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Post by artatoldotr on 9/24/2018, 9:06 am

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Post by greybelt on 9/25/2018, 5:24 am

YTJD 1950-05-09 048 The Harold Trandem Matter UPGRADE.mp3
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Post by artatoldotr on 9/25/2018, 8:41 am

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Post by greybelt on 9/25/2018, 4:06 pm

Here's your chance to see the rough cut of a documentary about YTJD.
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Post by greybelt on 9/26/2018, 4:56 am

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Post by artatoldotr on 9/26/2018, 8:22 am

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Post by greybelt on 9/27/2018, 6:22 am

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Post by artatoldotr on 9/27/2018, 8:23 am

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Post by greybelt on 9/28/2018, 7:32 am

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Post by artatoldotr on 9/28/2018, 9:54 am

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Post by greybelt on 9/29/2018, 4:11 am

I'm traveling to what will be one of my last industry trade shows before I become at least 85% retired (hooray!) if not more, in October. So here are a few shows to last until I am able to post again in a few days...

This one is a more complete recording, not a sound upgrade.
YTJD 1953-02-06 148 The Chicago Fraud Matter HAS COMPLETE OPEN.mp3
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This recording is one that was found in Australia by collector Ian Grieve. There are still many AFRS discs around the world. It is worth visiting record shops in major cities that may have had US Army or Navy bases in the 1940s and 1950s to see if there are any in their bins. This particular one is probably a late 1960s or early 1970s release as AFRTS Radio Theatre.
YTJD 1953-03-17 154 The King's Necklace Matter AFRTSRadioTheatre#1379TH (RU-2-0) FROM DISC.mp3
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This is another recording that is a little more complete.
YTJD 1953-03-31 156 The Lester James Matter (no ending PROBABLY EDITED AFRS SLIGHTLY MORE COMPLETE.mp3
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This one's kind of a big deal, and will be the only 5-part episode in this batch. The last episode of The Sea Legs Matter has always been in bad sound. This AFRTS one is much better. I'm still looking for more of the AFRTS serials. They fell out of circulation once the network recordings started to make the rounds in the late 1970s.
YTJD 1956-08-03 450 The Sea Legs Matter - Ep 5 AFRTS#288 UPGRADE FROM DISC.mp3
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Some of you may have seen this at the OTRR Facebook page, and it got a lot of response. It was from the Akron Beacon Journal of October 12, 1955. My edited notes are repeated here.

I actually felt bad when I read this. It's from the Oct 12 1955 Akron Beacon Journal, reporting on the return of Johnny Dollar as a serialized offering. It says that Bailey was selected to "cut costs" but he was as "satisfactory" as Edmond O'Brien. Some of what is said is true -- at that time. Bailey did kick around a bit in Hollywood, but west coast listeners may have known him a lot better because of Let George Do It. It's a reminder that as collectors our perspective is often quite different than the opinions held at the time. They were living it, we look at it as history, and can see the full canon of Bailey's YTJD work, while they could not. Collectors hold him in very high regard, and usually consider him beloved in this role. One of the reasons collectors like Let George Do It is not because it's a great show -- it's not -- it's because we enjoy hearing Bob Bailey! So I feel a little less bad in that they had no clue how good Bailey would be and how nowadays we consider Edmond O'Brien to be "okay" or very good in the role, but not iconic.
There were some very good comments and discussion. There were some O'Brien defenders among the posters. It was all in great fun and worth checking out at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Note the comments about how the role was created by O'Brien. This misinformation was likely provided by CBS publicity staff, unaware of the history of the program. (The best PR staffers may have already been shifted off to the TV side). Charles Russell's run was very brief, and O'Brien's brought much attention to the series because his movie career was quite hot at that time.

YTJD 1957-02-03 522 The Kirbey Will Matter[AFRTS] UPGRADE.mp3
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YTJD 1957-03-10 526 The Suntan Oil Matter [AFRTS] UPGRADE.mp3
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YTJD 1957-03-17 527 The Clever Chemist Matter [AFRTS] UPGRADE.mp3
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Post by artatoldotr on 9/29/2018, 2:49 pm

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Post by Wildcat44 on 9/29/2018, 4:45 pm

Thank you Greybelt

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Post by otrwashh on 9/29/2018, 5:08 pm

More Information on the 1955 Return of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

During a Spring, 2013 research trip, a West Coast archivist showed me several document boxes containing hundreds of uncatalogued CBS Radio internal memos, several special CBS scripts, and various miscellaneous documents.  I spent several hours going through the contents of these document boxes during two research trips, gleaning much new information, particularly on, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.  (I shared the Johnny Dollar information I found with author John Abbott and he was able to  incorporate much of it into the books of his 2nd Edition of “The “Who Is Johnny Dollar?” Matter.”)

The first major find I uncovered was about the return of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar to the air in October, 1955. These documents were a revelation and helped me to solve one of those small mysteries:
how the 1955 lead actor selection process was conducted.

You can read the article I wrote on the selection process, “The 1955 Auditions For the Role of Johnny Dollar,” in the August, 2013 edition of the RADIO RECALL, a journal of the Metropolitan Washington Old-Time Radio Club at
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Post by greybelt on 10/3/2018, 7:47 am

Thanks otrwash -- that was one of your classics -- thanks for reminding us!

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Post by artatoldotr on 10/3/2018, 8:21 am

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Post by greybelt on 10/4/2018, 6:26 am

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Post by artatoldotr on 10/4/2018, 9:39 am

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Post by greybelt on 10/4/2018, 8:13 pm

Some various pleasant family stuff the next few days will not allow me to post, so there are a few YTJDs below.

A personal update:

  • I have gratitude for the Cobaltians who have checked in with me re: the status of my mother, for whom we were called to bedside multiple times this spring. Since May she has been in skilled nursing and improves a tiny bit every few days. She will never leave there, but her quality of life has improved greatly, and she is actively engaged in her care, joking with the North Carolina staff adjusting to and now enjoying her New York sarcasm, a sign that most of the synapses are still firing. She turned 91 today, an unlikely thought just four months ago. Thanks to all Cobaltians for your encouragement and spiritual support.
  • As of this week I am, for all practical purposes, retired. Hooray!
  • Suspense upgrades keep flowing in with more than anticipated. As soon as YTJD is done, we will head back there


YTJD 1957-07-14 543 The Heatherstone Players Matter UPGRADE.mp3
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YTJD 1957-08-04 546 The Wayward Widow Matter [AFRTS] UPGRADE.mp3
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YTJD 1957-08-25 549 The Smoky Sleeper Matter UPGRADE.mp3
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Post by artatoldotr on 10/5/2018, 8:37 am

Thanks greybelt

Glad to see your Mom is doing much better.

Enjoy your retirement.

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Post by bojim1 on 10/5/2018, 8:53 am

Thanks as always Greybelt.....I'm happy as well to hear good news from you regarding your Mom & retirement......though I'm not sure I buy the retirement thing !!!

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Post by otrhead on 10/6/2018, 1:52 pm

When I first retired I got fat and lazy. Since you've been posting your high quality shows my down load button finger has really shaped up. Thanks Greybelt.

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Post by greybelt on 10/7/2018, 2:03 am

YTJD 1957-09-08 551 The Charmona Matter [AFRTS] UPGRADE.mp3
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Post by artatoldotr on 10/7/2018, 11:58 am

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Post by greybelt on 10/8/2018, 7:20 am

YTJD 1957-09-15 552 The JPD Matter [AFRS] UPGRADE (closing music intact).mp3
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