Media Blog Posts
The Morton Downey Jr. Show
This week we are featuring another clip from "The Morton Downey Jr." show. This is another segment from the 1989 Predictions show. This was recorded on December 20, 1988. This is episode 122188.
This segment features "Doctor Fad" (Otherwise known as Ken Hakuta) talking about the latest fads in 1988.
Audio is pretty bad in this clip - not sure what happened. It could be the VHS tape slowly dying or just a bad digital encoding.
Student Loans Call and Voice Mail - Part 2
On July 12th, I blogged about the various phone calls for the Student Loan forgiveness program. These are obvious scams - I never applied for student loans. If these were legitimate organizations, they would know this.
Instead these are cold calls looking for people who are desperate enough to fall for their bait. Even the Federal Government has issued a warning about the scam in an article posted on the Federal Student Aid website.
The funny thing is, I get these calls around the same time I would get the Medical Services and the Final Expense Insurance calls.
Here is a voice message and a call where I actually talk to a person.
New England Commercials
Here's another great collection of commercials. This is from a couple of my VHS tape collections. The quality of audio on a couple of these commercial clips is pretty bad. I think it was something to do with the digitalization. I'll take a look and see if I can do a better job importing the audio.
New England Commercials
Feature in this video:
- New England Telephone - "The Art Gallery"
- New England Telephone - "The Operator"
- Massachusetts Lottery - "Mega Million Mom"
- Friendly's - "Free Ice Cream"
- Lechmere - "This Week's Deals" (December 1988)
Student Loan Messages
Once every few days, I get a message in my voicemail about my Student Loan. The thing is that I took out a student loan.
Clearly these people are phishing for people with student loans. Any legitimate business would do their research to know a bit more about the people they are talking to.
The other thing about these calls is that they always get to voicemail. They found a way to call a number and go directly to voicemail. There have been many times when I would get these calls and it would alert the iPhone that a call is coming. Before the caller ID clicked in, the call would get disconnected and minutes later I would be notified that I have a voice message.
Check out a couple of these calls:
Commercials from 2000
This week we are featuring 5 commercials from the year 2000. These were all recorded from California and were on in July 2000.
Commercials in this media feature:
- Jewelry Exchange - Buy Factory Direct in Burlingame California
- Sizzler - Promoting the $7.99 dishes
- MSN Mobile - How phone were like before the iPhone
- NBC 2000 Olympics Promo - Feature CJ Hunter and Marion Jones
- US Mint - Promoting the Golden Dollar coin.
50 Ways to Get Hired
Today's Media Monday clip features a sound byte from the "50 Ways to Get Hired." by Harold Max Messmer (narrated by David Hartley) This was created in 1994.
At the time of the recording, Harold Max Messmer was the chairperson for Robert Half International. Robert Half International is a global human resource consulting firm. It is credited as being the world's first and largest accounting and finance staffing firm.This audiotape was part of a series of recordings that were done to inform the general public on what good talent looks like for Robert Half.
Listen to some of the tips that Harold gives about writing a resume. Try to think if that information still applies 27-years later.
You can find the Audio Tapes on eBay by a variety of sellers.
Morton Downey Jr. Show
Morton Downey Jr. was a loudmouth talk show host. He was one of the extreme talk show hosts of the 1990s. He is most notably known for frequently yelling at his guests to "Zip It."
In December 1998, Morton Downey Jr. did a TV special with a focus on predictions for 1989. In this episode, there were many crazy predictions. The audience was very loud and very responsive to Morton Downey.
Watch the Show
The show was canceled 6-months later.
1986 Boston Celtics
One of Boston's most memorable moments of the 1980s was when the Boston Celtics won the NBA championship in the Boston Gardens. They won in 1981, 1983 and in 1986. The 1986 season was their sweet sixteen-team championship and some say it was the sweetest one.
This would be the last championship for the big 3: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish.
If you weren't in the Boston Garden that afternoon, you likely listen to the play by play done by legendary Johnny Most.
In my audiotape collection, I found a tape where I recorded the start of the 1987 season on WRKO radio. In that broadcast, they did a recap of the challenges of the 1986 Playoffs. This clip features some amazing calls by Johnny Most.
The quality of the clip isn't all that great. I was living in Concord, Massachusetts at the time and the WRKO signal wasn't that strong. You can hear some static. It isn't that bad. I think it gives it a classic radio sound.
Listen to the final four minutes of the broadcast. Close your eyes and for a moment pretend you are back in 1986.
Listen to Glenn Ordway and Johnny Most recall the final moments of the 1986 season.
The full recap is nearly 14-minutes long and 18 MB.
If you're a diehard Celtics fan and have any interest in it, let me know via the feedback form.
This week's video features a couple of classic commercials that I found in my VHS collection. These are from the early 1980s. Some of the shows that were recorded were in 1982.
This Week's Commercials
Lite Beer - Mr. Butkis and Mr. Smith in this classic Lite Beer commercial
Miller High Life - A 1980s commercial with World Trade Center.
Atari - The game that everyone wanted to play in the 1980s.
Howard Johnsons - A classic Howard Johnsons commercial. Remember, "If it's not your mother, it must be Howard Johnson."
Rich Little Answering Machine
This week's Media Monday has another Radio Shack Answering Machine collection. This one features various impersonations done by Rich Little.
Rich Little does a really good job on these, it is hard to believe that all the voices here are done by one person!
- Jimmy Stewart
- Humphrey Bogart
- W.C. Fields
- Jackie Gleason and Art Carney - "The Honeymooners"
- Jack Benny
- Richard Nixon
- John Wayne
- George Burns and Gracie Allen
- John Houseman
- Clark Gable
Here are a couple of classic commercials featuring NBA Legend Micheal Jordan. These came out in the 2000s. These aired when Michel Jordan was in his second retirement from the NBA (1999 - 2001).
Bill Bradley for President Commercial - This aired in California during the primaries.
MCI 5 Cent Everyday - Classic commercial featuring some characters from Space Jam.
Celebrity AnswerAlls #2
This week Media Monday features another celebrity telephone answering machine message. This collection has many of the same voices as the Radio Shack collection.
This tape is from 1982. I can’t recall exactly where I got this one. Maybe Caldor or Radio Shack.
There is another "best-of collection" with a similar name. That collection is the best of all the Celebrity AnswerAlls from the series.
This collection was made by the Project Market Group from Boca Raton, Florida. I wasn’t able to find any information on the company. I suspect they must have closed sometime in the 1980s.
- WC Fields
- Jimmy Carter
- Barbra Streisand
- Charles Dickens
- Cheech & Chong
- Lou Costello
- Frank Sinatra
- James Cagney
After hearing this tape, would you actually use any of the voices that you heard?
Classic Internet Commercial
Here are some classic Internet commercials that I found in my VHS collection. These all aired around the early 2000s.
- Circuit City - "Find it, Love it"
- Earth Web - "Win a Million Dollars!"
- Webstakes.com - "The Easiest Place on Earth to Win a Prize"
- Nokia - "The Petersons"
- Issuz - "Joe Isuzu and the Axion"
- MSN - "Welcome to MSN Broadband"
Radio Shack Outgoing Message
In the 1980s, you could go to Radio Shack and get some cool things. One thing that I found was a cassette tape that featured celebrities' impersonations to spice up your answering machine. The impersonations weren't all that good.
These tapes were to be funny and encourage people to leave messages. I have a couple of different cassette tapes in my collection. I don't know why I felt the need to buy a series. As I recall the tapes cost about $5. They were placed near the phones and answering machines.
- W.C. Fields
- Mae West?
- George Burns and Gracie Allen
- Mad Scientist
- Rodney Dangerfield
- Groucho Marx
- Barbra Streisand
- Alfred Hitchcock
- Gilda Radner
In the late 1990's one of the late-night infomercials was Video Professor. They produce training CDs on how to use the computer. In the half-hour-long Infomercial, they were promoting the ability to try out their videos in any subject that people want. All you had to do is pay for shipping and handling.
What Video Professor didn't talk much about is the "fine print." Customers would be signed up for a subscription service where future videos would be charged to the credit card on file. They wouldn't get charged if they canceled their subscription. Some of the videos would cost between $50 to $399.
Due to various lawsuits and lagging sales, the company folded in 2002.
Here is a clip of the commercial that I recorded on April 24, 1999 - nearly 22 years ago.