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Remembering 1957

The "Baby Boom" reached his highest point, the Soviets launch Sputnik 1, and the "Little Rock Nine" fought against segregation.

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Radio 1957By the time 1957 dawned, the Second World War had been decided for more than a decade, but the world was still being shaped by the results of the conflict. The post-War increase in birthrate, the "Baby Boom", reached its highest point in 1957 with a birth rate of 25.3 births per 1,000 population. An era ends when the final issue of Collier's Weekly hits the stands on January 4, 1957, but one only had to look around while standing in front of the newsstand to realize that a new era was dawning.

On January 6, Elvis appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the third and final time, to avoid controversy he is only shown from the waist up, even while singing the gospel classic "Peace in the Valley". Nonetheless, Sullivan enthuses about what a "decent young man" the singer is and predicts greatness in his continuing career. Just 22 years old, Elvis buys the Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 26. His second film and first starring role, Loving You, opens July 9. The dance scene to the title song of Elvis's third film, Jailhouse Rock, released on November 8, is still considered the King's greatest moment on screen.

Elvis 1957

President Eisenhower is sworn in for his second term, and the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, logs its 60,000th undersea mile on February 4, matching the record of its fictional namesake from Jules Verne's' Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Construction is completed on The Dalles Dam between Oregon and Washington and the floodgates are closed on March 10, hundreds of onlookers watch as the floodwaters cover Native American salmon fishing platforms and drown an ancient and respected way of life. North of the Arctic Circle, construction is completed on the radar stations of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line and contractors turn the project over to the American and Canadian Armed Services on April 15.

The International Geophysical Year kicks off in July. The hope was that the IGY would represent a thawing in the chilly Cold War relations between the scientific communities of the East and West with ongoing international experiments and demonstrations in Earth Sciences with data shared openly. The IGY was timed to coincide with a cycle of solar flares and a highlight was to be the launch of an artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. Three US programs of the pre-NASA era competed for approval to be the first to send a craft into orbit, but these efforts were delayed for technical and political reasons. On October 4, the Soviets surprised the world by launching Sputnik 1. Although the tiny spaceship was little more than a stainless-steel sphere with a beeping radio transmitter that amateur radio operators could hear as it passed overhead, the achievement of getting the thing up there was a major blow to the morale of the American science and aviation communities.

Special Forces Captain Hank Cramer becomes America's first combat death in Vietnam on October 21, but a more notable and public use of American troops will occur domestically.

1957 SegregationIn response to the 1954 Supreme Court Brown vs the Board of Education decision, the NAACP began encouraging African-American students to register for classes in all-white schools. A plan was developed for the gradual integration of Little Rock, Arkansas, schools, to begin with, nine black students entering Little Rock Central High School in the fall of 1957. The plan seemed to satisfy almost everyone, except for a vocal group of local segregationists who planned to physically block the "Little Rock Nine" from entering the school building. Governor Orval Faubus deployed elements of the Arkansas National Guard to support the segregationists. President Eisenhower warned the Governor not to defy the Supreme Court, and when Little Rock Mayor Woodrow Wilson Mann requested federal protection for the Nine, Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division (without its black troops at first) into the city and federalized the National Guard, taking those troops out of the Governor's control.

The Ghanaian Finance Minister, Komla Agbeli Gbedemah, traveling in the US as a diplomat, stopped at a Howard Johnson's restaurant in Dover, Delaware, on October 10, and the staff refused to serve him because of the color of his skin. In apology, President Eisenhower invited the minister to breakfast at the White House.

In radio, stations KBCS in Dallas and KBZY in Salem, Oregon, adopt a "Top Forty" format. CBS Radio Workshop goes off the air.

  • Uss Nautilus and SeawolfThe "Baby Boomer" birthrate peaks in 1957.
  • The Brooklyn Dodgers play their last game at Ebbets Field before team owner Walter O'Malley moves the club to Los Angeles. In Brooklyn, they say: "If you asked a Brooklyn Dodger fan, if you had a gun with only two bullets in it and were in a room with Hitler, Stalin and O'Malley, who would you shoot? The answer: O'Malley, twice!"
  • Troops from the 101st Airborne Division are deployed to ensure that "the Little Rock Nine" are allowed to attend classes at the previously segregated Little Rock Central High School.
  • American Bandstand premiers on ABC Television.
  • The International Geophysical Year begins in July, marking a thawing of Cold War restrictions on scinetific collaboration between East and West.
  • Sputnik 1The Soviet Union launches the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1 in October. A month later, Laika becomes the first animal in orbit.
  • WHAM-O Mfg. Co. introduces the Frisbee.
  • The full-sized Pontiac Bonneville is introduced for the 1957 model year, and will be one of the largest cars produced by Pontiac. The Rambler Rebel becomes the first mid-sized high-performance cars, launching the "muscle car" segment. In Milwaukie, Harley Davidson introduces the iconic Sportster line with a 45 cubic inch (750 cc) displacement engine. The Crown and the Land Cruiser are the first Toyotas imported to the US.
  • Have Gun, Will Travel premieres on CBS TV, and will come to CBS Radio the next year.
  • KNOC Dallas becomes the first station in the nation to adopt a full-time Rhythm and Blues format while KBCS Dallas and KOCO Salem, Oregon, come on the air with a Top 40 format. The last episode of CBS Radio Workshop broadcasts in September.

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    total playtime 13 hours, 26 min
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      36 shows - total playtime 13 hours 26 minutes
      1. Bing Crosby 570921 Ford Road Show.mp3
      2. Cbs Radio Workshop 570922 85 Young Man Axelbrod.mp3
      3. Cisco Kid 570319 490 Judge Colts Law.mp3
      4. Cisco Kid 570328 493 When Killers Escape.mp3
      5. FMM 571215 1440 Remembrances From Mcgees Diary.mp3
      6. FMM 571221 1441 Taking a Memory Course.mp3
      7. FMM 571222 1442 National Prosperity Week.mp3
      8. Ft 570703 528 Invasion.mp3
      9. GG 570307 00x Gildy Causes Water Outage.mp3
      10. GG 570416 00x Family Prepares For Easter.mp3
      11. Grand Ole Opry 570112.mp3
      12. Grand Ole Opry 570119.mp3
      13. Guest Star 570901 0545 Twinkle Twinkle Star Gogi Grant.mp3
      14. Guns 570616 ep271 Summer Night.mp3.tmp.mp3
      15. Guns 570922 ep285 Custer.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 570120 Jack In Bed With A Cold.mp3
      17. Mike Wallace Interviews 570616 Mary Mcbride.mp3
      18. News 570118 CBS Edward R Murrow With The News.mp3
      19. News 570512 CBS Suspense Tarawa Was Tough.mp3
      20. News 570704 WQXR The Declaration Of Independence JFK.mp3
      21. News 571004 Radio Moscow News of Sputnik.mp3
      22. News 571007 Sputnik Satellite Launched by Soviets.mp3
      23. Our Miss Brooks 570113 351 repeat 25 Head English Dept.mp3
      24. Our Miss Brooks 570224 357 repeat 30 Stretch Has Problem.mp3
      25. Susp 570210 685 Door Of Gold.mp3
      26. Susp 570428 696 Escape To Death.mp3
      27. Susp 570804 710 Fleshpeddler.mp3
      28. Susp 570901 714 Man From Tomorrow.mp3
      29. X 1 570102 082 The Moon is Green.mp3
      30. X 1 570327 094 At the Post.mp3
      31. X 1 570417 097 Discovery Of Mornial Matha.mp3
      32. You Bet Your Life 570316 Chair.mp3
      33. You Bet Your Life 571216 Hand.mp3
      34. YTJD 570210 525 Templeton AFRTS.mp3
      35. YTJD 570317 529 Clever Chemist AFRTS.mp3
      36. YTJD 570414 532 Ming Toy Murphy.mp3
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      36 shows - total playtime 13 hours 26 minutes
      1. Bing Crosby 570921 Ford Road Show.mp3
      2. Cbs Radio Workshop 570922 85 Young Man Axelbrod.mp3
      3. Cisco Kid 570319 490 Judge Colts Law.mp3
      4. Cisco Kid 570328 493 When Killers Escape.mp3
      5. FMM 571215 1440 Remembrances From Mcgees Diary.mp3
      6. FMM 571221 1441 Taking a Memory Course.mp3
      7. FMM 571222 1442 National Prosperity Week.mp3
      8. Ft 570703 528 Invasion.mp3
      9. GG 570307 00x Gildy Causes Water Outage.mp3
      10. GG 570416 00x Family Prepares For Easter.mp3
      11. Grand Ole Opry 570112.mp3
      12. Grand Ole Opry 570119.mp3
      13. Guest Star 570901 0545 Twinkle Twinkle Star Gogi Grant.mp3
      14. Guns 570616 ep271 Summer Night.mp3.tmp.mp3
      15. Guns 570922 ep285 Custer.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 570120 Jack In Bed With A Cold.mp3
      17. Mike Wallace Interviews 570616 Mary Mcbride.mp3
      18. News 570118 CBS Edward R Murrow With The News.mp3
      19. News 570512 CBS Suspense Tarawa Was Tough.mp3
      20. News 570704 WQXR The Declaration Of Independence JFK.mp3
      21. News 571004 Radio Moscow News of Sputnik.mp3
      22. News 571007 Sputnik Satellite Launched by Soviets.mp3
      23. Our Miss Brooks 570113 351 repeat 25 Head English Dept.mp3
      24. Our Miss Brooks 570224 357 repeat 30 Stretch Has Problem.mp3
      25. Susp 570210 685 Door Of Gold.mp3
      26. Susp 570428 696 Escape To Death.mp3
      27. Susp 570804 710 Fleshpeddler.mp3
      28. Susp 570901 714 Man From Tomorrow.mp3
      29. X 1 570102 082 The Moon is Green.mp3
      30. X 1 570327 094 At the Post.mp3
      31. X 1 570417 097 Discovery Of Mornial Matha.mp3
      32. You Bet Your Life 570316 Chair.mp3
      33. You Bet Your Life 571216 Hand.mp3
      34. YTJD 570210 525 Templeton AFRTS.mp3
      35. YTJD 570317 529 Clever Chemist AFRTS.mp3
      36. YTJD 570414 532 Ming Toy Murphy.mp3
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    36 recordings on 16 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 26 min

    1957 Disc A001

    1. X 1 570102 082 The Moon is Green
    2. Grand Ole Opry 570112

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    1957 Disc A002

    1. Our Miss Brooks 570113 351 repeat 25 Head English Dept
    2. News 570118 CBS Edward R Murrow With The News

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    1957 Disc A003

    1. Grand Ole Opry 570119
    2. Jack Benny 570120 Jack In Bed With A Cold

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    1957 Disc A004

    1. Susp 570210 685 Door Of Gold
    2. YTJD 570210 525 Templeton AFRTS

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    1957 Disc A005

    1. Our Miss Brooks 570224 357 repeat 30 Stretch Has Problem
    2. GG 570307 00x Gildy Causes Water Outage

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    1957 Disc A006

    1. You Bet Your Life 570316 Chair
    2. YTJD 570317 529 Clever Chemist AFRTS

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    1957 Disc A007

    1. Cisco Kid 570319 490 Judge Colts Law
    2. X 1 570327 094 At the Post

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    1957 Disc A008

    1. Cisco Kid 570328 493 When Killers Escape
    2. YTJD 570414 532 Ming Toy Murphy

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    1957 Disc A009

    1. GG 570416 00x Family Prepares For Easter
    2. X 1 570417 097 Discovery Of Mornial Matha

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    1957 Disc A010

    1. Susp 570428 696 Escape To Death
    2. News 570512 CBS Suspense Tarawa Was Tough

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    1957 Disc A011

    1. Guns 570616 ep271 Summer Night.tmp
    2. Mike Wallace Interviews 570616 Mary Mcbride

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    1957 Disc A012

    1. Ft 570703 528 Invasion
    2. News 570704 WQXR The Declaration Of Independence JFK

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    1957 Disc A013

    1. Susp 570804 710 Fleshpeddler
    2. Guest Star 570901 0545 Twinkle Twinkle Star Gogi Grant

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    1957 Disc A014

    1. Susp 570901 714 Man From Tomorrow
    2. Bing Crosby 570921 Ford Road Show
    3. Cbs Radio Workshop 570922 85 Young Man Axelbrod

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    1957 Disc A015

    1. Guns 570922 ep285 Custer
    2. News 571004 Radio Moscow News of Sputnik
    3. News 571007 Sputnik Satellite Launched by Soviets
    4. FMM 571215 1440 Remembrances From Mcgees Diary
    5. You Bet Your Life 571216 Hand

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    1957 Disc A016

    1. FMM 571221 1441 Taking a Memory Course
    2. FMM 571222 1442 National Prosperity Week

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