Louisville and Nashville Pan-American and its radio broadcast!

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Louisville and Nashville Pan-American and its radio broadcast!
Posted by Jones1945 on Sunday, December 15, 2019 3:18 PM
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Posted by Jones1945 on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:38 AM

More great music from Mike, time to turn your radio on! Wink

Pan American Boogie The Delmore Brothers with Lyrics

https://countrymusichalloffame.org/artist/delmore-brothers/

DeFord Bailey: Pan American Blues

 https://countrymusichalloffame.org/artist/deford-bailey/

 

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:58 AM

Different version of Hank's song:

(It isn't L&N images ... but you'll like 'em just the same...)

Here's the real thing:

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Posted by M636C on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:02 AM

Overmod

Different version of Hank's song:

That is a pretty ominous album cover...

Thanks to a strange local version of Turner Classic Movies, I've seen a biography of Hank Williams that pointed out that he died in the back of a car being driven between performances in different cities.

Perhaps the songs were from his later work....

The tune is that associated with the "Wabash Cannonball".

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 4:31 PM

I was wondering how that gent got his hands on that "Time-Table Mabel" record.  I'd assumed that was an in-house recording for New England radio stations running Boston & Maine commercials and the present owner got "right-time-right-place" lucky.

The one thing the owner shouldn't  do is run that old 78 on a "Victrola" type record player, it wasn't meant for that and the heavy needle will ruin the record after a while.  Old 78's should be played on the later type of record player.  They're still around in antique shops and shows and somethime thrift shops, although it takes a little looking to find them.

A modern turntable with 33-45-78 RPM options will work as well.

I've gone through YouTube looking for some recordings of the L&N "Pan-American" radio show but no luck.  I did  find this interesting eight minute film from the L&N Historical Society.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncr4mMEyY9E  

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Posted by wjstix on Thursday, December 19, 2019 4:13 PM

Flintlock76

I've gone through YouTube looking for some recordings of the L&N "Pan-American" radio show but no luck.   

There never actually was a Pan-American radio show. WSM's transmitter was next to the L&N mainline, and each day they would open a microphone near the line and play the sound of the Pan-American going by...it was more an advertisement for the L&N than anything I guess..."you can set your watch by the Pan-American!" or something like that. It only lasted about two minutes.

Later, when the railroad wasn't keeping the schedule so well, the station used a recording.

There were railroads that sponsored complete radio shows, like Great Northern. They had a series that IIRC was a different story each week about people riding the then-new Empire Builder.

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Posted by NP Eddie on Thursday, December 19, 2019 4:19 PM

Just an addition to the comments on the "Pan American" and the WSM transmitter next to the tracks.

"Steam, Steel, and Limiteds" by Kratville, et. all., page 145 has a painting by Gil Reid showing the "Pan" going by the WSM radio tower and comment that WSM would transmit the "Pan" going by. If they were late, a recording was substituted from the studion.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, December 19, 2019 9:50 PM

Thanks gentlemen!  I could have sworn I'd read of an L&N radio show but obviously I remembered wrong.

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, December 20, 2019 2:30 AM

"Timetable Mable" was recorded by Dolly Dawn and the Jesters (a Mike-catnip subject if I ever saw one - she was born Theresa May Stabile, in Newark) in 1946 for the Gordon A. Day advertising agency... likely the people doing the order fulfillment for the copies supplied 'below cost'.

The specific B&M 'thing' being touted appears to be Minuteman service.

For those who want to hear her in real life, there's a 'very best of Dolly Dawn' album on YouTube that apparently has something like 40 of her songs...

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Posted by Miningman on Friday, December 20, 2019 7:54 AM
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Posted by Miningman on Friday, December 20, 2019 5:55 PM

More from Mike:

WSM Tower


 
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Posted by Miningman on Friday, December 20, 2019 6:09 PM

Part II

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