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There reportedly was a car dealer who got a telco-provided answering machine in the late 1950's early 1960's to take messages from his customers. When he discovered that people were then very reluctant to leave recorded messages (something which might be hard to imagine today), he started reading jokes on the outbound message. None of these messages were preserved, since apparently they were recorded directly onto the answering machine.

There are numerous stories like this -- and the idea of doing this seems to be about as old as the first answering machines. In fact, one of the main reasons pushing research in magnetic recording was to be able to use magnetic recorders to record phone messages.

The following recordings have been either recorded off of the telephone or are copies of the original. There might be some problems with the longer recordings when there is net congestion.

The Dial-A-Joke's used continuous loop tapes like 8 tracks or modified answering machines with several recordings and changed every couple of months. Recordings on lines like PhunFone changed every day.

The Comment Lines saved incoming messages for a while so enough content can be used for the next recording. They usually changed their tapes once a week.

Some of these lines don't last very long. The interest dies down or they get pestered by the callers to make new tapes. The playback or recording equipment might break down. They might not have the money to fix it. It can be very time consuming, just like now, making web pages and keeping them up to date.

It seems to me that the Internet and making Web Pages on the Internet is just like what line runners had to deal with. They both have an audience that are interested in the subject matter or content. The regular visitors see a Web Page regularly, usually expecting regular updates and sometimes make comments on improvements and changes. People on the phone that participate on the lines are more or less anonymous like they are on the Internet.

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Recovered the Phone Party pictures using the Archive.org Wayback Machine.
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Added more recorings from The Machine.

Found a better copy of Ben while going through The Machine archives.

Thanks to Rich Hurley for the recordings from The Wrong Number

Thanks to Uncle Jeffy for eight tracks of Laffline recordings, and an old Al Diamond recording.

Thanks to Uncle Jeffy for recordings from "R", Convex and Tummies. Also for the newspaper clip about "R".

All of the pages at Paul Mack Presents have all been updated to HTML5. The Dial-A-Joke page is gradually getting updates with the HTML5 player. The Superfone recordings have been upgraded to full quality. Some of the Dial-A-Joke recordings off of the phone have been grouped together for easier listening.

The Superfone recordings have been upgraded to full quality. Some of the Dial-A-Joke recordings off of the phone have been grouped together for easier listening.
It looks like that the prefetch=none in the audio tag now works with Android and Apple devices. I am now converting the pages to HTML5 files that I wrote years ago. Also I'm getting rid of this mysterious question mark that is littered throughout the comment line page. I thought at first that it was from double-spaces. Some single spaces produce this character..

It's now on a service called Digital Ocean.

The site is back up again. Experimenting running Windows 10, running as a virtual Linux Mint using Microsoft's Hyper-V.

Because of the problem with iPad and Android devices accessing these pages, I had to shut down the server. It was using the majority of the bandwidth. The problem is the Safari browser. It seems to ignore

, so I changed it from none to metadata. It still loads part of the file so I'll take a look in the logs to see how much is being downloaded.
If this doesn't work the way I want it, I'll just provide links directly to the recordings.

I checked out what the Dial-A-Joke page looked like on an iPad and an Android device. Both locked up. The Android was a Toshiba Thrive. I looked it up in my server logs and found that the Android has something called Stagefright downloading the content. Not just one file, but all of the files on the page. I saw an iPad do the same thing.

The comment line page is done except for one recording. It is one Feedback tape whick is corrupted and can't even convert. I am working on the Dial-A-Joke page. Fluke was done today.

I have added a script that will show when pages have been recently updated.

All of the Paul Mack Presents pages have been updated and checked. I made some changes so you can see what pages have been updated "NEW!" within the last 30-days. The year dates that should be changed every year, will now do it automatically.

The Paul Mack Presents pages are done. The Main page, Movieline pages 1, 2, 3, Wildeside, PicturePhone and CinemaScoop. The page with the non catagorized recordings called Other has been updated. I have a couple more recordings to add. The Comment Line page is in the process of being updated. This one will take some time to do.

The Phunfone page is done. I found out that SoundKonverter can decode RealAudio files. I was able to encode those files to MP3 & Ogg. The William Wilde page is next. All that is left is to find and encode his songs.

I am addin MP3and OGG files so that more people can listen to these classic phone recordings. The first page to get them is Phunfone. I am doing as many as I can each day. I have all of the Paul Mack Presents tapes encoded and uploaded. I just need time to add them to their pages.

I cleaned up some of the links down below. The next thing will be to add MP3 files, and maybe get rid of the RealAudio and Windows Media files. I'm going to start with the easiest ones first, like the ones from Paul Mack Presents and the other connent lines.

Check out Slurpcast: Mark Bernay & Wes get together once a week to eat dinner and chew and slurp into a microphone. Oh, yeah, we also discuss the latest technology and Internet news and often relate the new items to older technology.

Added some stuff from the guys at The Wrong Number, a funny Funeral Map and a couple of business cards.

I have finally posted the Sounding Board recordings
May 10th would have been Bryan W. Feedback's 50th birthday.

Happy New Year!!!
The system was down for a few weeks. I loaded a new version of the operating system and a new hard drive. I still need to check and see if most of the links work. There is a problem with the statistics software. The old database for it has been moved over.
I still have more content to add. Rex from Huntington Beach sent me an old tape of The Wrong Number. I was in contact with the guys at The Wrong Number. I think I found the artwork for The Wrong Number and will post that sometime this month. I also have several shows from the line called Soundingboard. Those came from the master tapes that Marc's roommate still has.
I'm still bummed about the loss of Al Diamond.

I received some bad news from Stu that Al Diamond (Al Bernay) has died.
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 10:39:37 -0700
To: ronaldgibson@hotmail.com
Subject: Al Bernay
Hi Ron...just so you know, Al Bernay died yesterday. He was at the Farmer's Market in Thousand Oaks and collapsed. They rushed him to the hospital and apparently he died while he was there. I think it was a heart attack, but I haven't talked to the coroner yet. I got this information from Mark Bernay, who is in Rome right now. Al had his address book on him and Mark Bernay's number was the first one that was listed. I'm sure I'll be hearing from someone soon. I'll keep you informed. And yes, if you want to make an announcement on your site, please do. A sad day for all of us...


I received a tape from Rex of Huntington Beach. It has several Wrong Number recordings.
Also a tape from Marc Soundingboard's roommate Allen.
I will get these up online in the next week or two

Here is my regular blog with stuff on Asterisk PBX and Trixbox with how to install trixbox and how to configure simple stuff.

Added some pictures to Zzzzzz thanks to Uncle Jeffy.

To-Do List:

  • Other Recordings Page:
    • Add Windows Media files.
  • Paul Mack Presents Page:

    • Movieline Tapes (21)
      • #81 to #87 Add comments to the page. (7)
      • #90 to #92 Add comments to the page. (3)
      • #95 to #100, #103, & #131 Add comment to the page. (8)
      • #135 to #137 Add comments to the page. (3)
    • Wildeside Tapes (25)
      • Add "Life On The Line" for the Windows Media Player.
      • Add Coke and "Life On The Line Unplugged" for the Windows Media Player.
      • Add "Call Me Mr. Fun" for the Windows Media Player.
      • Add "Output Time In The Phone World" for the Windows Media Player.
      • #108 to #127 Add comments to the page. (20)
      • #129 to #130 & #132 to 134 Add comments to the page. (5)
    • CinemaScoop Tapes
      • #138 to #140, #142, #143, #145, & #150 Add comments to the page. (7)
    • PicturePhone Tapes
      • #157 to #158, #160, #161, & #163 Add comments to the page. (5)
    • The Thanx Line, Short Segment

New recordings will be added.... Maybe "Feedback 2nd Anniversary"

Contributors of Recordings

Thanks to the Contributors of this site:

Uncle Jeffy:
For the Fluke recordings dubbed off the Original tapes. Plus some posters and pictures. Also some Convex, Tummies and Laffline recordings.

Lynn Woodland Hills:
For the The Comedy Music Line, Electric Return, one Suprise, eleven Zygot, Laffline, the Al Bernay Interviews, Superfone recording, one Feedback recording, KROQ interview, Kindergarten Express & the many Why Not! recordings.

Michael Hollywood:
For the Polaroid picture of Laura 805.

Paul Mack The Moviemaker:
For all of the recordings of all of the lines he as been on. Clothesline, The BS Line, Telephun, Dual Phase & Observatory. And for the 164 tapes that are now online. Also for the music and promos of your movies for the Paul Mack Web Page.

For the recordings on an old tape she sent me. Will start posting the recordings in July. There are recordings of Zygot, "ZZZZZZ", Funfone and "The Mainline".

Lori "Zygot":
For the Sounding Board tape she made with Mark while still in California.
Thank You for your time to duplicate and send the tape.

Stu Phunfone:
For the work in getting "The Shokus Hotline" & "Funfone" out to the world again, so new people as well as old listeners can hear them. The Funfone series of recordings are classics. Now up to tape #125 with all the specials.

Mr. William Wilde:
For the work in getting "Nino Nukes Telephun" and other recordings.


For finding and hosting the recording from "Ben".

Bob Westminister:
For several Feedback tapes, Zygot recordings from the master, The Machine, Wrong Number, the Thanx Line, History of Telephone Entertainment, Mobile Monolith, and the Phunfone skits that Stu doesn't have. Eight cassette tapes.

Mark Robbins:
For the 881-2345 Dial-A-Joke recordings.

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