[bksvol-discuss] Re: Baechler Productions Makes Vintage Radio BooksAvailable to the Blind

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.  Some Vintage
> Radio
> > shows can be
> > pre-ordered via email, visit
> http://goldenradio.net/
> > for more information.
> >
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> >
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