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Willis Conover: American Jazz #1

Description: The second part of a broadcast which featured Willis Conover discussing the music of Duke Ellington, followed by a translation in Swedish by an unknown speaker. This program occurred more than five years before the beginning of Conover's long-running VOA program, Music USA.
Date: August 23, 1949
Duration: 14 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Nat "King" Cole Trio with Willis Conover

Description: Willis Conover presents Nat "King" Cole and his trio in a special message broadcast to his sister, Elizabeth, on the occasion of her wedding.
Date: October 9, 1946
Duration: 5 minutes 12 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Willis Conover interviews George Shearing, November 2, 1949

Description: Willis Conover interviews George Shearing. This is the raw interview, and refers to song selections to be inserted later.
Date: November 2, 1949
Duration: 9 minutes 39 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Melody Lane, part 1 of 2, August 15, 1946

Description: Recording of the first part of Melody Lane, hosted by Mark Austad.
Date: August 15, 1946
Duration: 13 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Evans, Mark, 1917-1988
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Louis Armstrong, radio program

Description: Louis Armstrong plays tunes and reads advertisements on Willis Conover's radio show. He mentions that he was performing at the Blue Mirror, situating this program between December 22, 1949, and January 4, 1950.
Date: [1949,1950]
Duration: 13 minutes 56 seconds
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Melody Lane, part 2 of 2, August 15, 1945

Description: Recording of the second part of Melody Lane, hosted by Mark Austad.
Date: August 15, 1945
Duration: 12 minutes 23 seconds
Creator: Evans, Mark, 1917-1988
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Melody Lane, part 1

Description: Recording of the first part of Melody Lane, hosted by Mark Austad. The mention of a January, 1947 sale by sponsor Zlotnick the Furrier, provides an approximate date.
Date: January 1947
Duration: 13 minutes 25 seconds
Creator: Evans, Mark, 1917-1988
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Hazel and Harold, April 28, 1946

Description: Recording of a radio comedy, Hazel and Harold, featuring Willis Conover as Harold and Nathalie Sherman as Hazel. The program is reminiscent of the early Ethel and Albert programs he did with Peg Lynch at WTBO in Cumberland, Maryland, before the Second World War.
Date: April 28, 1946
Duration: 15 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis & Sherman, Nathalie
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Hazel and Harold, January 6, 1946

Description: Recording of a radio comedy, Hazel and Harold, featuring Willis Conover as Harold and Nathalie Sherman as Hazel. The program is reminiscent of the early Ethel and Albert programs he did with Peg Lynch at WTBO in Cumberland, Maryland, before the Second World War.
Date: January 6, 1946
Duration: 14 minutes 45 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis & Sherman, Nathalie
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Veterans' Cab advertisements; Meet Your Congress

Description: Side 1 of the recording contains five short advertisements for the Veterans' Cab company, dated February 24, 1949. Side 2 contains an excerpt of an episode of Meet Your Congress, in which United States senators discuss rent control.
Date: 1949
Duration: 16 minutes 44 seconds
Creator: Cummings, Al & Moody, Blair
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Hazel and Harold, April 21, 1946

Description: Recording of a radio comedy, Hazel and Harold, featuring Willis Conover as Harold and Nathalie Sherman as Hazel. The program is reminiscent of the early Ethel and Albert programs he did with Peg Lynch at WTBO in Cumberland, Maryland, before the Second World War.
Date: April 21, 1946
Duration: 15 minutes 33 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Excerpt of speech by Harry S Truman, March 17, 1948: “Special message to the Congress on the threat to the freedom of Europe”

Description: Recording of President Harry S. Truman's speech, “Special message to the Congress on the threat to the freedom of Europe,” followed by announcer Mark Austad (later known as Mark Evans) interviewing Senator Glen H. Taylor of Idaho and Rep. Dewey Short of Missouri.
Date: March 17, 1948
Duration: 14 minutes 32 seconds
Creator: Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972
Partner: UNT Music Library

Duke Ellington, Fickle Fling, January 31, 1948

Description: Recording of the Duke Ellington band dated January 31, 1948. This date is not listed in the Ellingtonia or Tom Lord discographies.
Date: January 31, 1948
Duration: 6 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the Statler Hotel, September 23, 1944; Thomas E. Dewey

Description: Side 1 contains a presidential campaign speech by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the Statler Hotel in Washington, D.C. Roosevelt is introduced by Daniel J. Tobin of the Teamsters Union. Side 2 contains a presidential campaign speech by Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey
Date: September 23, 1944
Duration: 40 minutes 03 seconds
Creator: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 & Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Gwynne Raymond, First Rotary Club Assembly Speech; Shoes, Ships and Sealing Wax, KOCY

Description: Side 1 contains a rehearsal for a speech by the apparent compiler of this collection, Gwynne Raymond, who was president of the Oklahoma City Rotary Club. Side 2 contains a KOCY broadcast of "Shoes, Ships, and Sealing Wax" on March 1, 1942, in which Raymond's daughter, Dorothy, makes her first appearance on radio. The full set of performers are named as Carolyn Douglas, Darlene Wharton, Dorothy Raymond, Carol Montgomery, Betty Marie Jelsma, Nancy Notzger, and Dolores Willard, students of the Mary Gray Thompson School of Speech.
Date: 1942~
Duration: 30 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Raymond, Gwynne
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Elmer Davis and the News, July 1941

Description: Recording of two episodes of Elmer Davis and the News. Side 1 is dated July 5, 1941; side 2 is undated. This program features Davis' commentary on the news and world events, particularly the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union at this time. This recording appears to have been copied from a tape, and artifacts of tape recording, such as initial speed irregularities, are present. In Oklahoma City, this program was broadcast locally on KOMA, which station identification at the end of Side 2 confirms.
Date: July 1941
Duration: 29 minutes 48 seconds
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Central City Opera House; Norman Thomas

Description: Side 1 contains a performance from the opening night of the tenth summer play festival of the Central City Opera House Association in Central City, Colorado on July 5, 1941. An Associated Press article from that date explains "For three weeks a cast recruited from New York's Metropolitan Opera Company, under the leadership of Robert Edmond Jones and Frank St. Leger, will present 'The Barber of Seville' and 'Orpheus and Eurydice' at the squat stone theater." This recording contains performances from Orpheus and Eurydice. Side 2 contains a speech by Norman Thomas of the Socialist Party of America.
Date: 1941-07-05~
Duration: 25 minutes 28 seconds
Creator: Central City Opera House Association (Central City, Colo.)
Partner: UNT Music Library
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First Piano Quartet; public affairs; music

Description: Track 1 contains a radio program by the First Piano Quartet (later known as the Original Piano Quartet), hosted by Robert Denton. At this time, the quartet consisted of Adam Garner, Vladimir Padwa, Henry Holt, and George Robert. The theme is Brahms' Paganini Variations, followed by Schubert's Moment Musicaux No. 3 in F Minor, Moszkowski's Bolero from Spanische Tänze, Op. 12, Liszt's Liebestraum No. 3, and Johann Strauss' Perpetual Motion. Tracks 2 and 3 are short fragments of public affairs programming and music.
Date: 1941-08-17~
Duration: 19 minutes 08 seconds
Creator: First Piano Quartet
Partner: UNT Music Library
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News bulletin from Luzon, Philippines; Upton Close; Cedric Foster; John Daly; Joseph C. Harsch

Description: Recording of multiple news programs from various networks: A news bulletin from Luzon, in the Philippines; Upton Close, World Parade (NBC, WKY); Cedric Foster (Mutual, KOCY); John Daly, The World Today (CBS, KOMA); Joseph C. Harsch, The Meaning of the News (CBS, KOMA).
Date: February 4, 1945
Duration: 47 minutes 47 seconds
Creator: Close, Upton, 1894-1960; Foster, Cedric & Daly, John Charles, 1914-1991
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt "Navy Day" speech, part 1; Fulton Lewis, Jr.

Description: Side 1 contains the first part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Navy Day" speech on October 27, 1941. Side 2 begins with the song "Cielito Lindo," followed by Fulton Lewis Jr. reporting from Wichita, Kansas via station KFBI, sponsored by Oklahoma City Federal Savings and Loan.
Date: October 27, 1941
Duration: 30 minutes 30 seconds
Creator: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 & Lewis, Fulton, 1903-1966
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Thomas E. Dewey, November 1, 1944; Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November 4, 1944

Description: Side 1 contains a presidential campaign speech by Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey, introduced by Ford Bond for a paid program on the Mutual network. Side 2 contains a presidential campaign speech by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Boston, in his final major appearance before Election Day.
Date: {1944-11-01,1944-11-04}
Duration: 54 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971 & Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Partner: UNT Music Library
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H.V. Kaltenborn Edits the News, September 28, 1941

Description: Recording of the September 28, 1941 episode of H.V. Kaltenborn edits the news. In Oklahoma City, this program was broadcast locally on WKY.
Date: September 28, 1941
Duration: 14 minutes 29 seconds
Creator: Kaltenborn, H. v. (Hans), 1878-1965
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Thomas E. Dewey, October 3, 1944

Description: Recording of a presidential campaign speech by Republican presidential nominee Thomas E. Dewey. Dewey is introduced by announcer Ford Bond.
Date: October 3, 1944
Duration: 14 minutes
Creator: Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971
Partner: UNT Music Library
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