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‘Jot ‘Em Down Journal’ available soon in audio format

By: 4 April 2011 5 Comments

Donnie Pitchford, president of the National Lum and Abner Society, announced that his group is converting back issues of the Jot ‘Em Down Journal to an audio format.

What’s the Jot ‘Em Down Journal? It’s a newsletter that was published by the Society from 1984 to 2007 and was all about Lum and Abner.It was, however, in a printed format exclusively until 1992 when Society Vice President Jim Brown started recording them in audio format and sending them to blind fans of the Lum and Abner program.

As amazing as it seems, one question pops up regularly when it comes to Lum and Abner — who the heck were those cats? For those who aren’t familiar with the famed old time radio comedy duo (shame on y’all!), you can find out more about those good ole Arkansas boys by clicking here. You’ll find the Society’s home on the Internet here.

For details about the project to convert all the Jot ‘Em Down Journals to audio format, here’s a note from Pitchford on that effort:

From 1984 to 2007, the NLAS published “The Jot ‘Em Down Journal.” In 1992, in answer to requests from blind members, Sam Brown, our vice-president, started reading the Journals on audio cassettes. He mailed copies to these members so they could enjoy the Journal as well. The 1984-1991 “Jot ‘Em Down Journals” were never recorded in audio format – until NOW!

Yes, we’ve started producing them as MP3 audio files to be made available on CD! So far, only the 1984-85 Journals are completed, and these will be released as “Volume 1.” As soon as possible, 1986-87 will be produced. In fact, work has begun!

The 1984-91 Journals are being read by “Uncle Donnie” Pitchford, with inserts from Sam Brown and Tim Hollis from time to time. When the celebrities of “Lum and Abner” are quoted, actual sound bites are used when available along with occasional clips from “Lum and Abner” to enhance the articles.

When we get to the already recorded issues, those recordings will be converted to MP3.

Again, these discs are primarily available to our blind old-time radio fans. However, other OTR fans may write to Robert Acosta ( for information. Mr. Acosta is the leader of the wonderful organization Helping Hands for the Blind. We are blessed to have this fine group working with us to make these CDs available.

There you have it!

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  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Thank you again Ethan Nobles and First Arkansas News! Like you, I keep it clean! I’m nice! I’ll invite you up for a Spam sandwich! You bring the Spam!

    I’m joking. I appreciate FAN for helping us get the word out. We are pleased to be serving blind fans of old time radio once again.

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    Maybe even a Spamburger 😉

  • Jimbo said:

    Donnie does so much for Lum & Abner! We need more people like him!

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