HELLO FELLOW COLLECTORS AND WELCOME TO THE BEST IN RADIO SHOWS! IF YOU BUY FIVE OR MORE ITEMS FROM MY STORE AT A TIME, YOUR EBAY INVOICE WILL BE DISCOUNTED BY 20% AT CHECKOUT. IT IS THE LEAST I CAN DO FOR COLLECTORS WHO VALUE A GOOD DEAL AS MUCH AS I DO
SO HERE IS THE BIG QUESTION:
WHAT IS A RADIO SHOW?
WHY COLLECT THEM?
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
Well, those are good questions, especially if you have never known of them.
Radio Shows are syndicated productions by one of several large and small distributors who supply broadcast product to radio stations to air normally during weekends when the usual air personalities have a break. Many air on Saturday or Sunday afternoon or evenings or during late night/overnight segments.
They often feature some of the best known voices for their genre from across the country thus the Dick Clark's and Casey Kasem's and Rick Dees and Dick Bartley and so many others.
People collect these shows for various reasons.
Some just collect the series because they like it and want them all.
Some collect their favorite artists or genre of music. Rather than an album by the artist or a compilation bought at Wal Mart or downloaded through iTunes or wherever, they have a unique presentation of their favorite artist or music not available anywhere else and always with dj presentations which were very entertaining.
Some collect interviews with their favorite artists as most shows had interview segments. Some collect commercials especially old car commercials but certainly not limited to only those.
AND, these shows are in limited quantity.
They were pressed just for syndicated stations in the United States. Many have just a few still in circulation. Some of the more popular shows may have as many as a couple hundred of each week's show that survived but think about it. One or two hundred for some 200 million Americans and millions of overseas collectors who look for unique presentations of their favorite artists or form of music is about as rare as rare can be. By the way, radio shows are highly sought after by collectors in Europe and Asia
AND they are increasingly hard to find.
They were first distributed on reel to reel tape if the show goes back that far into the 60's, then later on lp, later on CD. Now they are no longer available to collectors at all since they are distributed by digital download much like you get your music from iTunes. These shows become rarer and rarer every day because the people who buy them hold on to them and the people who sell them, like me, are running out of them. The shows that you get now and hold on to will never decrease in value and only increase.
I have prided myself since the start to provide the best and fairest cost with a no holds barred guarantee that you will be happy or I refund your money. I sell them for near what I bought them for. I give volume discounts and discount postage always. As the postal service increases their rates, my shipping rates over the years has decreased.
And, I have one of the biggest radio show libraries in the world consisting of over ten thousand shows, so many that I don't even know all that I have and am sometimes amazed when I go to look for one show and find another that I did not realize I had.
Finally, it is Americana at its best.
Whether the show be from the 60's or 2000's, rock, countdown, oldies, country, classical, religious, jazz or big band, it is unique and home grown. And you just can't find them anywhere. Even record stores that still exist will rarely have any. Radio shows are wonderful representations of the real golden age of radio at least music wise.
And every one you buy is an original, not a copy, not a remake - all are limited editions in the hundreds at most and most much less. Once you get hooked, like me, it is a love affair for life! Welcome to the Club!
My prices are guaranteed to save! Others say they are the lowest cost on the internet - compare shop. Add their shipping costs to their prices and compare with mine. You WILL save and the more you buy the more you save.
Picture yourself back in the late 50's or 60's, even the 70's. You were glued to your transistor radio listening to the top 40 presented by your local radio station. You had that radio glued to your ear or connected with the little earphone jack that immediately broke. Your local dj was great. He knew the music. He had the gift of talking which rarely occurs anymore. You loved the presentation of the music as much as the sounds. You liked the station jingles.
And on weekends when the local dj's had off, you listened to either taped shows they did during the week to be played on the weekend or a syndicated radio show featuring one of the greats.
It was the golden age of rock. Music was king and the dj's were just as popular. You can relive those days whether you grew up then or just wish you had on only a handful of oldies shows. THIS IS ONE OF THEM.
Most of you who know me, collectors who have dealt with me over the years, know that my favorite series of all time is this, Solid Gold Scrapbook.
One of the things this oldies radio show series did best was its specialty theme shows. Billing itself as the "Pop Music Almanac", Solid Gold Scrapbook prided itself in being the definitive oldies show on the radio. For a hour each day, five hours a week, for over 8 years, show hosts brought the best of music, interviews and information.
This show is a great example.
"BEATLES SOLO HITS"
IT AIRED ON APRIL 3, 1991 ON THE UNITED STATIONS RADIO NETWORKS
IT IS ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST SOUGHT AFTER SHOWS IN THE SERIES
SHOW CONTENTS CAN BE SEEN IN THE LISTING PICTURE WHICH IS NOT THE ORIGINAL CUE SHEET BUT GIVES A FULL LISTING OF THE SHOW.
Just think, on a one hour show you will hear classic tunes from the early rock era, all GREAT SONGS COMMEMORATING THE BEATLES AS SOLO ARTISTS ALONG WITH RARE AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS IN AN HOUR TRIBUTE.
It is a testimony to the early rock era and you can enjoy it over and over again as your own oldies show. These are the real oldies along with music, interviews, and all the expertise of show host Dick Bartley and his fellow dj hosts, all experts on rock music. It is a great variety of music along with RARE interviews and fun facts.
Whether through Dick Bartley when he hosted the show or through his dj’s who came after him, you will enjoy the great production values of this series from beginning to end through over 1000 different shows over 8 years.
This is one great hour in music and the best of all, it is in new condition probably played only the day it aired. After that the stations were to return them to United Stations.
Well, believe it or not, these shows all came from the United Stations executive to whom they were sent back. He indexed them by date and stored them for all these years until he decided to sell and I got them. I have almost the whole collection You have a unique opportunity to get some of the best shows ever made.
This series is the best oldies that ever aired on American radio. You will just not hear most of these songs or themes on any other show. All the artists featured in this series helped define rock music through their work You will hear not only great tunes. but also interviews and stories about the artists and their music that you have never heard before.
The soundtrack of our lives were shaped by this music. Even Dick Bartley's update of this show, American Gold, does not have the huge variety of themes that this series had. It was something only Solid Gold Scrapbook did and these shows are masterpieces. They belong in your collection!
This show, like many other radio shows of this era, began the transition to CD from LP in early 1990. For that year, the show was available to stations in both CD and LP although the vast majority of stations, especially in smaller markets with limited budgets were still not equipped to handle CD's and continued the LP transmission of the show.
Since, the bulk of my Solid Gold Scrapbook collection is on LP , I have not been selling the CD versions but I have recently begun to. If you prefer the LP version sent to stations, you can probably find it also in my listings unless, of course, they have already sold.
The cd is in excellent, new, pristine condition.
It is a quite attractive cd considering it was supposed to be played once. The show itself was only ever sent to the top 175 Metro markets. So at the very most there were only 175 copies of each show EVER. How do you compute rareness. 175 copies for the whole United States market and 25 years ago means that could possibly not be ANY more of these shows and at the very most there are 175. How many survived as did the ones I have is anyone's guess.
This is especially so since most radio stations just threw them away after airing because of a lack of space in most radio stations. Believe me, I know. I work at one!!
This show was hosted by famous oldies dj Dave Charity who sadly has since passed on to Rock and Roll Heaven. Dick Bartley was the originator of the whole series and its host for most of the seven years it was in syndication. There were two other hosts in the series, Mr. Music, Norm N. Nite who was one of the major influences in the origination of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a long time dj at WCBS-FM in New York before it flipped to "Jack" music a couple of years ago (it's now back and bigger than before but without Mr. Music who now hangs his hat at Sirius Radio), and, for the last year of the show, Dave Charity.
All were great dj's in the style of the dj's we were used to hearing and who you don't hear anymore especially if you do not have an oldies station anymore as most of you do not as the oldies demographic becomes less and less in favor with money grubbing station owners. You have to go to internet radio to find most of these songs since current oldies stations that still exist consider oldies to be the 80's and 90's.
Please note that occasionally you will see these shows bunched in weekly groups and sold that way. However, in that case you have to buy all five shows that aired that week just to get the one you want. For over 20 years I have sold them individually to collectors so that they can get the music they want and only the music they want. In fact, any of you who had to buy the weekly box to get the show you wanted, I will buy the unwanted shows from you for the prorated price per show and make them available to other collectors who might want them. There is nothing worse than a show you don't need or want. When you buy only the show you want, you and I are both happy!
Please keep in mind that this and all the oldies shows are not just about the music - the music can be found anywhere. It is the mixture of great music and great announcing that makes it so entertaining.
As well, it is a piece of radio history. You just aren't going to find these shows anymore. Think of what they will be worth in a few years! (IF you wanted to sell.) I am selling to share with other music lovers what I was able to get at a reasonable price.
As always, I charge only shipping on the first show you buy for U.S. buyers and discount the shipping for my international friends, so the more you buy the more money you will save.
Good Luck and God Bless You.