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[9 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,564 views]
Week in Review (June 2-8)

It was, as usual, a busy week here at First Arkansas News. We learned about the perils of moving a yard in Arkansas, innovation in the Natural State, discussed Wal-Mart and its “buy American/hire veterans” initiative the fact that bulletin board systems (BBS) are still alive although the Internet made dialing into local services obsolete, etc.
It would be a tragedy if our tens of fans missed a single thing that was posted in the past week. To avoid such unspeakable tragedy, then, we’ve made it easy to catch up on …

Arts & Entertainment, Holiday OTR, Old time radio (OTR), Weekend OTR »

[5 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 2,379 views]
D-Day OTR: This is Our Enemy

Here’s a dandy bonus for the tens of fans of our Weekend OTR series in observance of D-Day. The allies, of course, invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944 — an operation that set the table for the surrender of Germany on April 29, 1945.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the World War II era is how the United States and her allies viewed the Axis powers. The enemy was outright detested and rare were the suggestions that the Axis powers and her citizens deserved of mercy or understanding — …

iPhone, Technology »

[26 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 4,366 views]
Sauntering to victory

Anyone remember those strategy board games that were all the rage in the 1970s and 1980s?
We’re talking about those games by the likes of Avalon Hill that typically utilized huge maps divided into hexagons that simulated historic battles. We’re talking about those games that could take days to finish and were reminiscent of very sophisticated games of risk
Those of us who stayed up until the wee hours playing those games with friends might still be on the hunt for a good turn-based strategy game for the iPhone, iPad or iPod …

Arts & Entertainment, Holiday OTR, Old time radio (OTR), Weekend OTR »

[28 May 2011 | One Comment | 2,753 views]
Holiday OTR: Norman Corwin — On a Note of Triumph

It’s time for the weekend so that means we’ve got another installment in our Weekend OTR series ready here at First Arkansas News.
Of course, we’re sticking with a holiday theme seeing how this is Memorial Day Weekend. In observance of the holiday, then, we’ve selected a fascinating episode — Norman Corwin’s highly dramatic special that was released after Germany surrendered to the Allies. The thing rolls on for about an hour, but this episode is hard to beat for those who are curious about how Americans viewed the Nazis after years …

Arts & Entertainment, Old time radio (OTR), Weekend OTR »

[6 May 2011 | One Comment | 2,970 views]
Weekend OTR: Sad Sack Returns Home from the Army

It’s been a dreary, rain-soaked week featuring a lot of flooding in this part of the world.
It’s time to relax and have a little fun, huh? That being the case, we’re rolling out an episode from the Sad Sack old time radio series. Sad Sack, of course, started out as a comic strip character character created by Sgt. George Baker who entertained troops during World War II as he was constantly humiliated and thrown into one ridiculous situation after another. The OTR episode offered up for your listening pleasure this …

Arts & Entertainment, Old time radio (OTR), Weekend OTR »

[16 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 2,141 views]
Weekend OTR: Wings to Victory — Lt. Roddy Johns (Howard Duff)

There’s just something about American World War II-era entertainment, isn’t there?
Some of the shows from that era were straight-up propaganda while others merely heaped on the patriotism in an attempt to boost morale and paint the Axis as the embodiment of pure evil. Wings to Victory was one of those gung-ho radio programs that was put out there to boost morale and gain recruits. The stories were based on military reports, but the names of the players were changed and there was — no doubt — more than a little …

Arts & Entertainment, Old time radio (OTR), Weekend OTR »

[30 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,310 views]
Weekend OTR — I was a Communist for the FBI: The Little Red

Another weekend and another episode of the (soon to be famous) Weekend OTR series here at First Arkansas News.
Yes, what could be more fun than kicking back and listening to a fun-filed old time radio program? This week’s episode is from the I Was a Communist for the FBI series which was produced in the 1950s and based on the life and times of Matt Cvetik.
Cvetik tried to join the Army, but he was turned down for being two inches too short. The FBI convinced him to infiltrate the Communist …