1st Newsletter


Issue Number One October 1975


Please note that the date for our November meeting has been changed from November 16 to November 23. The reason for the change was to accommodate Jed Dolnick, who can only get off from work every other Sunday. Jed was unable to attend our last meeting for that reason. Jed is one of our club officers and we feel that it is imperative that he attend our meetings. The room number is uncertain at this time. However, all details for the November meeting will be announced on Jed's "Sounds of Yesterday".


Our last meeting was held on Sunday, September 28. Attendance was only about half as many as our August meeting. It was a very warm day so we're hoping that is was only the nice weather that kept people away. The main order of business was our club constitution. The constitution that was drawn up by the club officers was read, modified, and ratified by all the attending members. The constitution will be typed out in full and a copy will be sent to each member.

Our guest speaker was Mr. Hal Nichols. Hal is a former radio announcer having worked at WGLB in Port Washington and more recently at WRIT on the 6:00-10:00 AM shift. Hal is also part owner of station WZMF-FM. He told us some of the things that take place "behind the scenes". There currently is some legal litigation against the other owner and Hal is hopeful that his lawsuit will be successful so that he will be able to obtain sole possession of WZMF's license. If so Hal has assured us that he would be very interested in airing old radio shows along with some big band music. We wish Hal much luck in his pursuit.

Also discussed was the tape library. It was generally agreed that we would supply programs on 7-inch reel, 1/4 track, at 3 3/4 IPS. Members who have shows that the library doesn't have could bring a tape of these shows and exchange it for a reel from the library - an even trade. Members who are just starting out could get a library tape by bringing a blank tape and paying one dollar. The money would be used to purchase additional tapes for the library. A list of the material now available is inclosed with this newsletter. For additional information call either John Kent or Don DeGreen. This list of material will grow as time passes.

A Publicity Committee was also selected at the meeting. It consists of Wayne Gratton, Ed Fintak and Steve Scalzo. Their job will be to publicize and promote our club in various ways in Milwaukee and other areas.


Several members approached me at the meeting and wanted to know if I could make them some labels such as the one above. I use them in my own collection and they fit real good on the ends of tape boxes. I hope to have these labels available in time for our November meeting. There will be a slight charge to cover the cost of buying the gummed stock which the labels are printed.


Hugh Carlson has informed us that several people are mad at him because he didn't give any advance notice of WTMJ's decision to start a Saturday night series of shows. WTMJ decided at the last possible moment to let Hugh air 6 weeks of shows. So it really is NOT Hugh's fault for the lack of publicity. Most everyone knows about the series by now. However, Hugh is making available the tapes for the first week's shows -

The Fibber McGee and Molly series. For a copy of those shows please contact Don DeGreen. We are certainly glad to have you back on the air, Hugh -- too bad it couldn't be for a greater length of time. Hugh's series will end on November 8.


We've looked into the possibility of showing films at some of our meetings when we don't have a guest speaker. Ed Fintak checked out some rental prices but they were quite high. However Don DeGreen has also done some checking and found that we can rent some excellent films right here in town at very reasonable prices. The selection of films was quite good. We will look into this a little further and find out from members what sort of films they's like to see.

TIPS ON TIMING TAPES - I've always thought that it is a good idea to time the old radio shows that you listen to. Even though most shows are supposed to be a half hour in length, many in fact, are not. I've had shows run as short as 19 minutes. The commercials and other announcements have been deleted but the story itself is complete. By timing your shows you can sometimes get more programs on a reel of tape than you expected. With the price of recording tape going up this makes sense. I use a stop watch automatically whenever I listen to a show for the first time. I then put the time on the identification label on the front of the tape box.

Anyone ever hear of "Lizzy Tisch"? If so call John Kent right away. Someone has been asking him that question for ages and he would like to find out. Nothing else is known about this person -- not even which show the name came from.


BE SURE TO WATCH THE ABC FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE -- "THE NIGHT THAT PANICKED AMERICA" A 1975 TV-movie that follows the events surrounding Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation of H.G. Well's "War of the Worlds" starting at 8:00 P.M.

This is a copy of one of the press releases that appeared in the West Allis Post. We'd like to thank Ed Fintak for writing the release and presenting it to Post Publications. Ed is a part time writer for Post. Since then I've sent press releases, on our club letterhead, to the Brookfield News, The Milwaukee Journal, The Milwaukee Sentinel, The Menomonee Falls News and the Waukesha Freeman. You out of towners should send me the addresses of your newspapers so we can send a release to them. Since we are a new club we need all the exposure we can get. Perhaps notices on bulletin boards at work could attract some members. We are currently putting "flyers" in libraries and book shops.


Old Time Radio, featuring the golden era between 1920 and 1955, is back again.

The new club was formed recently by members of Milwaukee Area Radio Enthusiasts for persons interested in collecting and trading recorded radio programs and other radio memorabilia from the period.

Two members of the club are currently hosting radio shows of "the golden era" on local radio stations. Jed Dolnick has a show on WUWM-FM, Sundays, 6:30-&7:30 p.m. and Wayne Gratton is on WYMS-FM on Wednesdays, 8-9 p.m.

For further information or membership, call 466-3129 or 466-6238

TUNE IN . . .

Sunday - WTMJ-TV Channel 4 The Lone Ranger 10:30-11:00 A.M.

Sunday - WUWM-FM - 89.7 The Sounds of Yesterday 6:30-7:30 P.M.

Sunday - WUWM-FM - 89.7 The Talking Machine 7:30-8:00 P.M.

Sunday - WGN - 720 The Floyd Brown Show 8:32-9:00 P.M.

Tuesday - WGLB-FM - 100.1 Old Time Radio 8:30-9:00 P.M.

Wednesday - WYMS-FM 88.9 Those Great Old Radio Shows 8:00-9:00 P.M.

Saturday - WTMJ - 620 Hugh Carlson's Saturday Night Special 6:30-9:00 P.M.

NOTE: This show through November 8, only

Well, that's it for our first issue of the Newsletter. This would have been a "snap" for a good typist, but for me --- my index finger hasn't been this flat since I "ripped off" a gum machine when I was a kid. Not being a good typist, I had to use the "hunt and peck method". First I "hunt" for the key; then when I find it, I "peck" it. My wife calls me "ole flashing finger." I'm told that if I typed any slower, rigor mortis will set in.

We hope that the newsletter will expand and improve with succeeding issues. If anyone has material for the Newsletter that would interest all members, send it to: KEN PABST 4442 N. 77th St. Milwaukee, WI 53218. I'd appreciate it if the material would be camera ready. This would save me time and also wear and tear on my typewriter. My typewriter is quite old -- in fact it already was old when Moby Dick was still a minnow. However if the material needs to be typed I will do so. Don't forget the meeting on NOVEMBER 23. Bring a friend. That's it for now. DON'T FORGET TO: