Society

Talk Radio in Los Angeles in 1966

It’s November 22, 1966 – You Live In Los Angeles – The City Has Fallen In Love With Its Own Voice – You Blame Talk Radio – Talk Radio Laughs

KABC – Dick Whittington Show – November 22, 1966 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The phenomenon wasn’t entirely new, and it wasn’t completely the property of Los Angeles in the 1960s, but it suddenly seemed like every radio station that wasn’t playing Top-40 was hosting Talk Radio. Disc Jockeys...

Lauritz Melchior - RCA Magic Key - 1938

Lauritz Melchior – Eva Le Gallienne – RCA Magic Key – 1938 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Lauritz Melchior – Eva Le Gallienne – Frank Black With The NBC Orchestra – RCA Magic Key – April 17, 1938 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Even though you could consider it a one-hour commercial for RCA Victor records, phonographs and everything else RCA was involved in at the...

Being the new kid in school

It’s December 1, 1978 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – You Just Moved – It’s Your First Day In A New School – You Are Radioactive

KROQ – Fraser Smith Show – December 1, 1978 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Face it; just about everybody you know, including you, has either been the “new kid in school” or knows someone who was at least once the “new kid”. It is historically the single most excruciating...

Hairspray

It’s October 1967 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – Wolfman Jack Is Your Way Of Life . . .Or Not.

XERB – Mexico/Hollywood – Wolfman Jack – October 17, 1967 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – As much as you hated to admit it, just about everybody you knew listened to Wolfman Jack at least once a week. You know, because almost every day you would hear someone doing their...

Exurbia - 1956

The Exurbanites – Leaving The City Behind – 1956 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry

The Exurbanities – CBS Radio Workshop – March 30, 1956 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – As a companion piece to the Urban Sprawl documentary from the early 1970s I ran a few days ago, discussing the rapidly abandoning of American cities, here is a dramatized essay written by Social...

L.A. In 1979

It’s November 4, 1979 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – You Dyed Your Hair White And Your Social Life Is Kinetic – And You Believe What Rodney Tells You

KROQ – Rodney On The Roq – November 4,1979 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Even though you’ve been hearing about it, knew there was “something” going on – this was the year you found it. This was the year you marched down to the Barber and asked for a...