As our foundation grows, and more historic material comes to our attention, we find we need more ways to share it here on the site. Recently, we have received some very historic transcriptions. Some of these are owned by members, and others have been loaned to us so we can share their historic value. Most of these audio cuts will be placed with the stations where they originated. But, as they become available, I would like to put them here in one place for your enjoyment.
A few notes of interest -- Many of the older transcriptions are 16 inches in diameter, compared to 12 inches for standard LP record. So, my first challenge was to make some physical changes to the tone arm and mounting on my turntable so these would even fit. Next, these older transcriptions, while playable on a modern phonograph, do not sound their best played in that fashion. A modern, stereo needle and pick-up is not designed to track these older, wider grooves properly. There is a lot more noise and a great loss of the original sound if played on a newer system. So, my next challenge was to go back into my old equipment boxes and locate a mono pick-up manufactured in the late 40's or early 50's. And, luckily, I also had a proper needle for these older grooves. With a little bit of added circuitry to match the old cartridge to my pre-amp, we were in business.
Even with all of this, there are imperfections in these audio files. Over 50 + years there is some degradation of the record surfaces, and there is still some noise present. And, we have no idea how these may have been stored or handled over the years. But, having said that, I am pleasently surprised by how some of these sound.
This first transcription was loaned to us from KIDO. It was framed, and on their wall. The Foundation would like to thank Kevin Godwin, Senior V.P. and G.M. of Peak Broadcasting for allowing us to copy it.
Here is the NBC special, BIG CITY SERANADE - SALUTE TO BOISE recorded May 26, 1951 and aired on KIDO.
This next cut is Representative John Sanborn's "Report from Congress", recorded February 28, 1948, and aired on KDSH March 4, 1948. It has a label stating "JOINT SENATE AND HOUSE RECORDING FACILITY, Washington, D.C."
On the "flip-side" of the "Report from Congress" is a religious program titled "Hi Road". It is dated simply "Sunday, March 6". Tracking back through old calendars, Sunday, March 6 was in 1949. It carries as "KDSH" label. My guess is that the "Report from Congress" was shipped with a blank side, and to save costs, the blank side was used a year later for the "Hi Road" recording.
Next we have a transcription recorded sometime, as nearly as we can determine, in the 1950's. It bears a "KWEI" label with no indication of the date it was made. And, I cannot determine if it was a "live" performance, or if it was "dubbed" from another source. What I can tell you is what is on the label. It is 10 cuts of the "Sons of the Pioneers" The songs are as follows:
1. Roundup In the Sky (Pioneers)
2. Whoopee Ti Yi O (Pioneers)
3. Nehanee (Lloyd Perriman)
4. All These Fish Are Mine (Pioneers)
5. When Payday Rolls Around (Pioneers)
6. What You Gonna Say (Pioneers)
7. Out on the New Frontier (Lloyd Perriman & Trio)
8. Rise and Shine (Pioneers)
9. Love Song of the Waterfall (Pioneers)
10. Serenade of A Cowboy (Lloyd Perriman)
I would like to than Frank Aden for these next two. This is a record he aquired from a collector at some time. However, these next two cuts presented another challenge, and I had to resort to a few tricks of modern technology to "rescue" these. The Louie Armstrong record, cut at KDSH January 27, 1949 was recorded at 78 rpm. This is not a problem itself, since I have the capability of playing at 78 rpm. And, normally, a well-cut 78 actually has better fidelity than a comparable 33 rpm record of the same era. However, due to improper storage over the years, the record was warped just enough that when played at 78 rmp, the needle would not track properly over the warp, and produced a loud "whooomp" every time the warp came around. My solution was to play it at 45 rmp -- slowed down enough the needle would track. I altered the sample rate when I digitized the recording, so that when I changed the sample rate back to normal for playback, I had the same equivalent speed without the "whoooomp". This could have been done with old technology (variable speed tape deck) but would have required a lot more time, effort, and modifying of equipment. Anyway, here it is -- The first cut is the Louie Armstrong Combo with Royal Garden Blues, and the next one is Boogie on St. Louis Blues. Again, these seem to have been taken from another source, possibly a network feed or another transcription.
These next transcriptions, while not specific to Idaho radio, were obviously aired in Idaho on various stations. They are transcribed shows distributed by different organizations to be played for both entertainment and to further the cause of the organization. There is considerable surface noise on many of these -- I found them in the crawl space beneath the old KGEM studios. They had been underwater at some time, and the jackets and lables, for the most part, were gone. So all I know is what is on the recording itself. They were encrusted in dirt, and had to be carefully washed in order to be played. Some damage to the grooves was unavoidable under these circumstances.
Record 1 -- This is "Music As You Like It", put out by the American Cancer Society. It appears to have been produced sometime in the early 1950's and features music from "South Pacific".
Record 2 -- This is the "flip side" of Record 1, Music As You Like It", put out by the American Cancer Society. This side features Welch Folk Music.
(More will be added ASAP)
If you have, or know anyone that has, any old transcriptions or records that may be of historical interest, please contact us so we can add them to our collection. We only need to borrow the disks long enough to transcribe them into the computer -- typically a couple of days.