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Ask yourself this: What would Bing do?

Well, if he knew what you know — that we’re in final hours of the funding drive to keep Cladrite Radio “on the air,” that if we don’t reach our goal of $500 (we’re about two-thirds of the way there), your favorite (and ours) online radio station could be silenced — then he’d click the following link and put his money where his ears are.

http://cladriteradio.com/support

Because Bing knows (or he would, if he were still with us) that there are precious few sources out there today that play his 1920s and ’30s recordings. He’d realize full well that if Cladrite Radio were to trim its programming or, worse, stop streaming altogether because its regular listeners didn’t step up, well, that would be a lose-lose all around.

We love bringing you our toe-tapping tunes of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, but we’re giving it to you straight: We need your help. You’ve got just hours to contribute what you can: Ten bucks, $25, fifty — whatever you can spare. We have some thank-you gifts for those who give at various levels, but at this point, it’s really not about the swag — it’s about keeping Cladrite Radio alive and streaming, and literally every dollar counts.

http://cladriteradio.com/support

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The end of the fundraising drive to keep Cladrite Radio alive and streaming is less than a week away; the renewal of our annual contract with Live365, our streaming provider, comes due April 16. If we’ve not reached our goal of $500 by then, the best-case scenario is that the number of recordings, the range of performance styles and genres of music, of orchestras and singers will become much narrower than what you’ve grown accustomed to.

Worst-case scenario? The music will stop altogether.

http://www.tinyurl.com/cladrite

We realize that sounds a bit dramatic, but we’re giving it to you straight. The budget is quite tight this year, and unless you, our listeners, come through for us, a belt-tightening (or worse) will be unavoidable, and there will be less of the music we all love to be enjoyed.

The good news is, you can still play a role in keeping alive the stream of toe-tapping tunes you’ve come to expect from us. Every dollar helps, of course, but we’ve got some enticing premiums to for those who chip in at various levels.

$10 — A ten-spot will bring you a Cladrite Radio magnet for your refrigerator, your office cube, any metallic surface that could do with some decorating.

$25 — Send us twenty-five dollars and we’ll let you assist us in creating an hour of programming on Cladrite Radio: We’ll devote sixty minutes to playing your favorite songs from the Cladrite Era, your favorite artists, and when possible, your favorite songs performed by your favorite artists. And we’ll do our best to schedule that hour of programming in a time slot that suits you, so that you can invite friends, colleagues and family to listen in.

$50 — Slip us fifty bucks, and we’ll send you a Cladrite Radio t-shirt in your size of choice, plus you’ll get to help us create an hour of programming (and what the heck, we’ll throw in a magnet, too).

http://www.tinyurl.com/cladrite

There are not many outlets today for enjoying the music of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, and whether you listen to Cladrite Radio once a month, once a week or every day, ask yourself how much you’d miss us if our stream of toe-tapping tunes suddenly wasn’t there for you to enjoy.

And if you come to the conclusion that life would be just a smidge less fun if we were to have our plug pulled, then do your part by chipping in what you can to help us keep the proverbial wolf from the door.

But don’t wait. Act today. Or else there may not be a Cladrite Radio tomorrow.

http://www.tinyurl.com/cladrite

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We were sorry to learn of the passing on Sunday of Mickey Rooney. His performing career spanned 92 years (he first appeared onstage, in his parents’ vaudeville act, at the age 17 months); that’s a record that will likely never be broken.

And we are not ashamed to admit that we are suckers for Andy Hardy movies. Rest in peace, Mickey.

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Which Marx Brother Are You?

We got … Groucho! Which brother will you be?

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A 23-second fragment of the lost silent Marx Brothers film HUMOR RISK, self-financed by the team in 1921. The film was discovered earlier this month and is now in the hands of a private archive.

Previously thought destroyed in its entirety, this small portion of the film was found in the garage of the former Great Neck, NY estate of Groucho Marx.


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Keep Cladrite Radio Alive and Kicking!
We’re about ten or twelve days into our fundraising drive; the renewal of our annual contract with Live365, our streaming provider, comes due in mid-April.

www.tinyurl.com/cladrite

If we’ve not reached our goal of $500 by the 15th of next month, the best-case scenario is that the number of recordings that we’re able to offer, the range of performance styles and genres of music, the variety of orchestras and vocalists will become much narrower than what you’ve grown accustomed to.

Worst-case scenario? The music will stop altogether.

We recognize that sounds a bit dramatic, but we’re giving it to you straight. Our budget is very tight this year, and unless you, our listeners, come through for us, a belt-tightening (or worse) will be unavoidable, and we’ll be playing less of the music we all love.

www.tinyurl.com/cladrite

The good news is, a few loyal listeners have come through with contributions—we’re just under 20% of the way to our target of $500—and there’s still time for you, too, to play a role in keeping alive the stream of toe-tapping tunes. Every dollar helps, of course, but we’ve got some enticing premiums to for those who chip in at various levels.

   $10 — A ten-spot will bring you a Cladrite Radio magnet for your refrigerator, your office cube, any metallic surface that could do with some decorating.

   $25 — Send us twenty-five dollars and we’ll let you assist us in creating an hour of programming on Cladrite Radio: We’ll devote sixty minutes to playing your favorite songs from the Cladrite Era, your favorite artists, and when possible, your favorite songs performed by your favorite artists. And we’ll do our best to schedule that hour of programming in a time slot that suits you, so that you can invite friends, colleagues and family to listen in.

   $50 — Slip us fifty bucks, and we’ll send you a Cladrite Radio t-shirt in your size of choice, plus you’ll get to help us create an hour of programming (and what the heck, we’ll throw in a magnet, too).

Don’t wait. Show your support for Cladrite Radio today via our safe and secure Paypal contribution page: www.tinyurl.com/cladrite

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Help Keep Cladrite Radio Alive and Streaming!
Contribute now: http://tinyurl.com/cladrite

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In 1926, gossip columnist Jimmy Starr authored “365 Nights in Hollywood,” a collection of short stories about Tinseltown. It was published in a limited edition of 1000, each one signed and numbered by the author.

Here’s “Memories,” the last story from that 1926 collection: http://www.cladriteradio.com/archives/7812

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In Their Words: Chico Marx
It’s Chico Marx’s 126th birthday, and you’re probably wondering how best to mark the occasion.

We have a suggestion for you: Why not show your support for Marxfest, NYC’s celebration of all things Marx Brothers, coming this May? Visit our Kickstarter site (we’re on the planning committee) and toss a few bucks into the kitty.

There are even some cool premiums to make it doubly worth your while. But really, do you need a better reason than it’s Chico’s birthday? Of course you don’t.

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Help Keep Cladrite Radio “Alive and Streaming”! Have you joined our fundraising campaign yet as our streaming contract renewal approaches? Contribute now: http://tinyurl.com/cladrite

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In 1926, gossip columnist Jimmy Starr authored “365 Nights in Hollywood,” a collection of short stories about Tinseltown. It was published in a limited edition of 1000, each one signed and numbered by the author.

Here’s Part Two of “The Twenty-Foot Kiss,” a not-so-short story from that 1926 collection: http://www.cladriteradio.com/archives/7766

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Keep Cladrite Radio “On the Air”!

With the deadline for renewing Cladrite Radio’s annual contract with Live365, our stream provider, nearly upon us, we turn to you, our listeners and readers. If you enjoy the tunes of the 1920s, ’30s and ‘40s as heard 24/7/365 on Cladrite Radio, please consider chipping in to help us keep this wonderful music alive for a contemporary audience.

http://tinyurl.com/cladrite

Last month alone, our music stream was accessed nearly 11,000 times; that’s a lot of toe-tapping joy being shared. So We’re not talking about a lot of money here, not in the collective sense, as our target is just $500. 

Any money we receive over that amount will go toward expanding our already expansive library of vintage pop and jazz, and if we should manage to reach the $700 mark—-be still, our hearts—-we can double our storage capacity at Live365, allowing us that much more variety in the music we bring you.

http://tinyurl.com/cladrite

And while every contribution is, of course, deeply appreciated, we have some enticing thank-yous for those who chip in at the following levels:

$10 —- A ten-spot will bring you a Cladrite Radio magnet for your refrigerator, your office cube, any metallic surface that could do with some decorating.

$25 —- Send us twenty-five dollars and we’ll let you assist us in creating an hour of programming on Cladrite Radio: We’ll devote sixty minutes to playing your favorite songs from the Cladrite Era, your favorite artists, and when possible, your favorite songs performed by your favorite artists. And we’ll do our best to schedule that hour of programming in a time slot that suits you, so that you can invite friends, colleagues and family to listen in. 

$50 —- Slip us fifty bucks, and we’ll send you a Cladrite Radio t-shirt in your size of choice, plus you’ll get to help us create an hour of programming (and what the heck, we’ll throw in a magnet, too).

To contribute via Paypal, just follow this link:http://tinyurl.com/cladrite

Thanks for doing your part to keep Cladrite Radio alive and streaming!