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Donald Dugan - first U.S. peacekeeper to die in Bosnia - 1996 0

February 5, 1996 – A Peacekeeper Dies In Bosnia – Cold Snap Goes After Florida Citrus – Medicare In Trouble

February 5, 1996 -CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – February 5, 1996 – A busy news day with contrasts. The body of Sgt. Donald Dugan was heading back to Ohio this day, the first U.S. Peacekeeper to be killed in Bosnia. Dugan, who was killed over...

Gathering opinions in 1948 0

Do Opinion Polls Serve Democracy? – 1948 – The Accuracy Of Getting A Nations Pulse – Past Daily Reference Room

Opinion Polls – gathering data and trying to figure out where the public was going, where were they leaning and would they do what they said they would once they got inside the voting booth? The big difference between opinion gathering in 2019 and 1948 is that technology was such...

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It’s 1957 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In San Francisco – Nothing Ever Happens In Your Town – But Top 40 Is Going To Change All That – Things Are Looking Up.

KOBY-AM, San Francisco – Jim Wayne Show – August, 1957 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – When a phenomenon goes from being a wishful fad to a hardcore lifestyle, little things begin to happen. And if you’re at that coming-of-age place – that phenomenon becomes part of your DNA; not...

The high school dance 0

It’s 1970 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – You’re In High School – You Have Discovered Three Sure Things In Life: Death, Taxes And The High School Dance

KGBS – Bill Thompson – May 22, 1970 – 11:00 pm -Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Unless you were hiding, dropped out or had a job, chances were pretty good you went to a dance at some point during your High School experience. It was a time honored ritual, like...

President Carter and Deng Xiao Ping 0

January 1, 1979 – An Embassy Opens In Peking – Peking Becomes Beijing – The Rose Parade Celebrates 90 –

January 1, 1979 – CBS World News Roundup + News from KNX-AM Los Angeles – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – January 1, 1979 – A new year, a new era and an institution hits a milestone. The United States established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China, and terminated...

Fred Allen - December 27, 1939 0

Fred Allen Town Hall Tonight – Post Christmas 1939 – Past Daily Holiday Gallimaufry

Fred Allen: Town Hall Tonight – December 27, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Fred Allen. If you’re a fan of comedy, study comedy or old enough to remember when Radio was the entertainment medium of choice, because TV wasn’t there yet, the name Fred Allen rings all sorts...

Command Performance - Armed Forces Radio 0

Christmas In Wartime – Command Performance Dec. 24, 1942 – Past Daily Holiday Pop Chronicles

All Radio Networks – Command Performance – Dec. 24, 1942 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Christmas in Wartime. One of the notable aspects of World War 2, aside from it being the first war to be broadcast as extensively as it was, it was the War that took entertainment...

Kenneth Rexroth 0

Kenneth Rexroth Has A Word Or Two About Censorship And Free Speech – 1957 Past Daily Reference Room

Kenneth Rexroth on Censorship and Free Speech – 1957 – Pacifica Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Kenneth Rexroth was a central figure and guiding light for what became know as the San Francisco Renaissance Movement. He preferred that name, rather than being labeled Father Of The Beat Generation...