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Virginia War Memorial Carillon - December 25, 1949

December 24th, 2009

Here's a rather unusual transcription produced by WRVA, Roanoke, Virginia.  The disc features a quarter-hour program of holiday music played on the Virginia War Memorial Carillon, constructed as a memorial to Virginians that served in World War I.

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The program appears to have been distributed to stations in Virginia for broadcast December 25, 1949.  The flip side of the disc features a program of music for broadcast on November 11, 1949 for Veteran's Day.

The show was transferred from an original WRVA red vinyl transcription.  The sound has been run through click reduction software to improve the sound since the disc had been stored without a sleeve for many years.

Thanks to Michael Utz for his donation of this unusual disc to my collection.


  • Mike Hobart

    It may not be technically perfect, but there’s something rather beautiful about this little item. From the little-heard sound of the carrilon to the poignant time and place in history, it evokes a moment in time when there was a message of hope for the future and peace for the present. The timeless Christmas music is moving and deeply affecting.

    Jan 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm