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Some Watch The Emmys, I Transfer Ancient Recordings

At least judging from posts on Facebook and Twitter, MOST people seemed wrapped up with the Emmy awards broadcast this evening. I, on the other hand, after watching the live "This Week in Tech" podcast, spent some time digitizing more of the old fake "broadcasts" from the Tape & Record Show Enterprises archives audio cassettes...

"The Tape & Record Show: Episode 7. Broadcast Wednesday, July 4,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: Beethoven's 5th Symphony(Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). "I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie and the Marriage Caper" - When Tony's future father-in-law accepts an ambassadorship, he offers Tony a prestigious position if he leaves the Air Force. Tony turns down the offer. Tony's fiancée, Melissa, urges him to accept the position overseas and move up their wedding date. An old friend of Melissa's, Grover Caldwell, comes into the picture. She believes now that Tony has changed too much and wants to marry Grover.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 8. Broadcast Thursday, July 5,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: Beethoven's 5th Symphony(Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). "Get Smart: Stakeout on Blue Mist Mountain" - A horde of KAOS agents are taking flights to Washington. Each one carries a piece of a bomb which is meant to explode near an American base. With the help of 44 (disguised as a piece of luggage), Max and the Chief capture one of KAOS's agents and force confidential information out of him.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 9. Broadcast Friday, July 6,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: Beethoven's 5th Symphony(Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). "Gilligan's Island: Take A Dare" - A game show contestant comes to the island and can win $10,000 if he can survive one week without outside assistance, so he refuses to let the castaways use his transmitter because he would have to forfeit the prize."

"James Stricklin Song Mirage: Episode 22. Broadcast Monday, December 10,1984 at 9:00pm central. Theme Music: Can You Feel It(The Jacksons). Calvert Mimms(Albert Sims) returns to the show as James brings his first album hour. The album on this edition is "Daryl Hall and John Oates: Rock 'n Soul Part 1". Songs include: Say It Isn't So, Sara Smile, Rich Girl, She's Gone, Kiss On My List, You Make My Dreams Come True, Private Eyes, Adult Education, I Can't Go For That, Maneater, One On One, Wait For Me."

I'm using the cassette transfers(from the original cassettes) I made in 1985 for the first few episodes of "The Tape & Record Show". After I run out of those edited transfers, I'll have to start "deep digging" into the archives for original cassettes. If some no longer work, or are missing after all these decades, I'll have to rip audio from DVDs(or streaming) if I have them for TV shows, so those will end up sounding WAY better. I prefer to have these transfers sound as close to the way they were first "broadcast", but you do what you can! If I can't find a source for the audio, the "Tape & Record Show" episodes will just have to be listed as "missing".

Although it was a little over 42 years ago, I remember when KNOE-8 locally aired those old 16mm film syndication prints, when they aired the black and white episodes of "I Dream of Jeannie", like the one in episode 7, they ran a "disclaimer" at the bottom of the screen saying "This is a black and white presentation". Either the TV we had didn't like the way KNOE was broadcasting black and white, or the TV itself didn't "like" black and white, because every time it aired, small red horizontal lines would streak and flash across the screen.

Episode 9 of the flagship series "The Tape & Record Show" rounds off the first full week of half-hour "weekday" episodes, since I had decided quickly that having daily HOUR episodes would require too many "resources", so by Tuesday of that week, I decided on the "half-hours on weekdays, hours on weekends, and occasional repeats" format for the show. Most of the early "Tape & Record Show" episodes consisted of the audio from old syndicated TV series, recorded onto very CHEAP cassettes with a portable monophonic cassette recorder, with a cheap external microphone held up to the speaker of the 19" color CRT we owned at the time, so you hear some buzzing, some occasional instances of my accidentally hitting the mic against the speaker, and some crackling when I adjusted the TV volume, because that particular TV had some "static" issue when turning the volume knob. Anyone remember volume knobs on TVs?? Also, keep in mind, in July 1979, it was still a bit over a month before I would turn 14 years old. DAMN, I'M OLD!!

Ironically, a brief snippet from "Beethoven's 5th" appears in the "Gilligan's Island" episode in episode 9, which was "The Tape & Record Show" first "theme music". That wasn't pre-planned.

The "James Stricklin Song Mirage" episode transferred this evening was the second one-hour episode, and the first "album hour", in which an entire LP was played. In the opening theme music, James says "For the next 30 minutes now...", but that is because the same pre-recorded music was used for the theme on all episodes at the time, and the show was normally a half hour, so there's that. Yes, we were cheap and sloppy in editing. The "broadcast" copy I used for the transfer developed an odd "warbling" issue around midway through, but it cleared up after I took the tape out and "squeezed" the shell. Damn "Laser" branded cassettes from "Swire Magnetics"! Then again, these cassettes are nearly four decades old. The "Skatetown sequel" mentioned at the end of the episode thank goodness never happened. No way the spontaneity of that recording could have been replicated.
Tags: 1980s, audio cassettes, digitization, james stricklin, knoe, swire magnetics, syndication, tape and record show enterprises, television shows, trse

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