Archive for March, 2009

FTV 151 Shakespeare: This was a Man (Part 3 of 3)

Posted in Update on March 27th, 2009

This week on From the Vault, we conclude our Shakespeare tribute with part three of a three-part series on probably one of the most ambitious works in the Pacifica Radio Archives. In 1964, on the 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, KPFK- Los Angeles producers Ruth Hirschman and Lee Whiting, in collaboration with John Monteverdi, presented a comprehensive program exploring the personal life, work and legacy of William Shakespeare called William Shakespeare, This Was A Man. This program was awarded the 1965 Ohio State Award for Broadcast Journalism — and thanks to a Preservation and Access Project grant award from the GRAMMY Foundation, we now can listen again to one of the earliest documentaries ever produced for public radio. We also like to remember that this program was edited on reel to reel tape using razor blades and splicing tape; the complex edits you can hear are truly a tribute to the craft of early radio production!

Part 3 contains the final two segments of the Shakespeare: This was a Man. The first segment examines Shakespeare’s private life as revealed in his sonnets, his return to Stratford-on-Avon, and his success as a man of property. The second segment studies Shakespeare’s later years and offers a brief appreciation of his work.

View the original 1964 KPFK Folio celebrating the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

Original source recordings used in this program:

BB5057.01-05 Shakespeare: This was a Man MORE INFO / PURCHASE

Click here to purchase a copy of this program or learn more about and purchase copies of the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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FTV 150 Shakespeare: This was a Man (Part 2 of 3)

Posted in Update on March 24th, 2009

This week on From the Vault, we continue with part two of a three-part series on probably one of the most ambitious works in the Pacifica Radio Archives. In 1964, on the 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, KPFK- Los Angeles producers Ruth Hirschman and Lee Whiting, in collaboration with John Monteverdi, presented a comprehensive program exploring the personal life, work and legacy of William Shakespeare called William Shakespeare, This Was A Man. This program was awarded the 1965 Ohio State Award for Broadcast Journalism — and thanks to a Preservation and Access Project grant award from the GRAMMY Foundation, we now can listen again to one of the earliest documentaries ever produced for public radio. We also like to remember that this program was edited on reel to reel tape using razor blades and splicing tape; the complex edits you can hear are truly a tribute to the craft of early radio production!

In part 2 of this series, the producers explored Shakespeare’s life in London and writings from Shakespeare’s contemporaries about his work. We’ll also have an extended conversation with the Singer family: husband Marc, wife Haunani, and daughter Phoebe. Marc Singer is an internationally renowned stage, film, and television actor who’s love for Shakespeare is passed on to new generations in schools and Universities across the country. Haunani Singer is also an accomplished stage, film and television actor. Their 18 year old daughter Phoebe has been exposed to Shakespeare since the 4th grade and will be entering the University in 2009-2010 to study acting.

View the original 1964 KPFK Folio celebrating the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

Original source recordings used in this program:

BB5057.01-05 Shakespeare: This was a Man MORE INFO / PURCHASE

Click here to purchase a copy of this program or learn more about and purchase copies of the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

Click here to send an email to From the Vault.

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FTV 149 Shakespeare: This was a Man (Part 1 of 3)

Posted in Update on March 13th, 2009

This week on From the Vault, we begin a three-part series on probably one of the most ambitious works in the Pacifica Radio Archives. In 1964, on the 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, KPFK- Los Angeles producers Ruth Hirschman and Lee Whiting, in collaboration with John Monteverdi, presented a comprehensive program exploring the personal life, work and legacy of William Shakespeare called William Shakespeare, This Was A Man. This program was awarded the 1965 Ohio State Award for Broadcast Journalism — and thanks to a Preservation and Access Project grant award from the GRAMMY Foundation, we now can listen again to one of the earliest documentaries ever produced for public radio. We also like to remember that this program was edited on reel to reel tape using razor blades and splicing tape; the complex edits you can hear are truly a tribute to the craft of early radio production!

During the presentation of Part One this week, we’ll hear Paul Robeson reciting a scene from Shakespeare’s Othello given in 1965, at his last major public appearance at a salute to him given by Freedomways Magazine.  We’ll also hear 18 year-old Pheobe Singer as Shakespeare’s Juliet, and next week we’ll talk to Phoebe about her love of Shakespeare along with her actor parents Haunani Singer and Marc Singer, who is a teacher of Shakespeare for actors.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

Original source recordings used in this program:

BB5057.01-05 Shakespeare: This was a Man MORE INFO / PURCHASE

Click here to purchase a copy of this program or learn more about and purchase copies of the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

Click here to send an email to From the Vault.

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FTV 148 St. Patrick’s Day: The Chieftains

Posted in Update on March 6th, 2009

This week on From the Vault, we present a recently restored and digitized program — A Piper Piping Away: An Interview with Paddy Maloney.   Mr. Maloney is founder and leader of the traditional Irish music group The Chieftains, who were instrumental in popularizing traditional Irish music that was in danger of being lost forever.  The Chieftains have won six Grammy Awards, and over the years have performed with an all-star list of musicians, including Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, Sting, Rosanne Cash, Art Garfunkel, Mark Knopfler, and The Grateful Dead. This recording was restored courtesy of funding from Ginna Allison through the Pacifica Radio Archives Adopt-a-Tape Program. Ms. Allison, who was formerly part of a championship national Irish/Celtic music dance group, comments on her experience with Irish music in the and how it led to the adoption of this particular program, which was originally produced 1979 by Padraigin McGillicuddy and Michael Huston.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

Original source recordings used in this program:

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Click here to purchase a copy of this program or learn more about and purchase copies of the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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