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Mike,

I did the appraisal on what remained of this collection, maybe 500-1000 
aluminum discs, which is now at LC.  I have the inevntory.  Most is what you 
would have expected him to keep, Churchill, Roosevelt, etc.  The owner moved 
to a smaller place (home) after Dec 7 1941 and took a diifferent job 
thereafter.  His ads drop out of the yellow pages thereafter and he probably 
couldn't get aluminum blanks.  The shear bulk of the balance of the 
collection and his situation imply he sold his stuff to the junkman.

I'm at home right now and the paperwork is at my office, but finding that 
lode has long been one of my ambitions as well.  I'm comfortable that ended 
up as B-17s.  Sorry.

Steve Smolian

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Biel [log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 10:06 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] "Aircheck" history


> From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
>> >>> in the story there was a live
>> >>> concert broadcast on a major NYC radio station in 1939. Someone (the
>> >>> private eye, star etc.) missed part of it and someone called the
>> >>> station and was able to get a copy of the program - the same day.
>> >>> could that have happened in 1939?    Lou Judson
>
> There was a company called AudioScriptions which called itself "The 
> Clipping
> Service of the Air."  They made speculative recordings of almost every 
> speech
> or interview program and then sent a letter to the guests to ask them if 
> they
> wanted to buy a copy.  They held onto the originals and by the early 40s 
> they
> were said to have a collection of perhaps a million voices.  Most of their
> recordings are found on uncoated aluminum.  We do know that the company
> survived the war but people have been searching for over 40 years for that
> archive with no luck.
>
> I don't think they regularly did musical recordings, but there were many 
> private
> recording studios that were contracted by most major band leaders to 
> record all
> of their broadcasts.  For example, Glenn Miller.
>
> Tom Fine wrote:
>> >>> Judging from how many copies of OTR programs are circulating out
>> >>> there, I think most stations transcribed most programs and many
>> >>> others down the line made line-checks (now learning the right terms
>> >>> thanks to this list).
>
> Considering how much was NOT recorded, this is an exaguration.  You have 
> to
> consider WHY would the station or network record the program.  Rebroadcast 
> was
> usually not allowed, so that was a rare reason, although it was the major
> reason for the KIRO collection of CBS WWII recordings -- which is lucky 
> because
> CBS recorded practically nothing for themselves.  NBC did make a large 
> archive,
> which is now in the Library of Congress, and I sometimes think that they 
> did it
> just out of habit!  Local stations recorded practically nothing.  They 
> usually
> made recordings only for the occasional rebroadcast or delayed broadcast, 
> or
> made recordings ordered IN ADVANCE by the performers, producers, sponsors,
> etc.
>
>
>> >>> So, bottom line, it was possible but maybe not
>> >>> plausible. If it was a major market station, they'd have several
>> >>> disk recorders, so possible they made 2 transcriptions at once or
>> >>> made a copy for the person in your book. I imagine you'd need
>> >>> connections at the station and a roll of bills to get that done back
>> >>> then since the process would take the time of a station engineer and
>> >>> was thus costly.
>> >>>
>> >>> -- Tom Fine
>
> I think the average cost was something like ten bucks for a half hour 
> broadcast.
> The blank discs were about two bucks apiece for 16-inch and about 75 cents 
> to a
> buck for a 12-inch.
>
> Michael Biel  [log in to unmask]
>
>
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