Let's not forget Terry Salomonson of Audio Classics.  Terry has a large 
collection of programs in excellent sound, many thousands from discs that 
he's transferred.

He's also a really nice guy (although I only know him through email and 

And then there's the private collectors who collect transcription discs and 
low-gen tapes and trade amongst themselves.  I've met lots of great people 
that way.

Sammy Jones

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Biel" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: old thread -- War of the Worlds

The OTR -- Old Time Radio -- dealer Tom is referring to is Neal Ellis,  He also runs an internet station and has a facebook page of some of the more loyal
His quality is EXCELLIENT. He usually had access to the original discs.
His prices are very low, and he will run off a .wav for you if you need
it, but his mp3s are very good.

He does not have a huge catalog because he is so concerned with quality.
I have several other mp3 sources with almost universal catalogs, but
they usually sell just at OTR conventions, and they were not the
originators of the recordings so the quality varies quite a bit.

The dealer with the largest catalog of high quality is Jerry Haendiges  He includes an archive of his internet programs
from which you can pull individual programs for free.  The site also
includes the programs done by the Gassman Brothers, who appear on the
station I broadcast on,  (I'm on Sundays approx
11:30 PM with Walden Hughes, and sometimes John and Larry Gassman join

Between Neal, Jerry, John, Larry, and Walden I have been able to get
access to any great condition OTR I've needed.  Usually if I find
something on a poor condition transfer that I need, these guys have been
able to supply a transfer from the discs.

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] old thread -- War of the Worlds
From: Martin Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, April 10, 2013 1:09 pm
To: [log in to unmask]

First Generation Radio Archives (now )
used to be a good alternative although many of the available recordings
still suffered from NR anomalies. Once upon a time there were MANY, MANY
unique and obscure recordings offered on a pay per loan type of service.
Since then it's deteriorated to box sets of fairly common stuff with a
few exceptions.

They also had regular auctions of some of the original source material
with label pictures at affordable minimums. Sadly the graphics and the
low minimums have since gone the way of Tara in the Old South.


-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Fine
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:33 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] old thread -- War of the Worlds

There is a guy in the DC area, last name Ellis, sells better-sounding
OTR. He may be only selling
MP3 nowadays but at one time he'd sell WAV too. I'm sorry to be vague, I
forgot his first name and contact details. He was the only source I ever
found to get all of the Edward R. Murrow "Hear It Now" programs from
1950-51. That is my favorite non-fiction OTR show, groundbreaking in
many ways, a touchstone for electronic journalism.

When I was a kid, I used to seek out OTR "nostalgia" shows on the radio,
and sent plenty of paper-route money to David Goldin's Radio Yesteryear.
But as an adult, I have limited interest in the old drama and other
fiction shows. "Dragnet" and "Suspense" are OK for background noise when
repairing something in the workshop or the like, but usually I choose
music instead.

Of great interest still are "news and actuality" broadcasts. Goldin used
to have some really neat various snippets of live events coverage that
haven't been offered since. I should have bought more of his custom-made
half-track reels, but those were $$$$$.

-- Tom Fine

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From: "Randy Watts" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:06 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] old thread -- War of the Worlds

> Trying to find old radio broadcasts like these in decent condition is a 
> pretty good trick these
> days. I'm convinced most old radio shows on the web originate from 
> twenty-five year old cassettes
> that were high-speed duplicated on cheap tape and were generally a dozen 
> generations removed from
> the original. These cassettes are transferred into a computer using an old 
> Radio Shack dubbing
> deck and "restored" by guys who figure that if a little hiss reduction is 
> good, then lots and lots
> of it is even better. The final result is then compressed to the lowest 
> bit rate MP3 possible and
> posted online. And if the results are nearly unlistenable, well, one 
> website once made the claim
> that it was old radio. It wasn't supposed to sound good.
> Randy
> ------------------------------
> On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 10:06 AM CDT Tom Fine wrote:
>>I think I captured those web pages. Did that website also contain a 
>>listing of the Campbell's Soup
>>Hour broadcasts with many of the same people?
>>Mercury Theatre On The Air is my favorite fiction OTR series. I've managed 
>>to collect up most of
>>the episodes in decent audio quality.