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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor (Program 72)

We remember the 70th anniversary of the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bringing the United States into World War II. On Podcast 72, Smitty and Mike look back on that day, and share information on the events leading up to the attack, the state of the world at that time, and we listen to some radio news broadcasts from December 7, 1941. In addition, we recall the aftereffects of that day such as blackouts and the internment of Japanese-Americans. The attack would signal four long years of struggle and hardship by our fighting forces, and sacrifice by people on the homefront. Pictured above, is a helmet that was worn by an Air Raid Warden of that time. We remember those who served, and those who sacrificed their lives on that day and throughout the war, that we might live in a free country today.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Baseball History from George Haloulakos

Hello Baseball fans --
My new article on the legendary pitcher Sal Maglie (aka "The Barber") has just been published.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The World of Vintage Newspapers (Podcast 70)

We explore the world of vintage newspaper collecting, and hear stories about the newspaper business of the past on this edition of our show. Jeff Prescott, well-known San Diego radio personality, joins us to talk to us about these fascinating topics and more. Jeff has an extensive collection of vintage newspapers, and as a seasoned collector, shares with us hints on collecting and preserving these old newspapers. In addition, he tells us about the earlier days in the newspaper business, before they took a back seat to the internet and today's fast world of instant information. He tells us in detail the processes by which extra editions were assembled and printed, and how the papers would issue many "Extras" on a day with a big news story. Visit our Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site Facebook page and see our "Vintage Newspapers" album to see scans of a few of Jeff's papers. Pictured above is Jeff Prescott with a 40 pound-plus vintage lead plate that would have been used on a press to print the papers. Photo courtesy Shotgun Tom Kelly.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Man, Moon, Media, and Myth (Podcast 69)

We welcome George Haloulakos, who along with his father, Vassilios E. Haloulakos have authored a fascinating thesis titled "The Science of Space Flight in Classic Sci-Fi Cinema". George relates the technology of space flight that is portrayed in two classic productions: the 1964 unaired pilot episode of "Lost in Space" titled "No Place to Hide", and the 1968 motion picture "Planet of the Apes". How realistic were the space craft and technologies that were shown? Find out by listening in. In addition, we remember that era of the 1960s when the goal to land a man on the moon was at its peak. It was a positive, productive era when the nation joined in the hope that this goal would be reached, and that the dream of President John F. Kennedy would be fulfilled before the end of the decade. Photo courtesy of George Haloulakos, from his personal collection. Please go to our Facebook page to see additional items from George's collection in the "Man, Moon, Media, and Myth" photo album.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Visiting with the Dean of San Diego Radio Broadcasters (Podcast 67)

Jack Vincent was the overnight air talent for many years in the 1950s and 60s on KCBQ Radio in San Diego. On Podcast 67, Smitty and Mike pay a visit to Jack, and talk to him about his recollections not only on his radio career, but also his interesting life. Jack is approaching his 94th birthday, and he has the wonderful ability to recall in great detail many aspects of his fascinating life. We are also very pleased to announce that this marks the first one-hour episode of Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site. Look for more full hour episodes coming in the future!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunshine Pop: The Feel Good "Fix" of 45 Years Ago (Podcast 65)

Here's the album cover for The Peppermint Rainbow, one of the many Pop Music groups of the 1960s who made sweet, innocent tunes known as Sunshine Pop. Join the G-Men on Show 65 as we talk about The Peppermint Rainbow, and other groups and singers who brought us simply-sweet ear-candy during a turbulent era in American history.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Leo I. Meyerson, 1911-2011 (Podcast 64)

We remember Leo I. Meyerson, who passed away April 13, 2011. Mr. Meyerson is remembered by generations of Amateur Radio Operators and electronics enthusiasts who purchased radio equipment from him through his World Radio Labs store in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Listen to Podcast 64, as we recall the life and times of Leo Meyerson, a radio pioneer who will be long remembered for his contributions to radio and electronics. The photo above is from Mr. Meyerson's 100th birthday celebration earlier this year. Photo courtesy Electric Radio Magazine.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Remembering a Motion Picture Pioneer (Podcast 63)

In Podcast 63 we remember Allan Dwan, pioneer motion picture director who worked for the American Film Mfg. Company, also know as the "Flying A" Studio. Mr. Dwan directed films in the La Mesa area of San Diego in the 1911-12 era. Wade Douglas, local film historian, tells us about those years when the Flying A Studio was in operation, and the work that Allan Dwan did there, and later in a long career in Hollywood. The opening of the Flying A studio in La Mesa, preceded the opening of the first Hollywood film studio by two months. On August 12, 2011, a commemorative plaque (pictured above) will be installed on the original building that Flying A was located in. Listen in for all the details!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

We Visit John Nese's Soda Pop Stop in LA (Podcast 62)

Smitty and Mike recenty travelled to LA to visit a store that sells (and ships anywhere) those great soda pops that all of us Baby Boomers (and our dentists) remember.

Click here to listen to the interview with owner John Nese (pictured) which will be featured on an upcoming segment of Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site, which airs Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. on KCBQ AM 1170 in San Diego. The Soda Pop Stop is in Los Angeles, but John will ship your goodies anywhere! Check out his site by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Galaxy Nostalgia Network Presents "As Time Goes By"

We're excited and happy to present a music format radio show that will debut in September on San Diego AM radio. It's called "As Time Goes By" and features Big Band, Pop, and Standards of the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Here's a sneak preview of the shows:

Premier Show (Click Here)

Show 3: (Click Here)

Have a favorite song from the memories of your life? E-mail Smitty and Mike at:

Friday, July 1, 2011

Vintage Telephones (Podcast 58)

On Podcast 58, the G-Men talk about the world of collectible telephones. Can you connect old phones to modern lines? Maybe. Listen in to find out more about this and the variety of collectible telephones from the good old days. Pictured above is a 1957 Western Electric Rotary Telephone that certainly falls into the collectible category. We thank our friend and listener John Foster of Philadelphia, PA for sharing this great picture of his phone!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Learn About LA Top 40 Radio in the 60s 70s

Author and Los Angeles radio historian Bill Earl was recently interviewed by Galaxy G-Men Smitty and Mike. Coming this summer, the interview that reveals the highlights of KRLA as the leader of LA Top 40 AM radio in the 1960s.

Remember the Great Taste of Bubble Up?

Galaxy G-Men Smitty and Mike recently visited The Soda Pop Stop in Los Angeles. Here, proprietor John Nese has amassed a great assortment of soda pop and candy that will bring back the tasty memories of most American Baby Boomers. We'll be airing an interview with John in an upcoming segment of Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site. Check out the selection, which can be ordered via the Internet at John's website: Click Here

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bobby Sherman Gives Back to His Community!

The Galaxy Guys profile Tiger Beat magazine in Show 52. We discuss some of the tean throbs of the 1960s and 1970s, and we make several mentions (and a song rendition of Julie, Do Ya Love Me) in honor of Bobby Sherman. Here's Bobby (right) several years ago (with Mike's brother Tim) at a community event in Los Angeles. Both of these guys give their time and talent as reserve officers for Los Angeles. Tim is a reserve police officer, and Bobby served with the Emergency Medical Response Units. We salute all volunteers in public service!

Tiger Beat Magazine 40 years ago (Podcast 52)

Old TV Console? Love Fish? Here's an Idea!

Have you discovered a dinosaur of a TV set in your attic? You know, the ones made with imitation wood, with knobs instead of buttons? It sure can't compete with today's flat-panel units, but it doesn't have to head straight for the junk pile -- if you're creative. Here's how to make it do something those plasmas will never pull off: turn it into a fish tank! READ MORE-CLICK HERE

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Galaxy Nostalgia Network Now Heard on KOPA-FM

We'd like to thank KCBQ alum John Fox, the station manager at the NEW San Diego North County FM station REZ RADIO 91.3. John is one of our listeners, and decided that Galalxy Nostalgia Network's weekly radio show and podcast would fit nicely with the station format of REZ Radio.

If you are up for a visit in San Diego's North County Inland area, or enjoying the awesome Pala Casino, and the time is Wednesday 12:30pm or Friday at 11:30pm – you can listen to Galaxy Moonbeam Nite Site.

KOPA-FM Station Manager John Fox (left) During Live Radio Interview of Tribal Chief Robert Smith.

KOPA 91.3 FM (REZ Radio) has other programs that are guaranteed to please. Support John and KOPA for their hard work in bringing the public another much needed independant FM station.

Here's a chance to start your own radio show.
Volunteer airshifts and other positions at KOPA FM are available. Claim your own hour or two per week playing your favorite music or just host the REZ RADIO 91.3 music mix. Talk about hobbies, current affairs, or whatever you like. Amaze your friends and neighbors! John Fox welcomes whatever you have to offer that will enrich life in Pala. Your show might even lead to a new career. Contact John at 760 742 4200 or

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tommy Sarmiento: Then and Now (Podcast 45)

What was it like to work on the air at a radio station on weekends, holidays, and as vacation relief? Former San Diego radio personality Tommy Sarmiento joins us on Podcast 45 to share the experiences from his early days in radio. He also tells us about the changes he saw in the radio industry and in technology during his radio career.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Good Guys Car Show - Del Mar Fairgrounds - Coming in April

"Cruise" on over to the 11th Meguiars Del Mar Nationals April 1, 2 & 3 – Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA Rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972 vintage. Car Show, vendor exhibits, swap meet, AutoCross, Street Rod ‘Elegance award, live entertainment & more! Info (925) 838-9876

Mike B. finds his dream car at Qualcomm Stadium / Feb. 27, 2011 (Podcast 50)

We all have a dream car....Mike B's just happens to be a 1953 Chevy panel delivery truck, painted pink and pin-striped with Pink Panther cartoon characters.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Eliot Ness and The Untouchables (Podcast 39)

In Podcast 39, Ian Rose tells us the real story of Eliot Ness and "The Untouchables". The hit TV series ran on ABC-TV from 1959-63. Learn what was real and what was not-so-real in the TV series. "The Untouchables" which starred Robert Stack and was narrated by Walter Winchell is being released on DVD.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Great Look Back at TV Production History

Meet Cyd Charisse (Podcast 37)

Smitty shares news with us of a recently discovered early color video tape. The tape is a recording of "Meet Cyd Charisse" from 1959. Unplayed since that time and in pristine condition, the tape is in beautiful NBC "Living Color". Listen to Podcast 37 for details. And here is the opening number from this program.

Watch the full episode. See more Michael Feinsteins American Songbook.