Our Kind Of
Town Sampler #1
"As a jingle collector for almost thirty years and an
aficionado for even longer, I've noted over the years the myriad
of jingles produced for radio stations about the communities in
which they're located.
"This collection highlights some of the better examples -- the
long and the short -- from the 50s to the present -- from the
serious to sublime -- and from the various production houses
that existed over the years.
"One of the more
ambitious early projects was PAMS Series 16 'Sound Of The City.'
This 1960 package sought to link the station to the community it
served. It also featured a record-length song about the city
which some stations added to their song rotations and
distributed as 45 rpm records. KNUZ in Houston sold over 4,000
copies in a week!
flourished during the mid 60s with some memorable songs from the
likes of Sande & Greene, Chuck Blore, and Hugh Heller. While 70s
radio was generally characterized by short jingles or none at
all, projects like TM's Sound Of Chicago and Listen To Your City
and JAM's I'd Rather Be… series kept radio listeners singing
about their towns. The songs have kept on coming and you'll hear
works from the 80s and 90s as well.
"The final cut is a custom cut done by JAM in 1979 for WYNY New
York. By length and production value alone, it would have
already been a contender as the grand finale. The events of
September 2001, however, make it a particularly appropriate
ending for such a compilation.
'Thanks go to Mike Neff, Mark Biviano, Bill Schenold, Kevin
Slater, and others who have contributed material over the years
that went into this collection, as well as Tom Corbett and
Jonathan Wolfert who assisted in identifying some of the cuts.
"The audio quality
varies. Some cuts are first generation dubs from the masters or
digital clones from CD. Others show the effects of
multi-generation dubbing, magnetic tape deterioration, or simply
the archaic recording technology of their time. We hope you'll
forgive a little harmonic distortion here and there."
Track 01 (19:36)
Track 02 (15:41)
Track 03 (14:41)
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Our Kind Of
Town Sampler #2
"The original version of 'Our Kind Of Town' began as the
germ of an idea somewhere around 1985. It was over eighteen
years later when the project finally began to take shape and was
actually mixed down to a CD. In the following several years a
few dozen copies circulated to and between collectors and it was
then posted on ReelRadio.com. Also in the intervening years, I
received over fifty CDs from collectors with some great material
and a few people started asking about a sequel and this second
volume became a reality.
"The first OKOT
included mostly familiar cuts from the usual suspects: PAMS, TM,
JAM, Chuck Blore, and Heller. Volume 2 features lots more
familiar material from these same producers but this time you'll
hear more 'off the beaten path' cuts. It also includes CRC, Toby
Arnold, Studio Ten, Klein &, Anita Kerr, Top Format, Alfasound,
and even a K. Johnson cut from the early 1940s. Also included
this time are TV imaging cuts.
international, too, with cuts from stations in Canada, Jamaica,
Japan, England, New Zealand, and Germany. You'll hear a some of
Dick Hamilton's brilliant work under the TM, Klein &, and Heller
labels. You'll hear cuts from PAMS' 'un-numbered' packages. I'll
make no apologies for the plethora of Chicago, New York and
California cuts. There was such a wealth of material that I
still had to leave some on the cutting room floor.
"Of course, all
cuts have a common theme. They all sing about the places we
live. So, whether you're zigzagging up Lombard Street,
weekending in Osaka, or boogying down the Schuylkill, be it the
river or the expressway, turn up the volume and enjoy your
"Special thanks to Anthony Cullen, Ben Atkins, Thomas
Heckenmuller, David Barras, and Jonathan Wolfert, who provided
material and/or assisted in identifying some of the cuts.
contains copyrighted material and is intended for private use
only. Any commercial use is strictly prohibited. Some cuts have
been edited for this presentation."
Track 01 (20:17)
Track 02 (20:48)
Track 03 (19:34)
Track 04 (18:06)
Zip file of Our Kind Of Town #2 tracks