Sunday, March 28, 2004

Interesting blurb from the OTR Digest

A couple of days ago, I was prattling on about Force of Evil (1948) and I mentioned that the movie had been placed on the National Film Registry in 1994. But I was not aware, until seeing a post from Art Chimes on the Old-Time Radio Digest this morning, that there is also a National Recording Registry, which can be accessed here.

Anyway, Art mentions that the historic recording of the full broadcast day of WJSV (now known as WTOP, Washington, D.C.) from September 21, 1939 is among the historic recordings named to the Registry this month by a Library of Congress panel.

The recording (at 18-plus hours) is one of the longest and among the few radio broadcasts to be inducted into the registry, which also includes Game Four of the 1941 World Series (Yankees vs. Dodgers—“Owens dropped the ball!”) and the premiere broadcast of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion from July 6. 1974.

That’s the great thing about the Digest, though—hardly a day goes by when I don’t learn something new.

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