Archive for July, 2009

NEW ISSUE OF ‘THE OLD RADIO TIMES’!!

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

We’ve just posted the new issue of ‘The Old Radio Times’. This issue also concludes the editorship of Ryan Ellett. We are sorry to see Ryan go, but wish him well!
Check out the new issue!

OTTER Database Updated

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

The OTTER database has been updated to include the revisions received as of 06.28.09.

The individual text files have also been updated.

New Scripts Added

Monday, July 13th, 2009

120 scripts from ‘Dragnet’ have been added to the Script library. These scripts were provided by Ed Selhlorst. Thanks Ed!

If you have or know of materials relating to old time radio that are not on this site, please let us know. We welcome all additions.

Updates to the Site

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Terry Caswell has updated the Index to the Old Time Radio Archival magazines, making it very easy for a researcher to locate articles about a specific program or star. Thanks Terry!

Thanks to the Old Time Radio Club of Buffalo for the 11 issues of Illustrated Press from 1981 that we’ve recently added.

Al Girard has provided us with 10 issues of Radio Guide.

Several other areas of the site have been upgraded as well.

More material added to the Gallery

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Hey all –

This morning I submitted CBSRMT, added more for TWILIGHT ZONE, and upgraded CBS RADIO WORKSHOP. Along with the recently added MINDWEBS, these are my newest contributions the gallery.

For those interested in such things, here are the design notes in alphabetical order:

CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER: This package consists of generic versions for both the Marshall and Grimes seasons (the latter sadly lacking in all designs I’ve seen). This one was designed for the slim cases so there are no tray inserts or reverses (as yet).

COVER: What I like about this is that I found a way to incorporate the black cat mascot as part of the design rather than part of the logo.

COVER REVERSE: Both versions can actually be used for a variety of shows (as I used offbeat pics of the stars to make them less recognizable). There are also no content listings to add to their versatility. Myself, I’m doing the series a la my TZ contributions but in 23-episode increments.

LABEL: These were in part an homage to the original NBC Mystery Movie, an idea I may also use for MUTUAL RADIO THEATER if I can ever get off the dime. :)

CBS RADIO WORKSHOP: Thanks to the always great JimB for permission to post these ahead of the upcoming distribution. In addition, there are two DVD-oriented pieces that will be available ONLY through the distribution so if you want ‘em I encourage you to sign up for it.

COVER: This is the final version. Not much changed except a little more color added and a better incorporation for the OTRR logo.

COVER REVERSE: Another piece that can be used for several series (esp those featuring Bill Conrad). Again, I’ve left this blank to add to its versatility.

LABEL: Way better version than the original. More figures, better color, same general idea.

TRAY INSERT: I try not to play favorites, but I really REALLY like this one. The idea continues the Eyeball People in a fun way while trying to grasp the imagination and variety of the actual series. I mean, what does WORKSHOP call to mind anyway?

TRAY REVERSE: Upgraded to current design. For the cast I tried to balance the most recognizable stars with the most famous guests.

MINDWEBS: A long LONG time in the making. This one went through no less than SIX versions before I was finally satisfied. I hope it was worth the wait, too!

COVER: This was the original label in my design but promoted it both for its power and to keep the entire face intact. Those are actual spiderweb images distorted and layered throughout, btw.

COVER REVERSE: Originally this was to be a solid black background and then I accidentally pasted in the woman (intended for an INNER SANCTUM design) and was surprised at the result. Amazing what the subconscious comes up with. Another one left blank (NOT a habit I assure you!) simply because the series is too big to fit legibly on one sleeve.

LABEL: This one is another homage to NIGHT GALLERY and another that took seemingly forever to do. Bonus points if you can recognize the female celeb in the image. :)

TRAY INSERT: This was originally intended for the cover of TALES OF TOMORROW, then 2000 PLUS, then the cover for this series. Fun idea but not really appropriate for the program (esp. the weird opening music) so I expanded the area and put it here. Even then it went through several coloring sessions before I found the right hues.

TRAY REVERSE: Sadly, not a lot of series information for this one. I spent a week researching on the net and incorporated everything relevant I could find. The writers listed are my own favorites from the series.

TWILIGHT ZONE: Cover Reverse, Tray Insert, and Tray Reverse for Volume 13 added. Not much to say here other than celeb placements in the insert was done in relation to both volumes 1-12 and the forthcoming Volume 14. The latter will be submitted whenever I finally get around to buying the particular downloads. Something I encourage all fans to do now that the company is no longer releasing new volumes on CD.

That’s all for now. I’m currently working on a new ZERO HOUR episode but mostly taking a break to concentrate on burning and collecting the best copies of CBSRMT in 23-episode increments as mentioned above. Why the odd number? That’s how many can fit legibly single column on a cover reverse in 9 pt Palatino Bold with 3 points extra spacing. No point shoving everything on a single disc if you need a magnifying glass to read the tracks I sez.

Thanks to JimB for granting me Admin access again and to Sue for suggesting how to upgrade my own profile so I won’t be accidentally locked out again.

Keep watching the skies!

Denny (HapWander)