It's a glorious thing, this Interwebs technology. People often think of me as an old fashioned kind of guy and stuck in the past, never wanting what's new. I beg to differ. I say I just like what's GOOD and am not affected by what era it might be from.
I latched on to all the present digital technology like a shot, not because I was infatuated with trendy little gadgets, but because of what it could allow me to research and see and own copies of of things I already like. My music collection has never been more organized and compact OR more listened to, as these handy dandy little mp3's allow. Stacks and stacks of books (and comic books) scanned down to a device the size of a pack of cigarettes, instead of mouldering and decaying in dank boxes. As recently as the 1970's, only the wealthy could have a film library or could afford a home projection room to view them. Now I have these slick little digital video discs...and a screen size which rivals that of the smallest in the local multi-plex.
And, ohhhhhhh that wonderful medium of radio. So relegated to the passing ether of the past except in warbly cassette tapes traded or sold by collectors...never enough time or space or finances to listen to cohesive chunks of this entertainment giant.
Now it's like I have my own ticket to sit in the audience.
The second half of our Vic & Sade double feature today is from April 3, 1939. This one has a wonderful double plot line which twist and turn through each other in the dialogue. In one storyline, Rush is vexed by his arch rival Nicer Scott's accounting of the number of speaking acquaintances he enjoys and Rush takes pen to paper to itemize his own. Meanwhile Sade is flabbergasted to find that two of her closest friends, Ruthie Stembottom and Miss Harris have never met. And Vic is funny just listening to them both and parrying the conversation back and forth.
I hear ya Dad.
I'll have more Vic & Sade here next week, but now let's jump to the juvenile afternoon adventure serials. With the success of pulp based shows like "The Green Hornet" and comic strip adventures from the likes of "Little Orphan Annie", comic books were making their mark in radio with "Superman" and "The Blue Beetle". There were of course other attempts at these cross overs, and one came from MLJ comics. Most readers of the day know MLJ as their later incarnation as "Archie Comics" and the typical American teen-ager whose everyday adventures are chronicled there, but when the company first began in the 1940's, they were a super hero churning out house like all the others.
Their character "The Black Hood" made the jump to radio on the Mutual Broadcasting Network as a sustaining program for about a year before it went the way of the dodo. "Sustaining Program" meant a network or station would produce a show themselves without sponsorship, hoping to find an audience and then would sell that audience and the show to an advertiser. Vic & Sade started this way in 1934 and ran for almost 2 years until Crisco picked them up.
The Black Hood was not as fortunate, and after a year of being sustained by the network, no sponsor was found. There are no existing shows from the first year, only this pilot episode was preserved on disc to be listened to and enjoyed by you here today.
Man. Even the failed shows are good to hear. I was born too late.
Or maybe just in time, to hear them all with Interwebs technology!
Talk to you soon!