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Don Pardo, the Voice of ‘NBC,’ for over 70 years... Is Dead at 96



Don Pardo, who literally introduced television viewers to some of America’s biggest stars and soon-to-be-stars as the longtime announcer for “Saturday Night Live,” died on Monday, 18 AUG 2014 in Tucson. He was 96. NYTimes Obit 
 Dominick George "Don" Pardo (February 22, 1918 – August 18, 2014) was an American radio and television announcer whose career spanned over seven decades. A member of the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo was noted for his 70-year tenure with NBC, working as the announcer for early incarnations of such notable shows as The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak and NBC Nightly News. His longest, and best-known, announcing gig was for NBC's Saturday Night Live, a job he held for 38 seasons, from the show's debut in 1975 until his death in 2014.WIKIPEDIA

CONTEMPORARY SERIOUS MUSIC RADIO

New webblog and Internet radio station devoted to contemporary serious music. Contemporary classical music can be understood as belonging to the period that started in the mid-1970s to early 1990s with the retreat of modernism. However, the term may also be employed in a broader sense to refer to all post-1945 modern musical forms. See the blog for biographies of the composers...HERE 
and listen via the streaming radio player on the blog.

Find iTunes Internet radio streams

If you didn’t already know, Apple have launched their own personalized music service called iTunes Radio to compete with other streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Beats Music, etc. This caused a lot of confusion because iTunes Radio used to be the place to tune into radio station that stream over the Internet. The good news is you can still listen to these internet stations in iTunes 11. Apple just “hid” it by default in order to have the focus on their new iTunes Radio. Here’s how to re-enable it!
Apple have now renamed the old Radio option to just Internet in the new iTunes 11.
On PC:
Simply go on the main iTunes screen, click on top left icon and then choose the Preferences option. Click on the General preference tab if not already displayed. Look for the Internet Radio. If it’s not enabled, simply click the check box next to it. Click the OK button on the bottom. You should now see a new option appear called Internet. Clicking on this option will display the familiar radio directory which lists the various genres you can explore.
1. Click on the menu button on the top left.
2. Click on Preferences.
3. Look for Internet Radio.
4. Check the box next to Internet Radio and click OK.
5. Internet should now be available!
On Mac:
1. Click in the iTunes menu and chose the Preference option.
2. Click on the General preference tab if not selected.
3. If the check box next to Internet Radio isn’t enable then click it to turn this feature on.
Click the OK button.
4. Now look at the options again near the top of the screen. There should now be a new one called Internet. To view the radio directory, simply click on this option.

EASY LISTENING-BeautifulInstrumentals, CLASSICAL-aMUSIClassical Concert, all relaxing classics




In a world without Hal Douglas...

Great movie trailer announcers of the past...Art Gilmore, then Don LaFontaine...now we have lost Harold "Hal" Douglas (born Harold Cohen; September 1, 1924 – March 7, 2014) was an American voice actor best known for his work on movie trailers and television commercials. - Wikipedia

Pop (wind screen) for studio microphone


 New generic blast screen for Studio Microphone

Wind Screen Pop Filter Mask Shield 
Essential item for recording, speaking or singing. It will help to ensure that your tracks are audible and easy to understand. And also it will make sure your message is loud and clear, and banish the dreaded hissing and lisping sounds that come when pronouncing the letter "s" and the explosion of air that follows "b" and "p" with this microphone pop screen. Double layer, convenient and easy use. Protects your microphone from surplus saliva projection caused by over eager performers. 360° flexible gooseneck holder, convenient for use. Swivel mount for easy installation. Adjustable clamp fixes securely to any mic stand. Goose neck for precise positioning. It can also protect the microphone from the accumulation of saliva. Commonly used in a recording studio.

Great starter microphone for podcasters and voice talents

Samson introduces Go Mic, a portable recording microphone that clips to your laptop. Go Mic is perfect for recording music, podcasts or field recording, but it also makes a great solution for use with voice recognition software, iChat, web casting and even Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Because of its custom, compact design, the Go Mic can clip right onto your laptop or sit unobtrusively on your desk. Plug and play operation also means it's completely compatible with a Mac OS or Windows, with no drivers required. As the podcasting trend continues to grow, standards for audio quality and ease of use grow with it. Go Mic surpasses expectations for both needs with CD quality audio and the ability to record directly into your preferred software program. No matter whether you're a PC or Mac loyalist, Go Mic has you covered. And if you don't already have a recording program on your computer, Go Mic comes with Music Creator software, so you get everything you need to elevate the quality of your podcasts in one box. Go Mic can help you wow your listeners and set yourself apart in a crowded podcasting community.

FRED FOY The Day The President was shot ABC RADIO NEWS

ABC announcer FRED FOY narrates 'The Day The President was Shot' produced by ABC RADIO NEWS:

MONDAY November 25, 1963

Representatives from over 90 countries attended the state funeral on Monday, November 25. After the Requiem Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral, the late President was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

JFK Funeral
Monday... Secretary of State Dean Rusk and other State Department personnel went to both of Washington's commercial airports to personally greet foreign dignitaries. Some of the dignitaries that arrived on Sunday to attend the funeral included Soviet First Deputy Premier Anastas Mikoyan, French President Charles de Gaulle, Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, The Duke of Edinburgh representing Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Irish President Éamon de Valera, and Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. Queen Frederika of Greece, and King Baudouin I of the Belgians were just some of the other members of royalty attending. Some law enforcement officials, including MPDC Chief Robert V. Murray, later said that it was the biggest security nightmare they ever faced. The military formation will proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue past the White House and pause in the intersection of 17th and Pennsylvania. In the meantime, the caisson will have entered the North Gate and proceed to the North Portico followed by Mrs. Kennedy and the Attorney General. They will leave the automobile at this point and be joined by other dignitaries who will proceed with them on foot behind the caisson. The caisson will move forth and the procession will proceed to St. Matthew's via Connecticut Avenue. I was positioned, with 300 US Air Force personnel there. I was at the front on the church where I saw Jon Jon salute as I watched I thought this would be something to tell my grandchildren someday. I've counted seven different photographs of this scene of American history.
---RACampbell

Richard Basehart narrates:

SUNDAY November 24, 1963 Oswald has been shot

On Sunday the coffin was carried on a horse-drawn caisson to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state. Throughout the day and night, hundreds of thousands lined up to view the guarded casket. Sunday, November 24, after driving into town and sending a money order to one of his employees Dallas casino owner Jack Ruby walked to the nearby police headquarters and made his way to the basement. At 11:21 am CST — while authorities were escorting Oswald through the police basement to a private car that was to take him to the nearby county jail — Ruby stepped out from a crowd of reporters and fired his .38 revolver into Oswald's abdomen, fatally wounding him. The shooting was broadcast live nationally, and millions of television viewers witnessed it. There is some evidence that Ruby's actions were on a whim, as he left his favorite dog, Sheba, in the car before shooting Oswald. I was working the Sunday morning shift with Warner Wolf. We were watching WRC-TV 4 when Wolf exclaimed to the WQMR/WGAY-FM listening audience that "Oswald has been shot"... I moved the RCA BK1 microphone on a boom to the speaker of the TV and we picked up the audio...

Oswald was rushed unconscious to Parkland Memorial Hospital—the same hospital where doctors tried to save President Kennedy's life two days earlier. Oswald died at 1:07 p.m. An autopsy was performed by the Dallas County Medical Examiner at 2:45 p.m. the same day. The stated cause of death in the autopsy report was "hemorrhage secondary to gunshot wound of the chest."

A network television camera, there to cover the transfer, was broadcasting live, and millions witnessed the shooting on television as it happened. The event was also captured in several well-known photographs.

BIOGRAPHY LINK to Wikipedia: Lee Harvey Oswald

AUDIO of WQMR-WGAY: Four Dark Days In November

"FOUR DARK DAYS IN NOVEMBER" 
A recorded compilation of news scripts and audio actualities prepared for a nonprofit LP record of audio surrounding the coverage of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. The album was a re-creation taken from actual recordings broadcast that four day period, beginning November 22, 1963, and broadcast over WQMR and WGAY-FM radio in Washington DC. Many of the narratives were re-recorded and the music heard at the beginning of track one was taken from a needle drop transcription and not actually broadcast. The album was produced by WQMR WGAY-FM Manager, Ed Winton, who narrated the record. Proceeds for consumer acquisition of the record were given to the family of slain Dallas police officer J. D. Tippett.

Archive.org audio files  | Search Amazon.com for four dark days in november | Search Amazon.com for assassination of kennedy

Peter Jennings Reporting - The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond ConspiracyReclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. KennedyNovember 22nd and The Warren Report - The 1964 CBS News Report on The John F. Kennedy AssassinationThe JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes [VHS]'s

SATURDAY November 23, 1963 Washington D C

The body of President Kennedy was brought back to Washington, D.C. and placed in the East Room of the White House for 24 hours. The state funeral took place in Washington, DC during the three days that followed the assassination.

On November 23, President Johnson issued his first proclamation, declaring November 25 to be a day of national mourning for the slain president.

On that Monday, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Washington to watch a horse-drawn caisson bear Kennedy's body from the Capitol Rotunda to St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral for a requiem Mass. The solemn procession then continued on to Arlington National Cemetery, where leaders of 99 nations gathered for the state funeral. Kennedy was buried with full military honors on a slope below Arlington House, where an eternal flame was lit by his widow to forever mark the grave. See our blog entry for MONDAY November 25...above.

FRIDAY November 22, 1963 The day JFK died...

 I was showing a football film to a gathering after lunch at the officer's club at Bolling AFB, Anacostia, DC. (U.S. Air Force Headquarters Command). Someone told me to stop the projector and to ask the highest ranking officer to come to the lobby. A Lt Colonel had a brief conversation and returned to tell us that the base was on the highest alert and everone was to return to their duty stations. I went to my car, turned on the radio (WRC-AM) and heard, as a recall, NBC news reporter Herb Kaplow, saying The President was shot, in Dallas, and taken to Parkland Hospital.

I returned to my duty station at the radio recording studios of the USAF Band. We listened to radio reports of the death of President Kennedy at 1400hours, 2PM Eastern Time. The President's body was leaving Parkland Hospital for Love Field and the return on Air Force One. (I later learned from my Dad that his flight was delayed from Dallas to San Francisco as these events unflolded). At 1600 hours the base alert was reduced and all personnel were allowed to leave. I left for my evening job (moonlighting) as announcer on the evening shift at WQMR and WGAY-FM the beautiful music stations. I was driving passed the new Dulles office building listening to Bryson Rash on WRC...he was introducing a Mass from St Peters Cathedral in New York City. Hearing choral music instead of the regular broadcast of The Joy Boys with Willard Scott and Ed Walker was quite and emotional moment for many listeners heading home. When I arrived at the Kemp Mill Road studios and transmitter in Wheaton Md. the station had switched to a continuing news format and I was to answer the phones. There were radio stations calling from The UK to Australia and all over America seeking news and actuality reports for their programming. For most of the evening and weeked I remained at the station reading news reports for them. Later in the evening on arrival at Andrews AFB the new President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, address the nation, and the world, from the tarmac:

Please landscape your iPhone photos and videos for use on HDTV sets...

We need to educate the hand held device photographers about aspect ratio. I've seen too many TV news amature videos with black verticle bars framing their portrait shots which should have been shot in landscape position.


WDVR, PHILADELPHIA, PA May 13 1963




 



WDVR-FM, 101.1, began broadcasting on 13 May 1963 with 24 hours of orchestral music in new multiplex FM Stereo, first in Philadelphia. Newscasts were heard briefly every three hours recorded first by the board operators then played back on the air. Besides news, IDs, promos and a few PSA's there was little talk as the station advertised and delivered over 55 minutes of music each hour. Heavy on promotion, The original dial cards, posters, card holders, stationery, coverage maps and station forms were designed, created, typeset, printed by 'Ambler Business Forms'. Initial advertisers were John B. White Ford and Philco which was the employer of station owner and engineer, David Kurtz. Underwriting style commercials were used for overnight "Night Sounds in Stereo". Within a few months it became the highest rated FM station in the city. Later the first FM station in the nation to bill over 1 million dollars. Voices in the beginning were announcer/operators Lee Kramer, Frank Edwards, Joaquin Bowman, Dave Shayer, Richard Franklin and Terry Wickham. The voice of Alan Campbell, of Upper Darby, Pa., was recorded and heard in afternoons and evenings. He was with WBAL-AM, Baltimore, MD in the early 1960's working with the beautiful music format created by Art Wander. Campbell worked with WHFS-FM (Bethesda, MD) Manager, Marlin Taylor, before Taylor went to Philadelphia to plan the programming and staff for the new WDVR-FM. Sales and promotions were successfully implemented by Jerry Lee who came to Philly from Baltimore. As General Manager he became partner and eventually sole owner. Today, still, the only major market individually owned station. 
phillyradioarchives.com WDVR history aka WBEB

Hear a May, 1963 Station liner, one of a series of audio IDs and promos

CBS World News Roundup celebrates 75 years

March 13, 2013

The CBS World News Roundup has been broadcasting on the radio for 75 years and is the longest-running news broadcast in history. Charles Osgood, a veteran of CBS Radio and anchor of "Sunday Morning" reports. Special thanks to Tufts University/Digital Collections and Archives. CBS News
This week marks 75 years on the air for the CBS World News Roundup, making it the longest-running newscast in history. Jim Axelrod reports...YOU TUBE