Now that I have things running pretty smoothly on the site, I’ve decided to migrate my feed. So instead of having to go to CyberEars for the podcast, everything will be here (high-quality downloads will still be available at my bandcamp site). You’ll still be able to subscribe using iTunes, RSS, or several other podcast libraries–details to follow.
As with all the other changes I’ve made, there might be a few glitches as I get this rolling. I’ll do my best, though. This is a test post to get the feed set up. I’m including the last three programs I’ve posted.
I don’t know the exact date of this recording, but he mentions that Oklahoma! had opened in London a few weeks prior. That opened on April 30, 1947, so I’m assuming this is from mid or late May. That lines up with what’s on the reverse: “Church of the Air” from May 25, 1947.
On this program, Jean Sablon sings “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” “I Believe,” “Je vais passer in soiree formidable,” and “Mamselle.” There are also some advertisements for DuBarry cosmetics.
The quality of this recording degrades as it nears the end. That’s been a pretty common problem for me. These records all play from the inside-out, and a lot of them have small cracks in the lacquer near the edges of the record. I assume it’s from years of stress from being stored on edge, as well as small bumps and dings as they’ve been handled.
This is a program that isn’t listed in my grandpa’s notes. I’m sure he was only interested in what was on the other side (which I will have in my next post). The recording is incomplete; it’s another part 1 of 2 where I don’t have 2. The record doesn’t have a year on it, but I was able to figure out that it was 1947 through Googling some of the names and events I heard in the recording.
Columbia’s Church of the Air, in the words of the announcer, was established by the Columbia network so “clergyman of the major faiths might bring their message to a nationwide congregation of worshipers.” This service is “…from the studios of WJEF in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the 159th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church… is now in session … Mr. Wilbur LeRoe Jr., an attorney of Washington, D.C., who will conduct our service this morning, has just been elected moderator for the coming year. Mr. LeRoe has entitled his sermon, ‘Christ’s Way to Fullness of Life.'” Music for the service provided by the choir of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan, directed by Mr. Douglas Peterson. Mr. Peterson is at the organ.
Order of service:
Invocation: Howard Moody Morgan (Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia)
“Fairest Lord Jesus”
Scripture reading and prayer (Howard Moody Morgan)
Here’s another case where I have a record labeled 2 of 2, and I don’t have number 1.
From what I could find, it seems that Invitation to Music was a popular CBS program that played relatively new works by current composers. I wish I had more episodes of this program but it looks like this is all I have.
This show features Mona Paulee and the Columbia Concert Orchestra. The main piece is “Ne Me Refuse Pas” from Massanet’s Herodiade.