WELCOME TO THE MILWAUKEE AREA RADIO ENTHUSIASTS WEB SITE WITH SOME PERSONAL STUFF FROM YOUR WEBMEISTER
Radio historian Jim Cox just keeps on doing it. His latest addition to his already long list of titles is "Radio After the Golden Age." Most know what happened to radio after the so called golden age, but when you read this volume you will know it with more clarity. With chapters titled "The Best of Times," "At Last, Wireless for Real," "From Victrola to Payola," "Narrowcasting: A Captive Audience," " Pillaging the Public Airwaves," and "Tune in Again Tomorrow." One can see that he runs the gamut. How are these for some statistics? 90% of Americans over the age of six hear the radio every week. 96% of all U.S. automobiles are equipped with radios. 80% of American adults listen to radio in their vehicles every week. 99% of U.S. households are reached by more than 13,500 radio stations and less than 1% of all residences have fewer than five radios, and most have at least eight. These are just some of the facts you will read about in the book. Of particular interest is the appendix, "A Half Century of Radio Evolution." Here Cox takes each year from 1960 to 2013 and gives highlights, and some low lights, from each year. From the canceling of all network programming to Satellite radio and Internet radio. The publisher of the book is McFarland and can be purchased for $45. The McFarland website address is www.mcfarlandpub.com and their phone number is 800-253-2187. The book is in softcover. McFarland titles are also available from all major ebook providers, including consumer/retail suppliers (e.g. Google Play, Amazon Kindle) and library suppliers (e.g., Overdrive, ebrary). For a complete list of ebook providers, see www.mcfarlandpub.com/customers/ebooks.
Minutes and notes from the November 17, 2013 meeting of MARE
In spite of a tornado warning for southeastern Wisconsin, nine brave souls decided to attend the meeting anyway.
The meeting was called to order at 2:11 P.M. by president Mark Higgins. After which he went right into a video of a recreation by SPERDVAC. A show titled "The Case of the Calculated Risk," from "Nero Wolfe." Herb Ellis played Archie Goodwin, he also played Archie Goodwin on the original "Nero Wolfe" program. After the program concluded the membership had a short discussion about the merits of the presentation. The membership agreed that, despite a few glitches, the show was well done.
During the business portion of the meeting Ron Sayles, substituting for secretary/treasurer Nick Goodhue who was attending the SPERDVAC convention in Los Angeles, gave the treasurer's report. The treasure has a healthy balance. Carol Boettcher has given up the archivist position, anyone interested in assuming that position please contact Mark Higgins. The book librarian, Bob Bialecki, announced that there is a new book in the library. "Musicmakers of Network Radio" by Jim Cox. I have a copy of that book and it behooves you to check it out. It details 24 entertainers from 1926-1962. Just to mention a few, Steve Allen, Howard Barlow, Archie Bleyer, Rosemary Clooney, The Ink Spots, Lanny Ross and Jo Stafford. It has tons of information on each entrant in the book.
For all you budding writers out there, Gordy needs articles for the newsletter. Write about your favorite radio personalty or your favorite radio show. Maybe some personal experience involving old time radio. The choice is yours. Don't think anyone will be interested? They will.
The meeting adjourned at 3:31 P.M.
Submitted by substitute secretary/treasurer Ron Sayles
MEETINGS AND OFFICER INFORMATION
Meetings are held the third Sunday of every other month beginning in September, when possible. If not possible other arrangements will be made. Please check the meeting schedule below. The meetings run the gamut from guest speakers to trivia contests to the NightMARE Players recreating on Olde Tyme Radio program.
SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS
If you are reading this and you are not a member of the Milwaukee Area Radio Enthusiasts, you can join. All it takes is a pittance and an interest in Old Time Radio.
If you are interested, look at the schedule below and plan on attending a meeting. If you like what you see and hear, see Nick Goodhue the treasurer, about becoming a member.
The cost is $6.00 for a student membership, $12.00 for a single membership and $18.00 for a family membership. Membership is prorated if you join in months other then September.
All meetings are held in the Meeting Room (G150) at the Mayfair shopping center. The dates for the up coming meetings are:
MEETING DATES AND TIMES FOR 2014
January 19, 2014; 2pm to 4pm
March 16, 2014; 2pm to 4pm
May 18, 2014; 2pm to 4pm
July 20, 2014; 2pm to 4pm
September 21, 2014; 2pm to 4pm
November 16, 2014; 2pm to 4pm
Make your plans now.
The meetings start at 2:00 P.M. sharp, (most of the time). If there are any changes to the dates or time, the change will be noted here.
Even if you do not wish to become a member, come and visit for a pleasant afternoon. There may be a guest speaker, a trivia contest or maybe a panel discussion on the Golden Age of Radio.
THE CURRENT SLATE OF ELECTED OFFICERS
Mark Higgins, president
Don Doss, vice-president
Nick Goodhue, secretary/treasurer
Gordy Spiering, newsletter editor
Bob Bialecki, book librarian
Jean Scalzo, sunshine person
Ron Sayles, grim reaper, webmeister
BY CLICKING ON THE UNDERLINED PAGE DESCRIPTIONS YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS OTHER PAGES OF THE WEB SITE. YOU CAN ALSO CLICK ON THE PAGE YOU WANT AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE
WEB PAGES THAT PERTAIN TO MARE
MARE By-Laws: Rules the club must follow.
1st Newsletter: First newsletter from October 1975.
Cuz, I Am the President: Articles by president Mark Higgins.
Past Officers of MARE: A more complete list of all who have served.
Guest Speakers: Pictures of some past MARE guest speakers.
NightMARE Players: A group of hams who recreate old time radio shows. It is an adjunct to MARE.
Billie the Brownie Players: The story of Billie the Brownie.
Brief History of M.A.R.E.: How the club got started.
Deceased Members: Members who have passed on to the big radio station in the sky.
WEB PAGES THAT PERTAIN TO OLD TIME RADIO IN WISCONSIN, AND OLD TIME RADIO IN GENERAL
Program of the Week: A Brief description of a Golden Age radio program.
Commercials: Vintage radio commercials, everything from 4 Way Cold Tablets to Winston Cigarettes.
Births/Deaths: Who was born, who died on what date?
WI Hall of Fame: Pictures of radio personalities with a Wisconsin connection.
Milwaukee Radio Personalities: Short biographies of people who worked in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Radio Programs: Programs that appeared on Milwaukee radio.
Favorite Radio Stars: Short biography of some of my favorite radio stars.
Old Time Radio Themes: A list of radio themes in sequence by program and music.
Ralph's Recall: Personal recollections of meetings with OTR people by Ralph Luedtke a long time member of the club.
Autographs: Some autographs I have collected over the years.
1953 Milwaukee Braves: Pictures and statistics of the 1953 Milwaukee Braves
PAGES OF A PERSONAL NATURE. YOU ARE FREE TO BROWSE, IN FACT I ENCOURAGE IT
Meiji Era Japan: Photos of 1890s Japan
Pewaukee, WI: Pictures of a huge storm (1952) and High School fire (7-14-1953)
On June 21, 1954 I joined the U.S. Navy along with three of my high school classmates, Rich Slates, Clarence Schrubbe and Jim Prag. Clarence died 11-7-2002 and Jim died 4-28-2006. Rich is living in Florida. The following are pictures of that part of my life.
Great Lakes, IL: I took my basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois.
Norman, OK: I went to Aviation Prepatory school in Norman, Oklahoma.
Lakehurst, NJ: I went to Aerographer's Mate School to become a weather observer. This is the site of the famous Hinderberg crash.
Yokosuka, Japan: After all of my training I was a full fledged weather observer. I was stationed at the Yokosuka Naval Base from April 29, 1955 to February 21, 1957. I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked, but I did take some. I was an Aerographer’s Mate and worked in the Fleet Weather Central.
Mieko: This is the story of our 2002 trip to Ota, Japan to place Fumiko's sister's ashes next to her father's ashes.
Ota: In August of 2002 Fumiko's sister Mieko Wilkins died. In October of that same year we went to Ota, Japan to have her ashes placed next to that of her father's. These are pictures of that trip.
Sano: Kyoko took us on an excursion to the Ashikaga Porcelain Museum which is located in Sano. There are pieces in the museum that are over 2,000 years old.
NIKKO NATIONAL PARK: Nikko is the site of the most extravagant display of religious architecture in all Japan. This treasure trove of shrines, mausoleums and temples, all richly gilded, intricately carved, and painstakingly rendered, is unsurpassed in design and craftsmanship, but the concept of “simple,” the cornerstone of Japanese art and taste, is just not applicable.
Kanayama: Teruko drove us to Kanayama and spent the day with us. On our way back from the mountain we stopped at Donryusama Temple. This is a Temple where mothers take their babies to have them named. Sakae came here to have Teruko named.
Sendai: The city of Sendai, an old castle town, lies in northern Honshu, 10 km/6 miles from the Pacific coast. Situated amid wooded hills, it is known as the ‘city of forests’. It is the chief town of Miyagi prefecture and the political. cultural and economic centre of the Tohoku region, The city’s main industries are foodstuffs, woodworking, electrical appliances and metal-processing; traditional craft products are lacquer ware and wooden dolls.
Ashikaga is the site of a temple.
Fujiyama: We left early in the morning and did not return back home until late evening.We were taken to Mt. Fuji with Akira doing the driving. He drove all day and it was a long day. We :
Hiroshima is the chief town of its prefecture, and lies on the Inland Sea in western Honshu. Traversed by six arms of the river Ota, the city extends into Hiroshima Bay in the pattern of a human hand. Hiroshima gained a tragic place in history when it became the target of an atom bomb in 1945. Now rebuilt, it is the largest city and the administrative, educational and tourist centre of the Chugoku district.
Tokyo: The day and a half that we were in Tokyo it never stopped raining. The pictures will bear this out. It was cold, wet and uncomfortable, we had a marvelous time. Such a vibrant city and so much to see. It is ashamed that we had such a short time there, but this was a totally unexpected trip. Fumiko and I had no plans to go to Tokyo. The family got together and gave us this all expense paid day and a half. What a surprise for both of us.