On 10/06/2012 20:09, David Weiner wrote:
> Hey Mike,
> For marketing purposes, THE SECRET BROADCASTS has more zing to it than the
> title, THE "WE'VE ALWAYS KNOWN ABOUT THEM" BROADCASTS.
> Dave Weiner
> On 6/10/12 2:38 PM, "Michael Biel"<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> From: Don Cox<[log in to unmask]>
>>> According to the booklet with the "Secret Broadcasts" set, the sources
>>> were mostly original 16 inch V-discs pressed on vinyl (which would give
>>> a quiet
>>> surface), with some tape copies from V-discs. Ted Kendall made the
>> There never were any 16-inch V-discs. They were meant to be played by
>> the soldiers themselves on regular phonographs, so the were all
>> 12-inches. Did you mean Armed Forces Radio Service discs which were
>> meant ONLY for broadcasters and thus were mainly 16-inches. These two
>> entirely different categories of recordings should not be confused. I
>> do think that some 16-inch lacquer masters were also involved, if not
>> for the Victor issue, for the issues prior to the Victor CDs. I've
>> never understood what was so "secret" about these well-known broadcasts.
>> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
The originals for the "Secret Broadcasts" set were largely OWI 16"
vinyls, some in excellent shape, some not. They came from the collection
of Alan Dell, who died during the preparation of the set. One, or maybe
two, sides of originals were found only as tape dubs, although the
original discs surfaced later.
As to the title, I well remember arguing with Conifer's marketing people
that the term "secret broadcast" was an oxymoron, but they replied with
the unanswerable "we reckon we know what will make it sell". Well, they
were right, weren't they?