Entire Radio Broadcast Day September 21, 1939 From CBS WJSV

This is a rather unique link.   

Listen to some great recorded material and experience radio in the early days.  All done with MP3 files.  The entire 19 hour broadcast day from September 21, 1939 on CBS’s WJSV can be found with this link.  This is just a great way to better understand how the golden days of radio were born, and the sound that made these recordings memorable.   Really, give it a try.

Why not start with part 9 and hear FDR speak to Congress as World War starts rumbling?   Or part 15 and the impressive Major Bowes Amatuer Hour?   Note the wide variety of programming.   Put this in your ‘save file’ and come back to it over time, as I am sure you will be amazed and pleased.

“Kingdaevid” on WGN’s Steve and Johnnie Yahoo group,  offered this nugget of a link, and it is just awesome!  To him I say thanks!

….a very fascinating web site that, if you’re interested in
broadcasting history or popular culture in the United States in the ’30s, will
fascinate you too. On September 21, 1939, CBS recorded the entire broadcast day
of its station in Washington, D.C., WJSV. From the 5:58 A.M. sign-on through
Arthur Godfrey’s morning disc jockey show, the soap operas, an address to
Congress by President Roosevelt, a baseball game between the Washington Senators
and Cleveland Indians, “Amos ‘n Andy,” “Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour,” and
four big band remotes (including one with the Louis Prima band) to signing off
at 1:00 A.M., everything broadcast that day by WJSV was committed to phonograph
records. All of those records have been digitised by the University of Virginia…

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Saturday Song: Danny And The Juniors “At The Hop”

This was one of those weeks that I am glad to see now over.  And what type of music takes me from the week that needs to end, and places me in a different space?  Some good old rock and roll music!

Take a look at the clean-cut precision of Danny and the Juniors, and the smooth delivery of a classic, “At The Hop”.    The audience reaction is a classic scene too!  This type of music from the 1950’s always lifts me.

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Supreme Court Decision On Guns “Radical”

I will let someone else help put my feelings in print today as I am way tired.

In a radical break from 70 years of Supreme Court precedent, Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, declared that the Second Amendment guarantees individuals the right to bear arms for nonmilitary uses, even though the amendment clearly links the right to service in a “militia.” The ruling will give gun-rights advocates a powerful new legal tool to try to strike down gun-control laws across the nation.

This is a decision that will cost innocent lives, cause immeasurable pain and suffering and turn America into a more dangerous country. It will also diminish our standing in the world, sending yet another message that the United States values gun rights over human life.

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Barack Obama Leads John McCain In Wisconsin

The people want a new direction in America.  And Wisconsin will help lead the way.

A new poll shows Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama leading Republican nominee John McCain by 13 points in Wisconsin.

The poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut also shows Obama ahead in Minnesota, Colorado and Michigan.

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Supreme Court Ruling On Handguns Wrongheaded

It was a long awaited Supreme Court decision by those who correctly see the need for restrictions on handguns in our nation, and those who somehow have come to feel that unfettered access to handguns is a right.  With the ruling this morning from a highly divided court the opinion read that individuals have the right to own guns for self-defense and hunting.   There is now for the first time a clear ruling on the matter.  But the debate will not stop.

The fact is there must be more stringent regulation of guns when the statistics of deaths from handguns are looked at.  The long history of guns in America, and the interwoven love affair that many have with these weapons is frankly a very weird and complex one.  I fully understand the difficult lay of the land on this matter as a more enlightened approach to gun ownership is sought.

CNN put the case in perspective.

The Second Amendment says, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The wording repeatedly has raised the question of whether gun ownership is an individual right, or a collective one pertaining to state militias and therefore subject to regulation.

The Supreme Court has avoided the question since the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791. The high court last examined the issue in 1939 but stayed away from the broad constitutional question.

I find the slaughter from handguns that we all read about in the paper each week so senseless.  Most painful are the weekly stories of sadness that result from guns because the owners of the weapons are clearly not responsible enough to have them.   Bottom line is there are just too many handguns in America.

A 3-year-old Joliet boy died Wednesday afternoon after a loaded handgun he was playing with went off in his home on the city’s east side.

The child, Julius Rogers, apparently was alone in the living room playing with a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun around 12:40 p.m. when it fired a round that hit him in the head, said Joliet Police Chief Fred Hayes.

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Madison Concerts On The Square: Before And After

Summer has started in Madison!  Though the calendar said the first day of summer was last week, it really started Wednesday evening with the first Concert on the Square with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Andrew Sewell.  It is always a joyous time as old friends who only see each other as ‘blanket neighbors’ each summer for the six weeks of concerts, reunite over good food and uplifting music while sitting on the statehouse lawn.

Maestro Andrew Sewell, a genuinely nice person, and incredibly talented part of our city.

With no rain in the forcast the tables get lined up by 1:00 P.M.

The orchestra chairs are arranged and the sound system gets wired.

The piano for the evening performance gets tuned in the hot afternoon.

The early birds.

By 4:00 P.M. there is a sea of color on the statehouse lawn.

A relaxing summer afternoon.

The catering staff makes each table sparkle with elegance.

“Rhapsody In Blue” played with flair and precision makes for a standing ovation.

Young music fan in the making.  What a cutie!

20,000 gathered on the lawn all around the Capitol Square Wednesday night.   Plan to be a part of the music next Wednesday.

A job well done!!  Thanks Andrew!

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Madison Neighborhood Best Place In Midwest To Buy Old Home

This literally hits home for us.

Madison can be proud for again drawing national attention for what we offer.  We have a great city!

Channel 15 reported the following.

A neighborhood in Madison is named by a national magazine as one of the best places in the Midwest to buy an old house.

“This Old House Magazine” named Third Lake Ridge with the special honor.

Third Lake Ridge is a 30-block area two miles from downtown and the University of Wisconsin. According to the magazine, it was settled in the 1850s and prospered when it became a destination for German and Norwegian immigrants after the Civil War.

Prices range from $160,000 for a rough-around-the-edges Craftsman to $1 million for a lakeside mansion.

A map of the  Third Lake Ridge  and a website about the area are linked here.

The Neighborhood
Third Lake Ridge, a 30-block area two miles from downtown and the University of Wisconsin, was settled in the 1850s and prospered when it became a destination for German and Norwegian immigrants after the Civil War. It is now one of two local districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wisconsin’s capital city is known for its progressive politics, neighborhood activism and preservation, and stellar educational institutions: Madison’s highly lauded elementary, middle, and high schools make the city a magnet for families. Besides the state government, the University of Wisconsin and the growing high-tech and biotech industries are major employers.

In the Flood Zone
Though Wisconsin lies within the region hit by the 2008 spring floods, Madison has not been greatly affected; the Third Lake Ridge community has been untouched by floodwaters.

The Houses
Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Prairie School, and Craftsman houses are all here, along with more modest bungalows. The most coveted homes span the neighborhood’s mile of Lake Monona shoreline.

The Prices
The range goes from $160,000 for a rough-around-the-edges Craftsman to $1 million for a lakeside mansion designed by Prairie School architects Louis W. Claude and Edward F. Stark.

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Supreme Court Rules On Death Penalty For Raping Child

More than the case itself, or the proper outcome, is the underlying message that comes from the ruling today concerning the death penalty and child rapists.  This election season is vitally important as the Supreme Court is close to falling into the hands of the conservatives.   Once again today by a 5-4 vote did the more enlightened members of the court win the day with their opinion for not allowing for the death penalty in the case of a child rapist.

The words that Justice Kennedy wrote are obvious, but one more conservative justice placed on the court by a Republican president and the ruling may have been very different.  Clearly the call for the death penalty was not proportional to the crime.  As terrible as the crime was it did not rise to the level of calling for the death penalty.

AS CNN reports.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that “evolving standards of decency” in the United States forbid capital punishment for any crime other than murder. Execution of Patrick Kennedy, the justices ruled, would be unconstitutional.

Difficulties in administering the penalty to ensure its arbitrary and capricious application require adherence to a rule reserving its use, at this stage of evolving standards and in cases of crimes against individuals, for crimes that take the life of the victim,” Anthony Kennedy wrote in Wednesday’s majority opinion.

Anthony Kennedy was supported by Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.

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