Thursday, September 11, 2008

Transcription Disc #67

I don't even remember where I got this. It took me almost a year to find someone who could transfer it for me. That someone turned out to Lou Curtiss at Folk arts Rare Records in San Diego, California. Thank you Lou. This is a 16-inch transcription of a NBC program on KFI-AM 640 Sunday, November 7th 1954. The program, An Era of High Fidelity introduces the "Orthophonic high fidelity" audio through recordings of Arturo Toscaninni, Schubert, and others. The program is hosted by Skitch Henderson. It's produced by Parker Gibbs. I'll admit the first part is a bit rough with a scratch that's a tad jarring but it works itself out about half-way through. The scan of the 16 x 16 sleeve with liner notes, is so damn big I can't post it. You can download Here if you so desire.

Skitch died in 2005 after a long career as a composer. He'd worked for both ABC and NBC for decades. He was a DJ on WNBC-AM. Then he worked on the California Melodies program, Philco Hour, USAF presents, The Pepsodent program, and the Lucky Strike Show, and in 1983 he founded the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He was an odd fellow, despite his great success, in 1975 he did 6 months in prison for tax evasion.

Parker Gibbs was an NBC producer who worked at KFI. He also did Monitor, and Beat the Band program on KFI in 1940, Hit Parade, and the Road show in the 1950s. He started out singing for the Ted Weems Orchestra in the 1920s. KFI-AM is still on air today.