Uncle Warren’s Attic
“A whimsical and eclectic journey through pop culture via the mind and aural stash of Warren Bluhm” is a podcast that ran for 80 episodes from Sept. 20, 2006, through Nov. 30, 2012. I would sift through my attic of old stuff and talk about it, for about a half-hour at a time.
What kind of old stuff? Oh, old movies, old-time radio, old radio and TV commercials, old books and comic books and magazines – you know, old stuff.
On Sept. 1, 2023, after an absence of 10 years and nine months, Uncle Warren’s Attic returned! And the rest is history, or to be more precise, the rest is the future …
Here’s a handy-dandy archive of the earlier run …
Uncle Warren’s 78 revolutions per minute
You say you want a revolution? Well, you know …
I’ve got 78 revolutions for you – every minute.
Come with me to the days when life sped by at 78 REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE.
Once upon a time when a song was sung or a tree fell in the forest, the sound was lost forever except in the memories of those who had heard. Then came the magical machines that preserved the performances and other sounds on shellac discs that spun at 78 revolutions per minute. The host of the now legendary Uncle Warren’s Attic podcast returns with a new series devoted to those magical discs.
The first season of UWs78rpm ran July 15 through Oct. 16, 2016. Season 2 never materialized, but here is your opportunity to binge-listen to Season 1:
The Imaginary Bomb
My first foray into podcasting was a 2006 serialized reading of what would become my first published novel. For reasons lost to the ages, I attributed authorship to B.W. Richardson, a reclusive blogger who also wrote a blog called “Montag ,,, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” In 2010 I reclaimed the book and stopped making believe that B.W. and I were different people.
In August 2006, after The Imaginary Bomb had run its course, I sent out this short recording. By way of introduction, I wrote, “While waiting for The Imaginary Bomb II or whatever it’s to be called, here’s a gentle little story I wrote about the power of a free man. No production values, no music, first take, no edits, and even some jostling around the wires by Speedbump the kitten. I hope you like it.”
For 150 episodes around the same time as the first run of Uncle Warren’s Attic, I produced approximately 15-minute bursts of contemporary Christian music with a name that hearkened back to Ikthus, a little coffeehouse in the woods outside Mendham, New Jersey, during my teenage years. The online archive has been deleted, but I know I have those recordings around here somewhere, and perhaps I’ll rebuild that archive someday. There was some pretty good music on those shows.