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February 01 2012 at 20:24:17
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Nixon p.s.
: My former boss, Fritz Roland, passed 2 weeks ago.

One of his claims to fame - was being Nixon's cameraman on that classic first trip to China.

Though he had a personally inscribed picture on a wall at work - he always referred to tricky Dick, as "that crook".

February 01 2012 at 20:21:05
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Don Cornelius
Comments: The host/creator of SOUL TRAIN took his own life today in Los Angeles.

I can remember us running it for the first time on KTUL many, many years ago. Think for a while - we ran it after AMERICAN BANDSTAND.

The show started initially in Chicago then was moved to CA for big-time production work.

Of course, we all warbled "SOOOOOOOOUL TRAIN" on the intercom coming back to the show from local breaks.

February 01 2012 at 17:27:24
Name: Mitch Gray
Topic: Location,Location,Location.
Email: North Of You
Comments: Mr Chew, No, I'm not North of the Trask ranch. I have two sons in Santa Barbara. Does that count? I spent some time back in the 70's hitchhiking up and down Hwy 101 from Santa Maria to Vancouver BC. Beautiful country.

My current locale is north of Tulsa in Frank Phillips territory. I watched you for years along with G-Alaird.
Photo journalist Gaylord Herron, who used to be a relative by marriage,kept us informed of the KOTV off air antics.

Thanks for your interest.

February 01 2012 at 15:58:16
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: The Nixon Oval Office Recorders
: Yes, the recorders that were installed in the Nixon Oval Office by the Secret Service were Sony TC-800B machines along with many cheap Sony lavaliers. The machine that was used for transcription was a Uher model 5000.

February 01 2012 at 14:06:40
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Roman's Roaming
Email: Northeast of Eden
Comments: Mitch, I have a feeling it probably wasn't. btw, is north of you...north of northeast of Eden, by any chance?

February 01 2012 at 10:17:18
Name: Mitch Gray
Topic: Polanski's Folly
Email: North Of You
Comments: Has it ever been determined if Polanski's interaction with that tape machine was consensual?

February 01 2012 at 01:51:30
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Rose Mary's What?
Email: Northeast of Eden

Oh yes. Ken said it was a Sony. If the reel-to-reel is out of the Nixon White House, Mr. Broo has scored himself a real eBay coup ($$$$$$) !!!

Anyway, Roman Polanski has already directed a movie about THAT tape recorder. You know, "Rosemary's Teac?" And the running time on it is ONLY 17 minutes.

Thanks for the opening, Mitch.

January 31 2012 at 18:05:02
Name: Mitch Gray
Topic: Nixon Oxide
Email: North Of You
Comments: I wonder if Ken's new recorder was the one Nixon used in the Oval Office?

January 30 2012 at 22:11:54
Name: Ken Broo
Topic: Reel To Reel Tape Machine
Email: ken@kenbroo.com
Comments: Believe it or not, we found a vintage Sony TC 800B at a Goodwill store in suburban Cincinnati. Paid just $5 for it and it works like a charm. Listened to tapes I made almost 40 years ago and they sound like they were 'cut' yesterday. Only problem is I don't sound any better today than I did then.

January 30 2012 at 14:41:53
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Tiny Town Terrors: Continued
Email: Northeast of Eden
Comments: Jim Ruddle: Oh yes Art! Something I remember well. As a flakey jazz musician remarked in response to a query from Al Jazzbeau Collins regarding what he, the jazz player, thinks of Art, "Well, man, I think Art blows the most." And the jazzer is right, don't you think?

January 30 2012 at 09:29:37
Name: Jim Ruddle
Topic: Mas Terror
: Gary Chew--It wasn't just one midget: The whole damned town was full of them, white hat midgets, and black hat midgets, and they rode SHETLAND PONIES!
They could walk under the swinging doors of a bar.
Tell me this isn't art.

January 30 2012 at 01:21:41
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Terror in Tiny Town
Email: Northeast of Eden
Comments: Hey there, Mr. Ruddle. I missed this film first-run, since I was a year old when it came out. My mom wouldn't let me go out by myself that year. Later I missed it as well. And now after checking it out on IMDb, I think I understand your take on the movie. It looks pretty awful. A midget come to town to kick butt? But, I'm thinking my mom and dad might've chuckled watching it, if they did...maybe just because that had gotten away from their screaming kid for an evening.

Good to hear from you, sir. Hope you're well. You can check out some of my latest reviews, other than "Terror in Tiny Town," online at SacramentoPress.com

January 28 2012 at 15:20:25
Name: Jim Ruddle
Topic: Flicks
Comments: Why, Gary Chew, do you never have anything to say about "Terror of Tiny Town"? Now, THERE was a movie! Maybe the worst movie ever made, but it was a movie.

I saw it when it came out--about 1938 or '39--had swallowed the preview hype, then hated it from the first frame. (Just to open a new topic.)

January 24 2012 at 14:23:35
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Best Movies, Again
Email: Northeast of Eden
Comments: In my stupor last night, I failed to include "The Tree of Life" in my Best Film List for 2011. And I'm really glad that Malick got a best director Oscar nominiation go along with it. And happy still that Woody Allen got such a nomination as well for "Midnight in Paris." Both are really fine films.

January 24 2012 at 02:49:11
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Best Movies I Saw in 2011
Email: Northeast of Eden

The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
Higher Ground
Margin Call
The Ides of March
War Horse
The Debt

What else, surfers?

January 20 2012 at 16:36:53
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: To Frank Morrow
Comments: Frank, I forgot to mention that my favorite tape machine cleaner is made by American Recorder, located here in Simi Valley. The S-721H cleaner is wonderful. The 4-oz can is $24.95.... but it's worth it.


January 20 2012 at 16:18:58
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: Reel-to-Reel, etc.
: To Frank Morrow,

I hope that your tape and disc transfers work well for you. As mentioned, nice tape machines are available at very reasonable prices.

If you don't choose to bake your tapes, then be aware that your machines must be cleaned before every pass using isopropul or de-natured alchohol. Of course, you should de-mag the machine before every use. If you still have your discs, I would suggest doing the xfs from the discs rather than the tape bumps.

Ok, I'll shut-up. I could write about this for hours. Good luck, and let me know how it goes.

January 19 2012 at 15:41:09
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Reel-reel
: Thanks for your info regarding my efforts to find a good, reliable reel-reel tape recorder. My tapes are all 1/4 inch that range from 1.75, 3 3/4, and 7 1/2 ips. They range in purchase date from 1951 through about 1973. Some are of historical significance like the ones of Central High's "KVOO Day" in 1951 and radio broadcasts of KAKC, KTUL, and KRMG from 1951-1957. Some highlights include the crash of a B-52 near Skiatook, reporting about a Dallas tornado, and the Tulsa Easter Pageant of 1957. I also have put about 1,000 78rpm records on these tapes.

There also are many tapes of family activities when I was stationed in Guam, Hawaii, Morocco and Turkey.

My ultimate goal is to put these tapes and old 78rpm records onto CDs or DVDs.

January 19 2012 at 14:53:11
Name: Erick
Topic: Mitchell's Memories
Comments: As always, apologies if this has been mentioned...but has anyone been watching the "Mitchell's Memories" segements on KTUL's "Good Morning Oklahoma" every week? Most of them are really interesting. I think they are also on the station's website.

January 17 2012 at 12:33:17
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Still working at 90
: Happy Birthday, Betty White, age 90.

Born in Oak Park, IL 90 years ago today.

I can't remember ALL of the TV shows that she appeared on. I DO remember her husband, PASSWORD host, the late Allen Ludden.

January 15 2012 at 15:43:54
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: More creaky voices
: Oh yes, the creaky-voice valley girl thing seems to be all the rage now. During a recent shoot I asked my A2 to check the talent's RF. He said "everything is fine... that's the way she sounds live!!"

To reset your ears, I would suggest a lovely afternoon listening to Sarah Vaughan.

January 15 2012 at 09:23:04
Name: Mitch Gray
Topic: Vocal Irritations
Email: North Of You
Comments: Spot on with the "Creaky" thingy.

Next up: Starting your sentence with "I Mean".

January 14 2012 at 22:34:28
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Miss America pageant this evening

Hearing lots of the creaky voice.

January 10 2012 at 16:57:58
Name: Erick
Topic: Anniversary
Comments: Not to doubt this website's father, but isn't TTM starting its 13th year?

Late 1998 until late 2011... I've counted it out several times and I get 13, going on 14.

January 07 2012 at 20:18:57
Name: Michael M. Miller
Topic: Webmaster
: I totally agree with my old friend Gary Chew. (And that doesn't happen very often.) Congratulations, Mike! Enjoy your new job!

January 05 2012 at 05:30:09
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Job Fetching
Email: Northeast of Eden

Mr. MR: Mucho congroucho marx, senor. Couldn't've happened to a nicer hombre or better web maestro.

Delmeaux du Coffeyville.

English, Spanish, Italian and French all in one post. Thank Heaven for translators at Google.

January 03 2012 at 23:18:36
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Comments limit in GroupBlog / Capitol Records

Re the comments from Jim Ruddle and Frank Morrow about the comments field being limited to 512 characters, the Pathfinder people set the max length up to 2048 characters. Funny, the same thing happened just one year previously, too.

Re the Capitol Records photoset Scott Linder sent us yesterday, he notes that you might like to take a look at the Scoring Sessions website, if you found his pix of interest.

December 31 2011 at 10:52:55
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: Job
: And if that gets boring: stephen-hawking-wants-you-to-find-him-a-voice

PS: I can also slop the hogs at the server farm.

December 31 2011 at 10:42:54
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: Nuevo Yearos
: Congrats on the new gig Mr. Mike! I was a bit concerned when I heard about American... Cloud is very definitely the future so best of luck.... remember me when you're the CFO of Google.

December 31 2011 at 10:00:15
Name: Jim Ruddle at WGN in 1965Jim Ruddle
Topic: Webmaster
Comments: Congratulations on the job. Having watched other good, qualified people looking for jobs in this screwy economic fog, I'm delighted to hear of success.

And Happy New Year to you and all the other TV Memories types.

December 31 2011 at 09:37:52
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Happy New Year!

Tulsa TV Memories began its 14th year two days ago. I propose a toast: Happy New Year!

I am pleased to announce that I am starting a new job on Tuesday. This is a great outcome of a quest that was underway two years ago at this time.

More later, but I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

December 30 2011 at 20:59:35
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: Archaic appliances
: Mr. Morrow, what is the width of your tapes and at what speed did you record them?

December 30 2011 at 15:14:33
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: Tape machines and restoration.
: To Mr. Morrow, and others with regard to analog recorders and tape restoration...

Actually, nothing about analog recording or the machines is "dead" technology. We use it every day here in LA to restore and master new recordings that sound much better than that digital stuff!! Many mastering labs and studios own and maintain beautiful machines including Studer, Ampex,Scully,3M,Otari and others.

I'm sure that you can find a nice machine at a low cost, since they are being sold by various "idiots" who don't understand what they have.

Just a note with regard to the restoration of older analog tapes... The problem is that after years of storage, the oxide has pulled-away from the binder, and the "sticky-tape" problem is the result during playback. The solution to this is to "bake" the masters at a very low temperature for several hours to re-bind the oxide to the base. This is not a permanent fix, but works well for a one-time transfer.

About two years ago, I transferred eight 2" masters at Capitol Studios using this method. Capitol does this almost every day just as they have for the Sinatra masters, etc,

After you find a machine, you might want to contact others like Graham Newton to help you.

If you want to do your stuff at Capitol Recording, call Paula Salvatore at 323/871-5001. Send me a note if you have any questions. I know how to do this.

Kind regards always,
Scott Linder

December 30 2011 at 09:29:14
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: Real to reel
: Good place for dead technology is Ebay

December 30 2011 at 00:12:49
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Reel-reel recorder
: I have tons of reel to reel audio tapes, some of which have recordings of some Tulsa radio broadcasts from 1951-1957. Unfortunately, my tape machines have all bitten the dust, leaving me with no way to hear these precious tapes and others that have recordings of my kids when they were young.

I have used one place in Tulsa that occasionally had used ones for sale in the past, but no longer is a reliable source. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction to buy one.

December 28 2011 at 17:38:10
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: "Bobbi" Campbell
: I'm so sad to hear of the passing of "Bobbi" Campbell. She was Jack's wife, friend and companion for many years. She always made "lunch" for Jack when he came to KVOO in the 60s to do "Sleepwalkers" and "Music for Pleasant Dreams". I will always remeber his lunch pail from Bobbi, and he always aked me if I "wanted a bite." Hmmm...

December 28 2011 at 16:51:01
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: The Jack Campbell Family
Email: Northeast of Eden

My condolences to Jack and his family. Great folks, no doubt...and everyone who knows them...knows that.

December 28 2011 at 16:39:38
Name: Shirley Speechley
Topic: Jack Campbell's Wife
Email: pat_shirley@cox.net
Comments: I ran into Jack Campbell on Monday and wanted to let you know that his beloved wife "Bobbi" passed away on December 12th. He said it was unexpected and they had a private funeral. She was 82. I worked with Jack at KVOO from 1961 to 1994.

December 26 2011 at 00:40:35
Name: Mike Bruchas
: From a snow-less, mid 40 degree Chicago!!!

Flashback to my StarShip Records days in the 70s.

Working at part time gig at a local BestBuy this year and was thrown into helping in the DVD/CD department on Xmas Eve.

Had a 30-something looking for and buying 2 classic Leon Russell Cd's for his trip to Iowa. His father had been a Leon fan.

As I babbled on about Leon, the Church Studio and life in Tulsa in the 70s; I think he thought that I was just a crazy old man in a Best Buy shirt.

December 23 2011 at 19:38:32
Name: Mitch Gray
Topic: Misc.
Email: North Of You
Comments: Just recalled an old radio promo called "Think Mink". I believe if you answered your phone with the phrase "Think Mink", you would win a mink coat. I don't know which station it was.

Also one of the local TV stations broadcast the message, It's ten o'clock. Do you know where your children are?" I guess there was a lot of absentee kids back then. I know I was.

Cheers and Merry Christmas all!

December 22 2011 at 17:28:14
Name: Marti Coffman Nicholson
Topic: KVOO Radio News
Email: martinicholson at aol dot com
Comments: I have audio tape of a newscast I anchored at KVOO radio in September of 1978. I can share it if there is an interest. It's amazing what you find when you clean out old files!

I worked at KVOO in the mid-seventies as part of the Big Country news team pictured by Si Hawk in Guestbook 129. That was after sharing an office with fellow Oklahoman Jim Ruddle at WMAQ-TV in Chicago and before I married Skip Nicholson in 1979. Skip reported at KTUL-TV in Tulsa and then at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City where he helped win a Peabody award for the station in 1982. We are still together, by the way.

Thanks again for a great site with wonderful memories.

December 21 2011 at 13:03:43
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Bob Markley
: To add to Jim Ruddle's remarks on Norman Corwin, we presented some of the writer's radio works on Central's weekly "Experimental Theater of the Air" radio program. What a thrill for us. At that time the copyright laws were not so restrictive as they are now. As a non-commercial radio program, we could use any script for free.

December 21 2011 at 12:49:05
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Bob Markley
: More catching up after a two year absence:

Bob Markley went out west to seek his fortune but with limited and undoubtedly disappointing success. He died in 2003. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_West_Coast_Pop_Art_Experimental_Band

Bob was a handsome guy who was in the Central class of '53. He was in some plays and also participated in basketball, but not on the varsity squad.

December 21 2011 at 12:20:34
Name: David Batterson
Topic: Lee & Lionel video
Email: DB@oldgeezersunanimous.com
Comments: Wonderful to see my favorite king and his loyal subject Lee again. Brings back good memories of those fun TV days. Of course, we know that Lionel always wrote and memorized his comedic bits, while that slacker Lee just read off cue cards!

December 21 2011 at 08:30:20
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: 12/21/2012
: Dag nab it : the world is supposed to end next time 12/21 rolls around.

At least according to the Mayan or Incan calendar OR the calendar may "just reset".

So be good this following year, kids!
Act if it might be your last - then again...
And DON'T go see that stupid movie, "2012", either!

December 21 2011 at 08:24:54
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: 12/21
: Happy Birthday to Bob Hower - who first hired me in the "TeeVee biz".

Ditto to former KTUL engineer, Ed "Moe" Morris - now retired in Central MO.

Yours truly turned 61 today - gulp.

And Happy Birthday to - now retired in CA - Don Lundy. His birthday is in the next day or so.

December 21 2011 at 07:06:01
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Limitations

Sorry about that, definitely no intent to limit comments. I'll see what I can do and report back.

December 20 2011 at 17:29:39
Name: Jim Ruddle
Topic: Site Freeze
: Frank, welcome to the Frozen Zone. I've had the same problem for quite a while and it's almost as though Twitter were controlling things and limiting the number of words.  I've questioned, but no cigar.

December 20 2011 at 16:46:47
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: JFK
: Not too long ago I moved back to Tulsa and have finally reconnected with this web site. I was going to make a comment about when I was first notified of the JFK assassination when I was a Navy cryptologic officer and Russian linguist stationed in Morocco, but I find that I cannot write more than nine lines without the keyboard freezing up.

Is there a space limitation on this web site now?

December 19 2011 at 19:39:11
Name: Rita Thurman Barnes
Topic: Scooter Segraves
Email: ritathurmanbarnes@swbell.net
Comments: Join the Scooter Segraves Fan Club on Facebook. He's even around now and then . . .

December 17 2011 at 20:35:10
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Previous GroupBlog link

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