Well, this would be the time on the blog where I announce the winners in the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Merry Mix-Ups giveaway: two sets containing 1958 and 1959 broadcasts of the radio sitcom The Couple Next Door, courtesy of Radio Spirits. Unfortunately, there were no winners…because there were no entrants. This, by the way, isn’t the first time this has happened at TDOY. Back in January 2011, the good people at Columbia Home Video were generous enough to provide me with a DVD/Blu-ray combo of The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), which I offered as a fabulous prize to some lucky member of the TDOY faithful. The response? Nothin’, as Yukon Cornelius might say. (I don’t even know what happened to the prize; I probably hawked it on eBay if past performance is any indication.)
First, no one likes The Couple Next Door. (This is why I tried to give it a nice build-up…and seriously, you’re missing out on a wonderful program.) Or, it could be that with the dearth of posting around TDOY of late, nobody’s been back lately to see if there has been any activity. (Which is the theory I’m leaning toward.) But, hey—there’s no use crying over spilled leche. We’ll simply move on to our next giveaway.
Last month at the Radio Spirits blog, we celebrated the 67th anniversary of the premiere of radio’s Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar…and to do something a little different from the previous essay I wrote on the show for Dollar’s 65th (“The Happy Anniversary Matter”), editor Karen Lerner allowed me to flex my creative muscles and concoct a little short story entitled “The Older-and-No-Wiser Matter.” (I used to write a good deal of fiction back in the day, so I had a lot of fun with it.) Two of the Johnny Dollar collections for which I contributed liner notes were mentioned in the post: Confidential and RS’ newest release, Mysterious Matters—which features broadcasts by six actors who played “America’s favorite fabulous freelance investigator”: Charles Russell, Edmond O’Brien, John Lund, Bob Bailey, Bob Readick, and Mandel Kramer.
I have two sets of Mysterious Matters to give away (a 10-CD set valued at $39.98) to two lucky blog readers living in the U.S.A…and if you want to be considered for the contest, just e-mail me at igsjrotr(at)gmail(dot)com with “Mysterious Matters” in the subject header. The entry period will run until Friday, March 18 at 11:59 EDT…and after choosing the winners via Random.org, I will announce who the lucky people are on Saturday (March 19) and get their prizes out to them posthaste.
I need to issue a caveat here. When Radio Spirits sent me this big honkin’ box of giveaway swag, they mailed it to my old Rancho Yesteryear address…which necessitated forwarding to the new digs here at Castle Yesteryear. I don’t think the post office was particularly happy about this, because the box arrived in rather questionable condition (hey—it was heavy, so I kind of can’t blame them for kicking it around and then disguising their fun with duct tape). As I was pulling sets out of the box, a number of them rattled…so I believe there may have been a jostling of the contents during their journey to
Pixley Winterville. (I am hoping this will not impact any of the
recordings in a major way.)
Also, too; if I’m feeling generous, I just might smuggle in these sets of The Couple Next Door that I couldn’t give away…so bevare! Take care! And remember: Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is the phrase that pays!