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At 7:48am on December 7th 1941, the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii was attacked by 353 Japanese aircraft, launched from six aircraft carriers, precipitating the entrance of the United States into the Second World War.
Major news stories had been covered on the radio before, of course, and radio recordings had been made for more than a decade. Nevertheless, this is by far the most contemporary material available for a breaking news story. Edited down from nearly twenty hours of original recordings, this sound collage presents these events as they occurred from the perspective of a radio listener that day.
Generally I layer music over speech clips, but in this case I have included only music as it was broadcast on that day. The sound quality is therefore unavoidably a lot worse than you may be used to, and the audio is presented without a tracklist.
This episode was partially inspired by Awful Grace Podcast’s Again The Never Came, a sound collage from 9/11, an astonishing bit of audio which I would recommend, but with a warning that it includes phone calls from the Twin Towers, which frankly anyone will find distressing.
Time: 6pm GMT, Sunday 23rd January 2022 Place: Cambridge 105 Radio
Another trip back in time, with original sounds from the year 1932, curated by James Errington. Aside from jazz we have foundational blues and roots recordings, highlights from Hollywood and Broadway, and an interview with White Town’s Jyoti Mishra about Al Bowlly, who he sampled on his 1997 number one hit Your Woman.
You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital across South Cambridgeshire, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps, or (as the show has already gone out and it is too late to do any of these things) you can play the whole extended version (and this is a particularly extended one) on this handy mixcloud player.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Conducted By Leopold Stokowski – Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder (Excerpt) Lew Stone with Al Bowlly – My Woman Ray Noble And His New Mayfair Orchestra, Vocal Al Bowlly – Love Is The Sweetest Thing White Town – Your Woman Dua Lipa – Love Again The Three Keys – Jig Time Fred Astaire with The Leo Reisman Orchestra – Night And Day Cab Calloway And His Orchestra – Reefer Man Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra – Hobo, You Can’t Ride This Train Silvio Caldas – E Ela Não Jurou Josephine Baker – Ram Pam Pam Cheikha Tetma – Ach Hal Men Ijarra B.S. Krishnamurthi Sastrigal – Gottuvadyam Instrumental Kouta Katsutaro – Shima No Musume Roger Wolfe Kahn – Fit As A Fiddle Don Redman & His Orchestra – I Got Rhythm Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra – Take Me Away From The River Sidney Bechet And His New Orleans Feetwarmers – Maple Leaf Rag The Boswell Sisters – Everybody Loves My Baby Big Bill Broonzy – How You Want It Done? Pinetop And Lindberg – I Believe I’ll Make A Change Noel Coward – The Party’s Over Now / Let’s Say Goodbye
Another adventure into the history of recorded music with James Errington, this time joined by veteran BBC presenter & producer Tony Barnfield to listen to and talk about the sounds of 1908, right at the heart of the era when music hall and vaudeville dominated music on either side of the Atlantic.
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This section of the mix is a sound collage of original broadcasts and recordings from 1940. The spoken word sections largely concern the war, the music is mainly stereo recordings made by Leopold Stokowski for the Disney movie Fantasia. This is a departure from the largely music-centric format you may be used to, I hope it is of interest.