Black History

Angela Davis - Address at UC Berkeley - 1969

Angela Davis – UC Berkeley Address – 1969 -Past Daily Voices Of Protest Edition

Angela Davis – Address at UC Berkeley – introduced by Herbert Marcuse – 1969 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – In recent months, the events that are currently front and center in the social/racial makeup of America have brought about a dramatic reappraisal of just how prevalent the issue of...

James Baldwin - Lecture At Castlemont High - 1963

James Baldwin – A Lecture To High School Students – 1963 – Past Daily Reference Room

James Baldwin – Lecture at Castlemont High School – Oakland, California – Broadcast June 23, 1963 – KPFA – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – This was not the first lecture James Baldwin gave to a group of high school students, nor was it the last. During the civil rights movement...

Mantan Moreland -

Benny Carter, The Charioteers, Hattie McDaniel, Mantan Moreland, Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman – Blueberry Hill – 1943 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

CBS Radio – Blueberry Hill (preview/audition broadcast) – March 1943 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – We’re here because of you (hint-hint): Become a Patron! Had there not been World War 2, this program might have gone unnoticed and largely forgotten. Why it came about isn’t clear, but it marked...

Johnny Guitar Watson

Johnny “Guitar” Watson – Live In Hamburg – 1976 – Past Daily Backstage Weekend

Johnny Guitar Watson – live in Hamburg – 1976 – FIP/Radio France International – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Become a Patron! Johnny Guitar Watson to inject a little Funk into the weekend. From a live concert broadcast from Hamburg, Germany and picked up by FIP, the eclectic channel from...

Claude Hopkins - Jubilee - 1944

Claude Hopkins -Dorothy Donegan – Stuff Smith – On The Air – 1944 – Past Daily Downbeat

Claude Hopkins – Dorothy Donegan – Stuff Smith Trio – Jubilee Program – October 16, 1944 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – We got bills – we got pressure – we got patrons: Become a Patron! Back over to some Big Band of the 1940s this week. This one from...

Cab Calloway -

November 19, 1994 – Cab Calloway: The Hi-De-Ho Man Has Left The Building – Jesse Helms Slams Bill Clinton – Dianne Feinstein Declares Victory.

Become a Patron! November 19, 1994 – Sad news for the Entertainment world, this day. Bandleader and Singer synonymous with The Jazz Age of the 1920s, Cab Calloway passed away on the evening of the 18th, of complications from a stroke he suffered some months earlier. Calloway was a master...

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong, Theresa Harris, Red Callender, Sonny Woods – On The Air – 1943 – Past Daily Downbeat

Jubilee – Armed Forces Radio – May 24, 1943 – Louis Armstrong, Theresa Harris, Red Callender, Sonny Woods – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Jumping into some wartime Big Band this weekend with a broadcast via Armed Forces Radio of the legendary Jubilee program from 1943. This one featuring the...

Joe Liggins - Jubilee 1945

Jimmie Lunceford, Joe Liggins, Effie Smith – Jubilee -1945 – Past Daily Downbeat

Jubilee – Armed Forces Radio Service – June 11, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Here is a prime example of just how diverse and all-inclusive Jazz was (and still is). Jubilee was one of the most popular programs aired to service personnel during and just after World War...

Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

Toni Morrison (1931-2019) – Nobel Prize 1993 – Past Daily Reference Room: Tribute Edition

Toni Morrison – Nobel Prize Lecture – 1993 – December 10, 1993 – Swedish Academy – With the virtual onslaught of loss which has characterized 2019 so far, the news of the passing of Toni Morrison, one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, and the first Woman of...

The Hough Riots - July 1966

July 29, 1966 – Three Faces Of Violence – The Fire This Time – Cities On The Verge – Past Daily Reference Room

July 29, 1966 – July was a bad month for America. In reality, it would be the start of what became known as The Long Hot Summer, as the pattern of violence would be repeated over and over in cities throughout the country. In this year, the problems were triple-fold....