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WHO KNOWS? RADIO AND THE PARANORMAL

Who knows “Who Knows?”? This program was produced for the Mutual Broadcasting System from March 16, 1940 through August 29, 1941. Few sources on old time radio mention it, which maybe a reflection of its short run and somewhat narrow distribution. The weekly 15-minute program explored the world of psychic phenomena. On early broadcasts, announcer […]

From the National Film Registry: Home Movie Day

Today, we honor National Home Movie Day by not only highlighting the importance of home movies as historical and cultural documents, but also as a personal reflection that we are often more alike than different. At least four home amateur films are in the National Film Registry and many more can be viewed in the […]

Buck Canel–The Voice of Beisbol, Boxeo and FDR

  “…millions this week listened to Buck Canel, a swashbuckling New Yorker, as he broadcast his 27th World Series in Spanish” –Robert H. Boyle, Sports Illustrated, October 14, 1963. “No se vayan que esto se pone bueno!” (“Don’t go away, this is getting good!”) –Buck Canel, during many, many baseball broadcasts Sportscaster Buck Canel’s voice […]

The Ongoing Mystery of “ABC’s Wide World of Mystery” (1973-1976)

Sadly, in the Library of Congress’ Moving Image and Recorded Sound sections, we are no stranger to the concept of “lost” media.  Though our vast archives are a testament to all the movies, TV shows, music and other sounds that have been created and have endured to the present day, sprinkled throughout film/sound history are […]

Remembering Sarah Dash: Labelle and Beyond

The Library of Congress is very saddened to hear of the passing of Sarah Dash, powerhouse vocalist, true diva and onetime member of the group Labelle.  Earlier this year, after Labelle’s legendary “Lady Marmalade” was added to the Library’s National Recording Registry, the LC spoke with Ms. Dash about her remarkable hit and career.  Our […]

The National Recording Registry: DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE RECORDINGS FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY The Library of Congress invites you to submit your recommendations for the 2021 National Recording Registry. Every year, the Librarian of Congress, with advice from the National Recording Preservation Board, annually selects 25 titles/works that are deemed “culturally, historically or […]

From the Recording Registry: Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Exposition Speech of 1895

Today, on the anniversary of Booker T. Washington’s historic Atlantic speech, we look back at the recording Washington made of it in 1908, so that his words would not be lost to history.  Professor Jacqueline M. Moore does the honors for the recording added to the National Registry in 2002. Booker T. Washington’s 1895 Address […]

From the National Recording Registry: “Ven Conmigo” — Selena (1990)

 As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, author Joe Nick Patoski examines the legacy of Selena and her groundbreaking second studio album “Ven Conmigo.”   This essay reflects not only her music, but Selena’s short-lived iconic status that often compared her to Gloria Estefan, Madonna, and other legendary female entertainers. By the age of 22, Selena was […]

Remembering Charlie Watts and “Satisfaction” (1965)

As the world mourns the passing of Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, the Library of Congress, with the assistance of music historian Dan LeRoy, looks back at when “The World’s Greatest Rock Band” gave the world “Satisfaction.”  (A recording added to the Library’s National Recording Registry in 2006.) Not long before his untimely death […]