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How Radio Was Done Part 17

September 28, 2006
Solo

After some opening announcements by Izzy Isnt, we start creeping into the mid ‘60s with DJs of the time, all the hits, lots of Andy Warhol, H-bomb love, the Beatles in the studio, and Bob Dylans 1965 Newport /”electric surprise/” show introduced by Jumpin Jack Jackson.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 16

September 21, 2006
Solo

Predominantly all about the 63 JFK assassination over several days as recorded live at KLIF in Dallas at the time, we also cover music and comedy of the day with Phil Spector, Nichols and May, Lenny Bruce, and the folk music boom waiting in the wings.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 15

September 14, 2006
Solo

Through the early 60s, we cover girl groups coming to predominance in Rock, Folk music and Bob Dylan emerging, Peter, Paul, and Mary appear with Jack Benny, JFK speaks, the Mercury Space Program launches continue as radio fiction goes to the moon,
and radio DJs just go on and on.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 14

August 31, 2006
Solo

Beginning in the late ’50s and pushing into the early ’60s, for five hours we cover the decline of the first generation of rock, yet another UFO, the Soviet vs. American space programs, the cold war and the bomb, the golden age of the western genre, and the beginning of the girl group explosion.

5 Hours (2 mp3s)

How Radio Was Done Part 13

August 17, 2006
Solo

After reviewing how we got here, the late ’50s roll on inside the radio with the history of Rock & Roll, a heavier Soviet A-bomb requiring a bigger rocket thrust which produces the first satellite, Beatniks reacting to American materialism, some communist Disney music, and Stan Freburg and Lonnie Donegan sing Rock Island Line.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 12

August 10, 2006
Solo

Still stuck on the ’50s with Elvis, Elvis, Elvis. Lots of ’50s radio interviews, rarely-heard early live performances including many of his earliest TV appearances, lots of his less familiar songs, and ’50s media reactions to this emergence of blatantly suggestive sexuality. /”Rock & Roll is here to stay but I wish I wasnt/” – Groucho Marx.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 11

July 27, 2006
Solo

The ’50s continue with Alan Freed still in charge and presenting Rock & Roll live (some of the earliest rockers playing for live audiences in the ’50s), whites cover the black hits, the end of the Tupperware saga, Tom Corbit in space, the hydrogen bomb and celebrity civil defense, rock history documentaries collide, and a TV quiz show on radio.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 10

July 20, 2006
Solo

Radio continues in the early ’50s, including the rise of Rock & Roll with Alan Freed at the microphone, at live shows, and in Hollywood. Tupperware is born, the Russians get the bomb, Doo-wop rules, as does advertising, and Receptacle Programming returns with a discussion with callers of KPFAs new language dump button.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 9

July 13, 2006
Solo

From the late ‘40s into the early ‘50s, we continue to cover developments of the time on the radio. Howard Hughes Spruce Goose /”flight/” is covered live in 1947, the Beats emerge to become beatniks, dope enters mainstream radio fiction, Lenny Bruce ties for first place on Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts in 48, the term, /”Rock & Roll/” enters our musical language, and the Communist menace is accompanied by atomic civil defense.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 8 (Another UFO)

July 6, 2006
Solo

Still in the time frame of Part 7 (Late ‘40s and early ‘50s) we focus in depth on the birth of both the atomic age and the modern UFO phenomenon as they both appeared on radio of the time. As post war atomic bomb testing on Bikini Island in the Pacific is covered by radio, Kenneth Arnold launches the term /”flying saucer/” after sighting a few while flying over Washington State. The Government establishes a series of UFO investigative groups culminating in Project Blue Book, as nation wide flying saucer sightings continue to show up in the countrys media, and both /”factual/” public affairs radio and science fiction shows, atomic angst in tow, immediately add /”flying saucers/” to their vocabularies. Lots of UFO actualities, features, and interviews from the time.

3 Hours