From my collection of open reel tapes, here is another radio commercial for White Front, a discount department store from the 1960’s. This one from my other reel of White Front radio spots is a little longer than 50 seconds. It is also from 1971. By the 1970s, White Front stores were in bankruptcy and these radio spots, at least to me, signal the beginning of the end for White Front. Go here for another White Front radio ad.
It’s very likely the words “Very Wierd” with “weird” being misspelled was not on the box originally.
From my collection of open reel tapes, here is a 30 second radio commercial for White Front, a discount department store from the 1960’s. My parents and I regularly visited the Pleasant Hill, California store on Contra Costa Boulevard. More about White Front here, here, and here.
Made at Televents Cable TV Public Access Studio, Martinez, California.
Nothing lasts and the Egg People are no exception. I just stepped on them (just kidding). For more on “The Egg People” go here. Facebook doesn’t seem to have an audio-only upload function so I made this dumb video to just allow for the sound to play. Originally this was posted only on Facebook.
This video shows a typical day at the Televents Cable TV warehouse in Martinez, California. I think this was probably from the late 1980s or early 1990s. Every morning at 8 AM, myself and co-workers, the installers and service technicians arrived here. We had until 9 AM to discuss the day’s work, and stock our trucks with parts and cable boxes. Occasionally we had meetings (sometimes with coffee and doughnuts) where safety and technical issues were reviewed.
I apologize for the dumb, primitive special effects. My VCR, a JVC had built-in effects and I just had to use them. I realize that was definitely a mistake! At the end of the video, the word “Dispatch” appears as a reminder to view the other video about my former employment.
Here’s a glimpse into the office in Martinez, California sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s where I would receive service calls to repair cable TV. All of the installers and techs had vehicles equipped with radios, similar to the police. And yes I would get calls for problems with The Playboy Channel. Once I was assigned to the senior citizen’s community of Rossmoor Leisure World in Walnut Creek, California there weren’t so many service calls for the Playboy Channel for me. I’d get more calls for problems with FM radio on cable, American Movie Classics, and Turner Classic Movies. Rossmoor had their own TV channel where I would sometimes help out in the studio when they televised Bingo games. I have several videos of those Bingo sessions I may share with you. For years Richard wanted me to share those tapes as there are some funny, goofy moments during the Bingo games.
Maybe you recognized the music I used and no surprises its from Eraserhead and it is Fats Waller performing “Stompin’ The Bug” on pipe organ. Now I can never get enough of Fats Waller and his pipe organ solos from the 1920s. I remember going to the UC Theater in Berkeley repeatedly for the midnight showings of Eraserhead with my friends before Negativland existed.
I cannot remember making this video of “The Playboy Channel” with Mark Hosler coaching me. It was only discovered because I’m playing old videotapes on Facebook live and just stumbled onto it. It may only exist on VHS tape and I’m glad it has now been digitized. We likely made this in the 1980s and it may have been used in a live performance.
A sex education film for developmentally disabled individuals.
Direct mp3 download or play: My Stomach Stereo
Direct mp3 download or play: My Stomach Stereo – Reverb
Finally after a lot of thought and preparing cheap microphones that could be taped to my skin I have successfully recorded my stomach noises in stereo. The microphones were placed on my abdominal area several inches apart. My TASCAM DR-05 digital audio recorder captured the audio. Go here to listen to other recordings of my stomach.