Archive for December, 2010

FTV 241 Laughter from the Left

Posted in Update on December 22nd, 2010

On today’s edition of From the Vault we turn to the subject that brings smiles all-around… humor! In 2010, the Pacifica Radio Archives decided to incorporate humor as an official subject into our two-day national broadcast and fundraiser. Special project producers Haunani Singer and Curtis Metcalf combed the vault and they came up with some wonderful examples of humor in the progressive movement. Some of the names you might expect like superstar comedians like Lily Tomlin, George Carlin and Groucho Marx. But we also included people who may not have mad a living in the field of comedy, but were humorists just the same… names like Molly Ivins, Mort Sahl, Studs Terkel, Quentin Crisp, Jessica Mitford, Kate Clinton and John Lennon. Naturally, though, we begin this show with perhaps Pacifica’s most famous alumnus, Richard Pryor, who lent his voice to KPFA’s fund drive in the summer of 1971.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 240 Julio’s Holiday: The Nutcracker’s Journey

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on December 16th, 2010

This week on From The Vault, KPFK Arts In Review host Julio Martinez presents original productions of two holiday classics: O. Henry’s The Gift of The Magi and Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas In Wales. We also showcase a new radio production sure to be a classic called The Nutcracker’s Journey, featuring the Arts in Review Repertory Players, about the interesting story of the creation of The Nutcracker Ballet, a project Tchaikovsky never wanted to do.

Julio Martinez, the creative force behind these radio productions, began his work at Pacifica in 1967 hosting an improvisation children’s program on KPFA in Berkeley, California. In 1968 he moved to Los Angeles and today is the host of KPFK’s weekly program on the arts (Arts in Review). Over many years Julio has teamed up with Al Alu, his colleague from San Francisco, and an array of talented actors and musicians in Los Angeles to produce a series of holiday radio specials (three of which are featured today). This program also contains a rare live in studio performance with Julio Martinez and Al Jarreau from a 1968 recording in Studio A at KPFK Los Angeles.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 239 Tales of Whales

Posted in Update on December 11th, 2010

This week on From the Vault, we present a classic Pacifica documentary called Tales of Whales, produced in 1977 by Adi Gevins (currently PRA’s Preservation and Access Coordinator) and the late Kathy McAnally. Recorded at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on November 20, 1976, this program brings us back to the celebration of California’s first Whale Day and documents the effort to raise public consciousness about the global plight of the widely-hunted mammals back in the mid 1970’s. Performing and speaking were the likes of Joni Mitchell, Country Joe McDonald, actors Burgess Meredith and Jeff Bridges, poet Gary Snyder, pioneering researcher in dolphin communication John C. Lilly, and then-and-soon-to-be-Governor of California Jerry Brown.

But, before we trip back to 1976, we’re going to trip a bit with Pacifica Archives as they hang with their buddies at Pacifica affiliate station WOMR (Provincetown, Massachusetts) in August 2010. During the visit, KPFK-Los Angeles program host Harrison has a fascinating discussion with the captain of a whale watching boat – especially significant because this exchange was recorded during the fourth month of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill and environmental disaster.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 238 John Lennon’s 70th Birthday

Posted in Update on December 3rd, 2010

On October 9, 2010, Pacifica radio station KPFK in Los Angeles produced 12-hour broadcast celebrating John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The idea was the brainchild of KPFK Music Director Maggie LePique, who gathered the support of KPFK programmers, the musical community, and Yoko Ono to put together a fantastic day of programming. In this episode of From the Vault, we present highlights from this historic celebration.

Contributors to the day-long celebration included Jon Wiener, Professor of History at the University of California at Irvine, author of Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon Files, musicians Jackson Browne, John Densmore (The Doors), Quartetto Fantastico, Shiela Nichols, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and longtime Lennon friend and publicist Elliot Mintz.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about 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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