Social Commentary

Summer in the City - 1945 1

You’re A Teenager – It’s August 10, 1945 – You Live In New York – You Hear Rumors – You Also Hear The Fire Hydrant

August 10, 1945 – WOR/Mutual – 11:45 am – 1:45 pm – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – August 10, 1945. The day started hopeful. News that Japan had accepted the surrender terms and that World War 2 was over. But that turned out to be a rumor, unsubstantiated; a misinterpreted...

Beirut - August 1982 0

August 10, 1982 – Glimmers Of Hope, Rumors Of Settlement, Pictures Of Ennui – Beirut And Points Middle East

August 10, 1982 – CBS World News Roundup – 9:00 am Network News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – August 10, 1982 – A day of holding breath . . .yet again. Word reached the newsroom early on this day that Israel had accepted, at least in principle, the peace...

Tracy Tracy of The Primitives 0

The Primitives In Session For Andy Kershaw – 1986 – Past Daily Soundbooth

The Primitives In session for Andy Kershaw – June 18, 1986 – BBC Radio 1 – The Primitives in session for Andy Kershaw at BBC Radio 1 tonight – broadcast on June 18, 1986. The Primitives are an English indie pop band from Coventry, best known for their 1988 international...

Plannin' for the weekend in 1978 2

You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – It’s 1978 – It’s The Weekend – You Have Plans . . . Or Maybe Not

KROQ – Frazier Smith – September 16, 1978 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The Weekend. That stretch from Friday night to Saturday night where everything looks possible, at least on paper or in your daydreams. Being smack in the middle of your Senior year in High School, you can’t...

Danig Pro-Nazi demonstrations 0

August 2-6, 1939 – “Danzig Was Always A German City” – Days Of Provocations And Provocateurs

August 2-6, 1939 – News/commentary from Radio Berlin – BBC, London – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – August 2-6, 1939 – days when tensions between Germany and Poland were heating up over the city of Danzig (now Gdasnk). The issue was one where Germany claimed Danzig was theirs and Poland...

The City in 1970 0

July 30, 1970 – AKA: White Flight – Empty Cities, Jammed Suburbs – The Festival That Never Was.

July 30, 1970 – Huntley-Brinkley Report – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – July 30, 1970 – A sobering day, glancing back at 1970. The latest census report came out and it confirmed what many had suspected; that most cities were now vacant and decaying hulks, while the suburbs which surrounded...

The 1979 Gas crisis 0

July 26, 1979 – Blame It On Gas – Blame It On Capitol Hill – Blame It On The Boat People.

July 26, 1979 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – July 26, 1979 – One of those days that, when looked back on, seem downright wistful. On this day it was about soaring prices and an economy turing sour because of it. The soaring prices, at...

Immigration - 1953 0

Should The U.S. Admit 240,000 Immigrants In 1953? – Past Daily Reference Room

NBC – American Forum Of The Air – Should The U.S. Admit 240,000 Immigrants? – July 12, 1953 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The Refugee question – the Immigrant question; an issue as old as the country itself. In 1953 it was about the Red Scare; Eastern Europe was...