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The C.P. MacGregor Show

A pioneer of Radio Transcription, C.P. MacGregor put together some great dramas for local broadcasters

CP MacGregor Show

32 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 14 hours, 27 min)
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One of the most notable aspects of Radio from the Golden Age was that it was done live. Live performances came with several obvious troubles, including the need to repeat broadcasts for different time zones, delays, or unfilled air because of unpredictable show running times, not to mention the inevitable "blooper". However, the major networks, especially the National Broadcasting Company, dictated that if a performance was to be worthwhile, it had to go on the air live.

A popularly cited reason for effectively banning prerecorded broadcasts is that the quality of recording technology was insufficient for broadcasting. This is not completely accurate, the technology to create "electrical transcriptions" began to be available in the 1920s. However, creating a "transcription disc" of sufficient quality for broadcast was a relatively expensive proposition.

CP MacGregor

The pressing of commercial discs for play on home record players had been done on an industrial scale for some time. While relatively inexpensive, the mass-pressings came with a lot of "noise" or unwanted extra sound on the recording. This would have been unacceptable for a radio broadcast where an electrical transcription was expected to be indistinguishable from a live broadcast. This was possible but also required an expensive player.

For a small, local broadcaster, using transcription discs rather than using live actors and musicians made economic sense. Fortunately, there were several syndication services to provide programming for the smaller markets, including Bruce Eells, ZIV Syndications, RCA Thesaurus, World Broadcasting, and C.P. MacGregor.

C.P. "Chip" MacGregor's background is a bit of a mystery, but he was a prolific producer of syndicated radio content. His popular programs included Cecil and Sally, The Skippy Hollywood Theatre, Proudly We Hail for the Army, Jonathon Thomas and His Christmas on the Moon, Heartbeat Theatre for the Salvation Army, and several others. MacGregor got his first exposure to the recording industry as the manager of the San Francisco office of Brunswick Records.

The quality and fidelity of Brunswick discs were above average compared to those from competitors Edison Records, Pathe, Columbia, and Victor. MacGregor took the lessons e learned from Brunswick and opened C.P. MacGregor Studios at 729 S. Western Ave in Hollywood. He became so prolific at producing electrical transcriptions that he was called "the DeMille of the discs".

One of MacGregor's early patrons was West coast radio giant Don Lee, and several surviving early MacGregor discs are emblazoned with Don Lee-Mutual Network's San Francisco affiliate's call letters, KFRC. In 1932, the MacGregor Studios relocated to San Francisco's Mission Street where they produced "Hollywood-Style dramas" which sold to stations across the country for $17.50 per episode.

The Mission Street studios apparently closed around 1937, and by 1945 MacGregor had reestablished the facilities at 729 S. Western in Hollywood. In addition to the company's commercially released transcriptions, MacGregor also provided recording services for the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS). MacGregor helped to establish the standard of 16-inc discs for electrical transcriptions and made many air-check recordings for programs such as Lux Radio Theatre, The Shadow, and numerous others.

MacGregor aggressively promoted his dramas to broadcasters, including a "90 Days to Prove It Pays" campaign in radio trade organization publications. Not everything the C.P. MacGregor Company turned out to gold, however. There is no evidence that the series in this collection, The C.P. MacGregor Show was ever heard on the air. It was not for a lack of production quality.

Apparently recorded at the S. Western Avenue studios, many of the scripts would be reused on MacGregor's early 1950s mystery anthology series, Obsession for WBBM Chicago, albeit repackaged with an edgier, more ominous tone for the thriller audience. The MacGregor Show was generally uplifting and featured Hollywood Stars like Barry Sullivan, Robert Mitchum, Vera Ralston, Anne Jeffreys, Howard Duff, Virginia Grey, Elliot Lewis, and others. Whether these shows aired or not, they are genuine jewels of Old Time Radio drama.

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    32 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 14 hours, 27 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 14 hours 27 minutes
      1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 01 The Power of Faith.mp3
      2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 02 The Powder Puff Kid.mp3
      3. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 03 Transcontinental.mp3
      4. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 04 Garden of Kilcraney Ln.mp3
      5. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 05 The Silver Teapot.mp3
      6. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 06 World Series Widow.mp3
      7. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 07 The Whimsical Spriit.mp3
      8. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 08 Husband of Convenience.mp3
      9. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 09 Gulfstream.mp3
      10. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 10 Heart to Heart.mp3
      11. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 11 The Dress.mp3
      12. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 12 The Lady Takes a Ride.mp3
      13. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 13 Taken From Heaven.mp3
      14. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 14 We Who Forget.mp3
      15. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 15 The Premier.mp3
      16. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 16 Let's Be Illogical.mp3
      17. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 17 Where Did You Get Hat.mp3
      18. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 18 It's a Game.mp3
      19. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 19 The Most Enchanted.mp3
      20. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 20 Leave It to Libby.mp3
      21. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 21 Tabloid.mp3
      22. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 22 Seal of the Pharoh.mp3
      23. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 23 Only in Hollywood.mp3
      24. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 24 Sponsor in the House.mp3
      25. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 25 Ticket to Hollywood.mp3
      26. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 26 For Weekends Only.mp3
      27. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 29 Hometown.mp3
      28. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 30 Party of the 1st Heart.mp3
      29. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 31 Tang of Autumn.mp3
      30. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 32 Lady Member.mp3
      31. C P MacGregor Show 1940s Ill See My Lawyer.mp3
      32. C P MacGregor Show 1940s Peacocks Scream.mp3
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    32 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 14 hours, 27 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 14 hours 27 minutes
      1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 01 The Power of Faith.mp3
      2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 02 The Powder Puff Kid.mp3
      3. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 03 Transcontinental.mp3
      4. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 04 Garden of Kilcraney Ln.mp3
      5. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 05 The Silver Teapot.mp3
      6. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 06 World Series Widow.mp3
      7. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 07 The Whimsical Spriit.mp3
      8. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 08 Husband of Convenience.mp3
      9. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 09 Gulfstream.mp3
      10. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 10 Heart to Heart.mp3
      11. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 11 The Dress.mp3
      12. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 12 The Lady Takes a Ride.mp3
      13. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 13 Taken From Heaven.mp3
      14. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 14 We Who Forget.mp3
      15. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 15 The Premier.mp3
      16. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 16 Let's Be Illogical.mp3
      17. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 17 Where Did You Get Hat.mp3
      18. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 18 It's a Game.mp3
      19. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 19 The Most Enchanted.mp3
      20. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 20 Leave It to Libby.mp3
      21. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 21 Tabloid.mp3
      22. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 22 Seal of the Pharoh.mp3
      23. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 23 Only in Hollywood.mp3
      24. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 24 Sponsor in the House.mp3
      25. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 25 Ticket to Hollywood.mp3
      26. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 26 For Weekends Only.mp3
      27. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 29 Hometown.mp3
      28. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 30 Party of the 1st Heart.mp3
      29. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 31 Tang of Autumn.mp3
      30. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 32 Lady Member.mp3
      31. C P MacGregor Show 1940s Ill See My Lawyer.mp3
      32. C P MacGregor Show 1940s Peacocks Scream.mp3
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    32 recordings on 16 Audio CDs. Total playtime 14 hours, 27 min
    32 recordings on 16 Audio CDs
    total playtime 14 hours, 27 min

    CP MacGregor Show Disc A001

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 01 The Power of Faith
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 02 The Powder Puff Kid

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A002

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 03 Transcontinental
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 04 Garden of Kilcraney Ln

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A003

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 05 The Silver Teapot
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 06 World Series Widow

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A004

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 07 The Whimsical Spriit
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 08 Husband of Convenience

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A005

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 09 Gulfstream
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 10 Heart to Heart

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A006

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 11 The Dress
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 12 The Lady Takes a Ride

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A007

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 13 Taken From Heaven
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 14 We Who Forget

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A008

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 15 The Premier
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 16 Let's Be Illogical

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A009

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 17 Where Did You Get Hat
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 18 It's a Game

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A010

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 19 The Most Enchanted
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 20 Leave It to Libby

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A011

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 21 Tabloid
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 22 Seal of the Pharoh

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A012

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 23 Only in Hollywood
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 24 Sponsor in the House

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A013

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 25 Ticket to Hollywood
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 26 For Weekends Only

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A014

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 29 Hometown
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 30 Party of the 1st Heart

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A015

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 31 Tang of Autumn
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s 32 Lady Member

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    CP MacGregor Show Disc A016

    1. C P MacGregor Show 1940s Ill See My Lawyer
    2. C P MacGregor Show 1940s Peacocks Scream

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