Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 3, 1916 Happy Birthday Maxene Andrews

On this day in 1916, Maxene Andrews was born. Maxene was the middle sister (and soprano) of the musical mid-century act: The Andrews Sisters.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 1, 1927: First Rose Bowl National Broadcast

January 1, 1927: Graham McNamee presented the play by play on NBC for the Rose Bowl, broadcast for the first time on this day by a coast-to-coast network radio.

NBC chose sports as their main program focus since they were the first network to broadcast the Rose Bowl across the country. Later on, several important sporting events were aired nationally by NBC, including the World Series, golf tournaments, and the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1932.

McNamee was a pioneering broadcaster in American radio history. He broadcast many sporting events, including national and international competitions. He was not a sports expert, but he had an incredible affinity for conveying to audiences what he saw in great detail and with great enthusiasm.  Graham McNamee later broadcast the radio program Behind the Mike.

Monday, November 21, 2016

How to Load MP3 files on iPad using Voice Dream Reader

Here's a useful step by step tutorial from a blind old time radio listener on how to load MP3 old time radio shows onto an iPad:

I have a number of old time radio show series on my ipad mini 4.  I like voice dream reader because it will remember where I left off in each series I listen to.
  1. If not in a ZIP archive format. You should compress the directory holding the mp3's files into a ZIP file.
  2. Connect the iOS device to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. Open the iTunes application and select the iOS device button at the right of the main window. 
  4. Select the "Apps" radio button on the main screen.
  5. At the bottom of the Apps screen is a section titled "File Sharing" with a column list of apps. One of those will be Voice Dream Reader app select it.
  6. Press the "Add…" button located in the bottom right of the screen. This will give you a dialog to select the ZIP file from step one. The zip will then be added to the app.
  7. Go to Voice Dream Reader, now you'll find some thing like: This Is Your FBI DISK 1. . forty-four hours, nineteen minutes, thirteen seconds2% READ. Zipped Audio Format.