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January 12, 2022 10:20 Pacific - More TV Singers

Here are some more.

First, the easy ones.  Debbie Reynolds, The Debbie Reynolds Show, with Are You For Real.  Doris Day, The Doris Day Show, with A Guy is a Guy.

Lorne Greene, Bonanza, with Ringo.  Michael Landon, Bonanza, with Linda is Lonesome.

Now for some more obscure ones.

Connie Stevens, Hawaiian Eye, with Too Young To Go Steady and Sixteen Reasons.  Troy Donahue, Surfside 6 and Hawaiian Eye, with Live Young. Robert Conrad, Hawaiian Eye and the Wild Wild West, with The Great Magician.

Jack Larson, The Adventures of Superman, with Do Yourself a Favor.

Dean Jones, Ensign O'Toole and Walt Disney, with The Proud Don't Cry.

Tim Constantine, My Three Sons, with What Do Little Girls Dream Of.  Don Grady, My Three Sons, with A Broken Heart Knows Better.

Jerry Mathers, Leae It To Beaver, with Don't Cha Cry.

And finally, Sal Mineo and Mamie van Doren, both primarily cast as eye candy in movies, but making numerous TV guest appearances.  Sal Mineo with Young As We Are.  Mamie van Doren with The Bikini With No Top on Top.

Then there are the movie stars dipping into music.  But that's the post of another day.

January 11, 2022 10:14 Pacific - TV Singers

Dwayne Hickman's passing got me thinking of all the other TV stars in the 1950s and 1960s that either went on to become popular singers, or at the very least released singles or albums (with varying degrees of success in the music world - sometimes they would just do it to advertise their TV shows).

Rick(y) Nelson, who was the youngest Nelson son in Ozzie & Harriet was one of the more famous, with numerous Number One hits. He also performed regularly on the show, particularly in the later episodes.  Shelley Fabares & Paul Peterson from the Donna Reed Show had their moment of fame, but never were as successful as singers (although, of course, Shelley had Johnny Angel, an all-time classic).  Annette Funicello graduated from the Mickey Mouse Club and became the singing hearthrob for numerous teenage boys in that era, with such singles as Tall Paul & How Will I Know My Love.

And that's just from the 1950s.

In the 1960s there was Patty Duke (who played both twin sisters on the Patty Duke Show); she had several hits including Don't Just Stand There.  Johnny Crawford played the teenage son in The Rifleman, and had multiple hits, including Cindy's Birthday and Your Nose is Gonna Grow.  Like Annette Funicello, he also started out as a Mouseketeer.

But what I find most interesting are the actors and actresses that did music who are virtually unknown for that today.  Dwayne Hickman was one.  Donna Douglas, who played Elly May Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies, released a single titled All the Other Girls.  In later life she became a gospel singer.  Clint Eastwood, first known for his work in Rawhide, released several singles, including Rowdy.  Larry Hovis, who played Sergeant Carter in Hogan's Heroes, was a nightclub singer before he was cast on TV, and released We Can Have Lots of Fun.  Even Ted Cassidy who played Lurch on the Addams Family released (Do) The Lurch.

And who can forget William Shatner's version of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds from the album The Transformed Man, released in 1968.  He went on to release numerous albums.  There are also other Star Trek stars that  had their hand in the music industry.  In 1967 & 1968, Leonard Nimoy released Music From Outer Space and The Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy (the latter contained the song Highly Illogical).  Even Brent Spiner (Data from TNG) got into the act, releasing Old Yellow Eyes is Back in 1991.

This is the stuff that winds my crank in the Park 15 world.  Not ground lead lengths or audiophile discussions on attaining a pristine signal (that will travel several hundred feet before you get static and/or noise).

January 10, 2022 16:41 Pacific - Teen Idol

Dwayne Hickman passed away yesterday.  Unlike most who will remember his television and movie work, I remember him for releasing the album Dobie in 1960.  Like his TV roles, the songs were aimed at teenagers, and still hold up in the genre today.  Here's Bad Reputation and Don't Shoot the Man in the Moon.

January 6, 2022 15:54 Pacific - Suckers

Today marks the anniversary of the attempted insurrection in the U.S.

What is shocking is the popularity that Trump continues to have, both in the U.S. and even (to a lesser degree) in Canada.

I guess P.T. Barnum was right with this quote attributed to him: "There's a sucker born every minute."

January 3, 2022 17:58 Pacific - Leadership

A recent post over at the Blare Blog laments the autocratic tendencies of the owners/moderators of the remaining Part 15 broadcasting Forums.

It's too bad it's come to this.  Dictatorship tendencies, a coup and rigid moderation can be pretty destructive.

Recently, however, I decided to attempt to resurrect Part15.org to its Part15.us glory, and I've started posting there again.  Hopefully, this will be like a snowball tumbling down a mountain gathering more snow, and more posters will join me.  If not, well, I tried.  I really hate leaving Part 15 broadcasting discussions to the other sites.  They just don't deserve it.

January 1, 2022 18:01 Pacific - Alternative Voice Tracking

Those that are familiar with Artisan Radio are also aware that we have experimented with automatic voice tracking using TTS (Text to Speech).  During our sabbatical I've experimented a bit more, and developed several Windows Powershell scripts to automatically generate voice tracking, and append the resulting sound tracks to the end of the appropriate mp3 files.  It's more difficult to do correctly than what it sounds like.

I've also been doing some quality experimentation with mp3 bit rates of over-the-air signals.  What it boils down to is that 64 kbps files are all you need for FM & AM mono; there's no difference (that I can hear) going any higher.  FM stereo might be a different story, as well as Internet streaming in either mono or stereo.  But then, Part 15 FM stereo is largely a waste of time anyway due to interference; you're far better off going mono at nanowatt & even microwatt (in Canada) signal levels.  And unless you have big Internet pipes, streaming at high bitrates can max your upload capacity very quickly.

It really all depends on your programming.  Talk (including OTR) is just fine at 64 kbps mono.  Most source material produced in the early 1960s & prior is mono, and again, you'd be hard pressed to notice any difference encoding at greater than 64 kbps.  The only time I could see going above that to 128 kbps or higher is if you're streaming more modern material in stereo.  Even then, streaming above 128 kbps to me is more a status symbol than anything else (my internet stream bitrate is higher than yours!).

January 1, 2022 15:34 Pacific - It's a New Year

And we're restarting our blog.  It's the 4th incarnation, believe it or not.

For various reasons, we stopped our over-the-air and internet streaming broadcasts late in 2021.  Shortly, however, we should be back on the air (and streaming) with our new, all talk format.

All programming will either be in the public domain, original, or broadcast with permission.