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“When I need to push myself, I think of all those nicely polished trophies waiting to be lifted up by the winner—and how that winner might be me.” —Maria Sharapova

Well, the week has come and gone and I’m pleased to announce that the winner of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s “Race Against Time” giveaway is dues-paying member of the TDOY faithful Pete Bainbridge, from Dismal Seepage, Ohio.  Pete will soon be enjoying a copy of this fine Radio Spirits release featuring sixteen classic radio broadcasts… Continue reading “When I need to push myself, I think of all those nicely polished trophies waiting to be lifted up by the winner—and how that winner might be me.” —Maria Sharapova

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Stuff You Should Know · Television

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

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“And son you say…you still wanna be…a winner…?” — Shel Silverstein

Apologies for having this up later than usual—just can’t seem to get my motor going this morning for one reason or another.  I’ve chosen a winner in the blog’s “King of the Cowboys” giveaway, and that lucky person—longtime member of the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear faithful Roger Scales of Billerica, MA—will soon be receiving a copy of… Continue reading “And son you say…you still wanna be…a winner…?” — Shel Silverstein

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“It’s round-up time/On the Double-R Bar…”

I’ll warn you right off the bat that this sentence contains a bit of hyperbole...but it seems to me that the secular content of the programming on most of the public domain and religious-themed stations boils down to two classic TV programs of the past: The Lone Ranger and The Roy Rogers Show.  (Though I… Continue reading “It’s round-up time/On the Double-R Bar…”

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“A winner never stops trying.” — Tom Landry

I had intended to have this announcement up earlier but this is the second time this week that we’ve experienced a brownout around Rancho Yesteryear, same hour of the day and for the same duration.  (I guess the electrical co-op in Pixley has had some difficulty of late, what with the abominable temperatures and all.)  Without further ado,… Continue reading “A winner never stops trying.” — Tom Landry

Stuff You Should Know · Television

“Around Dodge City and into territory on west…”

Although I was very much familiar with Gunsmoke the TV series throughout my childhood—the program ran on WCHS-TV like tap water, and during my second year at Marshall University, WVAH-TV made it “Must See TV” for my fellow dormmates on weeknights—I never heard a broadcast of the radio Gunsmoke until that same sophomore Marshall year. … Continue reading “Around Dodge City and into territory on west…”

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“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.” — Arthur Ashe

I just wanna tell ya—as I channel my inner Bob Hope—that there were a passel of entries for this week’s giveaway at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, which is a testament to the popularity of the classic radio comedy series The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show.  Sadly, I only have one copy of the Radio Spirits CD collection featuring their first twenty broadcasts for… Continue reading “Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.” — Arthur Ashe