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Monday, November 13, 2017

Radio Free Shambles: Sober Otis (11/13/17)

rfs1511:42:49 – Continual construction, people not respecting moment of silence, hankering for Long John Silver’s, spilled ketchup on my shirt, The Andy Griffith Show season 5, Return to Mayberry, Opie’s crush on Helen Crump, movie review: LBJ, the cat wants treats, late night Theraflu run, audio from a 90s home movie used in Tapestry, uncashed check from 2013, dropped my recorder, some guy followed me around in Kroger, small chocolate shake for my lovely daughter, Jimbo said Gizmo the dog is famous, my mother rocks, McDonald’s stories I forgot about, Saturday morning overtime, I miss Hardee’s, “why do you have to work?”, my commentary for The Shambleshow #66: Jailbird, Sister Act stage musical, the Sam’s Club goof-up, Monday morning, Aunt Bea’s annoying beau, people looking down at their phones while walking, shouldn’t be complaining, With a Little Help From My Friends, what would happen if I fell asleep and didn’t go in to work. Recorded 11/10/17 through 11/13/17. RFS 151.

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Released November 2017 on The Overnightscape Underground (, an Internet talk radio channel focusing on a freeform monologue style, with diverse and fascinating Harvard alumni.

posted by Shambles at 6:28 pm filed in Nov17,Shambles  


  1. [paragraph 2]
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    Bill Idelson wrote 19 Andy Griffith Show episodes:
    – A Visit to Barney Fife (1967) … (written by)
    – Big Fish in a Small Town (1966) … (written by)
    – The County Clerk (1966) … (written by)
    – A Baby in the House (1966) … (written by)
    – The Return of Barney Fife (1966) … (written by)
    – Girl Shy (1965) … (written by)
    – Aunt Bee Takes a Job (1965) … (written by)
    – The Taylors in Hollywood (1965) … (written by)
    – Off to Hollywood (1965) … (written by)
    – The Luck of Newton Munroe (1965) … (written by)
    – The Case of the Punch in the Nose (1965) … (written by)
    – Goober Takes a Car Apart (1965) … (written by)
    – Barney Fife, Realtor (1965) … (written by)
    – Andy and Helen Have Their Day (1964) … (written by)
    – Barney’s Uniform (1964) … (written by)
    – Barney’s Bloodhound (1964) … (written by)
    – Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt (1964) … (written by)
    – A Deal Is a Deal (1964) … (written by)
    – The Shoplifters (1964) … (written by)

    Everett Greenbaum (the main writer for the Andy Griffith Show) ( claimed his favorite radio show was Vic and Sade.

    Comment by Jimbo — November 13, 2017 @ 11:21 pm

  2. Thanks, Jimbo! My next one is Barney’s Bloodhound so I’ll pay special attention. 😎

    Comment by Shambles — November 14, 2017 @ 2:51 pm

  3. He must have been especially good at writing for Barney Fife.

    Comment by Shambles — November 14, 2017 @ 2:53 pm

  4. I know the Andy Griffith Show pretty well. It looks to me that half of those were color episodes. Those color episodes (in general) are lousy, even the Idelson-penned episodes.

    The others, other than the “Newton Monroe” episode, were better than average. The “shoplifter” episode may be one of the top 5 and several others he wrote may be top 10 material.

    I still say the best thing for TV Bill ever wrote was this Twilight Zone episode: This episode is absolutely creepy. It’s propelled even more-so by being one of the few TZ that was videotaped. It makes the show stand out from the hundreds of others and it also “looks real”. The way the music sounds in this episode is also different than the ones on film. There is contrast everywhere in this episode – and to top it off, this is just genuinely a creepy episode.

    Comment by Jimbo — November 15, 2017 @ 2:18 am

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