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How Radio Was Done Part 7

June 29, 2006
Solo

A 5-hour edition covers the defeat of Germany and the continuing war with Japan. Orson Welles returns with his brand of patriotism in the Lockheed Vega program, /”Ceiling Unlimited,/” Nazi death camps are exposed by Edward Murrow, and battlefield radio covers island invasions across the Pacific until the atomic bomb is dropped and the war ends. Hiroshima immediately enters the English language and then its songs. Two years later, as Superman battles the Atomic Man, the first flying saucer sightings are documented by radio news across the country and enter science fiction radio at the speed of light.

5 Hours (2 mp3s)

How Radio Was Done Part 6

June 22, 2006
Solo

On through the war – Murrow over Berlin, Hop Harrigan, Tokyo Rose, The A-Bomb is conceived and development begins by Germany and the US, Tom Mix and radium, big bands and big band songs, The Lone Ranger begins, an extensive eyewitness report from the invasion of Normandy, and victory in Europe, but it goes on in the Pacific.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 5

June 15, 2006
Solo

Radio from Pearl Harbor through the early days of WW II, with lengthy focus on a Roosevelt fireside chat given three months after Pearl Harbor. Big Bands rule. England endures. Fibber McGee cant listen to his radio and Lum and Abner finally get that rocket to Mars launched, but propaganda from both sides takes up much of radios time.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 4

June 1, 2006
Solo

Beginning around 1939, we follow radios presentation of WWII as it began. In the ’30s you could buy swastika /”lucky charms,/” news and commentary about the world on the brink, the Third Reich begins attacking Europe, Edward R. Murrow reports profusely from England at war, and Pearl Harbor is attacked. Fiction, actualities, and music of the radio day.

3 Hours

Circuit Bending

May 25, 2006
Univac, Das, Nina, Khate, Wayne and Don

This group of circuit benders present the art form live. Circuit bending involves manipulating the circuitry of electronic toys with audio and other instruments to create new and unintended sounds with them. The process is discussed and described, and we mix throughout with these sounds.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 3

May 18, 2006
Solo

We focus on 1938 and Orson Welles’ /”War Of The Worlds/” broadcast that caused a panic among listeners. I play the whole original broadcast along with a lot of material about the Mercury Theatre production, including fiction about the making of it and post show debate and commentary of the time.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 2

May 11, 2006
Solo

We continue through the ’20s and ’30s, with the development of early radio, the spread of stations, and emerging content from comedy to melodrama.

3 Hours

How Radio Was Done Part 1

April 27, 2006
Solo

In a completely related turnaround, we begin a series on radio history and how it happened. From Morse and Marconi, into the ’20s and the earliest commercial stations, we follow the emergence of this amazing invention that burst into national consciousness at the turn of the 20th Century with lots of vintage audio, Edison discs, and a view of the culture and technology that informed it.

3 Hours

How Radio Isnt Done Part 21: The Amateurs

April 13, 2006
Solo

The peoples side of broadcasting – ham, worldwide shortwave, and citizens band broadcasting crackles through a whole range of Amateur radio news, jamming, pirates, and on-air discussions and debates about the medium, who uses it, and how its used.

3 Hours

How Radio Isnt Done Part 20: The Chopping Channel

March 23, 2006
Peter Conheim, Jon Leidecker, Tom DiMuzio, Don

The Chopping Channel returns with lots and lots full of ear flattering cuts. Bud Choke, Velma, and Help Suit join electronics to sell all night sound to all night people all night long. Cultures bargain bin of devalued music is now conveniently affordable for all.

3 Hours