September 3rd, 2021

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Afterthoughts

While I'm digitizing the old "Tape & Record Show Enterprises" recordings my friends and I made mostly in the 1980's, I just can't help but think my friends at the time, probably ever imagined MOST of those tapes would still exist around 40 years later, nonetheless currently being transferred to a more modern format, and "cleaned up" audio quality wise as much as possible with computer software.
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Most Transfers In One Day

Started the digital preservation of yet another series of "fake radio shows" my friends and I recorded back in the 1980's, "The TRS Music Show". Now, I'm FAR from finished digitizing the other series I've started on, but I'm to the point now I'll be switching back and forth, transferring a few of each at a time, until they are eventually completed. Although, with the series I started on today, I was able to get more than a "few" digitized (or "re-digitized" you might say) to the external hard drive storage, namely eleven episodes. I know you are thinking "ELEVEN IN ONE DAY?!?". Well, there's a method to my madness on this one. Let me elaborate...

There was a brief time back in the 00's, when I thought CD-R's were a "permanent" storage medium, so I started digitizing some material back then, with software not NEAR as good as what I'm using today to "clean up" the sound quality of the old cassettes. They were stored on the CD-R's in full, uncompressed WAV format. Then, after a while, I noticed some of the VERY early CD-R transfers I made, with no software, onto a standalone Philips CD-R deck I bought in 1999(when a BLANK disc cost around $5.99 each), were starting to become unplayable. That was when I decided to stop recording onto CD-R's. Back then, external hard drives were a crap-ton EXPENSIVE to purchase, so that wasn't even an option to preserve the recordings, since in total, there are a few hundred hours worth.

I still had several of the CD-R's I made back in the 00's in one of those CD folder thingies stored on a shelf. I had apparently made it through the first 13 episodes of "The TRS Music Show" at the time. Checked the discs this afternoon. All but the first disc with the one hour pilot episode and the last disc with episodes 12 and 13 were actually still usable. So, I ripped episodes 2-11 to the hard drive from the discs into the sound cleaning software I'm using now, and did the same filtering to the files I do with the current cassette transfers, basically making an "updated" conversion into both the WAV and MP3 formats for each "show" that I'm currently doing with the cassettes, and backing them up to the two external drives I currently have. I dug out the cassette for the pilot episode and re-did it from scratch, as I'll have to do with episodes 12, 13, and the remainder of the series, which I never transferred back then. Ripping a CD is faster than converting a cassette in "real time", so that's why I got so much accomplished on this series.

Since this post has already gone on FAR too long, I'll put the "broadcast" descriptions of the 11 episodes completed today in the next post...
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Follow Up To Previous Overlong Post

Here are the contents of the eleven "episodes" of "The TRS Music Show" I digitized/re-digitized today, as written on the original 3x5 "broadcast record" index card files...

"The TRS Music Show: Episode 1. Broadcast Wednesday, March 5,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). A new music oriented show with Albert Sims as host. This week's guest co-host is Paul Morrison. Songs on this one hour live premiere edition include: Kiss(Prince and the Revolution), Endicott(Kid Creole and the Coconuts), Rock 'n Roll Till The Cows Come Home(Tail Gators), Legs(The Art of Noise), Happy Days(Pratt and McClain with Brother Love), The Haircut Song(Ray Stevens), Porn Wars(Frank Zappa), and The Edwin Shuffle(Chuck Redden).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 2. Broadcast Wednesday, March 19,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and James Stricklin. Songs include: Valleri(The Monkees), Low Rider(War), Steppin' Out With My Baby(Fred Astaire), Conga(Miami Sound Machine), and Back For More(Crystal Warrior).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 3. Broadcast Wednesday, April 2,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs include: Ain't Misbehavin'(Hank Williams Jr), The Oak Tree(Morris Day), Cool Water(Sons of the Pioneers), Honeymooner's Rap(Joe Piscopo/Eddie Murphy), and Hot Ziggity(Clyde McPhatter).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 4. Broadcast Wednesday, April 23,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs: Harlem Shuffle(Rolling Stones), Poor Ol' Kawliga(Homer and Jethro), Singing In The Rain(Taco Okerse), and Yoda("Weird Al" Yankovic).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 5. Broadcast Wednesday, April 30,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Profiles of the members of Tape & Record Show Enterprises through the use of music. Songs include: Too Fat Polka(Arthur Godfrey),Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette(Tex Williams), Elvis Imitators(Steve Goodman), Soul Man(The Blues Brothers), D.J.(David Bowie), Just A Gigalo/I Ain't Got Nobody(David Lee Roth).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 6. Broadcast Wednesday, April 9,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Special one hour live broadcast hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. All blues songs, including: Sound the Bell(Johnny Winter), Come to Mama(Koko Taylor), Satisfy Suzie(Lonnie Mack), Blackjack(Albert Collins), Goin' Home(Son Seals), Don't Take Advantage of Me(Lonnie Brooks), Short Fuse(Roy Buchanan), You Don't Know What Love Is(Jimmy Johnson), Don't Blame Me(Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 7. Broadcast Wednesday, June 4,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Jerry Sanders. Songs include: Demolition Man(The Police), My Dead Dog Rover(Hank,Stu,Dave, and Hank), Rock Me Jerry Lewis( Mike Elliott and Bud LaTour), Bad Boys Get Spanked(The Pretenders).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 8. Broadcast Wednesday, June 11,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs include: Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini(Brian Hyland), They're Coming To Take Me Away(Napoleon XIV), Gonna Buy Me A Dog(The Monkees), Peter Gunn Theme(The Art of Noise), and Kids(Dick Van Dyke, Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 9. Broadcast Wednesday, June 18,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Randy Haney. Albert and Randy reflect back on the now defunct "Life of Elvis" show in this one hour special, and Randy performs some newly recorded songs from the archives, including: Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Don't Be Cruel, Treat Me Nice, Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, In the Ghetto, If I Can Dream, Burning Love, Moody Blue, and Way Down.

The TRS Music Show: Episode 10. Broadcast Wednesday, July 23,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs include: Ubangi Stomp(Warren Smith), Puttin' On the Ritz(Gene Wilder/Peter Boyle), Petunia The Gardener's Daughter(Elvis Presley/Donna Douglas), I Want My Baby Back(Jimmy Cross), Shoppin' From A to Z(Toni Basil).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 11. Broadcast Wednesday, July 30,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs involving "jungle music", including: Pal-yat-chee(Spike Jones and His City Slickers/Homer and Jethro), Jungle Rock(The Flirts), Stranded In The Jungle(The Cadets), George Of The Jungle("Weird Al" Yankovic), Guitarzan(Ray Stevens), Jungle Love(The Time)."