Archive for the ‘Talk’ Category

When I first looked at this, I almost skipped it. Who would want to listen to an old farm report? But I decided to go ahead with it, and I’m so glad I did! I found a lot of the material here just fascinating.

Canfield Fair 1946
Canfield Fair, Mahoning County, Ohio, 1946

The report starts with a visit to the Canfield Fair in Mahoning County, Ohio, which was celebrating its 100th anniversary. The local reporter describes in detail the entries in a competition for the best home-made tractor (and interviews the 1st and 2nd place winners), which is really interesting. Another segment features a housewife extolling the the wonderful benefits of using DDT in the home (of course, if DDT doesn’t work there’s the amazing new product from the Navy–448, now known as Malathion). There’s also a feature on the history and hoped-for future of the Missouri mule.

There are other reports and features about farm cooperatives, news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and more. All in all, a great snapshot of rural American life in the mid-1940s.

Images of the Canfield Fair found at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohmahoni/photos/album3.htm

Canfield Fair 2
Canfield Fair, 1946

 

21_33_Country Journal

This is a pretty strange show, produced locally at WJR and hosted by Ron Gamble. 

While the turkey was in the oven today, I was able to digitize a few more records. I should be able to keep these posts coming!

Today I have Art Linkletter’s House Party from May 21, 1947.

As a thank-you to those of you who are still with me after such a long hiatus, here’s something that I think is pretty special. This was one of my grandpa’s “b-sides,” where he really only cared about the material on the other side. This was totally unlabeled and undocumented in his records.

Jimmie Fidler was apparently a somewhat controversial entertainment reporter who had a weekly Hollywood news show.

Church of the Air 5/25/47

March 25, 2010

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)

“Lead Me, Lord”

Sermon: Mr. LeRoe

“Romance,” 9-6-1943

January 20, 2010

Here is some serious melodrama! Unfortunately I only have part two, so this starts in the middle of the story. This episode is called “Wild Oranges,” based on a book by Joseph Hergesheimer. Helen Claire and Lawson Zerbe star.

Here’s the direct link to the bandcamp page for this program.

I picked something that I think is really fun for my first post at the new site. This is a locally-produced show from WJR.  The basic premise is to have a group of women come in and try to answer a few questions quiz-show style, but mostly the point seems to be to make the ladies look silly. They do quite a good job of it.

There are some things in this recording that I find really interesting. Every woman who is chosen gives her complete name and address on the air. Actually, not her complete name; most of them identify themselves as Mrs. (husband’s complete name). Some gave their first names in the course of the conversation, but most don’t until asked for it. The only lady who gave her first name voluntarily wasn’t married; this was confirmed by the host. This group of women are from the PTA at Hubert School, which was in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit and  closed in 2005.  Another really interesting note in the recording is one woman mentioned that she and her family moved to Highland Park to get out of the city. She talks about how hard it is to see her old friends from Brightmoor since she’s moved way out in the country. Anyone from Detroit should find this amusing. If you’d like to know more about Hubert School you can visit www.hubertschool.org, but be aware that there is audio on every page with no button to turn it off. You might want to mute your speakers while perusing the site.

The prize given at the end of the show is awesome. I wish I had one. You’ll have to listen all the way through to find out what it is.

Here’s the direct link to the audio file at my bandcamp page.

This Life is Mine, 2-16-1944

December 4, 2009

Here’s some great wartime material. In this episode of the serial drama “This Life is Mine,” Eden felt sure she wanted to marry Bob Hastings. But she was engaged to Paul Warner, who is away in the war. A “Dear John” letter is written to Paul. Starring Betty Winkler in the role of Eden Channing.

Dated 2-16-1944, for broadcast on 2-17-44 at 3:00-3:15am.