Thu, 29 July 2010
You're a pitcher, and you've just released the perfect pitch.
Your pitching form is picture-perfect, your follow-though is stunningly choreographed and breathtakingly beautiful, and . . . and suddenly the ball is flying toward your face at a hundred miles an hour.
What should pitchers do immediately after they have thrown their pitch?
This program gives you some tips on avoiding injury, predicting where the ball will be hit, and why you should never stay behind the pitching plate after you've released the ball.
For more softball tips, visit my website http://slowpitchbook.com.
Sun, 25 July 2010
Fibber McGee and Molly were one of America's best-loved radio couples. Stars Jim and Marion Jordan were married in real life, and their show was on the air from 1935 to 1959.
Their radio show was as popular as The Lone Ranger, Jack Benny, Gunsmoke, and Burns and Allen, but unlike those programs, Fibber McGee and Molly was not able to adapt itself to television.
Perhaps it failed because it was better heard than seen. Fibber McGee and Molly was more "sound-oriented" than other radio shows.
For example, Jim Jordan was a wizard at delivering extended alliteration at breakneck speed, and he was also a professional punster. No picture is required to fully appreciate either of these verbal gymnastic techniques.
Also, the most popular running gag of the show was Fibber McGee's closet. It was stuffed with junk, and whenever it was opened, you heard everything fall out. The sound effects man would sweep shelf after shelf of umbrellas and bowling balls and pots and pans to the floor, going on for maybe thirty seconds, and it got funnier all the time.
But in real life, gravity isn't that slow. The closet crash would last only three seconds or so, and the humor was lost.
And finally, when the TV version was cast, new actors were chosen for the parts of Fibber and Molly. Like David Letterman said (repeatedly) of Val Kilmer, "That ain't Batman."
This episode, Catching a Train, first aired on February 20, 1945.
Direct download: B10fibbermcgeeandmolly450220catchingatrain2904.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:14pm CDT
Thu, 22 July 2010
What's a 1926-S penny worth?
Could be three hundred dollars, could be six bucks. It all depends on the condition of the coin.
This program explains why the coins you find with your metal detector may not be worth as much as the books say, and it also tells you which coins don't lose value while in the ground.
For more articles on metal detecting, visit http://treasuremanual.com.
Mon, 19 July 2010
Once upon a time there were radio shows - and then television shows - that told a different story every week, with no continuing characters except the host who introduced each story, and with different locations, and even time periods, every week.
In radio, there was Suspense, and Lights Out, and The Whistler, and Academy Award Theater and Lux Radio Theater and the First Nighter Program.
In television, there was Playhouse 90 and the Loretta Young Show and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone.
One of the best radio shows of this type was Escape, which ran on CBS and was hosted by William Conrad and Paul Frees.
Escape usually took place in some exotic locale, and dramatized someone in a life-or-death situation.
This episode, The Man Who Stole the Bible, first aired on May 5, 1950.
Direct download: B09escape-500505manwhostolethebible2922.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:14am CDT
Thu, 15 July 2010
It's a new game! You're on the mound! All eyes are on you as you prepare to throw the first pitch.
Wait! Stop right there! Are you sure you know what you're doing?
This show walks you through all the little details that should go through your mind before you throw the first pitch of a game, and then before you throw the first pitch to each batter as the game progresses.
For more tips on pitching (and hitting and coaching and managing) slowpitch softball, visit http://slowpitchmanual.com.
Mon, 12 July 2010
The Green Hornet (Britt Reid) was the son of the nephew of the Lone Ranger.
Like the Lone Ranger, he fought crime though law officers thought he was an outlaw.
And like the Lone Ranger, he had a foreign sidekick (Tonto for the Lone Ranger, Kato - a Philipino - for the Green Hornet).
The program ran from 1936 to 1952, and though several actors played Britt Reid, Al Hodge is best remembered for the role.
This episode, Torpedo on Wheels, originally aired on November 14, 1942.
Direct download: B08greenhornet421114torpedoonwheels2837.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:29am CDT
Thu, 8 July 2010
In program #008, we discussed the three keys to selecting homes with yards that are likely to hold the most coins, and the oldest coins. Now we talk about how to hunt a private yard, and where the older coins are likely to be found.
For more articles on metal detecting, visit http://treasuremanual.com and click the Articles link at the top of the page.
Mon, 5 July 2010
For every really successful radio western, like The Lone Ranger and Gunsmoke, there were dozens of lesser-known cowboy shows.
A good example of one of these programs that flew under the radar is Dr. Sixgun, which ran just one year, from 1954 to 1955.
Karl Weber played the gun-toting physician. Weber was no stranger to radio, or to the medical profession. He had played a doctor for two years in the radio soap opera The Guiding Light, and he appeared in several movies and tv shows, including Perry Mason, Doctor Kildare, and Maverick.
Dr. Sixgun was narrated by Weber's sidekick, Pablo, who was played by Bill Griffis.
This episode, "No Guns" Ordinance, originally aired on October 31, 1954.
Direct download: B07dr6gun541031nogunsordinance2825.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:09am CDT
Thu, 1 July 2010
Earlier this year, a slowpitch pitcher in Virginia was killed by a line drive (see program #044).
A pitcher on my own team took a line drive to the groin and had to have an emergency operation on his testicles.
This program examines ways pitchers can protect themselves in this time of flat pitches, juiced bats, and steroid-pumped batters.
P.S. This is a photo of my shinguard. Note the permanent dent in it, caused by a line drive. That definitely would have crushed the bone in the front of my leg. (Fibula? Tibula? Whatever. It still hurt for several days).
By the way, I've just completely redone my book website - let me know if you find any typos there. http://slowpitchbook.com
The site now has an easy up-top link to my softball articles - enjoy!