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Faded Signals
David Gleason

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All of the entries that you see on Faded Signals come from the magazines David Gleason has collected, digitized and posted at americanradiohistory.com. He is a radio veteran who has spent decades building, programming and consulting radio stations around the world.

In this edition of The Faded Signals podcast, we talk about his long career. We also discuss how he created americanradiohistory.com (including how he digitized all those magazine pages!).  

You’ll also want to listen to his take on the state of radio — from young listeners’ relationship with radio to the troubles facing the news/talk format. It’s great insight from someone who knows what he’s talking about.

Click the play button at the top of this post to listen. If you’d like to download the podcast, click here.

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Leave it to Beaver 1958 (second season)Ward reads a note from Beaver’s principal, Mrs. Rayburn. If you freeze-frame the note it says:
Mr. Ward Cleaver485 Mapleton DriveMayfield, State
My Dear Mr. Cleaver:
This paragraph has absolutely nothing to do with anything.It is here merely to fill up space. Still, it is words,rather than repeated letters, since the latter might notgive the proper appearance, namely, that of an actual note.
For that matter, all of this is nonsense, and the onlypart of this that is to be read is the last paragraph,which part is the inspired creation of the producers ofthis very fine series.
Another paragraph of stuff. Now is the time for all goodmen to come to the aid of their party. The quick brownfox jumps over the lazy dog. My typing is lousy, but thetypewriter isn’t so hot either. After all, why should Itake the blame for these mechanical imperfections, withwhich all of us must contend. Lew Burdette just hit ahome run and Milwaukee leads seven to one in the series.This is the last line of the filler material of the note.No, my mistake, that was only the next to last. This is last.
I hope you can find a suitable explanation for Theodore’sunusual conduct.
Yours truly,Cornelia Rayburn

mrsdentonorahippo:

Leave it to Beaver 1958 (second season)
Ward reads a note from Beaver’s principal, Mrs. Rayburn. If you freeze-frame the note it says:

Mr. Ward Cleaver
485 Mapleton Drive
Mayfield, State

My Dear Mr. Cleaver:

This paragraph has absolutely nothing to do with anything.
It is here merely to fill up space. Still, it is words,
rather than repeated letters, since the latter might not
give the proper appearance, namely, that of an actual note.

For that matter, all of this is nonsense, and the only
part of this that is to be read is the last paragraph,
which part is the inspired creation of the producers of
this very fine series.

Another paragraph of stuff. Now is the time for all good
men to come to the aid of their party. The quick brown
fox jumps over the lazy dog. My typing is lousy, but the
typewriter isn’t so hot either. After all, why should I
take the blame for these mechanical imperfections, with
which all of us must contend. Lew Burdette just hit a
home run and Milwaukee leads seven to one in the series.
This is the last line of the filler material of the note.
No, my mistake, that was only the next to last. This is last.

I hope you can find a suitable explanation for Theodore’s
unusual conduct.

Yours truly,
Cornelia Rayburn

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The 1979 "Rockford Files" Episode that Inspired "The Sopranos"

A gang from Newark’s South Side is hiding Vinnie Martine’s body in a restaurant freezer. Tony’s mad because Anthony Jr. got caught pranking another mobster. And a boss who’s trying to reform gets his mansion sprayed with bullets.

Remember that episode of The Sopranos? If you do, your memory’s playing tricks on you, because all these things happened on a 1979 episode of The Rockford Files — written by Sopranos creator David Chase.

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Billboard, March 26, 1955:

"RCA Thesaurus [recorded program services] is offering its local radio station subscribers a new merchandising plan for sponsors, keyed to the slogan ‘Shop at the Store With the Mike on the Door.’

"The merchandising kit includes spot announcements (plugging the slogan) recorded by Nelson Eddy, June Vali, Freddy Martin, Sammy Kaye and George Melachrino; special display material for station advertisers with copy tying the “Shop at the Store” theme in with each station’s call letters; station ad mats; artwork for sponsor retail ads, and a Thesaurus promotion kit which shows stations how to publicize the plan locally.” (Page 22)

KSIW is a radio station licensed to Woodward, Oklahoma, broadcasting on 1450 kHz AM.

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