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MPG-3 CD's

 

I began collecting Old Time Radio (OTR) 16 inch electrical transcriptions when I was 14 years old.  Some that I have from my father's radio station WHDF are one-of-a-kind dating back to 1930 or 1931.   It is my intention to eventually create one or more mpg-3 discs made up of these early recordings.

During the decades that have followed I have collected hundreds of additional transcriptions and I will be offering mpg-3 CD's of many of these ET's as well.  Unlike the mpg-3 CD's circulating on eBay and other internet sources, these are transferred directly from the original electrical transcriptions on high quality equipment and digitally restored with the CEDAR Duo Declickle and other noise reduction software and encoded at 128 kbps to insure high fidelity and maximum listening time.  Most CD's contain more than 10 hours of programs.

Each CD costs a nominal $6 plus a shipping and handling fee of $7.15 per order in the U.S.  CD's will be shipped by priority mail within the U.S.  To order an mpg-3 CD send me an email listing the CD's that you want.  After I confirm the CD's availability and the total cost of your order by return email, send a check made out to Read G. Burgan to:  Read G. Burgan, 44087 Bootjack Road, Lake Linden, MI 49945.  The CD's will be sent when I have received the check.

 

 

OLD TIME RADIO MPG-3 CDs
(Click on the Title for Details)

AFRS MUSIC CD 1:      AFRS MUSIC CD 3:     AFRS MUSIC CD 5:     OTR MUSIC CD 7:

AFRS MUSIC CD 2:      AFRS MUSIC CD 4:     OTR MUSIC CD 6:

 

 

ARMED FORCES RADIO SERVICE DISCS:

Beginning with World War II and continuing beyond, the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) brought soldiers a bit of home to the battlefield by re-broadcasting many of the most popular U.S. commercial radio programs.  The programs were edited to remove commercial announcements and for time.  Many of these electrical transcriptions have survived and they provide us with a cross section of radio drama, comedy, music and religious programs.

The transcriptions were often cycled from one AFRS radio station to another and from one service camp to another.  By the time that they were discarded they were often so badly worn that the noise level exceeds the sound.  Digital restoration tools have made these discs listenable again but some noise can still be heard on some of the CD's that I offer.

In addition the program sources for the AFRS programs varied greatly.  In some cases remote band broadcasts were limited to a 3 kHz phone line.  On other discs there is a maximum frequency response of 5 kHz.  On still others the fidelity is breathtaking!

 

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AFRS MUSIC MPG-3 CD 1:

A Variety Of 1940's Music From Classical To Popular To Jazz To Big Band

1. Dick Haymes #100; 2. Hoagy Carmichael #69; 3. Manhattan Merry Go-Round #79 ; 4. Sammy Kayes SUNDAY SERENADE #167; 5. The Three Suns #29; 6. Tony Martin #43 2/17/1948; 7. SPOTLIGHT BANDS #1047 07/25/1947; 8. Frank Morgan Show #98 1/7/1948; 9. Bob Carlton Show #33; 10. Carmen Cavallero #80 08/24/1947; 11. CHIQUITA #328; 12. Dick Haymes #63 Dick Haymes is absent featuring Helen Forest, The Four Hits And A Miss and orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins; 13. Guy Lombardo #76 07/17/1945; 14. Hit Parade #277; 15. SPOTLIGHT BANDS #1108 10/24/1947; 16. SUPPER CLUB #651 08/19/1947; 17. The Three Suns #31;  18. Tony Martin #44 2/24/1948; 19. Guy Lombardo #87 10/02/1945; 20. Hoagy Carmichael #71; 21. Bob Carlton Show #55; 22. Manhattan Merry Go-Round #80; 23. SPOTLIGHT BANDS #1109 11/02/1947; 24. Bob Carlton Show #56; 25. CHIQUITA #329; 26. King Cole Trio #27 with Mel Torme 11/01/1947; 27. American Album Of Familiar Music #170; 28. One Night Stand #753 07/11/1945; 29. Music We Love #220 10/06/1947; 30. American Album Of Familiar Music #169; 31. Bob Carlton Show #34; 32. King Cole Trio #10 with guest Ray Dory 02/01/1947; 33. SUNDAY SERENADE #20; 34. Proudly We Hail No. 2 (Drama) Theater Of Stars hosted by C.P.McGregor and starring Marilyn Maxwell in "Search For Happiness"; FAMILY HOUR #117 featuring Patrice Muncel, Earl Wrightson, Jack Smith and Al Goodman.

From 24 -  16 inch ET's/Approximately 11 hours of listening.

 

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AFRS MUSIC MPG-3 CD 2:

A Variety Of 1940's Music From Classical To Popular To Country Western

1. ANDRE KOSTELANETZ #71 7/23/1944; 2. SHOWTIME #43 Broadway Musicals with Dinah Shore; 3. MELODY ROUNDUP #1523 Country & Western Music with Spade Culley; 4. MUSIC AMERICA LOVES BEST #178 Featuring Robert Merrill; 5. MORNING MELODIES #14 Featuring The Kings Men Quartet; 6. MELODY ROUNDUP #1524 C&W With the Shady Valley Gang; 7. CALIFORNIA MELODIES #147 9/22/47; 8. SHOWTIME #44 Broadway Musicals with Dinah Shore; 9. MELODY ROUNDUP #1535 C&W with Hollywood Barn Dance; 10. AMERICAN ALBUM OF FAMILIAR MUSIC #14 2/18/45; 11. MORNING MELODIES #15 The Joe Mooney Quartet; 12. MELODY ROUNDUP #1536 C&W Gene Autry; 13. ANDRE KOSTELANETZ #46; 14. MORNING MELODIES #19 The Jan August Show; 15. MELODY ROUNDUP Roy Acuff #849 C&W Grand Old Opry; 16. HOWARD BARLOW PRESENTS #15 featuring Lawrence Melchior; 17. MORNING MELODIES #20 Lee Sullivan's Vest Pocket Varieties; 18. MELODY ROUNDUP #850 with the Shady Valley Gang; 19. MUSIC WE LOVE #236  Howard Barlow conducts and Christopher Lynch sings; 20. GRAND OLD OPRY #2; 21. SHOWTIME #180 with Marilyn Maxwell; 22. GRAND OLD OPRY #7; 23. TAPESTRIES OF MELODY #20 10/21/1951 featuring the Roger Wagner Chorale; 24. SUPPER CLUB #759 01/16/1948 with Perry Como; 25. GRAND OLD OPRY #9; 26. MUSIC AMERICA LOVES BEST #192 featuring baritone Robert Merrill; 27. SUPPER CLUB #760 01/19/1948 with Perry Como; 28. SHOWTIME #247 Broadway Musicals with Eve Arden; 29. TAPESTRIES OF MELODY #23 11/11/1951 featuring the Roger Wagner Chorale; 30. MUSIC WE LOVE #142 4/22/1946 with guests Egor Gorin, baritone & Stella Roman soprano; 31. SUPPER CLUB #769 with Perry Como; 32. HARVEST OF STARS #81 1/25/1948 with James Melton; 33. SUPPER CLUB #770 2/2/1948 with Perry Como.

From 25 -  16 inch ET's/Approximately 12 hours of listening.

 

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AFRS  Music Fred Waring MPG-3 CD 3:

Popular Choral Music of the 1940's

During the 30[s and 40's Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians were one of the most popular musical groups in the United States.  Beginning in the 20's as a small college band the Pennsylvanians evolved into the finest choral group in America.  His radio broadcasts were some of the most expensive network programs and his concerts across America were sell outs for many decades into the 1970's.  He is often called "The man who taught America to sing." For more information see my article on Fred Waring under OTR articles.

1. No. 28 15 Minute; 2. No. 29 15 Minute; 3. No. 38 War Department 12-23-42 XMAS 15 Minute; 4. No. 39 War Department 12-25-42 XMAS 15 Minute; 5. No. 43 War Department 6-8-44 15 Minute; 6. No. 44 War Department 4-21-44 Final 15 Minute 7. No. 238 War Department 15 Minute; 8. No. 239 War Department 15 Minute; 9. No. 262 15 Minute Complete; 10. No. 263 15 Minute; 11. No. 288 Navy Dept 15 Minute; 12. No. 289 15 Minute; 13. No. 294 Navy Dept 1945; 14. No. 295 Navy Dept 1945; 15. No. 300 Final 15 Minute; 16. No. 301 Final 15 Minute; 17. No. 380 4-26-1944 15 Minute; 18. No. 381 5-5-1944 15 Minute; 19. No. 385 9-28-1944 Half Hour; 20. No. 387 10-12-1944 Half; Hour; 21. No. 395 12-7-1944 Half Hour; 22. No. 396 12-14-1944 Half Hour; 23. No. 397 12-28-1944 Half Hour; 24. No. 398 01-04-1945 Half Hour; 25. No. 399 1-11-1945 Half Hour; 26. No. 401 1-25-1945 Half Hour; 27. No. 404 Half Hour; 28. No. 406 3-1-1945 Half Hour; 29. No. 410 3-27-1945 Half Hour; 30. No. 411 4-5-1945 Half Hour; 31. No. 414 4-26-1945 Half Hour; 32. No. 416 05-10-1945 Half Hour; 33. No. 418 5-24-1945 Half Hour.

From  16 inch ET's

 

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AFRS  Music Fred Waring MPG-3 CD 4:

Popular Choral Music of the 1940's

During the 30[s and 40's Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians were one of the most popular musical groups in the United States.  Beginning in the 20's as a small college band the Pennsylvanians evolved into the finest choral group in America.  His radio broadcasts were some of the most expensive network programs and his concerts across America were sell outs for many decades into the 1970's.  He is often called "The man who taught America to sing." For more information see my article on Fred Waring under OTR articles.

1. No. 419 05-31-1945 Half Hour; 2. No. 420 446 Thursday Half Hour; 3. No. 450 Thursday Half Hour; 4. No. 451 Friday Half Hour; 5. No. 452 Monday Half Hour; 6. No. 453 Tuesday Half Hour; 7. No. 454 Wednesday; 8. No. 455 Thursday Half Hour; 9. No. 465 Half Hour; 10. No. 469 Wednesday Half Hour; 11. No. 483 Half Hour; 12. No. 485 Thursday Half Hour; 13. No. 494 Half Hour; 14. No. 499 Half Hour; 15. No. 528 War & Navy Dept 1945 Half Hour; 16. No. 528 War & Navy Dept 1945 Half Hour; 17. No. 535 Half Hour; 18. No. 538 Half Hour; 19. No. 543 Half Hour; 20. No. 613 Fred Absent-Mother Ill. Half Hour; 21. No. 639 Half Hour; 22. No. 683 Half Hour; 23. No. 694 Half Hour; 24. No. 731 Weekend Edition Half Hour

From  16 inch ET's

 

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AFRS  Music Fred Waring MPG-3 CD 5:

Popular Choral Music of the 1940's

During the 30[s and 40's Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians were one of the most popular musical groups in the United States.  Beginning in the 20's as a small college band the Pennsylvanians evolved into the finest choral group in America.  His radio broadcasts were some of the most expensive network programs and his concerts across America were sell outs for many decades into the 1970's.  He is often called "The man who taught America to sing." For more information see my article on Fred Waring under OTR articles.

1. No. 779 Friday Half Hour; 2. No. 821 Half Hour; 3. No. 904 Half Hour; 4. No. 907 Half Hour; 5. No. 928 Tuesday Half Hour; 6. No. 938 Half Hour; 7. No. 961 Half Hour; 8. No. 965 Half Hour; 9. No. 969 Half Hour; 10. No. 973 Half Hour; 11. No. 1028 Tuesday Half Hour; 12. No. 1030 Thursday THANKSGIVING Half Hour; 13. No. 1094 Navy Dept 1945 Half Hour; 14. No. 1101 Friday Half Hour; 15. No. 1114 Wednesday Half Hour; 16. No. 1225 08-19-1948 Thursday Half Hour; 17. No. 1238 Tuesday 07-27-1947 Half Hour; 18. No. 1241 Friday 07-30-1948 Half Hour; 19. No. 1250 08-12-1948 Thursday Half Hour; 20. No. 1442 Monday 05-02-1949 Half Hour; 21. No. 1449 05-11-1949 Wednesday Half Hour; 22. No. 13 DJ-Wednesday 15 Minutes; 23. No. 14 DJ-Thursday 15 Minutes; 24. No. 4 12-21-1945 XMAS Half Hour..

From  16 inch ET's

 

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OTR "NUMBER PLEASE" MPG-3 CD 6:

Featuring The Song Spinners (1946-1948)

The "Number Please" series was sponsored by the Michigan Bell Telephone Company and featured Eddie Dunn, a veteran WOR announcer and a mixed quartet vocal group called The Song Spinners in a 15 minute program. The Song Spinners was organized by Margaret Bassett Johnson.  The program ran was aired on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:15 PM on each affiliated station.  The program consisted of Eddie Dunn (and sometimes Song Spinners' members) providing the background of a song and then the Song Spinners singing the song. Most programs contained five songs -- some six. The music included folk, traditional, popular, spirituals, hymns, Broadway and novelty numbers.

1. 12-30-1946 No 161; 2. 01-01-1947 No 162; 3. 01-06-1947 No 164; 4. 01-08-1947 No 165; 5. 01-13-1947 No 167; 6. 01-15-1947 No 168; 7. 01-20-1947 No 170; 8. 01-22-1947 No 171; 9. 01-24-1947 No 172; 10. 01-27-1947 No 173; 11. 01-29-1947 No 174; 12. 01-31-1947 No 175; 13. 02-10-1947 No 179; 14. 02-12-1947 No 180; 15. 03-03-1947 No 188; 16. 03-05-1947 No 189; 17. 03-07-1947 No 190; 18. 03-24-1947 No 197; 19. 03-26-1947 No 198; 20. 10-29-1947 No 285; 21. 10-31-1947 No 286; 22. 11-03-1947 No 287; 23. 11-05-1947 No 288; 24. 11-07-47 No 289; 25. 11-10-47 No 290; 26. 12-06-47 Standby No L; 27. 12-08-47 Standby No K; 28. 12-12-47 Standby No O; 29. 04-02-48 No 351; 30. 10-04-48 No 429; 31. 10-06-48 No 430; 32. 10-15-48 No 434; 33. 10-18-48 No 435; 34. 10-20-48 No 436; 35. 10-22-48 No 437; 36. 10-25-48 No 438.

From  16 inch ET's

 

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OTR "NUMBER PLEASE" MPG-3 CD 7:

Featuring The Song Spinners (1948-1949)

The "Number Please" series was sponsored by the Michigan Bell Telephone Company and featured Eddie Dunn, a veteran WOR announcer and a mixed quartet vocal group called The Song Spinners in a 15 minute program. The Song Spinners was organized by Margaret Bassett Johnson.  The program ran was aired on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:15 PM on each affiliated station.  The program consisted of Eddie Dunn (and sometimes Song Spinners' members) providing the background of a song and then the Song Spinners singing the song. Most programs contained five songs -- some six. The music included folk, traditional, popular, spirituals, hymns, Broadway and novelty numbers.

1. 10-27-48 No 439; 2. 10-29-48 No 440; 3. 11-01-48 No 441; 4. 11-03-48 No 442; 5. 11-05-48 No 443; 6. 11-08-48 No 444; 7. 1-10-48 No 445; 8. 11-12-48 No 446; 9. 11-15-48 No 447; 12. 11-17-48 No 448; 13. 11-19-48 No 449; 14. 11-26-48 No 452; 15. 11-29-48 No 453; 16. 12-01-48 No 454; 17. 12-15-48 No 456; 18. 12-17-48 No 457; 19. 12-20-48 No 458; 20. 12-22-48 No 459; 21. 12-24-48 No 460; 22. 12-27-48 No 461; 23. 12-29-48 No 462; 24. 12-31-48 No 463; 25. 01-03-49 No 464; 26. 01-05-49 No 465; 27. 01-07-49 No 466; 28. 01-10-49 No 467; 29. 01-12-49 No 468; 30. 01-14-49 No 469; 31. 01-17-49 No 470; 32. 01-19-49 No 471; 33. 01-21-49 No 472; 34. 01-24-49 No 473; 35. 01-26-49 No 474; 36. 01-28-49 No 475

From  16 inch ET's

 

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