The #roots of Mousey #gray

Timid and soft spoken is his usual way,
Until love ignites his inner rage.
The surface calm that Mousey Gray had;
Belies the turmoil that makes him so mad.

One power punch is all he wrote;
To knockout his rivals, and elope.
Now Gussey is his, and shares his name,
but will Mousey continue on to fame?

In Pine Ridge Mousey has begun to prowl;
As the night watchman who likes poetry, and owls.
For him Lum and Abner are like no other.
To him they feel just like a mother.

PS: To listen to the events that introduced Llewelen Snavely Gray to the cast of characters with Lum and Abner in Pine Ridge, have a look at these shows from December 1941.

Red Skelton- #avid Spring Cleaning. 490429

It’s Spring cleaning time for a comic named Red,
Even for Clem and Daisy June as a maid.
While burning letters in the ash can,
Some were sent by an avid fan.
The curiosities just won’t go to bed.

Rod O’Conner and Red go for a ride,
To meet with Fritzie the fan on the side.
They meet Junior the mean little kid,
“If I dooddit I’ll get a whipping,” he said.
ut wil Fritzie get Red in trouble with his bride?

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Red Skelton- #avid Spring Cleaning. 490429

Sharing the Love for WordPress Bloggers

I’ve been podcasting for quite a while, with steady growth all along the way. People who enjoy old time radio shows may have found me as they search directories like iTunes, or Podomatic. Others may have found me by a simple search on the Internet for a favorite actor, or radio show. For all the steady downloads, feedback is much mor rare than you might think. Enter the world of WordPress bloggers. 

My site automatically posts to my Twitter feed, and Facebook account. Sometimes I get a ‘Like’ or an even more rare retweet, or share. I’ve made some friends like Jimbo, Sara, and others who enjoy shows ranging from Superman, to Vic and Sade, to Philip Marlowe. But… Enter the world of WordPress bloggers. 
I maintain two related sites. One strictly for the podcast, with show notes, and a media file to listen to. My other site is for blogging additional thoughts on classic, old radio shows. My stats for the podcast are busy, but despite that, the feedback is slow. Enter the world of WordPress bloggers. 
Dramatic changes have come to my small, little blog. The traffics there is quite, but thanks to the community of WordPress bloggers, and the challenges to writing, poetry, and blogging, I’ve met some very engaging people. My ‘Like’ button hasn’t been so lonely, as folks who span the globe take time to click it. Thanks to you. 

Whether you love classic radio, movies, or TV. Whether you’re a writer, or a student, or someone with something to say, thank you for taking the time to ‘Like’ my articles. 
Comments have a nice system to respond back to you. Likes are a nice, one way street to give me an encouraging thumbs up. They make me smile, and I wish there was a way to like the like back. 
Since I can’t, here’s a thank you note for all those likes, and for the ones to come. You know who you are. Thanks so much for the smiles, and encouragement. 

Stopping the Unstoppable

Another installment of peeking behind the curtain, and glimpsing behind the scenes of the podcast.

Environment is so important. Sometimes there isn’t any control, and when there’s work to be done, mental preparation can make the difference. Bad weather, noisy room, the need to leave that comfortable chair and desk, working on the road, off the grid, without tools, or very few of them. Creativity is still locked in the head, but it takes more effort to pry it out.

Not that creativity can’t be expressed. It just takes conscious effort and well… creativity to get it out in the open.,

For example, today I’m not at home. I’ve had to be on the road to take care of business. Going to the city to accompany a relative at a doctor appointment. continuing the day’s adventure 80 miles down the road to my house that I’ve been trying to sell. We have renters instead, and lease agreements to look over, sign, and arrange for them to take possession. While my wife shows them the property once again, I take a break, squeezing in a few moments to crack open the laptop, connecting to the world using a hotspot, and at least take time in writing a few lines for the Retro Radio Blog. It isn’t my usual work space. I’m out of the office, out of my creative comfort zone, but if I can’t record a podcast, or even listen to anything, or work on my line up for the upcoming weeks, at least I can write.

I’d rather be in my office chair, with the nice back support. I’d rather be able to finish that editing project I started on the weekend, but had to put on hold for the moment. I’d rather have access to my home network, and the archive of stuff I have there for resources. I’d rather be able to do some audio editing on the software I have on my home work station, than the set up on my portable environment.

I could do some of those. I try to be prepared. Instead, I write. I need the practice. And now you know a little more about the behind the scenes of what happens at the podcast.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll be unstoppable, and crank the creative juice to full impact. I love the time I spend in my little Church House Studio. But maybe life will sneak in with lawn mowers that need fixing, backyard jungles to weed whack, laundry to do. and other demands on time management. Then I’ll slip upstairs, put on the headphones, fire up the microphone, and slice and dice audio files until the evening grows late.

Note: Inspired in part by the #DailyPost
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/unstoppable/

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Featuring: Our Miss Brooks – Weekend At Crystal Lake. ep7, 480919

Rewritten show notes, thanks to #everydayinspiration

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There’s something peaceful about a lake. On the surface, clean, shimmering water, with wind kicking up little ripples on the surface. Ducks swimming, or waddling near the shoreline. A row boat quietly heading to a shady fishing hole. Couples holding hands as they walk the path to stroll the circumference.

How could such an idyllic seen, on a late Summer day, hold anything but rest and relaxation.

As we examine one of the couples more closely, we find they are a pair of high school teachers, invited by the principle and his wife to their lakeside cottage for the weekend. The situation has overtones of tragedy and jealousy, like a torrid romance novel. Will the wonderful weekend to the wild woods end in worry?

The optimism of Connie Brooks is challenged at every turn. The power of suggestion plants seeds of stress in the mind. It would certainly be an American tragedy, if all the plot points in that age old novel were set into play. The dreams of private seclusion with her love interest, Philip Boynton are shattered. But wait! Will he have passionate interests in Connie for once? Has love finally won the day in their hearts?

Someone needs to tell those around them that the silly comparison to the tragic love tale is only in the mind. The stodgy principle, Mr Conklin, takes a heroic step. His efforts are noble indeed. However, the misguided helper soon reverses the tender moment, snatching cupids aero from its target, and sending our lovers into an order of life or death, of being lost at sea… or at lost in the lake.

Salvation comes with Mrs Conklin, and the rays of truth shining through the clouds of mental anguish.

Poets, Prophets, And Madmen

Some say only thin lines separate poetry, prophecy, and madness –Miriam Webster Word of the Day, vatic

Though the folks at Miriam Webster admit they don’t know whether that quote is entirely true, they seem to be the primary source of this quote. Regardless, it got my curiosity going.

What kind of evidence is there in the world of classic radio dramas relating to prophets?

I won’t say my notes are accurate, and they only cover shows I currently have posted on Retro Radio Podcast as of today. Here’s a sampling of those madmen.

To start with, I found these that have nothing at all to do with prophets in the show. However the writers seem to have an uncanny knack at peering into the real life future of Dennis Day.

Dennis Day – Dennis Donates For A New Gym. ep83, 480630

As stated, the show itself has absolutely nothing to do with prophets. However, I suppose the zaniness of Dennis Day would qualify for the mad man part, and the lyrics of his songs would be poems.

Here’s how I recorded it in my original show notes:

Trivia Alert: In filling out a questionnaire for his school, Dennis is about to say he is married with 10 kids. Though he was married in the late 1940’s, he was prophetic in his statement. He eventually did have 10 kids.

The next Dennis Day prophecy comes a few years later with this gem.

Jack Benny – Show Not Being Broadcast. 540926

There isn’t anything out of the typical lunacy in the show. Mary doesn’t make an appearance to share a poem, Dennis has his moment of prophecywhen he claims he’s leaving the show, due to being married with nine kids. Though he admits that he’s neither, (he
time.

Inner Sanctum – Murder By Prophecy. 480927

A man in financial trouble, a library complete with and old librarian, and the eerie feeling that he’s having his spirit led to something big. It is big, a possible treasure. But there’s also a catch to the prophecy. How far will he go to claim the legacy? If its all prophesied, it’s a done deal… right? Be prepared to be spooked as problems go from bad to worse.

The Shadow – The Bride Of Death. 380306.

Real prophets need not apply. As Lamonte Cranston, the Shadow investigates a cult. Still, Margot Lane has vanished, and the pseudo psychic gives the Shadow a run for his money in matching him in the power to cloud men’s minds. Human sacrifices, panthers, and lots of creepy stuff stand in the way to expose the false prophet.


Casey, Crime Photographer – The Suicide. 500504

Detectives of all types battle bogus claims of false prophets, and the like. Charlatans who are out to scam the gullible out of their money.

This time though, Casey is confronted with what appears to be the anguished soul of a playwright who predicted his own death. The logical minded Casey isn’t having any of it, and chases the case from eerie prophecy, to planned suicide, to murder.

Is there a connection between Poets, Prophets, and Madmen? I’ll admit I don’t see much of it between Poets and Prophets, but there’s a little bit of mad man in both. Especially in the release of the inner demons of the poet, and the motives of the false prophet.

Behind the Podcast,By the Numbers 

  1. Listen to classic radio shows
    1. Those on this month’s line up.
    2. Those not on the list… just for fun.
  2. Write notes.
    1. What’s the beginning, middle, and end of the episode.
    2. What significant words or phrases were used in the episode.
    3. What did people do, not verbatim what they said.
    4. What was I thinking as the topic in the show was presented.
  3. Consider new shows to add to a line up for next month, or beyond.
    1. Shows to continue.
    2. New shows I haven’t heard before.
    3. Shows I’ve heard, but haven’t had time to include.
    4. Shows listeners recommend.
    5. Shows other podcasters do.
  4. What shows should be dropped?
    1. What shows am I running out of.
    2. What shows get the least downloads.
    3. What shows am I getting bored with.
    4. Eenie, meenie minie, mo, I need to make a place for a new show… NO! Not that one.
    5. Eenie, meenie minie, mo, I need to make a place for a new show… OK, that one will work.
  5. Grab a show to feature.
    1. A show from a genre that listeners like.
    2. A show I stumbled on in an archive of stuff that never got posted yet.
    3. Something with some history to comment about.
  6. Record.
    1. Don’t talk too much, stupid.
    2. Keep to the point.
    3. Stop saying ‘um’ all the time.
  7. Edit.
    1. Find gaps for the Retrobots to fill in, and save the day.
    2. Find a music selection from the same time, or with a theme that fits
    3. Maybe a comedy short, snipped from somewhere else.
    4. Make the opening different, with new sound bites.
    5. Grab the next musical intro in the folder to lay under the opening.
    6. Tack on a new closing.
  8. Upload.
  9. Post show notes. Tags, and category.
  10. Link the media file.
  11. Set the date.
  12. Publish.
  13. Let the world admire… or scoff at… your handiwork.

Taking On More Writing Challenge

Watch out! There will be more installments into the world of writing that will be seen here. Probably not daily, but with more frequency at the least.

I like it when I write stuff that is more than notes to shows.
I find I have two big problems. The first isn’t inspiration, but focus on a topic. The next is making time. Actually priortizing a time slot to claim as writing time. I can make time better, when I focus on a mission, that topic to write on, whether it be a stand alone scene, something to bridge a gap in a story, a poetic thought, or in outlining where a new story should go.
The mission of this blog is to share things related to classic radio dramas and shows, and I want to maintain that theme.

I’m planning on more writing challenges, because they offer direction even if I don’t always manage to keep up on daily prompts. Where I can, I’ll drop an article here. For more flavors of me… I’ll be more broadspread at my personal blog. Watch the events over at http://heltsley.net to see how things are going.
just be careful, hyou never know what you might get over there.