Airwaves: August 14, 2009
Off the Radio
Kind of a sad thing, really, that you have to get away from radio to hear what was once on the radio. The good side of it: with the internet, you have access to a multitude of choices that would otherwise not be heard often, if at all.
Its a big weekend for internet-using fans of Old Time Radio. As reported in SPERDVAVs RadioGram, published by the Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy, RadioOutOfThePast.org has set this weekend for an internet OTR marathon.
From 9 AM to 9 PM both Saturday and Sunday, hear shows youve heard before, and perhaps some that you havent. Fibber McGee and Molly, Amos and Andy, Our Miss Brooks, Your Hit Parade, Jack Benny, Gunsmoke, Night Beat, Mutual Radio Theater, Wayne and Shuster, A Date with Judy, You are There ... theyre all here along with many, many more.
The way to hear it is to go to the website and look for the Fred Bertelsen Room, where the marathon will be taking place.
If you cant wait for the marathon or you just want to be able to hear your favorite OTR programs at any time, night or day, head over to otr.net. This site is a free resource for fans and fanatics of Old Time Radio, with over 12,000 shows available for instant listening listed alphabetically. RadioLovers.com does much the same thing, though not nearly as extensive as otr.net. Find even more with a search of old Time Radio.
If you crave cassettes and CDs of Old Time Radio, you can buy those as well. Just head over to RadioSpirits.com and youll be in OTR heaven.
Martinis For All
Former Fabulous 570 and Fabulous 690 programmer Brad Martini Chambers is still working to get adult standards music on the local radio airwaves via digital HD Radio technology. But until he does, you can fund a wonderful variety of music on his website, MartiniInTheMorning.com. Its also available on iTunes, one of the easiest Internet station tuners available, under the Golden Oldies listings, or as a high-quality stream from Live365.com.
This isnt just a bunch of Sinatra and friends songs strung together. Chambers is serious about this and his netcast includes personalities that are passionate and knowledgeable about the music -- our music, as he calls it. If youre a standards fan, tune in -- I know you will like it.
Record-Setting ... Again
In 1981, then-AOR station KLOS (95.5 FM) held its first American Red Cross blood drive, collection 250 pints of blood at Los Angeles High School. SInce that time it has evolved into one of the largest, if not the largest, blood drives held anywhere.
This year the event was held at nineteen local locations and three in Portland (for Mark and Brian syndicated listeners) for five days, ending on August 1st. The take? 9664 pints, even more than last years record of 8900.
Besides helping their fellow citizens, donors received promotional prizes including a KLOS T-shirt, appetizers, and a concert voucher.
Copyright © 2009 Richard Wagoner and Los Angeles Newspaper Group.
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