Delays! Delays! Delays!

As many of my intrepid listeners have discovered, it’s been quite a while since the last episode of TUBE TUNES was released. Sorry about that. The increasing workload at my job (property manager), along with dealing with some time-consuming projects of a personal nature, has unfortunately pushed creating and posting episodes for TUBE TUNES to the back burner for now.

Don’t despair, though, folks. The next episode, “S01E10: Go West, Old Man – Adult Westerns of the 1950s (Part 2)” is coming soon. I’ve already compiled the themes for it and have done all of the research. All that’s left for it is to record (some of which I’ve also done) and edit. I really, really hope to have it out by the end of this week.

I’ve now realized that my busy time at work (summer) is upon me and that I’m going to have to make a change to the TUBE TUNES schedule of episodes. In other words, I need to have the podcast go on hiatus during the summer, just as many TV shows themselves do. I plan the 4th of July episode to be the final episode of this “season,” with the new season starting back up sometime in September. The list I have of upcoming episodes in the top menu of www.tubetunes.net should soon reflect this change.

Thanks to everyone for your understanding regarding this change. And as soon as I have Episode 10 uploaded to the feeds, I’ll post it across all of the social media platforms. Stay “tuned!”

 

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“Rarities” Episode Postponed Until September

Sorry about this but I’ve had a dickens of a time getting the recordings right for the Rarities episode that I had hoped I could post by this week. I’ve pushed it back to the end of the queue so as to avoid delaying upcoming episodes. Thanks, my intrepid listeners, for your understanding and your patience.

That is all.

-Mark

S01E09: Out of This World – Science Fiction Themes (Part 1)

EPISODE 9 - Out of This World - Science Fiction Themes (Part 1)

“S01E09: Out of This World – Science Fiction Themes (Part 1)”

In this episode, I explore some iconic theme music from science fiction series set (as a whole or in part) within the outer reaches of space. I’ll leave other supernatural shows such as THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE X-FILES and even LOST to a future episode of TUBE TUNES. In this episode I’ll be looking at six well-known TV space dramas, one representative series from each decade from the 1950s to the 2000s; I’ll explore their stories, their stars, their impact on the science fiction canon, and of course their theme tunes. Here are the series included in this episode:

The 1950s:
CAPTAIN VIDEO AND HIS VIDEO RANGERS (1949-1955) [opening theme]

The 1960s:
STAR TREK (1966-1969) [opening & closing themes]
Also included in this segment:
STAR TREK (The Animated Series) (1973-1975) [opening & closing themes]
STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (1993-1999) [opening & closing themes]
STAR TREK: VOYAGER (1995-2001) [opening & closing themes]
STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE (2001-2005) [opening & closing themes]

-Commercial Break-

The 1970s:
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1978-80) [1978-1979 opening & closing themes]
Also included in this segment:
GALACTIC 1980 (1980) [opening & closing themes]
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (2004 revival series) (2004-2009) [opening & closing themes]

-The Mystery Tune-

The 1980s:
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (1987-1994) [opening & closing themes]

The 1990s:
BABYLON 5 (1994-1998) [1994 opening theme] [1995 opening theme] [1996 opening theme] [1997 opening theme] [1998 opening theme]

-Commercial Break-

The 2000s:
FIREFLY (2002-2003) [opening & closing themes]

I’ve included  vintage commercials for Dr. Pepper and Oscar Meyer Bologna. And you’ll also have fun listening to some ads that my podcasting friends provided to me to promote their own great podcasts; be sure to check them out.

Note also that I’ve included a The Mystery Tune segment for my intrepid listeners to test their TV theme tune memory. It’s a complete theme for a series which ran on network television (hint: it was a CBS sitcom during the late 1960s). Let me know what your guess is, and if you’re correct I’ll mention you on the air during the next episode of TUBE TUNES.

Many, many thanks to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here. And I’d also like especially to thank him for providing the opening and closing theme music for Tube Tunes; all of his fantastic music can be found here. And, again, thanks are in order for him for providing TUBE TUNES with the “We’ll Be Right Back” drops heard during the podcast. Thanks, Burford.

I would also like to again thank Rob “Flack” O’Hara and Sean Johnson for adding TUBE TUNES to The Throwback Network. It’s a great place to find just about any retro-themed podcast you can think of. Please check out the network here.

Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. And his continued support and promotion of TUBE TUNES on his excellent podcast is greatly appreciated by yours truly. Please, check out his podcast, even if you’re not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.

Next Episode: “S01E10: Go West, Old Man – Adult Westerns of the 1950s (Part 2)” (available June 2016)

S01E08: The Mike Post Legacy

EPISODE 8 - The Mike Post Legacy

“S01E08: The Mike Post Legacy”

Another Super-Sized Episode!

In this double-length episode, I explore the long and prolific career of TV theme composer extraordinaire, Mike Post. His influence on TV theme music cannot be underestimated, beginning with his collaboration with his longtime partner Pete Carpenter (1973-1986), and then on up to his stellar solo career as a theme composer thereafter. This surveys covers all 51 of the shows in which Mike Post composed or co-composed the theme music, including the following series:

GRIFF (1973-74) [opening theme]
TOMA (1973-74) [opening theme]
THE ROCKFORD FILES (1974-80) [1974-75 opening theme]
BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP/THE BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON (1976-78) [opening theme]
RICHIE BROCKELMAN, PRIVATE EYE (1978) [opening theme]
THE WHITE SHADOW (1978-81) [opening theme]
THE DUKE (1979) [opening theme]
240-ROBERT (1979-81) [pilot opening theme]
BIG SHAMUS, LITTLE SHAMUS (1979) [opening theme]
-Commercial Break-
TENSPEED AND BROWN SHOE (1980) [opening theme]
MAGNUM, P.I. (1980-88) [episode 6 of season 1-1988 opening theme]
HILL STREET BLUES (1981-87) [opening theme]
THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO (1981-83) [opening theme]
TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY (1982-83) [opening theme]
THE QUEST (1982) [opening theme]
THE A-TEAM (1983-87) [opening theme]
HARDCASTLE AND McCORMICK (1983-86) [1983-84/1985-86 opening theme] [1984-85 opening theme]
-Commercial Break-
BAY CITY BLUES (1983) [opening theme]
RIPTIDE (1984-86) [opening theme]
HUNTER (1984-91) [1987-88 opening theme]
STINGRAY (1986-87) [opening theme]
L.A. LAW (1986-94) [opening theme]
WISEGUY (1987-90) [opening theme]
HOOPERMAN (1987-89) [opening theme]
BEVERLY HILLS BUNTZ (1987-88) [opening theme]
UNSUB (1989) [opening theme]
-The Mystery Tune-
THE ABC MYSTERY MOVIE (1989-90) [opening theme]
QUANTUM LEAP (1989-93) [1992-93 opening theme]
DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D. (1989-93) [opening theme]
TOP OF THE HILL (1989) [opening theme]
LAW & ORDER (1990-2010) [2004-05 opening theme]
BROKEN BADGES (1990-91) [opening theme]
BLOSSOM (1991-95) [opening theme]
DISNEY PRESENTS THE 100 LIVES OF BLACK JACK SAVAGE (1991) [opening theme]
-Commercial Break-
THE COMMISH (1991-95) [opening theme]
SILK STALKINGS (1991-99) [opening theme]
TEQUILA & BONETTI (1992) [opening theme]
RENEGADE (1992-97) [opening theme]
NYPD BLUE (1993-2005) [opening theme]
TRAPS (1994) [opening theme]
ROUGHNECKS (1994-95) [opening theme]
NEWSRADIO (1995-99) [opening theme]
MURDER ONE (1995-97) [opening theme]
-Commercial Break-
BROOKLYN SOUTH (1997-98) [opening theme]
PLAYERS (1997-98) [opening theme]
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (1999-present) [opening theme]
PHILLY (2001-02) [opening theme]
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (2001-11) [2001-02 opening theme]
DRAGNET/L.A. DRAGNET (2003-04) [opening theme]
LAW & ORDER: TRIAL BY JURY (2005-06) [opening theme]
BLIND JUSTICE (2005) [opening theme]

I’ve included  vintage commercials for Lowenbrau, Arrid Xtra-Dri, TV Guide, and Shasta Cola. And you’ll also have fun listening to some ads that my podcasting friends provided to me to promote their own great podcasts; be sure to check them out.

Note also that I’ve added a The Mystery Tune for my intrepid listeners to test their TV theme tune memory. It’s only an excerpt of a theme for a series which ran on network television (hint: the title includes the name of an aquatic mammal). Let me know what your guess is, and if you’re correct I’ll mention you on the air during the next episode of TUBE TUNES.

Many, many thanks to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here. And I’d also like especially to thank him for providing the opening and closing theme music for Tube Tunes; all of his fantastic music can be found here. And, again, thanks are in order for him for providing TUBE TUNES with the “We’ll Be Right Back” drops heard during the podcast. Thanks, Burford.

I would also like to again thank Rob “Flack” O’Hara and Sean Johnson for adding TUBE TUNES to The Throwback Network. It’s a great place to find just about any retro-themed podcast you can think of. Please check out the network here.

Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. And his continued support and promotion of TUBE TUNES on his excellent podcast is greatly appreciated by yours truly. Please, check out his podcast, even if you’re not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.

Next Episode: “S01E09: Out of This World” (available April 26, 2016)

S01E07: Cathode Ray Memories

EPISODE 7 - Cathode Ray Memories

“S01E07: Cathode Ray Memories”

In this regular-length episode, I wax nostalgic about my earliest and most influential television memories, and how what I watched impacted my sense of humor, my appreciation of drama and music, my love of animals, and my general outlook on life. Of course the theme music for the shows I discuss are included, many of them presented in stereo, as well as a brief synopses of the shows. This survey includes the following themes:

THE TWILIGHT ZONE (1959-1964) [episode 1-31 opening] [episode 1-31 closing] [episode 32-36 opening] [episode 32-26 closing] [season 2 opening] [season 2 closing] [season 3 opening] [season 3 closing] [season 5 opening] [season 5 closing]
-Commercial Break-
CAPTAIN KANGAROO (1955-1984) [1955-1974 opening] [1974-1982 opening]
-The Mystery Tune-
GILLIAN’S ISLAND (1964-1967) [season 1 opening from Tape 1]
-Commercial Break-
GENTLE BEN (1967-1969) [opening]
-Commercial Break-
MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS (1969-1974) [opening]

The commercials include three vintage promo drops from WTCG-TV 17 in Atlanta (where I live) that aired before it became SuperStation WTBS (now the TBS Cable Network). And you’ll have fun listening to some ads that my podcasting friends provided to me to promote their own great podcasts; be sure to check them out.

Note also that I’ve added a The Mystery Tune for my intrepid listeners to test their TV theme tune memory. It’s only an excerpt of a theme for a series which ran on network television (hint: during the 1980s). Let me know what your guess is, and if you’re correct I’ll mention you on the air during the next episode of TUBE TUNES.

Many, many thanks to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here. And I’d also like especially to thank him for providing the opening and closing theme music for Tube Tunes; all of his fantastic music can be found here. And, again, thanks are in order for him for providing TUBE TUNES with the “We’ll Be Right Back” drops heard during the podcast. Thanks, Burford.

I would also like to again thank Rob “Flack” O’Hara and Sean Johnson for adding TUBE TUNES to The Throwback Network. It’s a great place to find just about any retro-themed podcast you can think of. Please check out the network here.

Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. And his continued support and promotion of TUBE TUNES on his excellent podcast is greatly appreciated by yours truly. Please, check out his podcast, even if you’re not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.

Next Episode: “S01E08: The Mike Post Legacy” (available March 29, 2016)

Check Out Forgotten Filmcast

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Until the next episode of TUBE TUNES (“S01E07: Cathode Ray Memories”) appears on the feeds in the next few days, check out a great podcast that I have been enjoying for some time now: Forgotten Filmcast, hosted by Todd Liebenow. The latest episode, #68, covers the 1967 film “Gunn,” starring Craig Stevens in the role he created for the 1958-1961 TV series PETER GUNN. Most people probably remember the famous Henry Mancini theme music from the show rather than the show itself, but the movie is pretty good, too…and it’s in color. In Forgotten Filmcast, Mr. Liebenow and his guest co-host (yours truly) discuss the film, its quirks, its fun bits, and its surprising ending. Please be sure to give this wonderful podcast some love and check it out!

S01E06: Prime Time ‘Toons

EPISODE 6 - Prime Time 'Toons

“S01E06: Prime Time ‘Toons”

Another Super-Sized Episode!

In this double-length episode packed with theme music, many of them presented in stereo, the broadcast histories, stars and (of course) the TV theme music of 40 animated broadcast network series from 1960 to the present are explored. Here is the layout for this extended episode:

FEATURED SERIES #1:
THE FLINTSTONES (1960-1966)
[season 1-2 opening] [season 1-2 closing] [season 3-6 opening] [season 3-6 closing]

-Commercial Break-

LIGHTNING ROUND #1:
THE BUGS BUNNY SHOW (1960-1961) [season 1 opening] [season 1 closing]
THE BULLWINKLE SHOW (1960-1961) [opening theme & fanfare] [closing]
TOP CAT (1961-1962) [opening]
CALVIN AND THE COLONEL (1961-1962) [opening] [closing]
THE ALVIN SHOW (1961-1962) [opening]
THE JETSONS (1962-1963) [opening] [closing]
THE ADVENTURES OF JONNY QUEST (1964-1965) [opening] [closing]
THE FAMOUS ADVENTURES OF MR. MAGOO (1964-1965) [opening]
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1968-1970) [opening] [closing]
WHERE’S HUDDLES (1970) [opening]
WAIT TILL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME (1972-1974) [opening]

-Commercial Break-

FEATURED SERIES #2:
THE SIMPSONS (1989-present)
[season 1 opening] [season 1 closing] [season 2-20 opening]

-Commercial Break-

LIGHTNING ROUND #2:
CAPITOL CRITTERS (1992) [opening]
FISH POLICE (1992) [opening]
BATMAN – THE ANIMATED SERIES (1992-1993) [opening]
FAMILY DOG (1993) [opening]
THE CRITIC (1994-1995) [opening]
PINKY & THE BRAIN (1995-1996) [opening]

-Commercial Break-

FEATURED SERIES #3:
KING OF THE HILL (1996-2009)
[1996 pilot opening]

-Commercial Break-

LIGHTNING ROUND #3:
STRESSED ERIC (1998) [opening]
THE PJs (1999-2001) [1999 pilot opening]
DILBERT (1999-2000) [opening]
FUTURAMA (1999-2003; 2010-2013) [opening] [closing]
HOME MOVIES (1999) [opening] [closing]
MISSION HILL (1999-2000; 2002) [opening] [closing]
GOD, THE DEVIL & BOB (2000; 2003) [opening]
THE OBLONGS (2001) [opening]
CLERKS – THE ANIMATED SERIES (2000) [opening]
BABY BLUES (2000-2002) [opening]

-Commercial Break-

FEATURED SERIES #4:
FAMILY GUY (1999-2002; 2005-present)
[opening] [closing]

-Commercial Break-

LIGHTNING ROUND #4:
GAME OVER (2004) [opening] [closing]
FATHER OF THE PRIDE (2004-2005) [opening]
AMERICAN DAD! (2005-present) [opening] [closing]
CREATURE COMFORTS (2007) [opening]
THE GOODE FAMILY (2009) [opening] [closing]
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (2009-2013) [opening] [closing]
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (2012) [opening]
BORDERTOWN (2016) [opening]

-Commercial Break-

FEATURED SERIES #4:
BOB’S BURGERS (2011-present)
[opening] [closing]

Many, many thanks to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here. And I’d also like especially to thank him for providing the opening and closing theme music for Tube Tunes; all of his fantastic music can be found here. And, again, thanks are in order for him for providing TUBE TUNES with the “We’ll Be Right Back” drops heard during the podcast. Thanks, Burford.

I would also like to again thank Rob “Flack” O’Hara and Sean Johnson for adding TUBE TUNES to The Throwback Network. It’s a great place to find just about any retro-themed podcast you can think of. Please check out the network here.

Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. And his continued support and promotion of TUBE TUNES on his excellent podcast is greatly appreciated by yours truly. Please, check out his podcast, even if you’re not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.

Next Episode: “S01E07: Cathode Ray Memories” (available March 20, 2016)