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October 9, 1989 – Manuel Noriega And The Little Coup That Couldn’t

News for this October 9th in 1989 had to do with the growing protest movement in East Germany and the rioting going on in East Berlin. The riots erupted when East German police broke up a demonstration urging reforms from the hardline regime of Erich Honecker. Western Press were barred...

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Living On The Edge: 1956 – Past Daily Reference Room

By 1956 it would be pretty safe to say America was headed well into nervous breakdown territory. Everything was on the rise – divorce, alcohol abuse, prescription medications, fear, paranoia and irrevocable change. And it wasn’t being coped with, other than via escape. And those issues were many. We had...

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Simon & Garfunkel – Live In Amsterdam – 1970 – Past Daily Soundbooth

A classic concert to start the week off – this time from Simon & Garfunkel in a rare performance at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, recorded by VPRO on May 2, 1970. With all of these classic concerts surfacing lately,  you’d think someone finally got around to opening up the closet door,...

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Detroit – City Of The Future In 1949 – October 7, 1949 – Past Daily Reference Room

As a kid growing up in Detroit in the 1950s, I wasn’t really aware of how much Detroit was different than other cities. It was a place I lived with my family and I had no other frame of reference. I was however, aware that my father, who worked in...

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Barry Gray Talks College Football And The Difference Between News And Commentary – With Mel Allen And Ed Weiner – 1949 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry

WOR-AM, New York – Barry Gray Program with Mel Allen And Ed Weiner – September 16, 1949 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Before the days of phone-in talk shows, Pop Psychologists and conspiracy theorists, Radio was getting its feet wet during the post World War 2 years with conversational...

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The Hancock Ensemble Play Music Of Griffes, Still, Kellley And Gershwin – 1943 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Theme and Variations – The Hancock Ensemble – Loren Powell, Conductor – April 23, 1943 – KHJ, Los Angeles – Mutual Network – Another program of American music performed during the War years by the Hancock Ensemble, conducted by Loren Powelll and featuring Martin Ruderman, flute. This broadcast is from...

Frankie Valli with Bob Crewe In Session

Frankie Valli Talks About The Four Seasons, The Wonder Who And Frankie Valli – 1980 – Past Daily Talking Music

Frankie Valli in conversation – Recorded June 16, 1980 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Continuing our new series Talking Music with a sit-down conversation with Frankie Valli of the legendary Four Seasons, recorded in June of 1980. One of the things this series is about is the nuts and...

Artie Shaw - live at The Blue Room - 1938

Artie Shaw – live At The Blue Room – 1938 – Past Daily Downbeat

Chipping in, and the perks are rather cool: Become a Patron! Artie Shaw and his band, live from The Blue Room at the Hotel Lincoln in New York, broadcast by CBS on December 6, 1938. Mixing things up a bit this week – heading into Big Bands of the 1930s...

Jean Shepherd - WOR - August 1, 1975

August 1, 1975 – You And Jean Shepherd On Your Radio – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

August 1, 1975 – Jean Shepherd – Daily Show – WOR-AM, New York – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Sadly, most people know the name Jean Shepherd via his immortal holiday tale, A Christmas Story. Even if you only knew him as an author, you’d know exactly who he was...

The Blasters - In conversation with Joe Benson - KLOS

A Word Or Two With The Blasters – 1981 – Past Daily Talking Music

The Blasters – in conversation with Joe Benson – The Local Music Show – November 1981 – KLOS – Mike Devich Collection L.A.’s very own Blasters, in conversation at KLOS with Joe Benson and The Local Music Show from November 1981. By now, The Blasters have become an institution. A...