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A Day in Radio. "On September 21, 1939, WJSV, an AM radio station in Washington, D.C., recorded the entire 19 hours of its broadcast day... Along with the news coverage, the station ran the standard stream of music, soap operas, sports, and other programming." Looks like you can listen to pretty much the entire's day's broadcasts.
posted by Tin Man (15 comments total)

 
This is a great post. Thanks Tin Man. I'm warming up the flux capacitor in the DeLorean now.
posted by putzface_dickman at 6:59 AM on September 10, 2002


I think I will leave my computer tuned to this for all of tomorrow, in avoidance of the Sept 11th-Day Hyper-Commemoration festivities.
posted by BentPenguin at 7:07 AM on September 10, 2002


That is a brilliant idea, although you might have to listen to a lot of WWII propaganda instead.
posted by Fabulon7 at 7:13 AM on September 10, 2002


I'm with BentPenguin, thanks for the link.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 7:27 AM on September 10, 2002


US WWII 'propaganda' in 1939? That didn't become prevalent until after 1941...

Fabulous find, Tin Man. I love this sort of thing.
posted by evanizer at 7:29 AM on September 10, 2002


Whoa! They have The War Of The Worlds broadcast too! All kinds of cool stuff... I am going to send this to my dad.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 7:45 AM on September 10, 2002


I'm listening to the wonderful Louis Prima orchestra right now... it's an antidote to the 21st century. So is Buck Rogers from the 25th century - I had no idea it used to be an old radio show! The Lone Ranger, Dick Tracy, Jack Benny... it's all there.
posted by Dok Millennium at 8:09 AM on September 10, 2002


i have a new favorite song!--"Lookie lookie lookie, here comes Cookie" by Cleo Brown (in the Manufacturing Memory section of the site.

thanks Tin Man!
posted by amberglow at 8:28 AM on September 10, 2002


Excellent link!! I love old radio and have always enjoyed listening to radio shows, old commercials, and such, but have never seen them all tied together in an actual recording of a real "broadcast day". What an absolute treasure!
posted by briank at 9:27 AM on September 10, 2002


Beautiful stuff. One wonders if any of today's stations are making similar backups for posterity.
posted by thijsk at 9:27 AM on September 10, 2002


I think I will leave my computer tuned to this for all of tomorrow, in avoidance of the Sept 11th-Day Hyper-Commemoration festivities.

ditto.

the war of the worlds broadcast plus 16 eps of superman, i'm in heaven...! fabulous link Tin Man, thanks so much :-)
posted by t r a c y at 9:30 AM on September 10, 2002


Bless you Tin Man, bless you!
posted by Woolcott'sKindredGal at 11:07 AM on September 10, 2002


AND a Senators game! I am happy woman.
posted by JanetLand at 11:14 AM on September 10, 2002


JanetLand....you can find an aircheck of Walter Johnson calling the same game the top of the ninth here (OT: Will you be a Washington Expos fan also?)

And those of you who enjoyed September 21, 1939 can find sound checks and other bits-and-pieces from other dates here.
posted by ?! at 1:41 PM on September 10, 2002


?! -- I'm afraid I still think there's about as much chance of DC getting a team as there is of Walter Johnson coming back from the great beyond to call the games. However, if there ever is one, I promise to root for it.
posted by JanetLand at 2:16 PM on September 10, 2002 [1 favorite]


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