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 Post subject: Any new discoveries of old shows being found?
PostPosted: Nov Sat 18, 2017 8:18 pm 
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Has anybody heard of any recent discoveries of old radios shows that were thought to be lost?
There MUST be some stashes of recordings out there - somewhere . . .


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 Post subject: Re: Any new discoveries of old shows being found?
PostPosted: Nov Thu 30, 2017 10:12 pm 
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I also wonder the same thing. Each day the odds are getting slimmer. But a few years ago, a couple thousand AFR discs were found on a base
https://www.army.mil/article/70660/lost ... o_afn_home

I think the best cache of really great unheard stuff is the NBC collection at the Library of Congress. No money, no time and lots of legal questions about making it available digitally. But, I can only imagine what could be possible with that haul.

Possible to re-create entire blocks of programming that is otherwise unobtainable. Or at least in my imagination.

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 Post subject: Re: Any new discoveries of old shows being found?
PostPosted: Dec Fri 01, 2017 12:26 am 
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Well, if we could fly faster than the speed of light, everything that has been broadcast is still out there in outer space (I guess).
I would love to hear the missing episodes of I love a Mystery.
I recently bought a late 1940's - early 1950's recording on wire that's labeled "Lone Ranger" with no date. I have a Webster wire recorder that I have to rebuild. I can't wait to hear what's on there. Maybe it's an episode that doesn't exist. Even if it does exist - maybe there's commercials left on there that could be interesting.


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 Post subject: Re: Any new discoveries of old shows being found?
PostPosted: Nov Thu 08, 2018 8:10 am 
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The wavelength of radio signals in the BC band are too long to penetrate the ionosphere and radiate into space so those old time radio shows are forever lost. The shorter wavelengths of the FM transmissions in the FM broadcast band (88-108 MHz) and the higher TV frequencies which can penetrate the ionosphere could still be wandering around out there somewhere. There was a fairly recent sci-fi movie, I can't remember if it was "Frequency" or "Contact" or maybe some other where the camera started out on the earth and then panned back from the earth as though traveling
out through space and catching up with those radio signals and you heard sound bytes of old time radio shows. Couldn't happen.


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 Post subject: Re: Any new discoveries of old shows being found?
PostPosted: Nov Mon 12, 2018 7:59 pm 
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Damn, Bill.

I hate when the laws of physics ruin a good fantasy.

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 Post subject: Re: Any new discoveries of old shows being found?
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There are tapes of postwar or 60s or later stuff popping up from time to time but the old discs, who knows.


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 Post subject: Re: Any new discoveries of old shows being found?
PostPosted: Nov Fri 23, 2018 6:01 pm 
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I stumbled across American Radio Theater a couple of weeks ago,

amerad.libsyn.com

One of the episodes near the top has an introduction and they talk about their re-creating shows from original scripts, where the original recordings have been lost. You can tell the recordings are modern, but they follow those scripts pretty well.


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 Post subject: Re: Any new discoveries of old shows being found?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 25, 2019 4:21 am 
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Facebook has a group called Radio Transcription disks. Having a stack of disks here myself, I thought this group would be interesting so I signed up.

Unbelievable the stuff that's being uncovered every day! Some of the members post programming for download. To be honest, I simply don't have the time to keep track of it all, but there is post after post after post of "Here is another program that I believe is not in general circulation." Some programs are well-known, others are obscure. Plus, someone posts a list every week of "Here's this week's featured programs." Again, far too much for me to keep track of.

Something that I DID download was a copy of "The War Of The Worlds" from 10 78 rpm disks. Parts of it have excellent audio, parts are not as good, but the cool thing is that it is totally uncut, containing passages that are not found in the circulated recordings. What's circulating is copies of copies, with portions missing, possibly as they moved from one disk to the next. There are people there that plan to take the cleanest audio from the various sources, recreating the program with the best audio possible, while ending up with a complete unedited recording of the entire program. Don't know when or if we'll see it, but it's interesting to find that several different recordings of this program exist.

Me, personally, what do I have? Almost every episode of Frontier Town, including the first episode, and most of these disks are in superb condition. I also have various programs of 15 minutes of bands, and some disks containing music -- World Broadcasting disks. I've got a Muzak 16" disk containing about 50 commercials for Royal Crown Cola. The disk is severely scratched and filthy; I've cleaned it up to the point where I can play a lot of these, and it will be a challenge to extract a decent recording, then digitally clean it up. Great practice!

Then I have several acetates. Various items, I know some are speeches by Senator Everett Dirksen, but these are in poor shape with portions peeling off. Can't do much with them except keep them stored; maybe someday I'll try to extract parts of them.

I'll add this: Bob Merritt is on the group. He runs the internet station for old time radio, and I'm sure a lot of these uncovered recordings are finding their way to his station. I personally think his station is the absolute best in terms of good audio quality. Most of his shows are crystal clear audio.

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