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Joe Emerson’s Hymntime - Pgm 15

April 3rd, 2010

Since many of you probably celebrate Easter, I thought I'd offer up "Joe Emerson's Hymntime", a program syndicated by Morton Radio Productions in Chicago in the 1940s. Program 15 in the series starts off with "Wonderful Words of Life". Although religious programming was a regular part of radio programming, little circulates from the otr era.

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I couldn't really find out much about Joe Emerson, except mentions of his radio work on religious programming in the 30s, 40s and 50s. Goldin lists this series and one from 1954 on ABC under his name. Newsweek mentions him in a 1939 article on religious programming, noting that he introduced the song "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" while he was a student at Albion.

The show was digitized from an original Morton Radio Productions vinyl transcription pressed by RCA-NBC, matrix number CD7-MM013084.

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