"Calling Roy Rogers Up To the Mike"

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    When I was a little girl, my dad had what I thought was the most amazing radio in the world.
    It had the regular AM stations, but it also had a shortwave band. Sometimes he would turn on the shortwave and we listened to what sounded like Chinese, and other strange and wonderful languages.
    Mostly, it wasn't anything that we could understand, but it was sure a lot of fun listening to it anyway.
    The radio had a big bright green "eye" that would get wider and narrower as he tuned it in to the station. Sometimes, the radio made really weird sounds as he was finding the station and getting it tuned in.

    My favorite singer was (of course) Roy Rogers, and I loved it when the announcer at KSPT, our local radio station, would say that they were "calling Roy Rogers up to the mic".
    I envisioned the radio station with all the singers just sitting around there in chairs, waiting to be "called up to the mic".

    One day, my dad had to go to the station, and asked if I wanted to go along. I was beside myself with joy ! Roy Rogers !
    I was going to see Roy Rogers, and maybe even watch him sing.
    I could hardly wait to get there ! !

    When we got there, we walked inside, and I looked around, but there were NO singers, and NO Roy Rogers, anywhere.
    Finally, I tugged on Daddy's sleeve, and whispered "Where is Roy Rogers at ?"
    He gave me a blank look, so I had to explain that I wanted to meet Roy Rogers and watch him sing. How disappointed I was when Watt Moreland ( the announcer) gently explained to me that none of the singers were really there, and he was just playing records.

    Radio was never the same for me again.....
     
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    There was a time when radio stations -- the larger ones anyhow -- did actually have performers in the station from time to time, but that would have been for interviews, I believe, rather than for the music itself. I grew up with radio, as we didn't get a television until I was in high school and, even then, we had only one station that would come in reliably. I would lie under my blankets at night with my little transistor radio, listening to the radio shows. Yes, I can remember too, when I believes these people were actually at the station. I can remember too, being legitimately confused whenever "The F.B.I." series came on television because it was always introduced as, "The FBI... In Color," and it was never in color. I was in high school already then and it took me a while to realize that it wouldn't be in color on a black and white television.
     
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    Reminds me of a family friend who came by bragging about the expensive shortwave radio he'd just bought. "I can even pick up China on it!"

    The question "Can you speak Chinese?" ensured that the radio was never mentioned again. :D
     
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    On the BBC in the 50s (before my time - my father told me) there was a presenter called Peter Brough, he was a radio ventriloquist! He had a puppet called Archie and the kids would sit around the radio listening to it - no one ever saw his lips move ! :D Link here with photos and a clip: http://www.andmas.co.uk/radio/archie/andrews.html
     
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    I remember hurrying in from whatever games i was playing , so I could listen to the radio programs with my family. Most of the daily shows, I don't remember anymore, and of course, that was also how they listened to the news of the day (really news back then, too); but we listened to The Cisco Kid & Pancho, which I just loved to listen to . I still remember their famous "Aaayy, Cisco(Ceesko)" and "Si (See), Pancho" that usually started out the snow in one way or another.
    Even after television sets became popular, my folks didn't get one until I was 13-14 years old, so we still listened to the radio instead.
    At night, we had a radio request program called "Partyline", and you could call the station and request a son, and also dedicate it to someone if you wanted to do that. I think that all of the younger teenages listened to Partyline, and waited for our "request" to be played. I am sure that we kept that radio announcer busy looking for some of the old songs that we asked for.
     
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    Dragnet began as a radio show (1949-1957), and there was one about the FBI, although I don't know if it was the precursor to the TV show. Then there was Amos 'n' Andy, one you'll never see in syndication. There were a few westerns, including Gunsmoke, which began as a radio show, and Laramie. I can't remember most of them but I'd lie under my blanket with my transistor radio listening to this stuff.
     
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    I remember listening to Dragnet, too; and later it made the transition to television, just like Amos and Andy did.
    They made a little teeny-weeny transister radio that looked like a rocket ship, and at the very top was a tiny antenna that pulled out. You actually controlled the station by how far out you pulled the antenna. Of course, in our tiny town, there was only ONE station; so that was all my "rocket radio" picked up.
    I think it must have been powered with a small battery that went in at the bottom of the rocket ship. There was not much volume, and I don't even remember how you controlled volume, or even if I could control it. But it worked fine for listening to the radio under the covers after i went to bed.
    Of course, our radio station went off the air at 11PM; so if I was not asleep by then, that ended the radio listening.
    Later, I had one of the larger transister radios that had an antenna/handle so you could carry the radio around, and then tune in stations by turning the handle just right.
     
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    When we got television, we had only one television station that we could reach, but we had a bunch of radio stations, and the ones that stayed on all night were the ones carrying the radio series.
     
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    One of the things I love nowadays is getting mp3's of old radio shows and playing them in the car while I'm stuck in traffic... I've listened to every Burns and Allen I can get my hands on, and think I've heard all of Jack Benny's radio shows too while I crawl along... :p
     
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    I have been rooting through our "SOC attic", and found your "old", old radio thread @Yvonne Smith , and have to admit that I am still hooked on Henry Aldrich. Here is a link, to listen to some of the shows. "Calling Henry Aldrich, up to the mike"!
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    I got to meet Roy Rogers and Dale Evans a long time ago @Yvonne Smith, in the small town where I grew up in NE Ohio. They had come to town for the wedding of Roy Jr. (and a girl that I babysat for growing up)

    They were the sweetest people, and the town was abuzz about their visit long after the wedding.
    Roy Jr. loved the area. Stayed around there for some time I believe.
     
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    Thanks for the video Joe. ....
    He mentioned his wife Linda in there. I remember babysitting with her, and her younger brother and sister on several occasions at their lakeside home.
    And I see that Roy (Dusty) still comes back to town .. or did as of 2013.

    http://geauganews.com/roy-rogers-jr-to-be-grand-parade-marshal-at-middlefield-summer-fest/
    I had forgotten that Roy Sr. was friends with local business people .. reading that brings back memories.
     
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    I listened to Henry Aldrich on my Montgomery Ward Airline radio up in my room at night. Stations faded in and out a lot but listened to many different programs.
     
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    I used to love listening to the programs on the radio, usually along with Mom and Grandpa Bailey. Most of the ones they listened to, I don't remember any more; but the favorite that I always waited for was "The Cisco Kid".
    I would listen for that special call "Aaayy, Cis-co" , followed by "Aaayy, Pan-cho", and then the excitement would begin.
    Our radio was one of those old wooden ones about 4 feet tall, and like you see in the antique sales nowadays.
    Sometimes, it would shock me if I touched it when it was turned on; so I was always very careful around it when it was playing.
    My dad also had the one that I mentioned in my original post; which was the smaller one that had all of the shortwave channels on it, and the little green eye that he used for tuning in the stations.
    I think that was what started my interest in shortwave radios.
    My oldest son has had a ham license for many years now, so I think the enjoyment has passed down to him, too.
     
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    One of the fun jobs I've had over the years was a night security guard at the General Electric Radio plant in Utica, NY. It was rather creepy, as I was the only one in the whole factory. It was one of those jobs where I had to, every hour on the hour, make my rounds and clock in at certain stations.
    One of the rooms I liked was the competitors radio room. Every type of radio you could imagine was in this room. Hundreds of makes and sizes. I could have spent all night there had I had the time.
    One other room, was the developement area of the Show and Tell, story telling machines for children. Not yet on market, but was a big seller once it reached the stores.
    Sorry, if I got off subject, but I thought you might like to hear this story.
     
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    image.jpeg Show and Tell
     
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    Very interesting Dave. I've always thought it'd be kind of scary to be a night time security guard. Did you watch the movie Nighttime At The Museum? I think that's the name.
     
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