The 1972 OTR Marathon

July 3, 2022

50 years ago tomorrow, on July 4, 1972, radio station KPPC in Pasedena, CA handed its broadcast day over to Harvey Tow who, in the persona of "Cousin Zino," played uninterupted OTR for about 24 hours.

As a novice collector of OTR, I decided to grab as many programs as I could and set up my Panasonic RS-760S reel-to-reel tape recorder, loaded with a 7" reel with 3600' of tape, with the speed to 1-7/8 ips to give me 3 hours of recording time before needing to flip the tape over, and started recording. I had also set it to record just one of the stereo channels at a time which should yield about 12 hours of recording time on that one reel. When that reel was full, I put a second reel on. When I finshed, I ended up with about 14 hours of content.

I did listen for a while as the shows were played and would occassionally stop the tape at the end of each show, starting up again as the next show began, but for much of it I just let it run and picked up Cousin Zino's comments along the way.

On the 50th anniversary of that recording, I decided it was time to share it online. Luckily, being collector that I am, I still have those tapes and that reel-to-reel machine. However, the machine has seen better days so I used my Akai X-2000s to do the transfer to digital.

Note: Several OTR programs are still covered by copyright so I only post a small sample rather that the complete show which you may be able to find elsewhere. These shows are noted with this symbol: *

The sound quality of these tapes is not the greatest but it is what it is so listen through the lo-fi and static and enjoy a trip into the past that was about a trip into the past.

I have separated the reel's recording into indivudual files to provide more random access to the content.

ShowPlay time 
The Lone Ranger *24:00
Edited to 2:08
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Jimmy Fidler14:27 Click to Play
A Date With Judy29:51 Click to Play
The Aldrich Family27:52 Click to Play
Cousin Zino1:11 Click to Play
Red Ryder27:04 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:32 Click to Play
The Lone Ranger *7:09
Edited to 2:04
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Cousin Zino1:11 Click to Play
Jack Armstrong13:26 Click to Play
Cousin Zino1:11 Click to Play
Tom Mix14:31 Click to Play
Cousin Zino - Excerpt:04 Click to Play
Gangbusters29:03 Click to Play
The Whistler29:03 Click to Play
Cousin Zino1:23 Click to Play
True Detective Mysteries24:35 Click to Play
Amos and Andy28:08 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:11 Click to Play
Nick Carter29:04 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:11 Click to Play
Fred Allen27:16 Click to Play
Rosie by Al Jolson1:58 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:11 Click to Play
Suspense - Excerpt1:08 Click to Play
Same Spade27:12 Click to Play
Superman *13:26 Click to Play
Captain Midnight12:24 Click to Play
Jergen's Journal15:06 Click to Play
Cousin Zino1:18 Click to Play
Kraft Music Hall27:13 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:58 Click to Play
It Pays to be Ignorant26:27 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:25 Click to Play
Cousin Zino Theme2:05 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:47 Click to Play
Break the Bank30:10 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:13 Click to Play
Bing Crosby and Al Jolson - Excerpt1:49 Click to Play
FBI in Peace and War29:23 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:11 Click to Play
Burns and Allen29:44 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:11 Click to Play
Cisco Kid26:21 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:11 Click to Play
Gunsmoke27:22 Click to Play
The Lone Ranger - The Origin, Part 1*7:57
Edited to 2:04
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Cousin Zino1:58 Click to Play
Take It or Leave It30:14 Click to Play
Cousin Zino1:45 Click to Play
Casey, Crime Photographer28:44 Click to Play
Cousin Zino2:31 Click to Play
Great Gildersleeve2:31 Click to Play
Cousin Zino1:00 Click to Play
The Falcon29:44 Click to Play
Cousin Zino1:47 Click to Play
Mysterious Traveler29:47 Click to Play
Cousin Zino - Excerpt:01 Click to Play
Jack Benny29:14 Click to Play
Minnie the Moocher by Cab Calloway3:05 Click to Play
Cousin Zino1:05 Click to Play
The Shadow*28:22
Edited to 2:03
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Cousin Zino:42 Click to Play
Music in the Morgan Manner29:38 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:44 Click to Play
Counterspy28:48 Click to Play
Suspense26:39 Click to Play
Song by Al Jolson2:32 Click to Play
Cousin Zino:11 Click to Play
Duffy's Tavern - incomplete5:51 Click to Play