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SWINGING SIXTIES GROOVINESS ON BBC RADIO 2 THIS WEEK
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Posted on Jun 01 2010 by Greg



British and American '60s pop culture is celebrated this week on BBC Radio 2 with these shows which you can stream free for a limited time.

The Top 60 Best Selling Records of the 60s
From The Beatles to The Archies, Englebert to The Monkees, Elvis to Sinatra, English DJ Tony Blackburn presents a special countdown of 60's music hits in a four-hour broadcast in full stereo.
Available here now for the next 5 days.

The British Invasion

Alice Cooper narrates this one hour documentary about how England changed the pop music scene with The Beatles, The Yardbirds, The Kinks, The Who and others, with commentary by Petula Clark, Peter Noone and more.
Available here now for the next 6 days.

Eye Witness to History - Vicki Wickham's Sixties
The host of Ready Steady, Go!, the British American Bandstand, hosts this one hour look at the swinging styles in music and fashion that influenced the world in the sixties with interviews from Dionne Warwick, Martha Reeves and Roger Daltrey.
Available here now for the next 7 days.







REMEMBER THOSE FLEXI-DISCS?
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Posted on Jun 01 2010 by Greg
Right here for the next two days, you can hear a 30-minute tribute to the "The Wonderful Weightless World of the Flexidisc" on BBC Radio 4. I knew them as "soundsheets." I used to cut The Archies records off the back of Kellogg's Sugar Pops and also fished Hip Pocket Records out of the boxes.

The BBC discusses very early flexi discs and their influence on 70s and 80s rock. My favorite is the Walt Disney Character Parade postcard from around 1977. Cool stuff!







DENNIS THE MENACE ON DVD -- SORT OF...
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Posted on May 25 2010 by Greg
Rumor has it that the 1959 classic TV series version of Hank Ketcham's Dennis the Menace may someday reach DVD, but in the meantime, check out The Donna Reed Show, Season Three.

In the episode "Donna Decorates," Jay North as Dennis himself shows up at the Stone residence to help Donna Stone fix up her house -- and of course, hilarious wackiness ensues. When things get too much for Donna, she calls Mr. Wilson for help -- and Joseph Kearns appears in a phone conversation.



Crossovers were nothing new, even in 1960, and these were both Screen Gems shows, and I think shared the same house facade on the Columbia backlot. The Stones' living room turned up on both I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched.

By the way, The Donna Reed Show kind of became an easy target for Nick at Nite when it ran the series a few years ago. Marketing the show in a sarcastic, lampoon fashion was a clever approach, but it ultimately cast the series in an unflattering light. Sure, this was an archetypical "nice" TV family of the late '50s and early '60s before the counterculture and grittiness and satire of the years to follow made it out of fashion, but to be fair, the Stones do have arguments and exhibit faults in this episodes, though not to the degree of a Norman Lear series.

The Donna Reed Show is usually about the smaller issues in daily life -- often "about nothing" as Jerry Seinfeld later exemplified in his series. In fact, there's a Donna Reed episode in this Season called "The Mystery Woman" in which Donna meets a lady while shopping and is invited to dinner, and cannot remember the name of the lady. Seinfeld did the same thing, only with, as they like to say nowadays, "with an edge."

By season three, The Donna Reed Show has hit its stride, with tight, clever scripts and defined characters. It's definitely worth looking at and enjoying on DVD, and there's a bonus feature included with co-star Paul Petersen and Mary Owen (Ms. Reed's daughter).







AND MOST OF ALL, WINNIE THE POOH
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Posted on May 17 2010 by Greg
Walt Disney Pictures recently announced the theatrical premiere date of the Winnie the Pooh hand drawn animated feature: July 15, 2011.



But this very week, you can listen to Alan Bennett's delightful readings of classic A.A. Milne stories, one every day. The first installment is available here from BBC Radio 7 for the next seven days. Each day, another story will become available for seven days after its first broadcast.







IT'S "TWILIGHT ZONE" WEEK ON BBC RADIO 7 & SHOKUS RADIO!
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Posted on May 16 2010 by Greg



Monday through Saturday, you can listen to six outstanding audio dramatizations of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone narrated by Stacy Keach and starring Jason Alexander, John Schneider, Henry Rollins and Tim Kazurinsky. Each episode can be heard any time of day for seven days after its broadcast day.

Monday: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Tuesday: Number Twelve Looks Just Like You

Wednesday: Pattern for Doomsday

Thursday: Ring-a-Ding-Girl*

Friday: Time Enough at Last

Saturday: Five Characters in Search of an Exit*

*These two shows can also be downloaded free right now on The Twilight Zone Radio Drama website.

Stu's in the Zone, too!
Live on Wednesday at 7 p.m. EDT and 4:00 p.m. PDT (and repeated for seven days after at the same time), Stu's Show on Shokus Internet Radio will devote two full hours to Serling and The Twilight Zone with guest Martin Grams, author of The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic, a exhaustively detailed chronicle of the series. Stu will also welcome calls from listeners at 1-888-SHOKUS5 and emails at comments@shokus.com.










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