.

If you'd like a taste of these shows pop along to http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/comedy and take a look.


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Thanks for the link!! Ah yes, the UK land of Doctor Who!!
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Memories of listening to the radio as a child, during the 1960's, Sunday afternoon the radio was always on and there were two half-hour radio comedies back-to-back, the two I particularly remember were- The Navy Lark, and The Clitheroe Kid (which was hysterically funny).

However, I wouldn't buy any tapes of them because I would prefer to remember them as they were. To listen to them now, the humour might (or might not) seem dated. Sometimes things are best when they are memories.

Jimmy Clitheroe was an adult midget who played a cheeky schoolboy character. In real life he was totally devoted to his mother who (I believe) was an invalid. When she died, he died of an overdose of sleeping tablets on the day of her funeral. He certainly brings back very happy childhood memories for me. I'm sorry that it ended like that for him. He was hugely popular and his radio comedy series ran on BBC radio for 15 years, 1957 to 1972, a record to this day I believe.

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On 2002-08-29 08:28, David43 wrote:
Memories of listening to the radio as a child, during the 1960's, Sunday afternoon The Navy Lark and
The Clitheroe Kid (which was hysterically funny).
However I wouldn't buy any tapes of them because I would prefer to remember them as they were. To listen to them now the humour might (or might not)seem dated. Sometimes things are best when they are memories.

'eee mister 'igginbottom!!'


David

May I suggest that you are missing out on a great deal of pleasure by not listening to these shows again. Some of the humour may be dated but surely this only adds to the charm.

Take my humble word for it, you wouldn't regret revisiting the world of 'The Navy Lark','The Clitheroe Kid','Hancock' and 'Round the Horne'.

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Check out http://www.otrcat.com/
They have just about every show of old time radio on CD in MP3 format. $5.00 for each CD you buy. Some great magic Detective series too.
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On an oddball tangent, anyone remember an opening credits line from radio or TV that they misinterpreted in a comical manner (usually as a result of the announcer speaking too quickly)?

A college instructor of mine thought, as a kid, that The Shadow's catchline was "Who knows what weevils bark at a bunch of men?"

In the opening credits for the 1950s "Superman" series (which I viewed in syndication in the early 1960s), I thought that the announcer called Clark Kent a "mild-mannered porter who likes to deposit the newspaper."

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Check out old radio on eBay. You can get the ENTIRE series of many shows...hundreds of 'em for pennies on mp3 CDs. I recently bought the shows I never heard as a kid growing up in the late 40's & 50's. I eventually got into the industry I loved and was able to do many of my own shows which are not available. hahaha. (but I do have some on tape.)

Chan-doooo...the Magician! and X Minus One are some favorites...and you can't beat Edgar Bergan And Charlie McCarthy...brilliant! Amos & Andy also very funny still. Great stuff! Most ALL of it available and worth listening with the 'LIGHTS OUT'.

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Where in the world is Iven (irossall) on this!? He's the guy that turned me onto the OTR shows and I love 'em. My favorites have to be "Amos & Andy," "Escape," and anything by Arch Oboler. Keep on listening!
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It's a shame "The Spider" was never made a radio show; imagine all the gunfire sound effects!

On the plus side, Columbia pictures did make two serials based on the pulp character ("The Spider's Web; "The Spider Returns") starring Warren Hull as Richard Wentworth.

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