Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Episode 32

These are the show notes for Episode 32 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

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Show Title

Episode 32 - Tandy Assembly 2019 Preview and Buzz Murphy


In this episode we start by previewing the upcoming Tandy Assembly 2019.  We have a lot of big news to relate regarding the 3rd annual gathering of Tandy Radio Shack computing enthusiasts in Springfield, Ohio.  We also discuss a new document archiving project of original Radio Shack Customer Service Bulletins.  There's the usual segments on new projects, new acquisitions, listener feedback and the book review.  We then try to decide what do you do with a wall of Model I Video Displays.  Finally, in our interview segment, Pete talks to Tandy Radio Shack marketing executive Buzz Murphy.  Buzz relates his experience at the company while riding the incredible wave that was created by the original TRS-80 microcomputer release in 1977.

Trash Talkers

  • Peter Cetinski
  • Ian Mavric
  • Eric Dittman
  • Aaron Brockbank


  • Mike Rowen

Main Topics

Tandy Assembly 2019
  • September 28 & 29 in Springfield, Ohio
  • Courtyard by Marriott Springfield Downtown
  • http://www.tandyassembly.com
  • We review all of the speakers, tech classes and registered exhibits

Trash Talk passes 100,000 Downloads
Big thanks to our listeners!

Mav's New Projects
  • Speed up kit (gas pedal) for Model I available soon (Holmes Sprinter 1L repro) and 
  • Restorer’s/Repairer’s Diags disks set for Model III/4/4P/4D

Radio Shack Customer Service Bulletins Archive Project

Ira and Pete worked on this for a month to scan and restore a collection of original Radio Shack Customer Service Bulletins.

TRS-80 Model 2/12/16/6000 LS-DOS Scroll Protect working after 35 Years.

After attempting to port Zork from the Model 4 and discovering a problem with LS-DOS going all the way back to the 6.2.0AH Beta, Aaron has been working on fixing this. Getting the patch to play nice in the little space left for it was interesting.

TRS-80 Model 16 for Midwest Computer Museum

Pete has been getting a Model 16 working for the museum.  Will bring it to Tandy Assembly.

TRS-80 Model I for the TA Auction

Pete spent some time fixing lots of issues with a full Model I system.

Recent Acquisitions

Mav's consignment of Mod 1 gear found in Werribee and consignment of Sinclair ZX Spectrum gear found in Diamond Creek, both in Melbourne. 

New TRS-80 Model 12/16B/6000 dust cover

Model I Video Display Wall

Pete is soliciting ideas for what do you do with a 3x3 wall of Model I Video Displays

Book Review

"Coco: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer" by Boisey Pitre and Bill Loguidice


Buzz Murphy

Pete interviews former Tandy Radio Shack Marketing Manager Buzz Murphy. Buzz Murphy worked for Tandy Radio Shack in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He joined the company just before the TRS-80 was introduced so he was able to participate in one of the great success stories of the early personal computer era…the TRS-80 Model I. Buzz was a computer marketing expert and divisional manager at Radio Shack Computer Centers and so he offers a different perspective of the TRS-80 story from what you may have heard before.