Poole's ParadiseRALPH:Believe it or not, but Butterball and Bob Poole (his memory) still live on!I, too, was "slave" the Mutual Network's airing of Bob Poole, his craziness, etc. When I got my first tape recorder (a 5" reel to reel) back in the mid 1950s, I augmented my tape letters with music, sound effects, etc.
My craziness resulted in going on WRXV in Auburn, Maine, early in 1983. It was solid Country, but I added stuff that would make Bob proud. Poole's Paradise was very popular on WCOU, Mutual's outlet in the Twin Cities of Lewiston and Auburn, and I loved Bob's stuff.Door opening and voice yelling, "Get To Work!" Door slam.
I decided to use a knock on the door, and walking over to the door, opening it and . . . . . .
Racing cars, flock of flying, chirping birds, parade passing through, running heavy steps, followed by lighter steps, and voice:
You come back here!
Or the sounds of someone in a rowboat, oars in water, distant --- close ---- fading away. Spike Jones horse racing with Doodles Weaver narrating briefly
Door slaming, noise stopped upon impact!
If I ever made a mistake, a Butterball laughter cart was ready to go while I covered the blunder.
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For years, and years, I've tried to locate Bob Poole --- just to tell him how much I loved his show. Every day while on the air, I wished there were some way to let Bob know his influence was still being heard.
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Ever hear "The Blue Danube" played backwards as a "Cultural" bit on a variety show, and introduced as a beautiful Classic, "Le Boonab Bleu" (This is heavy French area of Maine), and I'm not sure if it was a put-on, or not, but a weekday DJ asked me if I would let the Station have a copy of my record, "Le Boonab Bleu" for their collection!
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I may not get a reply to this, but if I do, I will BLESS THEE, O LITTLE MAN WITH CHEEKS OF TAN.
Sound: slapping of cheek!
And now, in parting, Ing. Part.--- Fred Goldrup