Archive for September, 2013

FTV 385 Inquest at Christiana, Part 1 of 2

Posted in Update on September 27th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we proudly present Inquest at Christiana, a two-part radio drama that exemplifies the genre and is a testament to Pacifica Radio’s embrace of radio arts. Written by Jon Katz, this play was adapted from the historical documents of the fugitive slave resistance at Christiana, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 1851 – the so-called “Christiana Riot.” Heard in the cast are Lois Adler, Jay Bonnell, Crystal Field, Brannon Hall, Walter Jones, Frank MacFie, Marvin Peisner, and Ashton Young. Folksongs are performed by John Bassette. The Technical Director is Edgar Walker. Produced and directed by Jon Katz, this production was first broadcast on February 11, 1968 a week prior to Negro History Week (now Black History Month).

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 384 Seamus Heaney, Poet

Posted in Update on September 20th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we honor the life of Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) with an incredible 1983 program recently digitized by Pacifica Radio Archives. Produced by venerable KPFA host Padraigin McGillicuddy, this recording features a live reading and interview with Heaney – at the time a new professor of Literature at Harvard University – a dozen years before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. With an introduction by KPFK’s Alan Minsky, and commentary by Siobhán Ó Mócháin Breathnach, graduate of The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry 2012 summer session in Belfast, Northern Ireland., this episode is a historical tribute to one of the great poets of our time.

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 383 A Delicate Balance: Tribute to Jazz Legend Marian McPartland

Posted in Update on September 16th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the life of WBAI radio host Marian McPartland, who hosted a jazz program called A Delicate Balance for fourteen years on WBAI, starting in 1964. Mixing music recordings with interviews, her work at Pacifica would earn her accolades and respect from the jazz community and beyond, and pave the way for a long and successful career at NPR after her departure from Pacifica in 1978. On September 5, 2013, WBAI’s Janet Coleman, along with colleagues Michael G. Haskins and James Irsay, and award-winning composer David Amram, paid tribute to McPartland with a special broadcast, using selections from a December 20, 1974 recording held by the Pacifica Radio Archives.

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 382 An Evening of Country Fiddlin’ – The Free Music Store, 1972

Posted in Update on September 6th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we explore a recently restored recording from the series The Free Music Store, free public weekly concerts organized by Eric Salzman, former Music Director of WBAI in New York City. Starting in March 1969, the concerts were at WBAI’s studios, a de-consecrated church on East 62nd Street. It was a new kind of concert experience for New Yorkers, one that broke the mold of museum and music-hall concerts by boasting, among other things, free admission although audience donations paid the performers, refreshments and floor seating. The church’s excellent acoustics and eclectic schedule of musical acts packed the house, and included folk singers, chamber musicians, electronic composers, country fiddling, Brazilian percussionists, and even spoken word poets. The series shared a group of award-winning engineers and producers, including two-time GRAMMY award winner David Rapkin, Ed Woodard, and Eric Salzman.

The performance you’re about to hear is “An Evening of Country Fiddlin’” recorded in March of 1972, the same year the film “Deliverance” introduced “Dueling Banjos” into popular culture in America. At the time this program was recorded, bluegrass was a fairly recent musical phenomenon to New Yorkers; it’s likely that many audience members had never encountered this style of fiddle playing at all before this evening. “An Evening of Country Fiddlin’” proved to be one of the most popular Free Music Store evenings: the program was re-broadcast several times by popular demand, and a WBAI program folio published after this event took place notes that the audience almost literally brought the house down with their cheers, hand-claps and foot stomps, as you’re about to hear. Introducing today’s concert is the man who organized it, engineer and country music aficionado Tom Whitmore.

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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