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A Bunch Of Useless Scrap

Just digitzed episode 5 of the Tape & Record Show Enterprises flagship series "The Tape & Record Show". First thing one notices about those earliest TRSE productions, the sound quality is TERRIBLE for the most part, because of the way most of the content was recorded... on a portable monophonic cassette recorder via a cheap external microphone held up to the source material (TV, radio, record player), onto mostly CHEAP cassette tapes, like those sold in three-packs for less than $5 back in the day. Those tapes didn't even come in cases. However, you can hear all the dialog. I've cleaned them up a bit with computer software, so they sound "slightly better" than they did originally. As mentioned before, since I have access to some of the material today in better form, like DVDs I've bought of some of the TV shows, I COULD rip the audio and use that for the remasters I'm currently working on, but for authenticities sake, I want them to sound mostly like I remember them sounded back in the day, and since I still have most of the originally recorded cassettes, I've elected to use those as the source material, albeit with some of the tape noise and hiss removed, unless an old tape completely fails.

The first five episodes were an hour apiece. I can't remember what I was actually thinking that far back (I was 13 at the time), but I assume after those five hours, I decided I'd need WAY too much material for a seven day a week series at an hour each, so after that fifth episode, I decided to do half-hours on weekdays and hours on weekends, with occasional "repeats" thrown into the mix.

Also, I transferred the first two episodes of "The TRS Scrap Pile" to the hard drives this evening. This series is difficult to explain. It was mostly a hodge-podge of various stuff in the TRSE archives at the time which really didn't "fit in" to any other shows we were doing. Only "narration" in the show is me announcing the show during the opening and closing themes.

Contents of the three episodes processed tonight...

"The Tape & Record Show: Episode 5. Broadcast Monday, July 2,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: Beethoven's 5th Symphony(Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). "The Dukes of Hazard: Luke's Love Story" - Luke enters the General Lee in the Hazzard County Obstacle Race, competing against his gorgeous girlfriend Amy Creevy. But Amy's life is in danger, thanks to her jealous ex-boyfriend. / "Looney Tunes: Gift Wrapped" - Sylvester gets a rubber mouse for Christmas, but he much prefers Granny's gift: a new Tweety Bird."

"The TRS Scrap Pile: Episode 1. Broadcast Wednesday, March 28, 1984 at 7:30pm central. Theme Music: Burt Reynold's House/If You Love Me Tell Me Loud(John Morris/Mel Brooks). A new show made up of short snips of songs, movies, and assorted TV and radio shows. In this week's scrap pile: "I Like"(Heathen Dan), a scene from Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer", "The Lumberjack Song"(Monty Python), blooper from "The James Stricklin Happy Hour", "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash On the Wheels of Steel"(Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five), and Penny Marshall breakdances on "The New Show", David Letterman does a NBC audience poll.

The TRS Scrap Pile: Episode 2. Broadcast Monday, April 2, 1984 at 9:30pm central. Theme Music: Burt Reynold's House/If You Love Me Tell Me Loud(John Morris/Mel Brooks). In this week's scrap pile: David Letterman discusses doctor's waiting room etiquette with Larry "Bud" Melman, "Girls"(Dwight Twilley), "The Presidential Card Game"(Rich Little as "Ronald Reagan"), James Stricklin and Randy Haney sing "Mr. Roboto"(Styx) with some technical difficulties, scenes from two classic Warner Brothers films from the early 1930's "Public Enemy" and "My Man", "Funk U Up"(The Sequence)."

Listening to that last portion of episode one of "The TRS Scrap Pile" reminds me of why David Letterman probably didn't get "The Tonight Show" gig after Johnny Carson retired. Dave was constantly making "digs" at the NBC network, and his show was ON the network at the time. Ironically, at the end of the Letterman skit included in episode two, Dave announces his first guest on that episode was Jay Leno.

The "technical issues" mentioned in episode two with James and Randy singing "Mr. Roboto" were the result of record skipage in the original recording. For the "Scrap Pile" edit, I took that issue and significantly "magnified" it for "effect".
Tags: audio cassettes, david letterman, mel brooks, rich little, tape and record show enterprises, trse
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