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See Ya Folks!

Unfortunately this will be my final post on this blog. However, to all my viewers, thanks so much for reading!
I have learned a lot in terms of Online Journalism by authoring this blog. Even though getting interviews set up with people wasn’t the easiest task, it was great to be able to talk and connect with other people like me who have a passion for retro media.
I love seeing that so many people still have an interest in vinyl, VHS, cassettes, old video games, and more, all these years later. Keep it going!
Here’s some links to my favorite posts:

Final Post, Audio Post, Blog Feature, Free Post – Reel to Reel Tape, Photo Gallery


If you enjoy my writing, check out my music blog at groovesinthegroove.com!

Thanks again everyone!

Craig Leeming

A conservation with Richard Reindl of The RCA Heritage Museum

This past Friday, April 27th, I had the opportunity to have a conversation and tour of the RCA Heritage Museum with Richard Reindl.
The museum is located on the fifth floor of the Campbell Library at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, and has been growing.
The museum focuses on all things related to RCA history, but mainly during it’s golden days in partnership with the Victor Talking Machine Company.
The museum’s original location on the forth floor of the library grew to be too small of a space, so the museum moved to the fifth floor just last year.
Richard Reindl started working for RCA back in 1973. “My main tasks at the time for RCA, were to help manufacturer radio and transistor parts for army bases overseas during Vietnam” Reindl said.
“My passion and experience about the Victor Talking Machine and all of the older equipment that RCA made back in the day, came after my time working there”. Reindl continued.
“One of the main joys about volunteering at the RCA Heritage Museum, is seeing all of the equipment that people have graciously donated to the museum”. Reindl admits.
“Every once in a while we’ll get in a piece of equipment that all of us are just stumped with, so we have to look up information about it. I always love all the RCA history that we are able to dig up and bring light to” Reindl continues.
“We just recently got an RCA phonograph and radio combination set in from the mid 1940’s, and it has a recording feature on it. It actually has a second arm that can cut grooves. I had never seen something like this before, and my RCA colleague’s and I had a real fun time funding information out about this device. We are still unsure on the type of records that were used to cut with it, but working here at the museum, we are always learning and uncovering RCA history” Reindl concludes.
Another RCA Museum volunteer, Lydia Lavelle, explains some of the donations that they get.
“By far the most donations that we get to the museum are the old 78 rpm records.” Lavelle explains. “We have hundreds of them in our storage room, and we have Rowan students that came in and volunteer to archive all of the music. We have a book documenting every RCA record that we have, which artist released it, and the year it was pressed” she continues.
“We also get Rowan engineers in here to work on some of our old equipment that we get that isn’t working” Lavelle explains.
“It’s always great to see them at work working on whether it be a radio, phonograph, or another piece of equipment” she continues.
“When we are able to get pieces in working condition, it’s always a joy, and one of the biggest reasons why I volunteer here at the museum” Lavelle concludes.

If you would like to visit the RCA Museum and get a tour, you can email Joseph Pane at pane@rowan.edu

An interesting eBay find leads to owning a one-of-kind piece of retro media

A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through eBay to find some interesting tapes to play on my grandfather’s old Akai GX-635D 4-Track Stereo Tape Deck.

I felt good media to search for would be old radio station archives. Old Radio stations tend to have warehouse-size rooms full of old radio programming, that tends to be quite more unique than the pre-recorded tapes.

While looking for some old radio dramas, or possibly old band interviews, I stumbled upon something quite interesting.

A speech from socialist political figure, and author of the influential book, The Jungle, Upton Sinclair, dated July 14th, 1964.

The tape box states that the speech was recorded at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opening of The Bitter Years Photo-exhibit, for KPFK Radio.

What makes this recording most interesting is, along with only being able to find a single photograph on this event, I can’t find any audio recording of Upton Sinclair anywhere online. This event would have made Sinclair 86 years old.

When getting in contact with the seller, Joshua Williams, he stated “A friend of my fathers used to work at an old radio station, and he had inherited a ton of old copies of radio programming. I don’t have the information to know if the original master still exists”.

It was at this point that I knew I had something quite special.

I have listened to the recording in completion, and it’s quite the gem to be able to hear Mr. Sinclair.

The hunt to gather more information continues.

An Interview with Joseph Ziemba of Bleeding Skull

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to interview Joe Ziemba, the creator of the blog Bleeding Skull! Ziemba, 39, from Chicago Heights, IL originally started Bleeding Skull, writing reviews for obscure VHS horror films. The blog launched on January 4th, 2004.

“I have had a passion for b-horror movies & VHS tapes my entire life” said Ziemba. “It really just started as a hobby, something I just really enjoyed doing, and soon after I met Dan Budnik”.

Budnik soon became the head writer of Bleeding Skull.

“It was just Dan & I for a while” Ziemba said. “It was really just a passion project of ours, we had a little bit of a following for a few years, but it wasn’t nearly where we are now”.

In 2013, Ziemba & Budnik authored the book Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey.

“Dan & I were super-excited to finally get our reviews published. The paperback is actually quite a collections item now since we never re-printed it.” Ziemba said.

“Unfortunately a year after that, as our fan base was growing due to our book, Dan had to leave Bleeding Skull for personal reasons, which was hard.” Ziemba continued.

“I’m also the art director for the local Alamo Drafthouse and the host of Terror Tuesday, so it was quite a stressful time.”

Soon after however, Ziemba met current Bleeding Skull writers Annie Choi & Zack Carlson.

“When Annie, Zack, & I started to collaborate, that’s when things really took off” Ziemba said.

“We started Bleeding Skull! Video, where we post newly printed VHS tapes, DVD’s, & downloads for sale of many schlocky horror films that have never seen the light of day since the 80’s, with the help from folks at Alamo Drafthouse” Ziemba continued.

As of right now, because of Bleeding Skull! Video, the blog has developed a cult following.

“We’re super busy here at Bleeding Skull, but I’m overjoyed of how many people are appreciating our content” Ziemba said.

In conclusion, Ziemba stated “I really think that blogging is the future of Journalism. Just writing what you are passionate about can be very rewarding.”

Photo Courtesy of: Joseph Ziemba