Posted Byrodney on June 21, 2001 at 17:34:40:
In Reply to: Thank Heavens for Transcriptions posted bybill on June 18, 2001 at 22:45:32:
Most all OTR shows that you hear today were salvaged by collectors in the early 70's from radio stations that were planning on throwing them out.
Benny also had a transcription disc made of every program, so that may account for the fact that the vast majority of Benny shows are in circulation today. Over 700 shows are known to exist.
Though the shows were nearly always broadcast transcribed from the early 50's on due to Jack's TV program, there are instances of shows being aired transcribed from the WWII era.
We can thank the transcription discs, but the real thanks should go to the collectors who saved these shows from the hands of people who didn't care about our radio heritage and were only concerned with freeing up warehouse space. Thanks to them "new" OTR shows continue to be discovered to this day.
: It is my understanding that most of the shows ,at least the JBP, were performed live; many programs such as Jack's had both an East Coast and a West Coast version for years. Which was the preferred program from a transcription standpoint; Did they quit doing two weekly shows before they went to CBS?.. were most of the transcriptions we hear taken off the air as broadcast live at the local level; that is the only reason I can come up with that many of the early shows even exist today? Any experts on the evolution of broadcast technology out there?whp