[78-L] What I've Been Up To...

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca.invalid
Sun Apr 7 20:11:27 PDT 2019

There were lots of SpeedyQ 78s among the transcriptions and tapes I spent an 
afternoon rifling on that August day in 1977, the remnants of Canadian 
syndicator G. N. Mackenzie. Most of them were very flaky shellac, not vinyl. 
(Sheesh..even Gennett was pressing on vinyl in its last days!)


On 4/7/2019 10:45 PM, mbiel at mbiel.com.invalid wrote:
> So glad to hear from you.  You have no idea how many people keep asking
> about you!  They blamed the turning of the original sleepy 78-L into a
> flooded river of posts in the 1990s, and I do admit that i became a pied
> piper and led much of the flock over to Facebook in recent years.  (We
> wouldf love to see you over at the group I administer, 78 rpm and
> cylinder fan group, and Sammy Jones' Radio Transcription page.  And as
> for OTR groups, they vary in quality, so make sure to see that Martin
> Grams, Sammy, and myself are in it first.
> As for sound effects records, I rescued a hundred or so at Mort Savada's
> shop before he could sell them to a stripper who broke records over her
> naked butt.   True story.  Tom Valentino kept pressing vinyl 78s at RCA
> for his Major label into the 60s, and he once let me take some unusual
> samples from his storage room.  I wish I took pictures of his place.
> His sons told me years ago there are none left, nd that their father was
> able to see their first Major CD before he died.
> The sound effects record I really want is the car crash record on
> Standard.
> Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com  and facebook messenger
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [78-L] What I've Been Up To...
> From: Elizabeth McLeod <lizmcl at midcoast.com.invalid>
> Date: Sun, April 07, 2019 7:14 pm
> To: 78-L <78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
> In keeping with Kristjan's suggestion that we try to goose some life
> into
> the old 78-L, I've been building up a library of radio-era 78rpm sound
> effects records, to be used in the actual production of a live radio
> variety
> program. I've been the manager of a theatre for the past fourteen years,
> and
> in that capacity I've started a twice-yearly live-radio show, with
> comedy,
> music, and all the rest. We don't do this show as hokum with corny
> costumes
> and broad exaggeration -- I try to do it as an actual radio variety
> series
> would have been done in the heyday of such without in any way mocking
> the
> style.
> Toward that end I've been accumulating records I can use on an SFX truck
> I'm
> building, based on a Califone turntable and PA amplifier. Most of what
> I've
> picked up so far has been from the Standard and Speedy-Q libraries -- I
> had
> actually worked with the Standard library in one of my radio jobs long
> ago,
> and have regretted ever since that I didn't swipe the records when I had
> the
> chance, because they all ended up junked when the station moved. I find
> the
> Standard recordings more convincing, but the Speedy-Qs seem to be easier
> to
> find, and are generally suitable for my purpose. I'm looking especially
> for
> late vinyl pressings in broadcast-quality condition -- it's frustrating
> to
> find one I need only for it to be all scuffed and noisy.
> Our next live broadcast over our local community-type station and its
> worldwide feed will be July 7th. If you go to WRFR.org and look on their
> home page you'll find a link to our first show, done on December 16th.
> The
> regular cast is made up of people who work at the theatre, with guest
> performers picked up around the neighborhood, with script and directing
> by
> me myself. Didn't use any recorded SFX for the first show, because I
> didn't
> want to make it any more complicated than it needed to be for people
> who'd
> never done any kind of radio production, but I think we're ready to move
> to
> the next level.
> Elizabeth
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