The Dulcet Tones of Yours Truly

27 08 2008

OK, the first program on The Civil War Network is now available – you can find it here.  You may need to enable ActiveX on your browser to get the player to load.  The program runs over one hour.  I downloaded it – to Real Player.  I can’t figure out how to get it to download to iTunes so I can put it on my iPod.  If you know what I need to do to get that to work, please let me know (I’m working with Vista).  I haven’t listened to it yet, but I imagine I sound like a moron who’s not really sure what he’s doing.  Comments are welcome here, but may be more appropriately left at The Civil War Network, which is set up as a blog and has the comments feature enabled.  I’ll be checking those comments, and responding as necessary.

Here’s the lineup:

  1. Jenine Culligan, Huntington WV Museum of Art
  2. Harry Smeltzer, Bull Runnings
  3. Dr. Carroll Van West, “Civil War Trails: Fighting for the Rails”
  4. Paul Taylor, Collecting Fine Civil War books
  5. James McPherson, On the Battlefield
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6 responses

28 08 2008
Steve Basic


Just listened to it, and thought it was top notch listen for those interested in the Civil War. Will just add that you can hear the program at the web site for those who don’t wish to download it.

An excellent addition to the learning of the CW on the net, and I encourage all to check it out.

Regards from the Garden State,


28 08 2008
Harry Smeltzer

Yes, you can listen to the broadcast at the website – that’s what I meant about enabling the ActiveX control on your browser. Of course, I want to put it in my iPod so I can use it to pick up chicks. Ooops, did I type that out loud? Thank God my wife never reads this thing…

28 08 2008
Steve Basic


My bad. Listened to it late last night, and should know better. :) Enjoyed the interview.

Hope all is well.


29 08 2008
Brett Schulte


LOL on the “picking up chicks” comment. My girlfriend starts rolling her eyes any time I start talking about the Civil War. Maybe she’ll come around eventually!

In all seriousness though, great job on the interview. The Civil War Network looks like it will be a nice addition to Civil War Talk Radio. I like the shorter interview format. It differentiates this podcast from CWTR.

I have Vista at home. I’ll try to help you out on the technical details. I’ve been doing that with Civil War Talk Radio for several years now. Basically you just have to set it up so that mp3 files are played by iTunes by default. That’s the easiest way.

30 08 2008
Brett Schulte


I checked on my Vista, and here’s what you should do to make iTunes play the program.

1. Download the mp3 file to your computer.
2. Right click on the file.
3. Mouse over “Open With…”
4. Left click on “Choose Default Program”
5. Choose iTunes, but if you do not want it to ALWAYS open mp3s, make sure you uncheck “Always use the selected program to run this type of file”

That should be it!

1 09 2008
Harry Smeltzer


Thanks for the tips. Getting the program into iTunes is a simple as clicking and dragging a desktop icon. Getting that icon into the “Podcast” directory of iTunes has proven difficult – I guess everything you drag into iTunes goes to the “Music” directory. I suppose I could create a “Civil War Network” playlist, though…

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