Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Happiness In An Industrial Society

March 1950 – Your Happiness And Mass Production – The Infinite And Endless Search For The Unsatisfiable.

Become a Patron! Happiness. That vague and elusive feeling/state-of-mind which forms the basis for contemporary society. In 1950, a new age was on the verge of making an entrance; the age of mass production. What this new concept held for society wasn’t entirely clear at first – but as mass...

Coney Island - escaping the city - Photo: Peter Bennett

It’s August 1979 – The Dead Of Summer In New York City – 90 degrees – 90% Humidity – It’s A WOR Weekend.

WOR-Weekend – August 25, 1979 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Become a Patron! Here we are – in what seems like entering our third year of Stay-At-Home – yet it’s been a little over three weeks. With all the time in the world to think, to catch up, to...

The Friday Night Dance in the Boys Gym

It’s April 1966 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – You’re In High School – You Don’t Dance – Well . . .You Do, But . . .

KHJ – The “Real” Don Steel – April 26, 1966 – Become a Patron! It’s April 1966 – you’re in the middle of your first semester of High School. You feel unquestionably inferior to just about everyone around you. You are no longer “bitchin’” or “outta sight” like you were...

Tom Harmon - Michigan State

March 26, 1942 – Sports Legend Tom Harmon Does His Last Broadcast And Joins The Army Air Corps

Your support, for as little as a buck, is really needed:Become a Patron! If you were living in Detroit and it was this day in 1942, and you were a sports fan, you were probably getting choked up as you listened to the last broadcast by Football legend-turned broadcaster Tom...

Existential Angst - 1967

It’s Almost Christmas 1967 – You’re A Teenager – You’re In The Bay Area- You Have Existential Angst, You Just Aren’t Sure What That Is.

KYA – San Francisco – December 9, 1967 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – A buck a month is all it takes: Become a Patron! Color you cynical. Okay – they said it would happen; sixteen-on-the-edge-of-seventeen and it’s that age where you start to doubt things, don’t believe anybody and...

Willard Jr. Hi Band - 1964

It’s December 1965 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In The Bay Area – You Have Plans . . . BIG Plans. Past Daily Pop Chronicles

December 19, 1965 – KEWB, Oakland – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Become a Patron! You like music – you like it so much you want to play it. Well . . .maybe not in the school band, and maybe not tuba. But that was the only instrument you could...

Los Angeles - Wilshire and LaBrea - 1957

It’s 1957 – You Live In L.A. – This Is A Two Hour Slice Of Your Town – The Life Of A City. Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Become a Patron! September 14, 1957. This is L.A. This is your town. This is your town in 1957. This is what your town sounded like. A sweep of the radio dial and an aural snapshot of a town on an average Saturday in an average year. No earth-shattering events,...

Enter: Class Clown

It’s 1977 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – You’ve Had An Epiphany – You Were Born To Be Class Clown.

KTNQ-AM – September 1977 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Become a Patron! You knew it was happening, you could feel it in your bloodstream. Suddenly, the world doesn’t seem as bleak and relentless as it did only a day ago. You woke up this morning laughing – even the...

The Jayhawks -

Gloria Mann – The Jayhawks – The Three Chuckles – Sam “The Man” Taylor – Alan Freed – 1956 – Past Daily Weekend Pop Chronicles

Gloria Mann, The Jayhawks, The Three Chuckles, Sam “The Man” Taylor – Alan Freed’s Camel Rock N’ Roll Dance Party – July 31, 1956 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Become a Patron! Another installment of the short-lived, but very important network rock n’ roll radio show, The Camel Rock...

August 5, 1962 – Marilyn Monroe: Fame Is Fickle

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Marilyn Monroe: Fame Is Fickle – NBC Radio Tribute – August 6, 1962 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection Hard to imagine it was fifty-seven years ago today the world lost Marilyn Monroe. Within hours of finding her body, dead from an...