Yeah, I know Mark, but I know Mike Martini a bit better. I should ask.
The recording I heard was on a cassette tape that Frank Powers had; it came
from a short series of tapes compiled by a fellow
from WMKV of vintage WLW material from sources outside the OSU collection;
some from commercial records. Mixed in were a
number of non-WLW recordings, such as a 1929 Harold Stokes transcription.
So I cannot really discuss provenance, but it was
definitely a WLW broadcast and didn't seem to be edited at all, and it
didn't have any sponsor breaks. It did not bear any of the
signs of being copied from disc; there was no rumble, swish or side breaks,
and it was completely clear, like you would expect
to hear from an internal tape recording of a live broadcast.
It was a very interesting interview. Buddy, as you know, was on the board
of directors of United Artists with his spouse, Mary Pickford.
The picture under discussion was "Sleep, My Love," a film noir directed by
Douglas Sirk that was produced by Buddy and Mary's
unit within UA. It's not often that you get an interview from the
perspective of a film's producer. Buddy also had strong business ties to
Cincinnati; there are still at least a couple of Buddy Rogers Music Shops
in the area.
Uncle Dave Lewis
On Sat, Jun 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> There are a number of explanations. It is likely that the station might
> have bought a Brush SoundMirror which came on the market in 47. Or an
> Eicor. These portables weren't "studio" machines but were good enough.
> This could also be a dub of a disc (??). Or a dub of a wire. Is it a
> pre-record or a program? If a program, it could be an air-check by a
> listener. Mike Magistrelli would probably be able to answer when WLW
> got tape equipment. (I think you would know him.)
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> -------- Original Message --------
> From: David Lewis <[log in to unmask]>
> Here is a mystery: I have heard a radio interview with actor Buddy
> that was aired on WLW Cincinnati that obviously -- from the sound of it
> came from tape; it was a continuous 17 minute interview with the
> echo of print thru. But when I dated the recording from events discussed
> the interview, I discovered that it couldn't have been conducted after
> February 18, 1948, the date from which the film under discussion opened.
> How would it be possible for WLW to have access to tape so early? Powel
> Crosley was a multimillionaire, manufactured radio sets and recording
> equipment already. Perhaps tape technology was offered to him early, but
> declined to exploit it? I have no idea.
> Uncle Dave Lewis
> Lebanon, OH