Jeff Kallman's excellent The Easy Ace: A Journal of Classic Radio
is a wonderful place to spend hours on end, rediscovering the Golden Age of Radio
as it's meant to be discovered and celebrated. Article after article
is filled with a wonderful new vignette about Golden Age Radio History.
---The Digital Deli Online.

[I]n his matchless on-this-day approach to chronicling “yesteryear,”
he easily aces out a less organized mind like mine,
which promptly lapsed into a more idiosyncratic mode of relating the past.
---broadcastellan.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ever Onward and Upward . . .

As of today, this journal no longer exists in the present form. That's because, as of just over a week ago, your chronicler was named---and has been working as---Examiner.com's national old-time radio examiner. Between that and writing and performing my own weekly radio exercise, not to mention writing about baseball elsewhere, I simply don't have the time or the range to continue.

Aside from getting a little recognition beyond the purview of the blogosphere, why lie? I need the money. And I do stand to earn a little money from the outlet. Probably very little in the beginning. (Probably, the beginning will last a lot longer than I'd like.) But you take your chances wherever they come to you, and I'm more than willing to take the chance that an audience above and beyond the blogosphere is ready to join the journey retracing an invaluable part of our cultural patrimony.

I will leave this journal alive for at least another two months, the better to let those who care hunt down what they might have missed. I plan to archive it myself, preserving the best of the essays and synopses, as part and parcel of a book I plan to write, a kind-of daily listening guide for old-time radio.

My Examiner.com work will be done in much the same way I did this journal for the past two years, especially, with the same kind of listening-guide approach, but adding to it the eye of a critic as well as the enthusiasm of a fan.

For now, I'll say a gentle thank you to everyone who appreciated and sent kind comments along regarding this journal, and to everyone who was kind enough to link to this journal. It all told me that what I was doing was more than worthwhile.

And until we meet again---on Examiner.com; or, between the covers of the book I hope to get out of both this journal's effort and the work to come (and assuming there's a publisher crazy enough to take a chance with a book like that)---I'm quietly yours . . .

11 Comments:

Anonymous Dan in Missour said...

Thank you for your efforts. Your selection of shows and your writing is excellent. I look forward to following you to the new site. Best of luck. Dan in Missouri.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Jeff Kallman said...

Dan---Thank you so much for the kind words. I'm looking forward to seeing you by way of Examiner.com. Don't be afraid to lure some friends along, too!---Jeff

8:07 AM  
Blogger Polistra said...

Good luck. Hope you can bring some of the qualities of '30s and '40s radio into the world of newspaper-style journalism.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bookmarked you at Examiner.

Best of luck with your new endeavour. I spelled it wrong in your honour.

Patty

10:45 AM  
Blogger Jeff Kallman said...

Polistra---Thank you! So long as I don't bring the qualities of Walter Winchell's or Bill Stern's kind of 30s and 40s radio, I should be fine. (Caveat: By profession I was a journalist for many years.)

Patty---You spelt it exactly right in British English. Remember: America's liable to be the death of English. (Thank you, Edwin Newman.)

---Jeff

11:00 AM  
Blogger Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Thanks for this excellent blog, I'll miss it. Looking forward to reading your work with Examiner.com, and your book. Best of luck and happiness.

5:02 AM  
Blogger Jeff Kallman said...

Jacqueline---You won't have to miss much if you read me at Examiner! Thanks for the support.---Jeff

9:09 AM  
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