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Caddies, Canadians, and The TRSE Gang Of Idiots

Four more season five "broadcasts" of the Tape and Record Show Enterprises flagship series "The Tape and Record Show" digitized this evening...

"The Tape & Record Show: Episode 407, Broadcast Friday, November 4, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: Beethoven's 5th Symphony(Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). "The Elvis Presley Story, Part 45: Suspicious Minds" / "Movie: Caddyshack" - A 1980 "slob" comedy about hijinks on the links at a posh country club. Directed by Harold Ramis. Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Sarah Holcomb, Cindy Morgan, Dan Resin, and Brian Doyle-Murray. Part One of Two.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 408, Broadcast Friday, November 11, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: Beethoven's 5th Symphony(Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). "Movie: Caddyshack" - A 1980 "slob" comedy about hijinks on the links at a posh country club. Directed by Harold Ramis. Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Sarah Holcomb, Cindy Morgan, Dan Resin, and Brian Doyle-Murray. Part Two of Two. / "The Elvis Presley Story, Part 46: Proud Mary".

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 409, Broadcast Friday, November 18, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: Any Way You Want It(Journey). "The Elvis Presley Story, Part 47: The Wonder of You" / "SCTV Comedy Network" - Includes a commercial spoof of romantic comedies featuring Sid Dithers(Eugene Levy), "The Great White North" with the topic of microwave ovens, "Harry's Sex Shop" with John Candy, "The Sammy Maudlin Show" with William B. Williams and Bobby and Skip Bitman, the movie "New York Rhapsody, and a new feature, Lin Ye Tang's "Doorway to Hell".

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 410, Broadcast Friday, November 25, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: Anyway You Want It(Journey). Randy Haney Comedy Hour #2 - In this second annual outing with Randy and friends, all havoc breaks loose. Includes music by James Stricklin and Randy, who sing: You Dropped A Bomb on Me, Get Down on It, You Make My Dreams Come True(First version), You Make My Dreams Come True(Second version), You Dropped A Bomb on Me(Second version), Mr. Roboto, Your Kiss Is On My List, and Goody Two Shoes. Comedy bits include: Hog Bros. Meet Randy, Dog Food Commercial, Big Pile of Shit, McDonalds, Stereos, and Rhymes. Also includes Michelle Haney, who sings "She Works Hard For the Money"."

At some point, somewhere between parts one and two of the presentation of the movie "Caddyshack", the audio switched from the original theatrical version to the "edited for television" version, since all the "profanities" are heard in the first part, yet the second part has the "Let's all go take a shower" uttered by Rodney Dangerfield line at the close instead of the "We're all gonna get laid" line. Being so long since I put those episodes together, I can't for the life of me figure out or remember HOW that happened!

Listening to these old audio episodes for the first time since the 1980's, I realized how much has changed since nearly forty years ago. Quite a bit in the content I converted this evening would be considered "politically incorrect" today. "Caddyshack" had its "incorrect" moments, the "SCTV" episode had Dave Thomas' "Lin Ye Tang", who was an oriental stereotype, and in the "Randy Haney Comedy Hour"... well, it was Randy making remarks about certain people as usual, so not going to say any more about that.
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Politics and Mirages

The digitization project of the Tape and Record Show Enterprises archives this evening included another season five "broadcast" of the flagship series, and two more episodes of the "James Stricklin Song Mirage" from its third season, and two more "TRS Jukebox" episodes from its first season...

"The Tape & Record Show: Episode 406, Broadcast Friday, October 28, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: Beethoven's 5th Symphony(Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). "The Elvis Presley Story, Part 42: Walk On" / "Love On Your Side"(Thompson Twins) / "The Elvis Presley Story, Part 43: In The Ghetto" / "The Elvis Presley Story, Part 44: International Hotel Appearance" / "The Metro"(Berlin) / "Billie Jean"(Michael Jackson) / "Mark Russell Comedy Special" - The political comedian talks about the new people in Congress, the five cent gas tax, Jesse Helms, tax breaks, American exchanges, rebutles, keisters, political leaks, and unemployment.

James Stricklin Song Mirage: Episode 74. Broadcast Monday, October 13,1986 at 9:30pm central. Theme Music: Turn Up The Radio(Autograph). Hosts: James Stricklin and Jerry Sanders. Songs by The Doobie Brothers, including: What A Fool Believes, Minute By Minute, Depending On You, How Do Fools Survive, Don't Stop To Watch The Wheels.

James Stricklin Song Mirage: Episode 75. Broadcast Monday, November 3,1986 at 9:30pm central. Theme Music: Turn Up The Radio(Autograph). James plays songs from the Barbara Streisand album "Memories". Songs include: Memories, You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Duet with Neil Diamond), No More Tears (Duet with Donna Summer), In and Out Of Your Life, Evergreen[Love Theme from "A Star Is Born"].

TRS Jukebox: Episode 5: Broadcast Sunday, December 26, 1982 at 2:00pm central. Theme Music: HBO Video Jukebox Theme. - Songs include: She's Right On Time(Billy Joel), I Get Excited(Rick Springfield), Get Up and Go(The GoGo's), Greased Lightning(Randy Haney/Barry Bostwick), Family Man(Daryl Hall and John Oates), It's Raining Again(Supertramp), Sexual Healing(Marvin Gaye), Allentown(Billy Joel), Happy New Year(Abba).

TRS Jukebox: Episode 6: Broadcast Sunday, January 23, 1983 at 2:00pm central. Theme Music: HBO Video Jukebox Theme. - Songs include: American Workers(The Bus Boys), Heart Attack(Olivia Newton-John), Bad Reputation(Joan Jett), You Can't Hurry Love(Phil Collins), Jukebox[Don't Put Another Dime In](The Flirts), Dance Floor(Zapp), Back On The Chain Gang(The Pretenders), Back In The USSR(The Beatles)."

Episode 406 of "The Tape and Record Show" included the next three segments of the lengthy radio documentary "The Elvis Presley Story", from 1977, hosted by Charlie Van Dyke, and another of the occasional PBS "Mark Russell Comedy Specials", featuring insights of the political scene happening at the time. It's episodes like this one, with "topical" content, which really don't "age well". If you lived through that era, like my old high school friends and myself, you get the humor. If you're part of the "younger generation" today and you listened to this episode, you'd probably have NO clue WTF is being talked about!

Episode 74 of the "Song Mirage", an episode recorded at Jerry Sanders house, and brought to the TRSE main studio for final editing, had Jerry as co-host. At the time, Jerry had a semi-high dollar Montgomery Ward branded "boom box" for recording. Don't snicker, because I would have put that machine up against a lot of the decent component stereo systems of the day. It had a phono input, microphone jacks, graphic equalizer, Dolby noise reduction, dual cassette, metal tape capability, etc. Haven't seen a "portable system" with all those capabilities since then. James slightly confused Patrick Simmons with Patrick Hernandez at the beginning of the episode, but quickly corrected himself. Every time I hear the Doobie Brothers, I think of the "What's Happening?" episode where Raj asks “Which Doobie you be?”. James and Jerry close the episode again by duetting on "Happy Trails".

Episode 75 was recorded at James' house, so he was the sole host, apart from his "alter ego", the Bill Saluga inspired "Jacob J. Welsh". Before the final song on the episode, James/Jacob mention they hadn't seen the Streisand version of "A Star Is Born" at the time of recording. To this day, I've never watched it either. So my question is, who HAS seen that version?? I've only seen the original 1932 "What Price, Hollywood?", the 1937 version, and the 1954 version.

As mentioned in previous posts, "TRS Jukebox" started as standalone episodes of the audio from the "HBO Video Jukebox" series, but after it left the air, I had to compile new episodes with recordings in the TRSE archives. Episode 5 was an early episode I "padded out" by adding the "Greased Lightning" song as performed by Randy Haney. If that version had been in the ACTUAL national broadcast on HBO, the network may not have survived to this day!
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No Mo' TRSE "Doctor" Broadcasts, A Wedding Double Bill, and a Jukebox

Final three half-hour episodes of the "Doctor" digitized from the Tape and Record Show Enterprises edited "broadcast" versions this evening, and another "season five" flagship "Tape and Record Show" episode...

"The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 21. Broadcast Monday, April 27, 1987 at 8:30pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). Songs: Guitarzan, The Streak, Shriner's Convention, Mississippi Squirrel Revival(Ray Stevens), I Put A Spell On You(Screamin' Jay Hawkins), No Cause For Alarm(Russell Hoffman), Rappin' Duke(Shawn Brown).

The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 22. Broadcast Monday, May 4, 1987 at 8:30pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). Songs: Do The Watusi(Howie Mandel), Breakfast With Joe The Love Potato(Duck Logic), Rock Me Jerry Lewis(Mike Elliott & Bud Latour), I'm Not Merv Griffin(Gary Muller), Dead Puppies(Odgen Edsel), Little Nash Rambler(The Playmates), Car Trouble(The Frantics), Johnny and Joanie(Lou Baby and the Zanies), Bye Johnny(Scotty Chapin).

The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 23. Broadcast Monday, May 18, 1987 at 8:30pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). Songs: Ricky("Weird Al" Yankovic), The Sissy Song(Billy Briggs), Mr. Custer(Larry Verne), To Glory In A Glad Bag(John Biggs), Totally Nude(The Wallets), Streakin' USA(Harry Hepcat), Goin' Skinny Dippin'(Mayf Nutter), Old Swimming Hole(Happiness Boys), They Won't Let You Show It At The Beach(Shel Silverstein), The Bee That Invaded The Nudist Colony(Billy Mitchell). [Final TRSE Edition]

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 405, Broadcast Friday, October 21, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: One Thing Leads To Another(The Fixx). "A Two Wedding Comparison" - Two weddings are featured in this program, the fictional "Brady Brides", and the real ceremony of James Stricklin and Michelle Haney. / 1999(Randy Haney, James Stricklin, Prince).

TRS Jukebox: Episode 4: Broadcast Sunday, December 19, 1982 at 2:00pm central. Theme Music: HBO Video Jukebox Theme. - Songs include: Get Closer(Linda Ronstadt), I'm Alright(James Stricklin, as Raymond J.Johnson Jr./Kenny Loggins), Ribbon In The Sky(Stevie Wonder), Maneater(Daryl Hall and John Oates), I'm So Excited(The Pointer Sisters), Stepping Out(Joe Jackson), Girl of 100 Lists(The GoGo's), Mickey(Toni Basil), Shakin'(Eddie Money)."

With tonight's digitizations, I completed the limited run of the "TRSE version" of "The Dr. Demento Show". Episode 21 included a profile of Ray Stevens, with four songs by the performer.

Episode 22 had yet ANOTHER "local" request caller, this time, someone named "Sharon" from Ruston, Louisiana, who requested the "Little Nash Rambler" tune. The original two-hour episode would have aired nationally in 1986. The "Johnny and Joanie" and "Bye Johnny" songs were satires of the Johnny Carson/Joan Rivers feud.

There's quite a bit of nudity in episode 23, but no need to be TOO concerned. It IS a "radio show" after all! :-P

Episode 405 of "The Tape and Record Show" included one segment which had been "broadcast" in two other incarnations in previous seasons, the wedding of Jan and Marcia Brady, from "The Brady Girls Get Married" TV movie. As a "comparison" of a sitcom wedding vs. a real life wedding, the ceremony of James Stricklin and Michelle Haney was used as the "real life" portion. The entire episode has "meh" sound quality, since the "Brady" wedding was recorded onto audio cassette back when I was still using an external microphone held up to a TV speaker, hooked to a portable monophonic cassette recorder. James and Michelle's wedding doesn't sound much better, since I just set up microphones as close as possible to the "action", and I was ducked behind a partition in the church with the audio recorder, and I had no way to adjust the levels at the time. Any "level" adjusting was done in "post production" back at my makeshift "studio". Ironically, the same type low frequency "buzzing" is heard in BOTH recordings. It was"normal" for all the old recordings I made from the TV speakers in the early days, but I never quite figured out why it was in the recording I made in the church, unless some other equipment the church was using was causing RF interference with the cassette recorder. Audio in the James/Michelle portion of the hour IS still clear enough however, you can hear the click of cameras shooting photos in the background, at least on the headphones I was using in the conversion process. I think it was Michelle's aunt who sang "You Light Up My Life". She could have been a professional singer in my opinion. The episode ends with a rather awkward summary by myself.

"TRS Jukebox", as I mentioned in earlier posts, originated as the first "pop music" TRSE series, in the early 80's, derived from audio from HBO's "Video Jukebox". Once music from that series started to run out, I "padded" episodes out with music from my personal collection. In episode 4, I inserted the "raw file" of James doing his "Raymond J. Johnson, Jr./Bill Saluga" impersonation singing the Kenny Loggins song "I'm Alright", which was in an earlier production with James singing along with himself as himself AND Johnson, the latter morphing into a character with the same voice, Jacob J. Welsh, spelled W-e-l-esh-esh.

Random Fact: James' second marriage has been FAR more successful than his first one, first one was the one converted in tonight's digitization. I know he'd rather ignore that one, but the recording was next in the archives for digitization. I'm a "completest" as much as I can be, unless a recording is "missing" and can't be duplicated, like episode four of "Jerry Sanders' Hit Parade" and episode 25 of "Paul's Country Corral". Sorry, James. :-(
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Three Doctors and One Flagship

More of the "Doctor" digitized from the Tape and Record Show Enterprises half-hour edited "broadcast" versions this evening, and another "season five" flagship "Tape and Record Show" episode...

"The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 18. Broadcast Monday, March 23, 1987 at 8:30pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). Songs: Simon The Sensible Surfer(Bobby Pickett), The Big Surfer/Surf Along With Ned and Nelda(Frank Zappa), I'm Surfin' (George Brian Husak), Underwater Surfer(Joey and Danny), Beer Can Beach(Surf Punks), Yuppie Drone(The Pheromones), Another One Rides The Bus("Weird Al" Yankovic), Existential Blues (Tom “T-Bone” Stankus), Human Race(The Frantics).

The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 19. Broadcast Monday, April 13, 1987 at 8:30pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). Songs: Big Butt(Bobby, Jimmy, and the Critters), Hot Dog Boogie(Original Singing Dogs), Baa Baa Black Sheep(Singing Sheep), When The Red Red Robin Comes Bobbing Along(Singing Cats), Flintstones Rap(Bruce Springstone), Declaration of Independence(Stan Freberg), A Day At The Beach(Cheech and Chong), Good Ol' Unemployment(Steve Carmen).

The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 20. Broadcast Monday, April 20, 1987 at 8:30pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). Songs: The Ballad of Shane Muscatell (Tom Constanten & Ken Foust), Your Feets Too Big(Fats Waller), Penny For Your Thoughts(The Frantics), High School Gym(Barnes and Barnes), comedy by John Mammoser and Howie Mandel, Bounce Your Boobies(Rusty Warren), Harry's Jock Strap(Dickie Goodman), Laura(Spike Jones and the City Slickers), Ahab the Arab(Ray Stevens).

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 404, Broadcast Friday, October 7, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: Any Way You Want It(Journey). Rockit(Herbie Hancock) / Der Kommissar(Falco) / "TRS Album Hour: J. Geils Band: Freeze Frame" - Side One: Freeze-Frame, Rage In the Cage, Centerfold, Do You Remember When, Insane Insane Again / Advertisement for "Randy Haney Comedy Hour 2" / "TRS Album Hour: J. Geils Band: Freeze Frame" - Side Two: Flamethrower, River Blindness, Angel In Blue, Piss On the Wall."

As you can probably tell by the program description, episode 18 of TRSE's version of "The Dr. Demento Show" concentrated on "surf music". Another caller request from West Monroe appears in this episode, someone named Daryl (couldn't make out the last name), who listened to the show on KNAN 106 FM at the time (1986, when the original two hour broadcast would have aired locally).

Episode 19 had a short marathon of "singing animal" songs. The first song in the episode however, makes me think of the doctor who performed my esophagus surgery back in 2018. Don't get me wrong, I like the surgeon, she's been one of my favorite doctors, but that part of her anatomy IS out of proportion with the rest of her body. Hopefully, she'll never see this post, because she might want to go back in and undo her previous work!

I announce episode 404 of "The Tape and Record Show" as the "first album hour", but I seem to have forgotten about the episode from the previous season featuring Kool and The Gang's "Ladies Night" album, produced by James Stricklin, but "aired" as a "Tape and Record Show" episode. The "preview" presented midway through the hour is actually for the SECOND "Randy Haney Comedy Hour", which was "broadcast" the following month, even though I announced it on the tape as the third. It was described correctly on the original handwritten "broadcast info" index card however. Ironically, with the mistakes in my original narration, I think the episode should have gotten a "404 error", even though I'm not sure that term even existed back in 1983.
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Mom vs. The TV Streaming Box

After all this time, mom is finally interested in learning how to work the streaming TV box. When she spent a week at my uncle's house to dogsit while he was having surgery, she liked some of the Pluto TV streaming channels. Uncle kept his streaming box on that app, because he wasn't paying for cable and didn't have an antenna for local channels.

Showed her how to put the livingroom TV on the correct input for the streaming box (a step she didn't have to worry about on uncles TV) and the "basics" of operating the streaming remote, and also wrote out a set of instructions in case she forgets something. Once she gets used to the "extra" remote and how to switch the TV from "antenna" to "streaming", I think she'll do fine.
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Demented James and Friends

Added digitizations of two more episodes each of the Tape and Record Show Enterprises edited half-hour versions of "The Dr. Demento Show" and the TRSE produced "James Stricklin Song Mirage" to the computer hard drives this evening, from the "broadcast" audio cassettes...

"The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 16. Broadcast Monday, March 9, 1987 at 8:30pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). Songs: The Beerhunter(Bob and Doug McKenzie), Summertime Summertime(The Jamies), The Battle of Kookamonga (Homer & Jethro), Do The Watusi(Howie Mandel), Fast Food(Stevens & Grdnic), Buzzards In Love(Lance Brown and The Turkey Buzzards), In The Mood(Ray Stevens), Worms(Captain Rock), Popcorn Song(Cliffie Stone).

The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 17. Broadcast Monday, March 16, 1987 at 8:30pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). Songs: Daddy's Song(The Monkees), Househusband Macho(Mike Nobel), My Father's Top Drawer(Peter Alsop), I Can Be Grosser Than You Can(The Frantics), Bowling With Joe The Love Potato(Duck Logic), She Loves You(Peter Sellers), Edna(Strapped), Goin' Surfin'(Sheb Wooley/Ben Colder), Drowning In The Surf(Stan Ross).

James Stricklin Song Mirage: Episode 72. Broadcast Monday, August 4,1986 at 9:30pm central. Theme Music: Turn Up The Radio(Autograph). Hosts: James Stricklin and Jerry Sanders. Songs include: Heart to Heart/Danger Zone(Kenny Loggins), Nights(Ed Bruce), You're The Last Thing I Needed Tonight(John Schneider), So Fine(Electric Light Orchestra).

James Stricklin Song Mirage: Episode 73. Broadcast Monday, October 6,1986 at 9:30pm central. Theme Music: Turn Up The Radio(Autograph). Host: James Stricklin. Songs include: Hot Damn[I'm A One Woman Man](Jerry Lee Lewis), You Should Do It(Peter Brown), Jumping Cotton Eyed Joe(Johnny Gimbel), Turn to You(The GoGo's), El Paso(Marty Robbins)."

There's a "Father's Day" tribute in episode 17 of "The Dr. Demento Show". Ironically, this conversion, which was next in the pile, falls of Father's Day weekend this year. Believe me, it wasn't planned. Just a huge coincidence. Maybe I should have bought some lottery tickets this weekend with coincidences like that. Oh, wait, I got a few for this weekend today out of my $200 winnings from the last Powerball drawing... nevermind. :-P

Also in episode 17, my "original source" for "The Dr. Demento Show" is heard in an announcement over the beginning of the "Goin' Surfin'" song, by a probably automated announcer... "KNAN, Magic 106, Monroe".

The two "Song Mirage" episodes were a couple of very FEW not recorded in the TRSE "main studio", instead, recorded at James' home studio, and he brought me the tapes, which I then edited in the main studio for the "broadcast" version. Guess you could say this was the 1980's equivalent to "Skype/Zooming" an episode at the time. Also, yet ANOTHER coincidence... the original "Top Gun" movie is mentioned in episode 72, and as I type this post, the sequel to that film is currently in theaters. These episodes were also next on the digitization list, the timing wasn't planned in advance.

With all the "coincidences" this evening, I'm starting to think that just MAYBE, we ARE living in a computer simulation, yet there's a glitch in the matrix!
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James and Jerry Try To Carry Tunes and Other Demented Stuff

Worked on the old Tape and Record Show Enterprises audio cassette digitization project again this evening, completing three more "broadcasts" of the "James Stricklin Song Mirage" and three half hours of "TRSE" edited editions of "The Dr. Demento Show" from the mid-1980's...

"James Stricklin Song Mirage: Episode 69. Broadcast Monday, July 14,1986 at 9:30pm central. Theme Music: Turn Up The Radio(Autograph). Hosts: James Stricklin and Jerry Sanders. James and special guest Jerry Sanders sing and play the following songs: Season's No Reason To Change(The Gap Band), Ladies Night(Kool and the Gang), Stay With Me Tonight(Jeffrey Osbourne), Taxman(Rockwell).

James Stricklin Song Mirage: Episode 70. Broadcast Monday, July 21,1986 at 9:30pm central. Theme Music: Turn Up The Radio(Autograph). Hosts: James Stricklin and Jerry Sanders. Songs include: Der Kommissar(After The Fire), Part Time Lover(Stevie Wonder), California Dreamin'(Mamas and the Papas), Freeze Frame(J. Geils Band), Play the Game(Queen).

James Stricklin Song Mirage: Episode 71. Broadcast Monday, July 28,1986 at 9:30pm central. Theme Music: Turn Up The Radio(Autograph). Songs include music from the film "FM": It Keeps You Running(Doobie Brothers), How Much Longer(James Taylor), FM(Steely Dan), Breakdown(Tom Petty), Tumblin' Dice(Linda Ronstadt).

The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 13. Broadcast Friday, September 12, 1986 at 11:00pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). Songs: Dueling Tubas(Martin Mull), Don't Go Down To The Fallout Shelter(Tom Fenton), Stop Following Me/Paranoid(Fibs), Part Time Plumbers(The Cover Boys), Don't Make Nun Names Like That Anymore(Tommy Sharp), Sister Mary Elephant(Cheech and Chong), Song Of The Sewer(Art Carney), Ambrose Part 5(Linda Laurie), and Hiss(Whimsical Will and Princess).

The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 14. Broadcast Friday, September 19, 1986 at 11:00pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). The episode begins with an investigation of the backwards masking of the "Mister Ed" theme song, which supposedly has Satanic messages. Songs: Purple Haze(Roto Rooter Good Time Christmas Band), Surfer Chick(Whoopi Goldberg), Teenagers From Outer Space(Terminators of Endearment with Steve Monahan), Earth Girls Are Easy(Julie Brown), Bowling with Joe The Love Potato(Duck Logic), When The Going Gets Tough[The Tough Go Bowling](John Mammoser), Charlie Brown(The Coasters).

The Dr. Demento Show: Episode 15. Broadcast Monday, March 2, 1987 at 8:30pm central. Theme Music: Pico and Sepulveda(Freddy Martin and His Orchestra). Songs: Say Man(Bo Diddley), My Ding-a-Ling(Chuck Berry), Bugged At My Old Man(The Beach Boys), Gonna Buy Me A Dog(The Monkees), Cobwebs and Strange(The Who), Bike(Pink Floyd), You Know My Name(The Beatles)."

Near the start of episode 69, James mentions that apparently both Jerry and I had dates arranged soon with a couple members of the fairer gender. I don't remember ANYTHING about that, not even if I actually HAD a date with anyone around that time. James and Jerry sing a few of the songs in the episode together, although I use the word "sing" rather loosely. James gets a bit cracked up during "Ladies Night". James and Jerry close the episode with a short a capella version of "Happy Trails".

Episode 70, James has some trouble even SAYING the song title "Der Kommissar", so probably a good thing neither he or Jerry tried to sing along with it. James mentions video is also being recorded for the session. There were a very FEW audio sessions at the time I set up a video camera to capture the "in production" process. If the video still exists, I'll have to eventually dig through the old VHS stack to see if I can locate it (if it DOES still exist, then I'll need to find a working VHS machine, an adapter to get the video into the computer, and proper encoding software to get it converted...audio has ALWAYS been my "priority" in both the original recordings and the current digitization). For some reason, after "Freeze Frame", James brings up Bing Crosby and the old "Minute Maid" TV commercials. The episode ends with yet another short a capella rendition of "Happy Trails" by James and Jerry. The episode is another of a few episodes I "time compressed" at the time of the original editing, to make it fit more concisely into slightly under a half-hour, and back then, "time compression" with my equipment consisted of using the pitch control on the old JVC cassette deck to "speed up" sections, so some parts of this episode sound "odd" as a result. I may need to dig out the "master" audio recordings at a later date and convert the "raw" version, without the editing.

In episode 71, James has his "Texas cousin" as co-host (also portrayed by James), and features music from the motion picture soundtrack of the movie "FM". Judging from James appearing alone, the flow of the episode, and the sound quality, I'm guessing he recorded the show at his house and brought me the tape later for final editing (adding theme music, etc). As usual, for recordings this old, I can't remember exact details.

The "Dr. Demento" episodes are two more half hour versions culled from the ACTUAL weekly two-hour nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, without the knowledge or official consent of Barry Hansen at the time. Pretty much what I did with Dennis Goodwin's locally broadcast "Independent Sampler", but I had let Dennis hear the result of what I was doing once, and he didn't have any objection. Since "Tape and Record Show Enterprises" was more of a "personal hobby" and not a REAL profitable radio broadcast, I figure I'm still somewhat "safe" with these recordings. Still not making money from them. They've always COST me money preserving them instead. TRSE was always (and still is) "nonprofit". In episode 14, Kenny "Bill" Stinson from West Monroe calls in to request "Purple Haze", he listened to the show on 106FM, where I recorded the show from.
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Two Unofficial "Finales" Digitized

Digitized more "broadcasts" from the Tape and Record Show Enterprises archives this evening, consisting of the final episode of two "James and Michelle Stricklin Song Mirage" episodes, the final two half-hour TRSE "broadcast" versions of Dennis Goodwin's "Independent Sampler", and one "unreleased" episode, from the original edited audio cassettes...

"James Stricklin Song Mirage: Episode 68. Broadcast Monday, July 7,1986 at 9:30pm central. Theme Music: Magic(Olivia Newton-John). Hosts: James and Michelle Stricklin. Songs include: I Got What You Need(Inxs), All At Once(Whitney Houston), Ain't Misbehavin'(Hank Williams Jr), In My House(Mary Jane Girls), Mama He's Crazy(The Judds).

The Independent Sampler: Episode 33. Broadcast Wednesday, February 19, 1992 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Avengers Theme(Laurie Johnson). Songs include: Johnny Can't Be Bought(Fill In The Blanks), Joys of Marriage(Woody Allen), That Certain Feeling(Guy Van Duser), Freddie Freeloader(Stanley Jordan), Georgie On My Mind(Fred Ralston Quartet featuring Martha Burks, record courtesy Richard Harrison).

The Independent Sampler: Episode 34. Broadcast Wednesday, February 26, 1992 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Avengers Theme(Laurie Johnson). Songs include: Lady Be Good(Marion Sumner), Darkness On The Delta(Luke Smathers String Band),Timpi(Plank Road String Band), I Yi Yi(Zachary Richard), Muddy Water Blues(Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull), Late To Work(Skyline), Big Mon(Darol Anger/Barbara Higbie/Mike Marshall/Matt Glaser). [Last Broadcast Episode]

The Independent Sampler: Episode 35. Previously Unreleased Episode. Theme Music: The Avengers Theme(Laurie Johnson). Songs include: Hello Central Give Me Doctor Jazz(Bob Brozman), Tricycle(Flim and the BBs), Escape From The Atmosphere(Mannheim Steamroller), Scandinavia(Van Morrison), Tina Nina Nu (Alex Chilton)."

The format change James decided to make for season three of the "Song Mirage" sounded good "on paper", but the concept of including his wife at the time just didn't work out well for some reason, so after this second episode with the format, the project was scrapped, and the show went back to the old format the following week. Michelle sings along with "All At Once" and "Mama He's Crazy", James sings along with "Ain't Misbehavin'".

Episode 33 of "The Independent Sampler" opens with a song about the Edwin Edwards trial from 1985. After actually listening to this show for the first time since the 1990's, the artist COULD be either "Fill In The Blanks" or "Phil and The Blanks", judging from the way Dennis announced it. Only he knows for sure. I just copied what I had written on the index card at the time.

Episode 34 is the first of 32 additional edited episodes I had "in the can", but never got around to actually utilizing. Even though the episode WOULD have been "aired" by TRSE around 1992, there's mention by Dennis of the "new format" of compact disc. Gives you some idea of how many half hours were padded out of the actual mid-1980's three hour weekend KNLU radio broadcasts.

There's a bit of something "unusual" with Dennis Goodwin's "The Independent Sampler". In the archives, there are a whopping additional 32 half-hour episodes edited from the original weekend 3-hour KNLU ACTUAL radio broadcasts, which TRSE never got around to "airing" in the weekly half-hour format before the organization started its slow demise. It was in 1992 when I stumbled across the now ex-wife, who, since she was anti-social, pretty much killed my social life, which STILL hasn't recovered to this day. If that hasn't occurred, the extra shows would have probably found a TRSE "airdate". I'll eventually digitize all of those also, but they won't have "broadcast dates" for the half hours, they will just be labeled as "Previously Unreleased Episodes" when I get around to them. Typing content descriptions for the "unaired" recordings will be more time consuming for the project also, since I'll have to listen closely and take notes. There are no handy index cards for recordings I never got around to using, since those were never "officially broadcast" on the weekly Tape and Record Show Enterprises schedule. The original audio cassettes are "sparsely labeled".
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SCTV, Benny, and Other Transfers

Digitized more "broadcasts" from the 1980's Tape and Record Show Enterprises archives this evening, consisting of two more flagship "Tape and Record Show" fifth season episodes from the original compiled audio cassettes...

"The Tape & Record Show: Episode 402, Broadcast Friday, September 23, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: Any Way You Want It(Journey). I Love L.A.(Randy Newman) / "SCTV Comedy Network" - A strike at the station threatens the "Sammy Maudlin Anniversary Show". Cast includes John Candy, Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Rick Moranis, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas. / You're Nobody (Michelle Haney and cousin) / Short Feature: Sex With A Smurfette.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 403, Broadcast Friday, September 30, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: Beethoven's 5th Symphony(Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). "Even More Unexpurgated Benny Hill" - Skits include: Paradise Island, Shod Horse, Misplaced Vehicle, The Classroom, Assorted comedy vignettes, and a spoof of "The Monte Carlo Show", in which Benny portrays Patrick Wayne and Kenny Rogers. / "The Elvis Presley Story, Part 41: Elvis Is Fading"."

Episode 402 had another episode of the NBC incarnation of "SCTV Comedy Network" as the main feature. A small interstitial clip of Michelle Haney and "cousin" performing an a cappella version of "You're Nobody" appears in the episode. Can't for the life of me recall where/when that was recorded, since I haven't run across it on any other TRSE productions so far. Also, I have no recollection who Michelle's cousin was (since her name wasn't included in the original handwritten index card "broadcast" description), even though they did a great job singing the song. The "Short Feature" at the end of the episode is DEFINITELY only for "mature audiences". It derives from a "cardboard record" which was included in an issue of an adult magazine at the time. Can't remember WHICH magazine, since I no longer have the record, but I THINK it might have been "Hustler". It was obviously a 33 1/3 speed record, but for "comedic effect", I sped it up to 45rpm for this "airing". Also, since a certain term was used by the woman in the recording, I inserted a short snippet of a Monty Python song into the mix, making it even MORE humorous in my opinion.

Episode 403 brought back the old first season first theme music, but with new announcements. The main feature was another of those HBO compilation episodes of "The Benny Hill Show", which, apart from a FEW sketches, makes no real sense in an audio only format. But, it's digitized now, so there's that!
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James, Michelle, and Monty Python Leave You In Suspense

Digitized three more "broadcasts" from the 1980's Tape and Record Show Enterprises archives this evening, consisting of the first "Song Mirage" episode from its third season, and two more flagship "Tape and Record Show" fifth season episodes...

"James Stricklin Song Mirage: Episode 67. Broadcast Monday, June 30,1986 at 9:30pm central. Theme Music: Magic(Olivia Newton-John). Hosts: James and Michelle Stricklin. James and his wife Michelle play and perform the following songs in this third season opener: Grandpa(The Judds), Everybody Dance(Tamara and the Seen), Pickin' Up Strangers(Merle Haggard), Smooth Sailin', What Have You Done For Me Lately(Janet Jackson).

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 400, Broadcast Friday, September 9, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: Any Way You Want It(Journey). James Stricklin appears as guest host. "The Album Of The Soundtrack Of The Trailer Of The Film Of Monty Python and the Holy Grail" - A special rebroadcast of the two-part satire about King Arthur's search for the fabled Holy Grail. Stars John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Carol Cleveland, and Connie Booth. / "The Elvis Presley Story, Part 39: Spinout"

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 401, Broadcast Friday, September 16, 1983 at 10:00pm central. Theme Music: Any Way You Want It(Journey). "Suspense: On A Country Road" - The story of a young couple stranded in their car during a thunderstorm while an escaped lunatic, armed with a meat cleaver, prowls the woods nearby. Stars Cary Grant and Cathy Lewis. / "The Elvis Presley Story, Part 40: Elvis Gets Married" / "Suspense: Three Skeleton Key" - The story about a frightning experience by men on duty in a lighthouse. Stars Vincent Price."

James decided to slightly "retool" his "Song Mirage" for season three, by adding his wife Michelle as co-host. That lasted a whopping two episodes before the show went back to its old format. This was the first TRSE production in some time in which I added "sound effects" in post production, namely audience applause.

James makes another appearance in the digitization project this evening, in episode 400 of "The Tape and Record Show", introducing the Monty Python soundtrack LP segment, which originally appeared on "The Tape and Record Show" in an earlier season, in two half hour segments. FUN FACT: Some of the interstitials used in the LP were also used to "pad out" the "pilot" episode of the short lived "James Stricklin Happy Hour" spin-off series "The E.T. Food Palace". The pilot was derived from a skit performed on the main show, so had to pad the original skit out to half an hour at the time for the stand-alone pilot, originally "broadcast" Saturday, January 1, 1983. All "Food Palace" episodes have already been digitally converted. So, I guess you could say, with James introducing the soundtrack on this episode, it was somewhat appropriate, given the indirect earlier tie-in. However, James introduces "The Elvis Presley Story" segment in his "Jacob J. Welsh" voice, which really has no "tie-in" with ANYTHING. Can't find any documentation about Elvis Presley and "Raymond J. Johnson, Jr."(Bill Saluga) ever meeting.

Episode 401 was yet another "recycled" episode, since both "Suspense" old radio shows appeared on "The Tape and Record Show" in different form in earlier seasons, differences this time are my announcements and slightly different editing for time.