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Re: [ARSCLIST] Looking for Roxy's Gang/Roxy Radio Hour sources

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, I'm quite aware
the low number of shows actually recorded in the era, and even lower
surviving discs, but if the question wasn't asked, I wouldn't have
known of the surviving disc at the Edison site (thank you, Mr. Biel)! 
I work with motion picture and television archives foremost, and the same holds very much true--
particularly in television-- but there are always those "special
instances" that one always wonders about, and in this instance, becomes
fruitful when discovered.

Also, The Roxy Hour, as I recall, was
a nationally syndicated show up until '36, when Roxy died, and while
I'm not well versed with procedure from that era, weren't air checks
possible in those later years?

All very fascinating.  Thanks!

J. Theakston

From: Michael Shoshani <mshoshani@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2009 12:20:15 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Looking for Roxy's Gang/Roxy Radio Hour sources

On Mon, 2009-04-27 at 06:49 -0700, Jack Theakston wrote:

> I'm currently looking for more-than-general information and even holdings on existing "Roxy's Gang" and "The Roxy Hour" radio shows that were broadcast from the various "Roxy" Rothapfel theaters in the late '20s and early '30s.  I'm working on a number of projects where transcriptions of the shows would be most helpful.  Unfortunately, the collector channels have turned up nothing: in fact, no one seems to even remember this nationally broadcasted show!

Unfortunately, in that era it was extremely rare for any radio program
to be recorded. A few sponsors were having their shows recorded as early
as 1932 so they could critique the performances, but this was an
expensive proposition, and only a few services were set up to do this. 

The lacquer reference disc, which could be played back immediately, was
not developed until 1934; prior to that, a few home enthusiasts here and
there recorded snippets of various programs on aluminum blanks or on the
embossed Victor home recording discs. The number recorded must have been
extremely low; few of those are known to survive to this day. None of
them are of complete performances.

The recording mentioned by Mike Biel would have been a special case,
probably recorded to have a souvenir of The Old Man speaking on radio.
The Edison Laboratories did have special 30 RPM equipment designed to
pre-record radio programs for later broadcast, so they were actually
well-equipped to salvage the odd program here and there. But this was
not the common practice; nobody thought that future generations would
have any interest in that temporal entertainment. That is, after all,
why commercial phonograph records were being sold.

Michael Shoshani

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