September 10th, 2021

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If You Have Stuff Stored On CD-R/DVD-R Media, Ya Better Check 'Em

Tonight, in my seemingly never ending Tape & Record Show Enterprises digitization project, I started on Dennis Goodwin's "Orbit's Independent Sampler". Now, this was never ACTUALLY a TRSE "series", but I do actually know the host of the show. Bought MANY a record from his record store in the 80's/early 90's. Dennis had a weekend radio show on the local university radio station. I started recording the three hour shows as they were broadcast live. I then added a theme music, using some of Dennis' announcing during the broadcast as an introduction over the music, and cut the content of those live REAL radio broadcasts down into half hour TRSE "fake broadcasts", editing out any local "topical" announcements Dennis may have made, since those announcements would be seriously outdated by the time OUR version of the show was "aired" anyway, and would REALLY be outdated on any reruns (yes, we were like other outlets, we regularly "repeated" shows in our "broadcast" line-up). Also, on the TRSE end of things with the edited versions, there was a full YEAR between the time we "aired" the "pilot", and the actual "premiere" of the regular series, even though the first few episodes were all part of ONE original three hour live show.

The reason I titled this post on Livejournal "If You Have Stuff Stored On CD-R/DVD-R Media, Ya Better Check 'Em" (can't really "title" posts on Facebook) is because "Orbit's Independent Sampler" was another series, which back in the early/mid-00's, I thought I'd try to "preserve indefinitely" onto CD-R's, when I thought they were a reliable storage medium, like I did with "The TRS Music Show", "Crystal Warrior", etc., only to find those discs had a HIGH failure rate in later years. Luckily, I never got far into that older digitization project. The few discs I made back then that are still functioning, I use for the new transfers, then I pull out the old audio cassettes from the 1980's to continue. I had transferred eight of the "Orbit's Independent Sampler" half hour episodes to CD-R's. All episodes except the second one transferred fine to the new software, so I had to dig out the cassette edited in 1985 to transfer that one. Weirdly, a couple episodes transferred from the old CD-R copies are considerably LOUDER than others, but not "distorted". Not sure if it had something to do with running the old Roxio mastered digitations through the Magix software or what.

From personal observations, 40 year old audio cassettes hold up better than 20 year old CD-R/DVD-R media. Hopefully the TWO external hard drives I'm backing all these old recording up on now will be "somewhat" more reliable. Hard drives were out of my price range back when I was doing the original CD-R backups, but relatively cheap these days.

Since this post has already been "long winded", I'll post the contents of the episodes transferred in both WAV and 192kbps MP3 audio this evening in the next post.
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Contents of the episodes transferred from the previous post

Granted, when I recorded and edited these recordings of Dennis Goodwin's "Orbit's Independent Sampler" in the mid 1980's, I wrote things down on the original Tape & Record Show Enterprises "broadcast" index cards as I heard them. I have corrected as many as possible before putting the text file in the folder with the recordings for accuracy, but a few things Dennis might have to correct me on still, since I couldn't find info on Bing. The contents as written, then corrected via internet (which I had no access to in 1986) of the eight episodes digitized this evening...

"Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 1(Pilot). Broadcast Friday, July 19, 1985 at 11:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Dennis Goodwin presents excerpts from albums released by many independent record labels around the world. in the series pilot, the following music is presented: Soul Fantasy(The Explorers), Kinky Reggae(Robby Krieger), Lively Up Yourself(Bob Marley and The Wailers), I Don't Like Reggae(10cc), Secret Society(Utopia), Love Me Do(Beatle Barkers), and selected jokes by Henny Youngman.

Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 2. Broadcast Wednesday, July 9, 1986 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Music includes: Buramen(Shitara), Seventy-Five(Touch), Equinox Part 1(Jean Michel Jarre), Henny Youngman jokes, and Chicken Cordon Bleus(Steve Goodman).

Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 3. Broadcast Wednesday, July 16, 1986 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Host Dennis Goodwin plays the following music from various independent record labels: The Nights Never Get Lonely(Gary P. Nunn), My Town(Kate and Anna McGarrigle), Heart of Saturday Night(Tom Waits), Is Anyone Going Home(Doug Sahm), Pick Up The Deck(The Tail Gators), Back Door(Leroy Brothers), Mojo Hanna(The Neville Brothers).

Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 4. Broadcast Wednesday, July 23, 1986 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Dennis Goodwin plays the following segments: Kraftco Home Psychiatrist, Old Judge Jones(Les Dudek), Finders Keepers(Dinatones), Shanghi Cobra(Dan Lady/Danna Freeman), Suzie Q(Lonnie Mack), Blues With A Feeling(Paul Butterfield Blues Band), I'm Tough As I Wanna Be(Phillip Walker), Suggestion Blues(Sam Myers/Anson Funderburg).

Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 5. Broadcast Wednesday, July 30, 1986 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Songs include: Baby I Do(Alison Moyet), Ray's Rockhouse(Manhatten Transfer), comedy by Kip Adotta, Reet Petite(Jackie Wilson), The Wanderer(Dion and the Belmonts), Jailhouse Rock(Elvis Presley), In the Night(Professor Longhair), Let's Go Boppin' Tonight(Al Farrar), Hurry Back[Good News](Gatemouth Brown).

Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 6. Broadcast Wednesday, August 20, 1986 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Songs include: If Jethro Were Here/Vegematic(Steve Goodman), People Putting People Down(John Prine), The Hang-Out Gang(Jimmy Buffet), Souviners(Steve Goodman/John Prine), Take Me Out To The Ball Game/Dying Cub Fan's Last Request(Steve Goodman).

Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 7. Broadcast Wednesday, August 27, 1986 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Songs: How Much Tequila Did I Drink Last Night/City Of New Orleans/Hot Tub Refugee/You Never Even Call Me By My Name(Steve Gibson), Hep Cats In Big Town(Sam Myers/Anson Funderburg), Taking Care of Business(Freedie King), Going To Chicago Blues(B.B. King), and a satire commercial about the "Krapco Gene Splicer".

Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 8. Broadcast Wednesday, September 3, 1986 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Dennis does a show featuring singer/songwriter Gary P. Nunn. Songs include: Nights Never Get Lonely, last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning, Tennessee Road,Born Yesterday. Other songs: Honky Tonk women(Ike and Tina Turner) and Wang Dang Doodle(Koko Taylor)."