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“Now…as gunshots echo across the windswept snow-covered reaches of the wild Northwest…”


I feel like every time I find myself apologizing for my all-too-frequent absences from the blog I’m like a husband sneaking back into the house after a wild stag party and I’m trying to explain to the wife. (“Shorry, honey…the fellash and I were having too much fun shingin…”).  But I had to tackle a few outside projects (including a new Radio Spirits collection due out soon) and some loose ends on eBay; I’m going to try like the dickens to have something up for you this week. 
21645Speaking of Radio Spirits collections (see—I’ve been away so long the segueways no longer work) I promised last Saturday I’d have some swag to give away and here I am to make good on that.  It’s a Sergeant Preston of the Yukon release entitled Race Against Time, featuring sixteen vintage broadcasts of the classic radio adventure—some of which hadn’t been heard since their original broadcast.  Of special interest on this set is “Grubstake,” a December 30, 1954 episode which features legendary Lone Ranger announcer Fred Foy in the role of Preston, filling in for an absent Brace Beemer (the former Lone Ranger actor took over for Paul Sutton in Preston’s final year) while Don Carley fills in for Fred as the announcer.  Foy is certainly no Brace Beemer, of course, but he does a pretty good job in his sole performance as the heroic Mountie. 
simmonsHow do I enter this fantabulous giveaway, I hear members of the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear faithful asking? Lend an ear for the details: 
1) Send an e-mail with “Race Against Time” in the subject header to igsjrotr(at)gmail(dot)com.  You have until 11:59pm EDT on August 10, 2019 (next Saturday) to enter, and all I really need is your name and your undisclosed location.  This way if your name is picked, I can offer folks a little “teaser” on the blog as to who the lucky winner was while behind the scenes, said winner can give me a bit more detailed snail-mail info on where I send the loot. 
2) The contest is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.  At the risk of beating a dead horse, if I told you what USPS wants for shipping outside the good ol’ United States it would turn your hair white. 
preston33) If you’ve been a previous winner in a TDOY giveaway, please consider waiting thirty days before entering another so that someone without your phenomenal streak of good fortune gets a chance to win some swag.  Courtesy is contagious (and really, you should have a doctor look at that). 
4) I will choose a winner (via the Random Number Generator at the morning of August 11 and inform the lucky individual via e-mail shortly thereafter.  I thought that I would be able to get a jump on sending out last week’s winner their prize early since the eBay sales were quite sluggish but it was just one aggravation after another this week and I have to sheepishly admit I’ll be mailing out that prize today. (It’s on the way, Rog—Scout’s honor.) 
Gerald Nachman once jokingly referred to Challenge of the Yukon/Sergeant Preston of the Yukon in his book Raised on Radio as “The Lone Ranger on ice” but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing…and to be honest, I think Sergeant Preston worked better on radio than TV (it was on the small screen from 1955 to 1958 and is about as exciting as watching a travelogue, in my opinion).  You should judge for yourself…but you’ll have no chance of winning if you don’t enter.  And as always: Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is the phrase that pays! 


2 thoughts on ““Now…as gunshots echo across the windswept snow-covered reaches of the wild Northwest…”

    1. I had to do a little ginger treading when I wrote this. Didn’t want our neighbors to the North to think I’m not a fan, but…the TV series is a bit of a snooze.


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