[78-L] Audio restoration by an amateur

neechevoneeznayou at gmail.com neechevoneeznayou at gmail.com
Thu May 12 20:11:00 PDT 2011

I wonder sometimes when I hear interviews on OTR, or maybe someone is a 
contestant on You Bet Your Life or a service man during WW2 on a Jack 
Benny program broadcast from overseas - what ever happened to them? 
What's the rest of their story? (apologies to Pal Harvey)

joe salerno

On 5/12/2011 2:44 PM, Ted Kneebone wrote:
> Nice hearing the results of some audio restoration here.
> Several years ago, a woman wrote me asking if I could improve
> the sound of a 78 rpm disc that was cut of her playing a piano
> concerto during a concert at South Dakota State University.
> I did not promise anything, and I told her I am only an amateur at this.
> She sent me her 78 rpm disc.  I made seven different copies of the concerto
> I tried to remove hiss, fooled around with equalization, etc.
> When I got done, I sent her a CD with my attempts on it.  She was very
> pleased and thanked me.  She told me that my work was superior to
> what a local person had attempted.
> While a high school student (1949-1952) in Sisseton, South Dakota, I
> recorded
> our band and choir on a Wilcox-Gay Recordio.  In 2002, we had our 50th class
> reunion.
> In the 1960s when I had my own tape recorder, I dubbed these discs to tape.
> It was then that I decided I would offer these tunes to my classmates on
> cassettes
> and on CD.  Many of them wanted copies.  Some were pretty scratchy, but they
> were all we had.  The "kids" really appreciated them.  I made no attempt at
> restoration of any kind.
> I am a collector/trader of "old time radio."  My catalog is on the internet
> somewhere.
> Two people wrote to me about getting copies of shows I had.  One was from
> Cavalcade of
> America, about an oil tanker.  The son of the captain of the tanker wanted a
> copy of this
> program, so I sent him a cassette. He sent me a box of blank cassettes.
> Another man noticed that I had many Fred Allen
> broadcasts.  One was Fred's interview with a sausage stuffer, Otto
> Hottendorfer (or something
> like that).  I sent him the cassette.  He responded by sending me a photo of
> his father at age
> 90+ and a bunch of new blank cassettes.
> It is really a pleasure helping people connect with the people in their
> past.
> Ted Kneebone
> 1528 S. Grant Street
> Aberdeen, SD 57401
> Old Time Radio...
> http://abe.midco.net/tkneebone3/
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