1981

Pope John Paul II

May 13, 1981 – The Shooting Of A Pope

May 13, 1981 – Reports and reactions to news of Pope John Paul II – NPR News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – May 13, 1981 – The first news bulletins were met with perplexity. As the reports continued and elaborated, the news was unsettling and seemed abstract. Why attempt...

President Reagan

President Reagan Talks About The Economy – April 28, 1981

President Reagan – Address to joint Session of Congress – April 28, 1981 – National Public Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – President Reagan, in his first appearance since the assassination attempt on March 30, stood before a joint session of Congress, basking in what was the highest popularity...

President Reagan

April 28, 1981 – A President Returns To Capitol Hill

  April 28, 1981 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – News for this April 28th in 1981 had much to do with the return of President Reagan to the Oval Office and preparations for his address, later on that evening to a joint session of...

Bobby Sands

April 25, 1981 – The View From Maze

April 25, 1981 – CBS World News Roundup + 8:00 am network news – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – On this April 25th in 1981, the news was coming from Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, where Bobby Sands, a member of the Irish Provisional Army, whose imprisonment and Hunger Strike,...

The Skids

The Skids – In concert 1981 – Past Daily Soundbooth

The Skids – Live At Chelsea Art College 1981 – BBC Rock Goes To College Series – BBC Radio 1 – The Skids tonight. Punk and New Wave from Scotland, The Skids were around a short while the first time – and a short while the second time. During the...

Crispy Ambulance

Crispy Ambulance – In Session 1981 – Past Daily Soundbooth

Crispy Ambulance – in session for John Peel – January 19, 1981 – BBC Radio 1 – Crispy Ambulance tonight. One of the flood of bands turning out for the sake of Post-Punk in the late 70s/early 80s. They weren’t around very long, not for the first time – they...

March 30, 1981 – The Day All Hell Broke Loose

March 30, 1981 – CBS News Special Reports – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 30, 1981 – Starting off normal, unremarkable in so many ways – but by mid-morning East Coast time, pandemonium had broken out. President Reagan, on his way out of the Washington Hilton, where he had...

March 24, 1981 - Lech Walesa

March 24, 1981 – Squabbles And Solidarity

March 24, 1981 – CBS World News Roundup + Hourly News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 24, 1981 – the situation in Poland between Solidarity and the government took a tempestuous turn. With recent violence in Bydgoszcz where police attacked local union officials, Solidarity leaders met and argued...

March 22, 1981

March 22, 1981 – The Cold War Frying Pan

March 22, 1981 – The World This Week – ending March 22, 1981 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 22, 1981 – Ending a week of turmoil and uncertainty. The situation in El Salvador, the drumbeat of war and the fear of another Vietnam was taking centerstage this week,...

March 18, 1981

March 18, 1981 – Carol Burnett And The Enquirer

March 18, 1981 – CBS News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 18, 1981 – another contentious, litigious, misplaced priorities kind of day in history. Starting with a threatened Coal strike. Contract talks between the Coal industry and the soft-coal miners broke down, paving the way for a nationwide...