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Leap Year Collection

The Gregorian Calendar adds a day February 29th to the year every four years; this collection adds entertainment from every genre of radio programs.

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35 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 14 hours, 39 min)
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"Fibber McGee: Send Of Party"



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Leap Year Break Thru!
Scholars and astronomers worked for eons to reconcile the differences between the lunar and the solar calendars. A lunar month lasts between 29 and 30 days, but it takes 365.2425 days for the Earth to travel around the sun. The math is hard to work out, especially dealing with that weird fraction of a day at the end of the year.

Fibber McGeeThe Gregorian Calendar adds a day to the year every four years, but not "every" every four years. The full rule reads: "Every year that is exactly divisible by four is a leap year, except for years that are exactly divisible by 100, but these centurial years are leap years if they are exactly divisible by 400. For example, the years 1700, 1800, and 1900 are not leap years, but the year 2000 is."

In normal years, significant dates advance one day of the week. If Christmas was on Tuesday last year, then it should be on Wednesday this year and Thursday next year. However, every four years the date "leaps" an extra day ahead.
Scientifically, we know that there is nothing particularly significant about Leap Day, February 29th, the extra calendar day added every four years. As humans, however, we have a tendency to become superstitious about anything which is unusual, so February 29 tends to give some people the heebie-jeebies.

Here are some of our favorite Leap Day programs:

  • 1936: Ziegfeld Follies of the Air. It's opening night of the 1936 Follies, a time for love, romance, and dreams to come true.
  • 1940: Columbia Workshop. None other than Ellery Queen gets called in to investigate the strange happenings at the Columbia Studios. The microphones are talking back, the elevators are proposing marriage, newsman Bob Trout is reporting nonsense, and other shenanigans. Finally, Ellery will realize that on leap day, Feb 29, things are just naturally screwy!
  • 1944: Fibber McGee and Molly. Fibber gets nostalgic for the days of the Old West, so he decides to build a big campfire in the fireplace. Did the cowboys' fires make this much smoke? The big surprise comes when Eddie Cantor rings the doorbell in the second act. What will Eddie find in Fibber's closet?
  • Bign Crosby1948: The Lucky Strike Program Starring Jack Benny. It is a special day when Jack invites his girl friend, Gladys Zybisco, to rehearsal. That is, if he can get her away from the plumbing job she found over lunch (15 cent sardine sandwiches at the drugstore, Jack's treat). When he gets to the studio, Jack argues about the lyrics to "That's What I Like About the South" with Phil Harris, which one will make sense?
  • 1952: The Roy Rogers Show. The King of the Cowboys has to deal with a mysterious smuggler who is bringing contraband across the border. There is also a mysterious hunchbacked geologist and his wife staying in Dale's hotel. Every morning, the professor crosses the border to help the folks down there, but what is he carrying in his false hump? How desperate is the professor to protect his smuggling operation?
  • 1956: Fibber McGee and Molly. It seems like a red letter day in Wistful Vista. Fibber is spreading the word that his friend, Wallace Wimple, is leaving town for a new job in Chicago. The whole town appreciates Wimp, so naturally there has to be a big sent off at the station. (This is one of the later episodes of FM&M when the program is a daily transcription, sponsored by Alka Seltzer.)
  • 1960: The Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show. Bing and Rosemary take advantage of the year's extra day by premiering a new syndicated music program. The program is very simple but delightful, it's just Bing, Rosemary and announcer Ken Carpenter with a tape recorder and a record player, enjoying each others company and sharing their greatest hits.
  • 1964: Black Mass. This program was produced at the studios of Pacifica Public radio network as part of a PhD dissertation on "keeping radio drama alive in the 1960's". The "All Hallows" episode is a repeat of the show's first episode, featuring a haunted cathedral.

Miss Leap Year Suprise

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    35 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 14 hours, 39 min
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      35 shows - total playtime 14 hours 39 minutes
      1. Bcrc 6062 600229 001 Will You Still Be Mine 6444.mp3
      2. Black Mass 640229 All Hallows V.mp3
      3. Bob Hope 440229 217.mp3
      4. Bob Ray 600229 176 February 29th, Locking Door Ceremony.mp3
      5. Burns Allen 440229 George To Star Opposite Dorothy Lam.mp3
      6. Burns And Allen 440229 Dorothy Lamour.mp3
      7. Cbs Is There 480229 20 Joan Of Arc Is Burned At Stake.mp3
      8. Crisco Radio Newspaper 440229 00x Sgt Louis Newbalm.mp3
      9. Cw 400229 024 Great Microphone Mystery.mp3
      10. Duffys 440229 Gracie Fields Afrs#41.mp3
      11. Escape 480229 038 Ec Grove Of Ashtaroff.mp3
      12. Fibber Mcgee 440229 Before Western Campfire Afrs.mp3
      13. Fibber Mcgee 560229 1365 Sendoff Party.mp3
      14. Greatest Story 480229 058 They Did Not Receive Him.mp3
      15. Guest Star 480229 0049 Johnny Guamieri.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 480229 645 Jacks Girlfriend Gladys Rehearsal.mp3
      17. Judy Canova 440229 E033 Just Back From Rancho Canova Motel.mp3
      18. Jungle Jim 360229 018 Mamba Questioned Wedding Preparation.mp3
      19. Lightsout380229chickenheart.mp3
      20. Lone Ranger 560229 3347 Race Against Sunrise.mp3
      21. Martin Lewis 520229 059 Tony Curtis.mp3
      22. Meet Me At Parkys 480229 101 Missing Depositor.mp3
      23. Nick Carter 480229 329 Case Of Boy Who Got Lost.mp3
      24. Opry 480229 Red Foley And Cowboy Copas.mp3
      25. Romance 440229 043 Lady In Love.mp3
      26. Roy Rogers 520229 022 Phony Geologist.mp3
      27. Sherlock 480229 King Philips Golden Salvor.mp3
      28. The Man Called X 480229 Cbs048 Storm Over Alps.mp3
      29. This Is Your Fbi 520229 361 Pay Off.mp3
      30. Wbhickock 520229 E057 Fightin Bits.mp3
      31. World News 440229crisco Radio News.mp3
      32. X 1 560229 040 Repeat Hello, Tomorrow.mp3
      33. You Are There 480229 20 Joan Of Arc Is Burned At Stake.mp3
      34. Your Daytime Radio Newspaper 440229.mp3
      35. Ziegfeld Follies Of Air 360229 X00 Alice Moore Wants To.mp3
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    35 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 14 hours, 39 min
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      35 shows - total playtime 14 hours 39 minutes
      1. Bcrc 6062 600229 001 Will You Still Be Mine 6444.mp3
      2. Black Mass 640229 All Hallows V.mp3
      3. Bob Hope 440229 217.mp3
      4. Bob Ray 600229 176 February 29th, Locking Door Ceremony.mp3
      5. Burns Allen 440229 George To Star Opposite Dorothy Lam.mp3
      6. Burns And Allen 440229 Dorothy Lamour.mp3
      7. Cbs Is There 480229 20 Joan Of Arc Is Burned At Stake.mp3
      8. Crisco Radio Newspaper 440229 00x Sgt Louis Newbalm.mp3
      9. Cw 400229 024 Great Microphone Mystery.mp3
      10. Duffys 440229 Gracie Fields Afrs#41.mp3
      11. Escape 480229 038 Ec Grove Of Ashtaroff.mp3
      12. Fibber Mcgee 440229 Before Western Campfire Afrs.mp3
      13. Fibber Mcgee 560229 1365 Sendoff Party.mp3
      14. Greatest Story 480229 058 They Did Not Receive Him.mp3
      15. Guest Star 480229 0049 Johnny Guamieri.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 480229 645 Jacks Girlfriend Gladys Rehearsal.mp3
      17. Judy Canova 440229 E033 Just Back From Rancho Canova Motel.mp3
      18. Jungle Jim 360229 018 Mamba Questioned Wedding Preparation.mp3
      19. Lightsout380229chickenheart.mp3
      20. Lone Ranger 560229 3347 Race Against Sunrise.mp3
      21. Martin Lewis 520229 059 Tony Curtis.mp3
      22. Meet Me At Parkys 480229 101 Missing Depositor.mp3
      23. Nick Carter 480229 329 Case Of Boy Who Got Lost.mp3
      24. Opry 480229 Red Foley And Cowboy Copas.mp3
      25. Romance 440229 043 Lady In Love.mp3
      26. Roy Rogers 520229 022 Phony Geologist.mp3
      27. Sherlock 480229 King Philips Golden Salvor.mp3
      28. The Man Called X 480229 Cbs048 Storm Over Alps.mp3
      29. This Is Your Fbi 520229 361 Pay Off.mp3
      30. Wbhickock 520229 E057 Fightin Bits.mp3
      31. World News 440229crisco Radio News.mp3
      32. X 1 560229 040 Repeat Hello, Tomorrow.mp3
      33. You Are There 480229 20 Joan Of Arc Is Burned At Stake.mp3
      34. Your Daytime Radio Newspaper 440229.mp3
      35. Ziegfeld Follies Of Air 360229 X00 Alice Moore Wants To.mp3
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    35 recordings on 16 Audio CDs
    total playtime 14 hours, 39 min

    Leap Year Disc A001

    1. Lightsout380229chickenheart
    2. Jungle Jim 360229 018 Mamba Questioned Wedding Preparation

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    Leap Year Disc A002

    1. Ziegfeld Follies Of Air 360229 X00 Alice Moore Wants To

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    Leap Year Disc A003

    1. Cw 400229 024 Great Microphone Mystery
    2. Bob Hope 440229 217

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    Leap Year Disc A004

    1. Burns Allen 440229 George To Star Opposite Dorothy Lam
    2. Burns And Allen 440229 Dorothy Lamour

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    Leap Year Disc A005

    1. Crisco Radio Newspaper 440229 00x Sgt Louis Newbalm
    2. Duffys 440229 Gracie Fields Afrs#41
    3. Fibber Mcgee 440229 Before Western Campfire Afrs

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    Leap Year Disc A006

    1. Judy Canova 440229 E033 Just Back From Rancho Canova Motel
    2. Romance 440229 043 Lady In Love
    3. World News 440229crisco Radio News

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    Leap Year Disc A007

    1. Your Daytime Radio Newspaper 440229
    2. Cbs Is There 480229 20 Joan Of Arc Is Burned At Stake
    3. Escape 480229 038 Ec Grove Of Ashtaroff

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    Leap Year Disc A008

    1. Greatest Story 480229 058 They Did Not Receive Him
    2. Guest Star 480229 0049 Johnny Guamieri

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    Leap Year Disc A009

    1. Jack Benny 480229 645 Jacks Girlfriend Gladys Rehearsal
    2. Meet Me At Parkys 480229 101 Missing Depositor

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    Leap Year Disc A010

    1. Nick Carter 480229 329 Case Of Boy Who Got Lost
    2. Opry 480229 Red Foley And Cowboy Copas

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    Leap Year Disc A011

    1. Sherlock 480229 King Philips Golden Salvor
    2. The Man Called X 480229 Cbs048 Storm Over Alps

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    Leap Year Disc A012

    1. You Are There 480229 20 Joan Of Arc Is Burned At Stake
    2. Martin Lewis 520229 059 Tony Curtis

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    Leap Year Disc A013

    1. Roy Rogers 520229 022 Phony Geologist
    2. This Is Your Fbi 520229 361 Pay Off

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    Leap Year Disc A014

    1. Wbhickock 520229 E057 Fightin Bits
    2. Fibber Mcgee 560229 1365 Sendoff Party
    3. Lone Ranger 560229 3347 Race Against Sunrise

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    Leap Year Disc A015

    1. X 1 560229 040 Repeat Hello, Tomorrow
    2. Bcrc 6062 600229 001 Will You Still Be Mine 6444
    3. Bob Ray 600229 176 February 29th, Locking Door Ceremony

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    Leap Year Disc A016

    1. Black Mass 640229 All Hallows V

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