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Remembering 1960

In the year 1960, it felt as though the future was about to begin as a new President would be elected, but it was also a year with many changes in Radio.

31 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 12 hours, 15 min)
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The decade of the Fifties were some very good times for America. We were filled with self-congratulations for not only beating the Fascist menace during the Second World War, but the country came out of the War in pretty good financial shape. In fact, prosperity was there for just about everyone. This was partly due to the fact that for most of the decade, the same people who led us through the War were still in charge. Sure, Truman didn't really come onto the scene until the War was nearly won but he kept things rolling, and Ike had the experience to manage whatever might come along.

What was coming along was the future, and there seemed to be every reason to believe it would be a bright one. Politically, the torch was about to be passed from the generation which led the War effort to the generation which actually fought it. A relative newcomer to the National stage was a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, the son of America's former ambassador to Great Britain and a veteran who had been heroically wounded in combat in the South Pacific, John F. Kennedy. Opposing Kennedy on the Republican ticket was Eisenhower's heir-apparent, Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Also a WWII vet, Nixon served in the South Seas as a Naval logistics officer for South Pacific Air Transport Command. As Vice President, Nixon fielded several tough foreign and domestic tasks for Eisenhower, demonstrating his political capabilities. https://www.otrcat.com/atomic-radio-and-the-cold-war-radioFor all his experience and qualifications for the Presidency, when he faced Kennedy in what would be the first televised Presidential debates, he simply looked uncomfortable and unattractive under the bright studio lights, especially in comparison to the youthful and good looking Kennedy.

A member of the British Ministry of Colonies prophesied in January that 1950 would be "The Year of Africa" because many states seemed to be on the edge of declaring independence from their former colonial masters. The former colonial powers had a tough time in the aftermath of WWII, and independence movements began to flourish across the dark continent. The number of independent nations in Africa rose from nine to twenty-six by the end of the year as Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom all lost colonies. Some of the former colonies maintained at east cultural ties with their former masters, but in many cases, the new nations were determined to regain the power and influence they enjoyed before the domination of outsiders. From a The Cold War perspective, there were some fears in the West that any political turmoil would be an opportunity for Soviet adventurism.

USS Triton

The Cold War did not go away in 1960, both sides seemed to be waiting for the results of the Presidential Election before making any major moves. In May, Soviet surface-to-air missiles brought down a U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers. The pilot was captured and convicted of espionage in a Moscow court. Also in May, the nuclear submarine-USS Triton completed the first underwater circumnavigation of the globe.

In radio, the "Payola Scandal" led to the National Association of Broadcasters announcement in January that fines could be charged against disk jockeys who accepted money from record companies to "push" certain songs on their shows. The scandal did a great deal of harm to the reputation of early Rock and Roll promoter Alan Freed. Scandals involving Rock and Roll music helped to further solidify the popularity of the Grand Ol' Opry, which had been on the air since 1925 (and continues to be broadcast every Saturday). Airing almost as long, Amos 'n' Andy's last broadcast as the Amos 'n' Andy Music Hall was on November 25. The TV version of Have Gun – Will Travel would remain on the air until the end of the 1963 season, but the radio version was also canceled in November of 1960. One of the greatest radio Westerns of them all, Gunsmoke, was entering what would be its last season, although the TV version would go on until 1975, with twenty seasons it would be one of the longest running scripted programs on TV. Actor Bob Bailey, widely considered "the best of the Johnny Dollars" left the show at the end of the season, leaving Bob Readick and Mandel Kramer to complete the run.

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    31 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 12 hours, 15 min
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      31 shows - total playtime 12 hours 15 minutes
      1. Aircheck Radio Jingles.1960s.mp3
      2. Alan Freed 1960s Kday.mp3
      3. Amos And Andy Music Hall 601125 Last Show.mp3
      4. Amos Andy 600200 Phone Call From Mimi.mp3
      5. Amos Andy 601125 Last Episode.mp3
      6. Bob Ray 600119 147 Good Neighbor Award.mp3
      7. Breakfast Club 600902 Inc Show Recorded For Afrs Xm.mp3
      8. Commercia 1960 Hey There White Rock Girl.mp3
      9. Conelrad Promotional 45 1960.mp3
      10. Grand Ole Opry 600130.mp3
      11. Grand Ole Opry 600206.mp3
      12. Guest Star 600313 0677 Youre Sweetheart.mp3
      13. Guns 600918 Ep411 Two Mothers.mp3
      14. Guns 601127 Ep451 Dirt.mp3
      15. Jfk600926 First Kennedy Nixon Debate.mp3
      16. Melody Roundup 600000 Nobody's Sweetheart.mp3
      17. News 600730 Wor Jean Shepherd Tropical Storm Brenda Hits Ny.mp3
      18. News 600903 Congo Cold War Cubaussr Trade.mp3
      19. News 600923 Un Radio Nikita Khrushchev Addres Gen Assembly.mp3
      20. News 601231 Special Projection 61.mp3
      21. Paf 600513 Tammy Merrihue 1.mp3
      22. Psa Civil Defense Stars Defense One Chinese Schoolboy 1960.mp3
      23. Psa Civil Defense Stars For Defense 1960.mp3
      24. Susp 600103 834 Zero Hour.mp3
      25. Susp 600710 861 Report From Dead Planet.mp3
      26. Susp 601113 Man Who Murders People.mp3
      27. This Is Jazz 600219 008 Austin High Gang Afr.mp3
      28. Whispering Steeets 1960 New Woman.mp3
      29. Ytjd 601009 709 Recompense Afrts.mp3
      30. Ytjd 601120 715 Double Deal.mp3
      31. Ytjd 601204 717 Earned Income Afrts.mp3
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    31 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 12 hours, 15 min
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      31 shows - total playtime 12 hours 15 minutes
      1. Aircheck Radio Jingles.1960s.mp3
      2. Alan Freed 1960s Kday.mp3
      3. Amos And Andy Music Hall 601125 Last Show.mp3
      4. Amos Andy 600200 Phone Call From Mimi.mp3
      5. Amos Andy 601125 Last Episode.mp3
      6. Bob Ray 600119 147 Good Neighbor Award.mp3
      7. Breakfast Club 600902 Inc Show Recorded For Afrs Xm.mp3
      8. Commercia 1960 Hey There White Rock Girl.mp3
      9. Conelrad Promotional 45 1960.mp3
      10. Grand Ole Opry 600130.mp3
      11. Grand Ole Opry 600206.mp3
      12. Guest Star 600313 0677 Youre Sweetheart.mp3
      13. Guns 600918 Ep411 Two Mothers.mp3
      14. Guns 601127 Ep451 Dirt.mp3
      15. Jfk600926 First Kennedy Nixon Debate.mp3
      16. Melody Roundup 600000 Nobody's Sweetheart.mp3
      17. News 600730 Wor Jean Shepherd Tropical Storm Brenda Hits Ny.mp3
      18. News 600903 Congo Cold War Cubaussr Trade.mp3
      19. News 600923 Un Radio Nikita Khrushchev Addres Gen Assembly.mp3
      20. News 601231 Special Projection 61.mp3
      21. Paf 600513 Tammy Merrihue 1.mp3
      22. Psa Civil Defense Stars Defense One Chinese Schoolboy 1960.mp3
      23. Psa Civil Defense Stars For Defense 1960.mp3
      24. Susp 600103 834 Zero Hour.mp3
      25. Susp 600710 861 Report From Dead Planet.mp3
      26. Susp 601113 Man Who Murders People.mp3
      27. This Is Jazz 600219 008 Austin High Gang Afr.mp3
      28. Whispering Steeets 1960 New Woman.mp3
      29. Ytjd 601009 709 Recompense Afrts.mp3
      30. Ytjd 601120 715 Double Deal.mp3
      31. Ytjd 601204 717 Earned Income Afrts.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    31 recordings on 12 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 48 min

    1960 Disc A001

    1. Aircheck Radio Jingles.1960s
    2. Alan Freed 1960s Kday
    3. Commercia 1960 Hey There White Rock Girl
    4. Conelrad Promotional 45 1960
    5. Psa Civil Defense Stars Defense One Chinese Schoolboy 1960
    6. Psa Civil Defense Stars For Defense 1960
    7. Whispering Steeets 1960 New Woman
    8. Melody Roundup 600000 Nobody's Sweetheart

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    1960 Disc A002

    1. Susp 600103 834 Zero Hour
    2. Bob Ray 600119 147 Good Neighbor Award
    3. Grand Ole Opry 600130

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    1960 Disc A003

    1. Amos Andy 600200 Phone Call From Mimi
    2. Grand Ole Opry 600206

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    1960 Disc A004

    1. This Is Jazz 600219 008 Austin High Gang Afr
    2. Guest Star 600313 0677 Youre Sweetheart

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    1960 Disc A005

    1. Paf 600513 Tammy Merrihue 1
    2. Susp 600710 861 Report From Dead Planet

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    1960 Disc A006

    1. Breakfast Club 600902 Inc Show Recorded For Afrs Xm
    2. News 600903 Congo Cold War Cubaussr Trade
    3. Guns 600918 Ep411 Two Mothers

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    1960 Disc A007

    1. News 600923 Un Radio Nikita Khrushchev Addres Gen Assembly

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    1960 Disc A008

    1. Jfk600926 First Kennedy Nixon Debate

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    1960 Disc A009

    1. Ytjd 601009 709 Recompense Afrts
    2. Susp 601113 Man Who Murders People

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    1960 Disc A010

    1. Ytjd 601120 715 Double Deal
    2. Amos And Andy Music Hall 601125 Last Show
    3. Amos Andy 601125 Last Episode

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    1960 Disc A011

    1. Guns 601127 Ep451 Dirt
    2. Ytjd 601204 717 Earned Income Afrts

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    1960 Disc A012

    1. News 601231 Special Projection 61

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