Thanks, Gerald. Was our chattiness too much for him? That site gets far fewer posts, Ithink--but the book discussions that jana tried to start petered out quickly. smile Cindy --- Gerald Hovas <geraldhovas@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Cindy, > > That's him, but he's not on the bksvol-discuss list > any more. He is still > on the bookshare-discuss list, though, and posts > occasionally if you want to > send him a message about his article. > > Gerald > > -----Original Message----- > From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On > Behalf Of Cindy > Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 11:41 PM > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Baechler Productions > Makes Vintage Radio > BooksAvailable to the Blind > > > Wonderful!!! > > Is this our Tony, i.e., the one who posts here? > > Thank you Tony!! (if you're not the same Tony, ah, > well...hopefully people will go to the site and > thank > him). > > Thanks for posting this, Shelley. > > Cindy > > --- juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote: > > > > > > > For Immediate Release > > > > Contact: > > Baechler Productions > > PO Box 19727 > > San Diego, CA 92159 > > http://goldenradio.net/ > > Email: press@xxxxxxxxxxxx > > > > BAECHLER PRODUCTIONS MAKES VINTAGE RADIO BOOKS > > AVAILABLE TO THE BLIND > > > > (SAN DIEGO, CA - November 29, 2005) - Baechler > > Productions, a leader in the > > transfer and restoration of high quality Vintage > > Radio shows available on > > DVD and audio CD announced today that in > association > > with Bookshare.org, a > > leading provider of digitally accessible books for > > the disabled, funding > > has been donated for the purchase and scanning of > > nearly two dozen books > > related to Vintage Radio. If you are a member of > > Bookshare.org, you can > > already download several titles which have been > > processed, with more titles > > going online over the next several weeks. We > > regrettably are unable to > > make these books available to non-members. All > > titles can only be > > downloaded through the Bookshare.org web site. > > > > "We are happy to provide this service to the > blind," > > Tony Baechler, > > Director of Baechler Productions, recently said. > > Tony himself is blind and > > understands firsthand how difficult it can be to > > find reference materials > > about Vintage Radio. Although he has been > > collecting Vintage Radio > > programs for many years, it was not until 2003 > that > > a well-known reference > > book was made available on several cassettes. He > > further states, "There > > were a couple books available on tape but they > were > > difficult to use and > > required lots of time to find what you were > looking > > for. I couldn't just > > turn to the page I wanted as other sighted > > collectors could." > > > > Vintage Radio was described as, "theater of the > > mind," by the CBS Radio > > Network. It is ideally suited as entertainment > for > > the blind since the > > pictures are drawn from your imagination. During > > the golden era of Vintage > > Radio, there were many types of programs including > > dramas, comedies, and > > news. It was not until the late 1990's that > > researchers began writing very > > comprehensive, detailed reference books. There > had > > been encyclopedic works > > written before then but with many inaccuracies. > > > > It has now become very easy to collect these > > programs. For the sighted > > public, it is also simple to purchase and read the > > reference > > books. However, this is impossible for the blind > or > > others who are unable > > to read print. That is why Baechler Productions > was > > honored to donate the > > funds to purchase twenty-two books for scanning > and > > uploading to > > Bookshare.org. There is a large range of titles > > included, from books of a > > nostalgic nature to very large encyclopedias. > There > > are detailed looks at > > both well-known radio stars such as Jack Benny and > > Bing Crosby to thorough > > examinations of lesser known and nearly forgotten > > stars such as Paul > > Frees. In addition, there are several > > well-respected authors from the > > Vintage Radio community represented including > Martin > > Grams, Jr. and Jim > > Harmon. Other featured celebrities include George > > Burns and Bob > > Hope. There are books which focus only on > specific > > shows as well, such as > > "Have Gun, Will Travel" and "Suspense." > > > > Tony further observes, "It used to really bother > me. > > I would have a great > > longing to read some of the new books just coming > > out. Everyone on the > > email lists would rave about the latest work by a > > respected author but I > > had no way to read it. If I was lucky, the author > > might post an excerpt > > online but that was it." > > > > "Jack Benny was active through sixty years and > four > > eras of American > > entertainment," notes Laura Leff, President of the > > International Jack Benny > > Fan Club located online at http://jackbenny.org. > > Because of the > > timelessness and value of his humor, we have > chosen > > many biographies about > > him, including one by his daughter, Joan and > several > > by his writers. He > > was well-respected by his many friends, including > > George Burns, Bob Hope, > > Lucille Ball and many others. It is now possible > > for the blind to get to > > know the real person of Jack Benny, not just his > > radio and television > > persona. Because of his enduring popularity, a > > petition has been started > > to have his picture on the new thirty-nine cent > > postage stamp expected to > > be released in January, 2006. The blind, thanks > to > > the books now > > available, are not limited to only hearing his > radio > > legacy. > > > > In 2002, an effort was made to bring back some of > > the famous Vintage Radio > > programs from the past in printed form. This was > so > > successful and > > well-received that a second volume was published > two > > years later. However, > > even though the medium of radio itself is great > > entertainment for the > > blind, the publisher would not make electronic > > copies available. We hope > > that publishers will consider giving error-free > > files to Bookshare.org in > > the future. Finally, the wait is over for those > > people who happen to be > > blind and like this type of entertainment since > both > > volumes will shortly > > be available online. > > > > "One great thing about Bookshare.org is the > security > > measures they put in > > place. I have no worries at all about books being > > stolen and showing up > > online. I just wish other authors and publishers > > would see the advantage > > in providing perfect, electronic copies rather > than > > leaving the blind out > > or expecting volunteers to scan them." > > > > Baechler Productions would like to extend a > special > > thanks to Carrie Karnos > > who gave many hours of her time to make this > project > > possible. She > > prepared the books, scanned them, and fixed many > > errors caused by the text > > recognition process. Although Baechler > Productions > > was able to provide the > > funding, we did not have the resources to > physically > > scan and proofread the > > books. This project would not have happened > without > > her dedication. > > > > For more information about the books being > offered, > > contact: > > Anthony Baechler, press@xxxxxxxxxxxx, > > http://goldenradio.net/books.html > > > > > > About Baechler Productions > > > > Baechler Productions was established in 2003 to > seek > > out, transfer, > > preserve and restore programs from radio's past, > > also known as Vintage > > Radio. They are interested in acquiring high > > quality, low generation > > programs on open reel and audio CD. Even though > the > > mp3 format is now very > > popular, Baechler Productions never uses it for > > archival purposes because > > of how much of the original high frequencies are > > lost in the compression > > process. In 2004, Baechler Productions purchased > > the goldenaudio.net site > > for freely available, noncommercial online audio. > > In November 2005, > > goldenradio.net was launched, allowing the public > to > > have access to the > > increasingly large library of restored, high > quality > > programs processed by > > Baechler Productions. Although the site is > > currently in its preliminary > > form, the catalog will be growing and > > goldenradio.net expects to be > > accepting orders in early 2006. 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