Archive for May, 2014

FTV 420 Maya Angelou

Posted in Update on May 30th, 2014

On this edition of From the Vault, we celebrate the life and work of Maya Angelou, who died on May 28, 2014 at her home in North Carolina. We pay tribute to this great poet and author with two audio recordings produced by Pacifica Radio, starting with a 1975 program titled An Evening with Maya Angelou, in which the author sings, reads from her first autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), and recalls landmark moments in her life that helped her discover her destiny. We will also feature Angelou’s performance of Phenomenal Women from a 1982 recording titled Our Sheroes and Heroes, a collection of Angelou’s material from 1976-1982.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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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FTV 419 Bobbee Zeno Tribute

Posted in Update on May 22nd, 2014

On this edition of From the Vault we pay tribute to Bobbee Zeno (1953-2014), a longtime Pacifica Radio programmer and vital contributor to the many communities in his life up until just hours before his untimely passing in May 2014. Starting in 1999 on KPFK as the host of Preaching the Blues (which later became Blues Power), then as host of the show Good for Life (which later became Experience Talks), Bobbee Zeno was a humanitarian, a lover of the arts, “brother” and friend to many, and loved by all. Today, we’ll visit with memories of Bobbee’s passions: radio, arts, family, and friends with an original tribute produced by S. Pearl Sharpe and Mark Maxwell titled That’s Cold Blooded – named after a phrase Bobbee would say often, especially when he enjoyed the music he was hearing. This tribute was originally broadcast on Saturday May 3, 2014.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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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FTV 418 Salome with Leonard Nimoy, Part 2 of 2

Posted in Update on May 16th, 2014

From the Vault continues this week with Part 2 of a 1963 performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic play Salome, adapted for radio and directed by fabled actor Leonard Nimoy. Pacifica Radio Archives Director Brian DeShazor had the good fortune to chat with Mr. Nimoy and his wife Susan recently, more than fifty years after the original broadcast, and learn how a chance encounter on the sidewalk outside of KPFK Los Angeles with the station’s Arts and Literature Director Ruth Seymour developed into almost certainly the first radio broadcast performance of Wilde’s 1891 classic tragedy. It is only logical that you enjoy the warmth, wisdom, and backstories from the man who crafted Mr. Spock, one of the most endearing and beloved television and movie characters ever. Salome is presented in two parts over two episodes. Part 2 of 2.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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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FTV 417 Salome with Leonard Nimoy, Part 1 of 2

Posted in Update on May 9th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we are excited and honored to present a 1963 performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic play Salome, adapted for radio and directed by fabled actor Leonard Nimoy. Pacifica Radio Archives Director Brian DeShazor had the good fortune to chat with Mr. Nimoy and his wife Susan recently, more than fifty years after the original broadcast, and learn how a chance encounter on the sidewalk outside of KPFK Los Angeles with the station’s Arts and Literature Director Ruth Seymour developed into almost certainly the first radio broadcast performance of Wilde’s 1891 classic tragedy. It is only logical that you enjoy the warmth, wisdom, and backstories from the man who crafted Mr. Spock, one of the most endearing and beloved television and movie characters ever. Salome is presented in two parts over two episodes. Part 1 of 2.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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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FTV 416 Hugh Masekela

Posted in Update on May 2nd, 2014

This week on From the Vault we present two outstanding interviews with the legendary South African trumpeter, composer, and singer Hugh Masakela, probably best known for his smash hits “Grazing in the Grass” (1968) and “Bring Him Back Home” (1987), a song that would become an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela. The first interview with Masekela, conducted by Sue Supriano in 1988 for the radio series “Steppin’ out of Babylon” focuses on his responsibility as a musician to bring South Africa’s problems to world attention and the controversy surrounding his work in 1987 on Paul Simon’s Graceland album. We’ll also feature an extended interview with Masakela from March 2014 with BBC radio host and Pacifica Radio Archives collaborator Joanne Griffith; they chat about his musical education during childhood, his exile from South Africa, and his new life in America.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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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