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The best loved shows from the Golden Age were more likely to be preserved, but we keep finding treasures in some of the "orphaned recordings".

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Stage Door Canteen 1944
More Random Rarities? How can they be Rarities if there are so many of them? The best loved shows from the Golden Age were more likely to be preserved, but we keep finding treasures in some of the "orphaned recordings."

Forward March!, a quarter hour of musical selections from the United States Army Band Orchestra.

Night Cap Yarns was syndicated by the Radio Recorders Transcription Company. Not a real drama, the show has John Nesbitt reading various adventure filled short stories.

One Night Stand gives us a recorded remote broadcast of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra performing at New York's 400 restaurant.

Opportunity U.S.A. is the star-studded opening to the 1949 Savings Bond Drive. The program opens with Hope and Crosby as prospectors in 1849 California.

The Adventures of Ace Williams is a light hearted detective program, featuring the intrepid Ace Williams traveling through Europe with his young newsreel photographer friend Dick, and getting into and out of trouble at every turn.

RochesterThe Rochester Show is a series of audition programs and tests to develop an independent spin-off for Eddie Anderson's popular Rochester Van Jones character from the Jack Benny Program. The first recording is a test of various actors to fill the parts of the program. Not to be confused with The Private Life of Rochester Van Jones.

The Savings Bond Show opens the 1949 US Savings Bond Drive. The opening number features Hope and Crosby as California Prospectors.

The Secret Missions program told stories of agents of the Office Of Naval Intelligence. Many times the agents found themselves working behind the Iron Curtain.

The Sparrow And The Hawk is a rare aviation adventure themed serial. In this clip, we hear about our hero getting ready for a log rolling contest.

The Stage Door Canteen was another example of of Hollywood stars doing all they could for our boys in uniform. The canteen was a nightclub where all the staff and entertainers were movie personalities. Servicemen got in for free. Hostess Conee Boswell had been desperate to work with the USO, but childhood polio had left her crippled (she sang from a seated position her entire career) and she was not given permission to travel to the Front lines.

Steve Canyon was cartoonist Milt Caniff's follow-up to Terry and The Pirates in the funny papers, but the long running Air Force adventurer never had the success Terry did on the radio.

Strike It Rich was a daily radio game show, "The Show With a Heart". Contestants were given $15 and could bet as little as $5 on each question, with the chance to make as much as $500 while relating their hard-luck stories.

To Fight With a Flying Navy was syndicated by Navy Recruiting during the summer of 1942. This episode follows a fictional young man from his induction physical to Preflight Training, Flight School and into the fleet where he shoots down his first Jap flying boat, along with the kid brother and sweetheart who are behind him. (Movie buffs may recognize this as the basic plot of An Officer And A Gentleman, with less adult situations).

Steve CanyonThe 1933 program The Town Crier features New Yorker magazine commentator Alexander Woollcott remembering life 20 years before, in 1913. Woollcott was convinced that he was the inspiration for the character Nero Wolf.

Uncle Ned's Squadron was a kid's program on WMAQ radio hosted by Ned Locke (Locke is best remembered as Ring Master Ned on Bozo's circus). Uncle Ned was an enthusiastic civilian aviator. Uncle Ned opened the show with a story about his own recent flights, then some "hangar flying" where he taught about a feature of modern airplanes, and then a hair-raising story of a famous flight. In between features, he would ask his "cadets" questions from the story and gave away model airplanes for correct answers.

Virginia Lane, The Story of an American Girl was a classic soap opera from 1939. Virginia must face a whole new life after her father dies, she must take care of her brother and uncle, and deal with the usual lot of no-goods and hard cases.

Voices of VISTA brought us some of the best acts from the mid-1960's in the New York area. The program was a recruiting vehicle for Volunteers In Service To America. VISTA has been described as "the Domestic Peace Corp", volunteers serve on the front lines in the War on Poverty.

Elmer DavisWalgreen's began as a corner drug store in 1901, in 1922 the company introduced the malted milk shake. Their 44th Anniversary in 1944 was an occasion, not only for celebration, but also a great opportunity to support the 7th War Loan Drive with an all-star gala.

War Review, presented by the Office of War Information gave Elmer Davis a chance give a weekly report to the American people and her fighting sons. Davis's reports are far from neutral, but by May of 1943, there was a lot of good news to share.

Get out your hankies and cue the organ music! The World of Rosalind Marlowe is the audition program for a "daytime serial drama" starring Lurene Tuttle as a woman who wakes up in a British hospital after an auto accident. Can she rebuild her memories?

Young America Wants To Help was a radio message of hope to the British people, huddled in their bomb shelters, from the youth of the United States. Featuring Helen Hayes from Chicago and Judy Garland from Hollywood, the broadcast is highlighted by a reply from the Royal Family.

Youth Builders from WNYC helped to teach "participatory democracy', or how to be a good citizen, to the youth of New York City.

See also Random Rarities 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14.

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      41 shows - total playtime 15 hours 50 minutes
      1. Forward March 107 Fair To Fiddlin.mp3
      2. Forward March 108 Flashing Pearls.mp3
      3. Nightcap Yarns 430222 Valley Of Slave Market V.mp3
      4. Nightcap Yarns 430301 Revenge On Race Track V.mp3
      5. One Night Stand 450930 On Sunny Side Of Street.mp3
      6. Opportunity Usa 490516 Al Jolson, Bing Crosby.mp3
      7. Recorded Adv Ace Williams Terror Europe ep5 Tunis Terror.mp3
      8. Recorded Adventures Of Ace Williams Ace To Duel Domingos.mp3
      9. Recorded Adventures Of Ace Williams Title Unknown [ep010].mp3
      10. Rochester Show 500215 Cast Auditions.mp3
      11. Rochester Show 500218 Willie Johnsons Big Deal.mp3
      12. Rochester Show 500219 Clooney Watson, Starlet.mp3
      13. Savings Bond Show 490516.mp3
      14. Secret Missions 490306 Iron Curtain Escape.mp3
      15. Secret Missions 490313 Story Of Beer Bottle.mp3
      16. Sparrow Hawk 450810 Log Rolling [partial1m36s] .mp3
      17. Stage Door Canteen 421203 Connie Boswell Hostess.mp3
      18. Stage Door Canteen 450215 W W Beery, Louise Reiner, B Venuta.mp3
      19. Steve Canyon 480902 Fortune Of Rubies.mp3
      20. Strike It Rich 500522.mp3
      21. Strike It Rich 510601 Elizabeth Dollinger.mp3
      22. Strike It Rich 510821.mp3
      23. To Fiy With Fighting Navy 421001 Program #4.mp3
      24. Town Crier 331006 Alexander Wolcott, 20 Yrs Ago.mp3
      25. Uncle Neds Squadron 5x.11.11 Title Unknown .mp3
      26. Virginia Lane 390302 Uncle Danny Has Disappeared V.mp3
      27. Voices of Vista 65-10-17 Woody Allen.mp3
      28. Voices Of Vista 651017 Woody Allen.mp3
      29. Voices Of Vista 651024 Mabel Mercer Alec Wilder.mp3
      30. Voices Of Vista 651024 Mabel Mercer And Alec Wilder.mp3
      31. Walgreens 44th Birthday 450610.mp3
      32. War Review 430514.mp3
      33. War Review 430521.mp3
      34. Wizard Of Odds 500120.mp3
      35. World Of Rosalind Marlowe 460515 Aud Soap Opera.mp3
      36. Young America Wants To Help-Helen Hayes, Judy Garland.mp3
      37. Youth Builders 481207 Harlem Cleanup Campaign.mp3
      38. Youth Builders 520305 Childrens Round Table 1.3 Sanitation.mp3
      39. Youth Builders 520312 2.3 Making Democracy Work School.mp3
      40. Youth Builders 520319 3.3 Voting Rights-Responsibilities.mp3
      41. Youth Builders 520503 Sanitation Cleanup Drive.mp3
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    41 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      41 shows - total playtime 15 hours 50 minutes
      1. Forward March 107 Fair To Fiddlin.mp3
      2. Forward March 108 Flashing Pearls.mp3
      3. Nightcap Yarns 430222 Valley Of Slave Market V.mp3
      4. Nightcap Yarns 430301 Revenge On Race Track V.mp3
      5. One Night Stand 450930 On Sunny Side Of Street.mp3
      6. Opportunity Usa 490516 Al Jolson, Bing Crosby.mp3
      7. Recorded Adv Ace Williams Terror Europe ep5 Tunis Terror.mp3
      8. Recorded Adventures Of Ace Williams Ace To Duel Domingos.mp3
      9. Recorded Adventures Of Ace Williams Title Unknown [ep010].mp3
      10. Rochester Show 500215 Cast Auditions.mp3
      11. Rochester Show 500218 Willie Johnsons Big Deal.mp3
      12. Rochester Show 500219 Clooney Watson, Starlet.mp3
      13. Savings Bond Show 490516.mp3
      14. Secret Missions 490306 Iron Curtain Escape.mp3
      15. Secret Missions 490313 Story Of Beer Bottle.mp3
      16. Sparrow Hawk 450810 Log Rolling [partial1m36s] .mp3
      17. Stage Door Canteen 421203 Connie Boswell Hostess.mp3
      18. Stage Door Canteen 450215 W W Beery, Louise Reiner, B Venuta.mp3
      19. Steve Canyon 480902 Fortune Of Rubies.mp3
      20. Strike It Rich 500522.mp3
      21. Strike It Rich 510601 Elizabeth Dollinger.mp3
      22. Strike It Rich 510821.mp3
      23. To Fiy With Fighting Navy 421001 Program #4.mp3
      24. Town Crier 331006 Alexander Wolcott, 20 Yrs Ago.mp3
      25. Uncle Neds Squadron 5x.11.11 Title Unknown .mp3
      26. Virginia Lane 390302 Uncle Danny Has Disappeared V.mp3
      27. Voices of Vista 65-10-17 Woody Allen.mp3
      28. Voices Of Vista 651017 Woody Allen.mp3
      29. Voices Of Vista 651024 Mabel Mercer Alec Wilder.mp3
      30. Voices Of Vista 651024 Mabel Mercer And Alec Wilder.mp3
      31. Walgreens 44th Birthday 450610.mp3
      32. War Review 430514.mp3
      33. War Review 430521.mp3
      34. Wizard Of Odds 500120.mp3
      35. World Of Rosalind Marlowe 460515 Aud Soap Opera.mp3
      36. Young America Wants To Help-Helen Hayes, Judy Garland.mp3
      37. Youth Builders 481207 Harlem Cleanup Campaign.mp3
      38. Youth Builders 520305 Childrens Round Table 1.3 Sanitation.mp3
      39. Youth Builders 520312 2.3 Making Democracy Work School.mp3
      40. Youth Builders 520319 3.3 Voting Rights-Responsibilities.mp3
      41. Youth Builders 520503 Sanitation Cleanup Drive.mp3
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    41 recordings on 17 Audio CDs
    total playtime 15 hours, 50 min

    Disc A001

    1. Forward March 107 Fair To Fiddlin
    2. Forward March 108 Flashing Pearls
    3. Recorded Adv Ace Williams Terror Europe ep5 Tunis Terror
    4. Recorded Adventures Of Ace Williams Ace To Duel Domingos
    5. Recorded Adventures Of Ace Williams Title Unknown [ep010]

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    Disc A002

    1. Uncle Neds Squadron 5x.11.11 Title Unknown
    2. Voices of Vista 65-10-17 Woody Allen

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    Disc A003

    1. Young America Wants To Help-Helen Hayes, Judy Garland
    2. Town Crier 331006 Alexander Wolcott, 20 Yrs Ago
    3. Virginia Lane 390302 Uncle Danny Has Disappeared V

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    Disc A004

    1. To Fiy With Fighting Navy 421001 Program #4
    2. Stage Door Canteen 421203 Connie Boswell Hostess
    3. Nightcap Yarns 430222 Valley Of Slave Market V

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    Disc A005

    1. Nightcap Yarns 430301 Revenge On Race Track V
    2. War Review 430514
    3. War Review 430521
    4. Stage Door Canteen 450215 W W Beery, Louise Reiner, B Venuta

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    Disc A006

    1. Walgreens 44th Birthday 450610
    2. Sparrow Hawk 450810 Log Rolling [partial1m36s]

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    Disc A007

    1. One Night Stand 450930 On Sunny Side Of Street
    2. World Of Rosalind Marlowe 460515 Aud Soap Opera

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    Disc A008

    1. Steve Canyon 480902 Fortune Of Rubies
    2. Youth Builders 481207 Harlem Cleanup Campaign
    3. Secret Missions 490306 Iron Curtain Escape

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    Disc A009

    1. Secret Missions 490313 Story Of Beer Bottle

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    Disc A010

    1. Opportunity Usa 490516 Al Jolson, Bing Crosby

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    Disc A011

    1. Savings Bond Show 490516

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    Disc A012

    1. Wizard Of Odds 500120
    2. Rochester Show 500215 Cast Auditions
    3. Rochester Show 500218 Willie Johnsons Big Deal
    4. Rochester Show 500219 Clooney Watson, Starlet

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    Disc A013

    1. Strike It Rich 500522
    2. Strike It Rich 510601 Elizabeth Dollinger

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    Disc A014

    1. Strike It Rich 510821
    2. Youth Builders 520305 Childrens Round Table 1.3 Sanitation

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    Disc A015

    1. Youth Builders 520312 2.3 Making Democracy Work School
    2. Youth Builders 520319 3.3 Voting Rights-Responsibilities
    3. Youth Builders 520503 Sanitation Cleanup Drive

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    Disc A016

    1. Voices Of Vista 651017 Woody Allen
    2. Voices Of Vista 651024 Mabel Mercer Alec Wilder

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    Disc A017

    1. Voices Of Vista 651024 Mabel Mercer And Alec Wilder

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