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098-120531 In the Softball Corner - A Freak 98 for Two Bucks

This weekend I bought a Freak 98 for two dollars. 

Do you do yard sales, thrift shops, church sales, and flea markets?  If not, you may be missing some of the greatest bargains ever on softball equipment. 

In this show, I talk about some of my best finds. 

What have you found at these sales?  I'll bet there are finds out there that make mine look like small potatoes.

For more articles on slowpitch softball, and a look at my book on playing, managing, and coaching, visit http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 098salebats.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:43am CDT
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106-120528 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Radio Reader's Digest

For the second week in a row, we are spotlighting an obscure old-time radio show. 

As its name suggests, Radio Reader's Digest was a radio adaption of stories that originally appeared in Reader's Digest magazine. 

From the episodes available, my best guess is that the show ran from 1943 to 1948.

This performance, He Fell in Love With a Picture, is a humorous adaptation of the romance of Mark Twain and Olivia Langdon.  It originally aired on October 17, 1946.

Direct download: 106radioreadersdigest461017hefellinlovewithapicture3002.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:00am CDT
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098-120524 In the Treasure Corner - The Cost of Our Toys, Part II

A couple of shows ago we talked about the cost of other sports and hobbies that make metal detecting look like a bargain. 

The response to that show was phenomenal.  Listen to what people wrote me about the cost of their other pastimes. 

You'll never complain about the cost of a metal detector again.

For more articles about treasure hunting and a baldfaced ad for my metal detecting book, visit http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 098mdcost2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:23am CDT
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105-120521 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Murder Clinic

I still marvel at how little is known or remembered about old-time radio.  We know more about the history of ancient Rome than we do about radio shows of the 1940s. 

And here's another example - a program that is nearly forgotten, though it ran for over a year on the Mutual network during World War II.

The show is Murder Clinic, and it adapted murder mystery short stories into half-hour radio shows. 

This episode, Murder at Marsden Manor, featured Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot.  It was first broadcast on October 6, 1942.

Direct download: 105murderclinic421006tragedyofmarsdenmanor3037.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:36am CDT
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097-120517 In the Softball Corner - The Cost of Our Toys, Part II

Last time we talked about the cost of other sports and hobbies that make softball look like a bargain. 

The response to that show was phenomenal.  Listen to what people wrote to me about the cost of their other pastimes. 

You'll never complain about the cost of a bat again.

For free articles about playing adult slowpitch softball, and a look at my book, Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball, visit http://slowpitchbook.com

Direct download: 097softballcost2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:59am CDT
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104-120514 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Art Linkletter's House Party

This week's Radio Corner show was a needle in a haystack. 

Though Art Linkletter's House Party was on the air for 24 years, it seems that nobody saved any of the episodes. 

I searched everywhere, and just as I was about to give up, I found the website of the granddaughter of a radio engineer who had recorded an episode of House Party in 1947.  The photo is the label of that recording.

And here's the show, just for you.

Direct download: 104houseparty470521-3152.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:58am CDT
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097-120510 In the Treasure Corner - Rock Tumblers

Though you should never use a rock tumbler to clean collectible coins, there are times when a tumbler can help you in your metal detecting hobby. 

This podcast tells you how.

For more articles on metal detecting and treasure hunting, check out http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 097tumbler.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:23am CDT
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103-120507 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Nightwatch


Nightwatch was the first true-life, real-time radio police procedural.  Reporter Don Reed rode with Culver City, California cop Don Perkins on the night shift. 

Reed's tape recorder saved for posterity the drama of Officer Reed's exploits.

The show ran just one year near the end of the old-time radio era, from April 1954 to April 1955.  This episode, Three Time Loser and Shotgun Boy, aired on August 7, 1954.

Direct download: 103nightwatch540807threetimeloser2809.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:43am CDT
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096-120503 In the Softball Corner - The Cost of Our Toys

Softball is probably one of the most expensive sports ever, right? 

No, not right!  Not at all. 

Compare our costs to the price of bowling, fishing, hunting, golf - and folks, it ain't so bad.

Listen to the show, then tell me what hobby or pastime YOU do that costs a lot more than softball.  Bet we get quite a list!


For free articles on coaching, managing, and playing adult slowpitch softball, and a look at my book, visit http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 096softballcost.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:01am CDT
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