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So The Story Goes

A parody show poking fun of “Strange but True Tales” like the popular show "Passing Parade" with host "John Niblick"

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8 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 1 hours, 48 min)
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2 Audio CDs


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About this Old Time Radio Show

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“Strange but True Tales” have always been an important part of the mass media landscape because they can be so entertaining. Popular iterations include the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not franchise, Paul Harvey’s The Rest of the Story and John Nesbitt’s The Passing Parade.

Old RadioAlthough these features stake their reputation on the accuracy of their often outlandish claims, the public is usually willing to be incredibly forgiving of an occasional inaccuracy, as long as the presentation itself is sufficiently entertaining. That does not mean that the feature is not above having some fun poked at it.

The Passing Parade became an institution on Radio as well as short subject films attached to MGM motion pictures. Legend has it that the source of Nesbitt’s stories was a trunk filled with old newspaper clippings left by his father. Nesbitt’s distinct delivery was prime fodder for satire, however.

The syndicated program So The Story Goes was one satire that took advantage of Nesbitt’s style. In fact, modern reviewers have difficulty deciding whether the syndication was meant to be taken seriously or if it was simply a send up. The notion that it was a serious production is supported by these recently discovered episodes.

The satire camp, however, points out that the name of the host, John Niblick, could easily be making fun of Nesbitt’s moniker. They also point out that the supposed sponsors in the recordings, including Quickso Soap and Hyde Park Lager of St. Louis are companies which never existed. However, this theory ignores the fact that the productions are syndicated, and the commercial breaks are intended to be replaced by local advertising. In many syndications, musical interludes are supplied for the local announcer to talk over, but it would not be hard to simply silence the turntable during the fake commercial spot so the local announcer could make their pitch.

The stories on Niblick’s So The Story Goes are fairly typical of the genre, and if they are not completely accurate, they are at least a well done telling of widely accepted urban legends.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    8 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 1 hours, 48 min
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      8 shows - total playtime 1 hours 48 minutes
      1. STSG 025 Johnnie Neblett-Braille-Jeremy Bentham 1943.mp3
      2. STSG 026 Johnnie Neblett-Paul Jrdn Smth-R.Scott S.Pole 1943.mp3
      3. STSG 037 Johnnie Neblett-Lily Pons-Lincolns Dream 1944.mp3
      4. STSG 038 Johnnie Neblett-Columbus-Alice-in-wonderland 1944.mp3
      5. STSG 063 Johnnie Neblett-G Guynemer-Scrt Weapon Cheese 1944.mp3
      6. STSG 064 Johnnie Neblett-Man In Iron Mask-Cinderella 1944.mp3
      7. STSG 071 Johnnie Neblett-Caspar Karllinski-Doolittle 1944.mp3
      8. STSG 072 Johnnie Neblett-Calif-New Englanders-Jap Zero 1944.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    8 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 1 hours, 48 min
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      8 shows - total playtime 1 hours 48 minutes
      1. STSG 025 Johnnie Neblett-Braille-Jeremy Bentham 1943.mp3
      2. STSG 026 Johnnie Neblett-Paul Jrdn Smth-R.Scott S.Pole 1943.mp3
      3. STSG 037 Johnnie Neblett-Lily Pons-Lincolns Dream 1944.mp3
      4. STSG 038 Johnnie Neblett-Columbus-Alice-in-wonderland 1944.mp3
      5. STSG 063 Johnnie Neblett-G Guynemer-Scrt Weapon Cheese 1944.mp3
      6. STSG 064 Johnnie Neblett-Man In Iron Mask-Cinderella 1944.mp3
      7. STSG 071 Johnnie Neblett-Caspar Karllinski-Doolittle 1944.mp3
      8. STSG 072 Johnnie Neblett-Calif-New Englanders-Jap Zero 1944.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    8 recordings on 2 Audio CDs
    total playtime 1 hours, 48 min

    So The Story Goes Disc A001

    1. STSG 025 Johnnie Neblett-Braille-Jeremy Bentham 1943
    2. STSG 026 Johnnie Neblett-Paul Jrdn Smth-R.Scott S.Pole 1943
    3. STSG 037 Johnnie Neblett-Lily Pons-Lincolns Dream 1944
    4. STSG 038 Johnnie Neblett-Columbus-Alice-in-wonderland 1944
    5. STSG 063 Johnnie Neblett-G Guynemer-Scrt Weapon Cheese 1944

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    So The Story Goes Disc A002

    1. STSG 064 Johnnie Neblett-Man In Iron Mask-Cinderella 1944
    2. STSG 071 Johnnie Neblett-Caspar Karllinski-Doolittle 1944
    3. STSG 072 Johnnie Neblett-Calif-New Englanders-Jap Zero 1944

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