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Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Boys & Girls Club Swimming
NBC Radio City

Variety is the watchword for our Twentieth Collection of Random Rarities.

The Forty Million came to us from NBC in 1952 presenting information concerning the health and well-being of America's 40 million children.

Gleason and Armstrong were a couple of palookas from "New Joisey" determined to make it into the big time and hopefully pick up a few buck and maybe a pretty girl or two along the way. Originally syndicated by Hollywood Features in 1931, our heroes' show has many elements of an early soap opera, but the dish-suds and the floor-polish crowd was hardly this show's target audience.

Isn't It a Crime? is a closed-door mystery involving a mystery writer and his girlfriend entitled "Speaking of Murder". The creepiness factor is laid on thick and heavy as all the clues are presented for the listener and the announcer promises that we will get a chance to solve the case before the characters find out whodunit.

June is My Girl, "and fellas, what girl!" This is an audition program for a situation comedy starring screen princess Diana Lynn. The situation is a pretty young girl working for an employment agency which is failing. Although the show did not make it past the audition stage, it featured some Radio Row powerhouse talent. Along with Miss Lynn, there was Harry Bartell, Parley Baer (doubling), and Alan Reed.

The Junior Grand Ol' Opry is proof that country music will never be "old fashioned". Sponsored by Goo Goo Clusters Candy, the Junior Version of the Opry was a talent contest for up and coming young country talent. Listeners were encouraged to vote for their favorites by writing the name of their favorites on a Goo Goo wrapper and mailing it to Nashville.

WWII was unique in American experience because it was the first time that so much of the action was brought into American homes live via radio. KGU Radio in Honolulu was able to report to the Nation as the Pearl Harbor Attack was occurring. This is a historically significant broadcast, allowing us to hear the world changing before our ears.

Laff Parade was lively audio circus transcribed by Transco in 1934. Hosted by Ken Niles, the show featured the girl harmonies of The Rhythmettes and the clowning of The Radio Rogues and The Two Black Jacks.

The Lucky Strike Hour was an effort to raise awareness of fine tobacco a decade before the cigarette company began sponsoring Jack Benny. The earlier program combined dance band selections along with dramatic presentations, including stories from the files of the FBI.

The Maytag Frolics from 1929 was one of the earliest efforts of radio advertising. The show was syndicated by the National Radio Advertising Incorporated. The show attempted to recreate different live music venues, in the episode included here a father takes his son to his first minstrel show.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was formed in 1847, less than a month after the Mormon pioneers began settling in the Salt Lake Valley. During its early years, the Choir was a somewhat unruly group, but just as the great Tabernacle was under construction, the Choir began to find discipline under newly appointed director George Careless, a graduate of the Royal Academy in London. The Choir has been broadcasting Music and the Spoken Word every week since July 15, 1929, one of the longest continuous radio broadcasts.

National Boy's Club Week is an annual fund driving event for the National Boy's Club (now known and the National Boys and Girls Clubs) movement. The BGCA is a national organization made up of local chapters whose mission is to provide after-school activities for youth. The first Boys Club was formed in Hartford Connecticut in 1860. For the syndicated radio program, some of Hollywood's greatest and most recognizable talent gave their time and voices to the cause.

The New Swan Soap Show was an almost seamless continuation The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope after the toothpaste pulled its ten-year sponsorship due to low ratings. Bob and Doris Day were the only continuation from the old show, the rest of Bob's regulars having moved on. Bob was determined to stick to radio, but the show was slotted against Life With Luigi, the season's breakout hit.

Night Flight 76 was an overnight music program on WJR Detroit during the late 1970s. Host Jay Roberts set the program as a relaxing overnight jetliner flight, back before TSA and major airport hassles, when jet travel was still luxurious. The selections are recorded direct from air and include hourly news and sports reports.

Once Upon a Tune was a late Forties effort by Columbia Broadcasting to create a "Radio Cartoon". The technical and artistic resources of the Tiffany Network came together to create a series of audio pictures nearly as vivid as those created for Norman Corwin's Columbia Workshop.

The Opening of the NBC Hollywood Studios marked an important shift not only in radio and the entertainment industry but in the whole of American culture. New York remained the center of finance and Broadway was largely considered the capital of American entertainment, but when nationwide programming over the major networks began originating from the West Coast, it symbolized the on-going shift in national interest to the Pacific and the Western States. Hollywood became the movie capital because of the weather, and radio (later television) grew due to the proximity to the film industry.

See also Random Rarities 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 1314, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2122, and 23.

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    total playtime 23 hours, 7 min
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      45 shows - total playtime 23 hours 7 minutes
      1. For Record 440731 Benny Goodman.mp3
      2. Forty Million 521108 Josephine Hull 1 Death Was Catching.mp3
      3. Forty Million 521228 Friend Of Bride.mp3
      4. Ganda 090 Doctors Gleason And Armstrong Catch Mumps.mp3
      5. Gleason And Armstrong 021.mp3
      6. Gleason And Armstrong 033.mp3
      7. Gleason And Armstrong 103.mp3
      8. Isnt It Crime 451214 Speaking Of Murder.mp3
      9. Jimmie Rodgers Memorial 530526.mp3
      10. Julie Harris Emcees Tell And Sell Wjkf Cadillac 790713.mp3
      11. Junes My Girl 481004 Starring Diana Lynn.mp3
      12. Junior Grand Ole Opry1953.mp3
      13. Kgu Report On Bombing Of Pearl Harbor As It Happened.mp3
      14. Kid On Corner 480410 Audition.mp3
      15. Laff Parade 1934 No Other One, By Rhythmettes. Clarence Muse.mp3
      16. Laff Parade 1934 You Hit Spot Ambassadores. Harrison Elmo.mp3
      17. Let Freedom Sing 520000 13 Forth And Back.mp3
      18. Low Bit Radio Nederland Slightly Jazzy.mp3
      19. Lucky Strike Hout 330131.mp3
      20. Marine Story 480310 03 1797, About USS Constitution.mp3
      21. Maytag Old Time Minstrel Show 1929 Georgeireland.mp3
      22. Mindy Carson 500918 Apple For Teacher.mp3
      23. Mormon Tabernacle Choir 440109 756 How Beautiful On Mt.mp3
      24. Mormon Tabernacle Choir 440123 Prayer By Cheribini.mp3
      25. Mr Smith Show 4805156.mp3
      26. National Boys Club Week Chordettes Excerpt.mp3
      27. National Boys Club Week Jackie Gleason.mp3
      28. National Boys Club Week Joe Dimaggio Excerpt.mp3
      29. National Boys Club Week Red Skelton Excerpt.mp3
      30. National Boys Club Week Roy Rogers And Gang Excerpt.mp3
      31. Nations Nightmarethe Narcotic Evilbill Downs 510719.mp3
      32. Nbc War Bond Parade 440207 07 Ronald Colman, Kay Kyser.mp3
      33. New Swan Show Hope And Crosby.mp3
      34. Night Flight 76 Do You Remeber These 123178 W Sports News.mp3
      35. Night Flight 76 Jay Roberts 011079 W News.mp3
      36. Nightsounds W Bill Pierce On Divergent Cults 082479.mp3
      37. OKC Symph Orchestra 1951 Afrs 035 Randall Thompsons Symphy 2.mp3
      38. Old Blueback Speller 531128.mp3
      39. On Your Mark 481006 Bud Collyer.mp3
      40. Once Upon Tune 470112 02 Special Delivery.mp3
      41. Once Upon Tune 470222 07 Two Bits.mp3
      42. Once Upon Tune 470426 16 Time Unlimited.mp3
      43. Opening Of Nbc Hollywood Studios 351207.mp3
      44. Parade Of Stars 461015 Nbc Preview Of 4647 Season.mp3
      45. Philco Radio Time 481103 Bergen And Mccarthy Aircheck.mp3
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      45 shows - total playtime 23 hours 7 minutes
      1. For Record 440731 Benny Goodman.mp3
      2. Forty Million 521108 Josephine Hull 1 Death Was Catching.mp3
      3. Forty Million 521228 Friend Of Bride.mp3
      4. Ganda 090 Doctors Gleason And Armstrong Catch Mumps.mp3
      5. Gleason And Armstrong 021.mp3
      6. Gleason And Armstrong 033.mp3
      7. Gleason And Armstrong 103.mp3
      8. Isnt It Crime 451214 Speaking Of Murder.mp3
      9. Jimmie Rodgers Memorial 530526.mp3
      10. Julie Harris Emcees Tell And Sell Wjkf Cadillac 790713.mp3
      11. Junes My Girl 481004 Starring Diana Lynn.mp3
      12. Junior Grand Ole Opry1953.mp3
      13. Kgu Report On Bombing Of Pearl Harbor As It Happened.mp3
      14. Kid On Corner 480410 Audition.mp3
      15. Laff Parade 1934 No Other One, By Rhythmettes. Clarence Muse.mp3
      16. Laff Parade 1934 You Hit Spot Ambassadores. Harrison Elmo.mp3
      17. Let Freedom Sing 520000 13 Forth And Back.mp3
      18. Low Bit Radio Nederland Slightly Jazzy.mp3
      19. Lucky Strike Hout 330131.mp3
      20. Marine Story 480310 03 1797, About USS Constitution.mp3
      21. Maytag Old Time Minstrel Show 1929 Georgeireland.mp3
      22. Mindy Carson 500918 Apple For Teacher.mp3
      23. Mormon Tabernacle Choir 440109 756 How Beautiful On Mt.mp3
      24. Mormon Tabernacle Choir 440123 Prayer By Cheribini.mp3
      25. Mr Smith Show 4805156.mp3
      26. National Boys Club Week Chordettes Excerpt.mp3
      27. National Boys Club Week Jackie Gleason.mp3
      28. National Boys Club Week Joe Dimaggio Excerpt.mp3
      29. National Boys Club Week Red Skelton Excerpt.mp3
      30. National Boys Club Week Roy Rogers And Gang Excerpt.mp3
      31. Nations Nightmarethe Narcotic Evilbill Downs 510719.mp3
      32. Nbc War Bond Parade 440207 07 Ronald Colman, Kay Kyser.mp3
      33. New Swan Show Hope And Crosby.mp3
      34. Night Flight 76 Do You Remeber These 123178 W Sports News.mp3
      35. Night Flight 76 Jay Roberts 011079 W News.mp3
      36. Nightsounds W Bill Pierce On Divergent Cults 082479.mp3
      37. OKC Symph Orchestra 1951 Afrs 035 Randall Thompsons Symphy 2.mp3
      38. Old Blueback Speller 531128.mp3
      39. On Your Mark 481006 Bud Collyer.mp3
      40. Once Upon Tune 470112 02 Special Delivery.mp3
      41. Once Upon Tune 470222 07 Two Bits.mp3
      42. Once Upon Tune 470426 16 Time Unlimited.mp3
      43. Opening Of Nbc Hollywood Studios 351207.mp3
      44. Parade Of Stars 461015 Nbc Preview Of 4647 Season.mp3
      45. Philco Radio Time 481103 Bergen And Mccarthy Aircheck.mp3
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    45 recordings on 18 Audio CDs
    total playtime 16 hours, 8 min

    Random Rarities 20 Disc A001

    1. Ganda 090 Doctors Gleason And Armstrong Catch Mumps
    2. Gleason And Armstrong 021
    3. Gleason And Armstrong 033
    4. Gleason And Armstrong 103
    5. Junior Grand Ole Opry1953

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A002

    1. Kgu Report On Bombing Of Pearl Harbor As It Happened
    2. Laff Parade 1934 No Other One, By Rhythmettes. Clarence Muse
    3. Laff Parade 1934 You Hit Spot Ambassadores. Harrison Elmo
    4. Low Bit Radio Nederland Slightly Jazzy

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A003

    1. Maytag Old Time Minstrel Show 1929 Georgeireland
    2. National Boys Club Week Chordettes Excerpt
    3. National Boys Club Week Jackie Gleason
    4. National Boys Club Week Joe Dimaggio Excerpt
    5. National Boys Club Week Red Skelton Excerpt
    6. National Boys Club Week Roy Rogers And Gang Excerpt

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A004

    1. New Swan Show Hope And Crosby
    2. Nightsounds W Bill Pierce On Divergent Cults 082479

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A005

    1. OKC Symph Orchestra 1951 Afrs 035 Randall Thompsons Symphy 2

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A006

    1. Lucky Strike Hout 330131

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A007

    1. Opening Of Nbc Hollywood Studios 351207

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A008

    1. Mormon Tabernacle Choir 440109 756 How Beautiful On Mt
    2. Mormon Tabernacle Choir 440123 Prayer By Cheribini

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A009

    1. Nbc War Bond Parade 440207 07 Ronald Colman, Kay Kyser

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A010

    1. For Record 440731 Benny Goodman
    2. Isnt It Crime 451214 Speaking Of Murder

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A011

    1. Once Upon Tune 470112 02 Special Delivery
    2. Once Upon Tune 470222 07 Two Bits

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A012

    1. Once Upon Tune 470426 16 Time Unlimited
    2. Marine Story 480310 03 1797, About USS Constitution

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A013

    1. Kid On Corner 480410 Audition
    2. Mr Smith Show 4805156

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A014

    1. Junes My Girl 481004 Starring Diana Lynn
    2. On Your Mark 481006 Bud Collyer

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A015

    1. Philco Radio Time 481103 Bergen And Mccarthy Aircheck
    2. Mindy Carson 500918 Apple For Teacher
    3. Nations Nightmarethe Narcotic Evilbill Downs 510719

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A016

    1. Let Freedom Sing 520000 13 Forth And Back
    2. Forty Million 521108 Josephine Hull 1 Death Was Catching
    3. Forty Million 521228 Friend Of Bride

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A017

    1. Jimmie Rodgers Memorial 530526
    2. Old Blueback Speller 531128

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    Random Rarities 20 Disc A018

    1. Julie Harris Emcees Tell And Sell Wjkf Cadillac 790713

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