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Famous American Authors - circa 1947-48

November 14th, 2010

Awhile back I obtained a curious group of discs, all containing local programming from around the country originally broadcast in late 1947 and early 1948.  I think these might have been submitted to some type of competition, based on some notes I found on the disc sleeves.

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From that group, here's "Famous American Authors", a program produced by WSUI in Iowa City.  This episode dramatized the life of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.  It's an interesting glimpse into the wide range of shows, including drama, that were commonly heard on local radio many years ago.  WSUI, founded in 1919 by the University of Iowa, is still around and is the oldest surviving educational radio station west of the Mississippi.

The show was digitized from an original lacquer transcription from WSUI.

Correction, 11/15/2010 - In my haste to put together the post, I typed the name of the subject incorrectly in my original version of the post - it's on Oliver Wendell Holmes, not Longfellow...


  • Nemo

    An interesting little program but, um, it’s about the life of Oliver Wendell Homes, Sr., not Longfellow, though Longfellow is mentioned in passing.

    Nov 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm
  • PJ Pippin

    I have a Dec 19, 1948 vinyl radio recording in good condition, guest star is Frank Sinatra in “A Special Christmas Show”. It is in the original “dust-proof envelope” from the NBC Radio-Recording Division. Anybody interested?

    Jun 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm