October 14th, 2021

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Gilligan Week

This evening, continued my digitization of The Tape and Record Show Enterprises archives with episodes 37-41 of the flagship series of the organization, "The Tape and Record Show". Another weekday "marathon", this time featuring "Gilligan's Island"...

"The Tape & Record Show: Episode 37. Broadcast Monday, August 6,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: Who Put The Line In Gasoline?(Jerry Reed). "Rescue From Gilligan's Island: Part One" - The castaways are finally rescued after 15 years on the island.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 38. Broadcast Tuesday, August 7,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: Who Put The Line In Gasoline?(Jerry Reed). "Rescue From Gilligan's Island: Part Two" - The castaways are swept off the island by a large tidal wave and are picked up in the shipping lanes of Hawaii.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 39. Broadcast Wednesday, August 8,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: Who Put The Line In Gasoline?(Jerry Reed). "Rescue From Gilligan's Island: Part Three" - The castaways go their separate ways and attempt to re-adjust to civilization .

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 40. Broadcast Thursday, August 9,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: Who Put The Line In Gasoline?(Jerry Reed). "Rescue From Gilligan's Island: Part Four" - The castaways reunite for a Christmas cruise, with disastrous results.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 41. Broadcast Friday, August 10,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: Who Put The Line In Gasoline?(Jerry Reed). "Gilligan's Island: Feed the Kitty" - A crate containing a lion bound for a zoo washes up on the island. But while the other castaways are scared for their lives, the lion immediately makes a bond with Gilligan."

The "Rescue From Gilligan's Island" was recorded off TV by me when it first aired on NBC as a two-part special on October 14 and October 21, 1978. As you can see, since I "broadcast" it on "The Tape and Record Show" as half-hours, it doubled the parts to four. The original cassettes were "Sears" brand.

Once again, to complete episode 41 as close as possible to the original TRSE "broadcast" version, I had to do some cassette repair. The "Concertape" brand cassette the audio for the "Gilligan's Island" episode I needed was missing the felt pressure pad, so I pried the tape housing apart (second day in a row I've had to do that) and transferred the tape spools to a new housing. This makes the second old Radio Shack branded cassette from the era (late 1970's) in which the pressure pad has fallen off, the first being the "TRS On Location at Skatetown" broadcast version. At least the Radio Shack tapes are significantly easier to pry apart than whatever brand I had to pry apart yesterday.