S02E05: The Earle Hagen Themeography

In this episode, I briefly explore 20 classic television series from the 1950s through the 1980s with memorable theme music composed and/or co-composed by prolific theme tune writer Earle Hagen. Here are the series included in this episode:

MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY/THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW
(1953-1964)
[1956-1964 opening main titles: an arrangement of “Londonderry Air,” a.k.a. “Danny Boy”]
[1956-1964 syndicated reruns opening and closing main titles: an arrangement of “Londonderry Air,” a.k.a. “Danny Boy”]
with Herbert W. Spencer for MSI Spencer-Hagen

WHERE’S RAYMOND/THE RAY BOLGER SHOW
(1953-1955)
[1953-1955 opening and closing main titles]
with Herbert W. Spencer for MSI Spencer-Hagen

IT’S ALWAYS JAN
(1955-1956)
[1955-1956 opening and closing main titles]
with Herbert W. Spencer for MSI Spencer-Hagen

MY SISTER EILEEN
(1960-1961)
[1960-1961 opening and closing main titles]
with Herbert W. Spencer for MSI Spencer-Hagen

THE BARBARA STANWYCK SHOW
(1960-1961)
[1960-1961 opening and closing main titles]
with Herbert W. Spencer for MSI Spencer-Hagen

-Commercial Break-

THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW
(1960-1968)
[1960-1965 opening and closing main titles: “The Fishin’ Hole”]
[1965-1968 opening and closing main titles: “The Fishin’ Hole”]

THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW
(1961-1966)
[1961 (episodes 1-14) opening and closing main titles]
[1962 (episodes 15-30) opening and closing main titles]
[1962-1963; 1964-1965 opening main titles]
[1963-1964; 1965-1966 opening main titles]

GOMER PYLE – USMC
(1964-1969)
[1964-1969 opening and closing main titles]

I SPY
(1965-1968)
[1965-1968 opening and closing main titles]

THAT GIRL
(1966-1971)
[1966-1967 opening and closing main titles]
[1967-1970 opening and closing main titles]
[1970-1971 opening and closing main titles]

-Commercial Break-

RANGO
(1967)
[1967 opening and closing main titles]

THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT
(1967-1969)
[1967-1969 opening and closing main titles]

THE DANNY THOMAS HOUR
(1967-1968)
[SORRY, NO THEME AVAILABLE]

MAYBERRY, R.F.D.
(1968-1971)
[1969-1971 opening and closing main titles]

THE MOD SQUAD
(1968-1973)
[1968-1973 opening and closing main titles]

-Commercial Break-

MAKE ROOM FOR GRANDDADDY
(1970-1971)
[1970-1971 opening and closing main titles: an arrangement of “Londonderry Air,” a.k.a. “Danny Boy”]

THE NEW PERRY MASON
(1973-1974)
[1973-1974 opening main titles]

BIG EDDIE
(1975)
[1975 closing main titles]

YOUNG DAN’L BOONE
(1977)
[1977 opening main titles (excerpt only)]

MICKEY SPILLANE’S MIKE HAMMER/THE NEW MIKE HAMMER/MIKE HAMMER, PRIVATE EYE
(1984-1987; 1997-1998)
[1984-1986 opening main titles: “Harlem Nocturne” (composed in 1939)]
[1986-1987 opening main titles: “Harlem Nocturne” (composed in 1939)]
[1997-1998 opening main titles: “Harlem Nocturne” (composed in 1939)]

I’ve included vintage promos and commercials for many of the series featured in this themeography episode. And you’ll also have fun listening to some ads that my podcasting friends provided to me to promote their own great podcasts; be sure to check them out.

Many, many thanks to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here, including my favorite, “Please Stand By.” And I’d also like especially to thank him for providing the opening and closing theme music for Tube Tunes; all of his fantastic music can be found here. And, again, thanks are in order for him for providing TUBE TUNES with the “We’ll Be Right Back” drops heard during the podcast. Thanks, Burford.

I would also like to again thank Rob “Flack” O’Hara and Sean Johnson for adding TUBE TUNES to The Throwback Network. It’s a great place to find just about any retro-themed podcast you can think of. Please check out the network here.

I also need to thank the Free Music Archive for the following musical artists and songs that were used in this episode under the Creative Commons License: “Fastest Man on Earth,” “Montmartre,” and “Candy,” all by Jahzzar; “Epilogue (Instrumental Version)” and “I Will Not Let You Let Me Down (Instrumental Version),” both by Josh Woodward; and “Wholesome 3” by Dave Depper.

Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. And his continued support and promotion of TUBE TUNES on his excellent podcast is greatly appreciated by yours truly. Please, check out his podcast, even if you’re not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.

Next Episode: “S02E06: The A’s Have It’” (available February 2017)

Source:: S02E05: The Earle Hagen Themeography

      

Memory Jogger Podcast Episode 6 – Toybox Inventory

Episode 6 of Memory Jogger is an inventory of Jason & Wyatt’s childhood toyboxes. From Tonkas to action figures to handheld electronic games, we try to remember as much as we can about the toys we played with in the ’80s. Our icebreaker headlines include a million dollar property that features a familiar helicopter and a gender swap TV reboot. We invite your jogged memories and comments at the show notes on Rediscoverthe80s.com or tweet them to @RD80s!

Source:: Memory Jogger Podcast Episode 6 – Toybox Inventory

      

The Intellivisionaries – Special Edition 4 (PRGE 2016)

Rick discusses the Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2016 with Cmart (Chris Martin), FreeWheel (Gary Magnan) and Tarzilla (Don Switzer). They go into the expo in general, the Intellivision homebrew games that were released and shown, and other side stories that may or may not involve dank restroom smells.

Source:: The Intellivisionaries – Special Edition 4 (PRGE 2016)

      

Floppy Days 69 – The Commodore Vic-20, History with Michael Tomczyk, Neil Harris, Brian Bagnall

The Commodore Vic-20 – History, with Brian Bagnall, Michael Tomczyk, and Neil Harris

Welcome to episode 69 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where our computers may be old, but that’s why we love them.

In the vintage computer timeline, we are in 1980. The next computer I want to discuss that debuted that year is the Commodore Vic-20. The Vic-20 is significant because it was the first color computer to sell for less than $300, at a time when other home computers with color graphics were 2 to 4 times that amount. It also was the first home computer of any type to sell over 1 million units.

In this first episode about the Vic-20, I want to cover the history of this machine: why it was developed, some of the stories around its development, what happened after its release, and when it was canceled. To that end, I contacted some notable persons that were involved with the roll-out and support of the Vic-20, as well as a person who was involved in documenting Commodore’s history. The first person I contacted was Michael Tomczyk, who was an assistant to Jack Tramiel at Commodore and who led the so-called “Vic Commando Team”. Michael was intimately involved in the marketing and support of the Vic. In addition, a key member of his team, Neil Harris, agreed to help with this episode as well. And, finally, I talked with Brian Bagnall, who you might recognize as the author of “Commodore: A Company on the Edge”. This is an amazing line up of people who are very familiar with the Vic-20 and its history and I’m very lucky to have been able to get their assistance with telling its story.

Before we jump into that, I will cover a few new vintage computer items I’ve acquired, cover a bit of news, and cover a bit of feedback I’ve received.

Links Mentioned in the Show:

New Acquisitions

News

Feedback

References

Source:: Floppy Days 69 – The Commodore Vic-20, History with Michael Tomczyk, Neil Harris, Brian Bagnall

      

The SNES Podcast #65 — Choplifter III

In this episode, Greg and George discuss the obscure spiritual sequel to one of the best computer games of the 1980’s — Choplifter! Most of the classic gameplay was kept intact for this new SNES version, with updated graphics, music, stages, boss fights, power up’s, and more! So how does all this work in practice? Tune in to find out! Any questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Source:: The SNES Podcast #65 — Choplifter III

      

Episode 79 – Alfred Chicken

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Thanks to our supporters: Josh Nan, David McCrandles, Jason Warnes, Graham W Wöbcke, Rob O’Hara, Paul Harrington, Laurent Giroud, Jonas Rullo, Kolbjørn Barmen, Tapes From the Crypt, Adam Bradley, Chris Foulds, Will Williams, Daniel Bengston, O’Brien’s Retro and Vintage, Chad Halstead, and Brent Doughty!
Special thanks to Zeusdaz and World of Longplays for in-game footage!

Next Week: Bushido

Source:: Episode 79 – Alfred Chicken

      

Telstar PongCast Episode 1 – The 6040!

A special mini series for the Colecovisions podcast talking about each of the Telstar Pong consoles per episode.

In this episode the original Telstar model 6040 is covered.

Do you have memories of playing Telstar games, please share them on the Colecovisions Podcast Facebook page or email them to colecovisionspodcast@gmail.com

Source:: Telstar PongCast Episode 1 – The 6040!