It is by General Order 52 that we tell you the following is a playerpiano

Dan Strassberg
Sun Aug 28 17:50:26 EDT 2005

Back in the 50s (40s, too, I think), the announcement had to be made at the
beginning or end of each broadcast that used recorded music (maybe beginning
AND end), but I gather that certain music was exempted--perhaps considered
to be sound effects. For example, I don't recall ever hearing "transcribed"
in any of the Trendall-Campbell-Moore productions that originated at WXYZ
Detroit--Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Challenge of the Yukon, et al. Each used
an orchestral recording of a classical selection as its theme--Rossini's
William Tell Overture, Kreissler's? Flight of the Bumble Bee, Resnicek's
Donna Diana Overture. (I'm sure that Mr Glavin will make the necessary edits
to that list ;>) In that day, though, sneaking in "recorded" or
"transcribed" was the equivalent of today's whispered legal IDs and COLs.

Dan Strassberg,
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----- Original Message -----
From: "John Bolduc" <>
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Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2005 4:29 PM
Subject: It is by General Order 52 that we tell you the following is a

> I was just glancing over the 1929 Federal Radio Commision's Annual Report
> and noted a section discussion deception of the public as to origin of
> musical selections.  In short, each and every performance broadcast, per
> General Order 52, was to be idetified if it was from a phonograph record,
> player piano, mechanical or electrical reproduction.  It further stated
> that each selection within the broadcast needed to be specifically
> designated as such, as listenrs often often enter the program at different
> points in its sequence.
> Seems as though I remember in my lifetime renants of this order, were at
> least once a day an announcement was made that broadcast on the station
> were possibly recorded or mechanical reproduction.
> Any thought?
> John B
> Derry NH

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