September 20th, 2021

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More Dennis in Orbit

After watching the two podcasts I usually view on Monday evenings, I digitized more "broadcast" episodes of series from the Tape & Record Show Enterprises archives. Tonight, the next three episodes of Dennis Goodwin's "Orbit's Independent Sampler", which was never an "actual" TRSE production, but since I knew Dennis, I recorded his weekly three hour KNLU (now KEDM) radio show, chopped it down into 30 minute segments, editing out most "topical" local event segments so the shows wouldn't seem quite so "dated" in repeats, and made half hour episodes out of them. The "Broadcast Dates" in the descriptions are the TRSE broadcast dates, not the original live program broadcast dates on KNLU...

"Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 10. Broadcast Wednesday, September 24, 1986 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Oldies show, featuring: Call On Me(The Beatles), Ballad of the Green Berets(Sgt. Barry Sadler), Fire(Arthur Brown), For What It's Worth(Buffalo Springfield), Great Balls of Fire(Jerry Lee Lewis), Soul Man(Sam and Dave), Snatchin' It Back(Clarence Carter), Skinny Legs and All(Joe Tex), Baby Scratch My Back(Slim Harpo), I Thank You(Sam and Dave).

Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 11. Broadcast Wednesday, October 1, 1986 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Songs: Route 66(Bobby Vinton), Tip Toe To The Gas Pumps(Tiny Tim), Austin Pickers/Kara Lee(Gary P. Nunn), Angel Eyes(Willis Allen Ramsey), No Place to Fall(Townes Van Zandt), London Homesick Blues(Gary P. Nunn).

Orbit's Independent Sampler: Episode 12. Broadcast Wednesday, October 8, 1986 at 8:00pm central. Theme Music: The Peter Gunn Theme(The Blues Brothers Band). Songs: I'm A Man(Spencer Davis Group), For Your Love(Ed Townsend), Rawhide(Frankie Laine), Pepperland(George Martin), Here There and Everywhere(Emmylou Harris), World Without Love(Peter and Gordon), Warning disclaimer from "Blood Feast", Killing Floor(Michael Bloomfield/Buddy Miles), Mrs. Pressure(Roy Buchanan)."

In episode 10 of "Orbit's Independent Sampler", the first song, by The Beatles was sent out to "Molly and John", and in the program, Dennis made reference to the "Kirksey record burning". More on that can be found on the one hour "TRS Latenight" I produced on the event back then, which I have already digitized. Technically, since that "event" occurred nearly a full year before this "Sampler" was "broadcast" by TRSE, guess that SHOULD have been edited out, but the moment was just TOO good to omit!

I was a bit concerned when I dug out the cassette with the three "Sampler" episodes transferred this evening, because it was the same brand and type of cassette the previous three I transferred were on, a Laser XL-90, and the previous tape was flaking oxide like a m-f'er, and I had to keep stopping to clean brown residue off the tape deck head. Luckily, this one had no issues.

Also, I digitized episode 10 of the "flagship" TRSE series, "The Tape & Record Show". Not much to say about that, except it is the audio from an old John Wayne B-movie western from the 1930's, recorded from the local PBS station back when they used to air those kinds of things on weekend afternoons. Again, this episode was from a dub I made in the 1980's from those early "hand held mic against the TV speaker" recordings in the late 1970's...

"The Tape & Record Show: Episode 10. Broadcast Saturday, July 7,1979 at 2:00pm central. Theme Music: Beethoven's 5th Symphony(Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). "Movie: Red River Range(1938)" - The Cattlemen's Association has called in the Mesquiteers to find cattle rustlers. They get Tex Riley to pose as Stony so Stony can arrive posing as a wanted outlaw. This gets Stony into the gang of rustlers and he alerts Tucson and Lullaby as to the next raid. But Hartley is on hand and unknown to anyone is the rustler's boss and he joins the posse with a plan that will do away with the Mesquiteers."