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That Was the Year

is a fascinating radio show that dramatizes the major historical events between the years 1896-1934. Headlines include Spanish American War in Cuba, Volcano Mt Pelee destroys town of Saint Pierre, Republic of China established, and Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany. Every episode ends with a performance of a popular song from the year.

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Lusitania 1907

That was the Year is a fascinating radio show that dramatizes the major historical events between the years 1896-1934.  Surprisingly, the show was not done chronologically; one week aired a show about 1922 and the next 1910

VolcanoAdolf HitlerFeaturing headlines from World news throughout the early 20th century, the show was produced from the viewpoint of the show's creators in 1937 adding unique interest to modern listeners.   

Every episode ends with a performance of a popular song from the year from "Mandy Lee" in 1899 to "Roses of Picardy" in 1918 to "Lazy Bones" in 1933.  Spotlighting the Year's Ethereal chorus music at the beginning and end of the show is used as fill where local commercials would be added. 

Examples of the headlines include:

  • 1898 – Spanish American War in Cuba and the Philippines marked the US Navy as an leading role on the high seas.  Theodore Roosevelt and the Roughriders make a cameo.
  • 1902 – Volcano Mount Pelee destroys town of Saint Pierre in Martinique killing 30,000 people, Treaty of Vereeniging ended the Boer War in South Africa, Emile Zola dies from a plugged chimney, Edward VII crowned King of England after a bout with appendicitis
  • 1912 – Republic of China established, Teddy Roosevelt shot (his speech saved him), Titanic sinks, and jurors in the LA Times bombing case bribed
  • 1915 – 1st transcontinental telephone message, Lusitania sunk by German submarine, 1st Zepplin bomb raid over London, problem with gang violence in NYC
  • 1933 - Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany, 20the Ammerndment of the U.S. Constitution moving the inauguration date of the president from March to January abolishing "Lame Duck" session of congress, attempted assignation of president-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami Florida, earthquake in Long Beach California kills 117, The Dust Bowl hits the Midwestern states,  

See also: In Review and Great Moments in Radio History. For American historical drama, An American in England, American Trail, Cavalcade of America, Destination Freedom, Frontier Fighters, Norman Corwin Collection, Mr President, Science Magazine of the Air, You Are There, and The American History Collection.

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    39 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 38 min
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      39 shows - total playtime 9 hours 38 minutes
      1. That was the Year 370208 01 1907.mp3
      2. That was the Year 370215 02 1920.mp3
      3. That was the Year 370222 03 1904.mp3
      4. That was the Year 370301 04 1925.mp3
      5. That was the Year 370308 05 1913.mp3
      6. That was the Year 370315 06 1932.mp3
      7. That was the Year 370322 07 1900.mp3
      8. That was the Year 370329 08 1926.mp3
      9. That was the Year 370405 09 1909.mp3
      10. That was the Year 370412 10 1919.mp3
      11. That was the Year 370419 11 1896.mp3
      12. That was the Year 370426 12 1924.mp3
      13. That was the Year 370503 13 1914.mp3
      14. That was the Year 370510 14 1930.mp3
      15. That was the Year 370515 16 1928.mp3
      16. That was the Year 370517 15 1908.mp3
      17. That was the Year 370524 17 1903.mp3
      18. That was the Year 370531 18 1922.mp3
      19. That was the Year 370607 19 1910.mp3
      20. That was the Year 370614 20 1933.mp3
      21. That was the Year 370621 21 1901.mp3
      22. That was the Year 370628 22 1916.mp3
      23. That was the Year 370705 23 1906.mp3
      24. That was the Year 370712 24 1934.mp3
      25. That was the Year 370719 25 1897.mp3
      26. That was the Year 370726 26 1912.mp3
      27. That was the Year 370802 27 1927.mp3
      28. That was the Year 370809 28 1915.mp3
      29. That was the Year 370816 29 1921.mp3
      30. That was the Year 370823 30 1902.mp3
      31. That was the Year 370830 31 1918.mp3
      32. That was the Year 370906 32 1929.mp3
      33. That was the Year 370913 33 1899.mp3
      34. That was the Year 370920 34 1923.mp3
      35. That was the Year 370927 35 1905.mp3
      36. That was the Year 371004 36 1911.mp3
      37. That was the Year 371011 37 1898.mp3
      38. That was the Year 371018 38 1931.mp3
      39. That was the Year 371025 39 1917.mp3
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      39 shows - total playtime 9 hours 38 minutes
      1. That was the Year 370208 01 1907.mp3
      2. That was the Year 370215 02 1920.mp3
      3. That was the Year 370222 03 1904.mp3
      4. That was the Year 370301 04 1925.mp3
      5. That was the Year 370308 05 1913.mp3
      6. That was the Year 370315 06 1932.mp3
      7. That was the Year 370322 07 1900.mp3
      8. That was the Year 370329 08 1926.mp3
      9. That was the Year 370405 09 1909.mp3
      10. That was the Year 370412 10 1919.mp3
      11. That was the Year 370419 11 1896.mp3
      12. That was the Year 370426 12 1924.mp3
      13. That was the Year 370503 13 1914.mp3
      14. That was the Year 370510 14 1930.mp3
      15. That was the Year 370515 16 1928.mp3
      16. That was the Year 370517 15 1908.mp3
      17. That was the Year 370524 17 1903.mp3
      18. That was the Year 370531 18 1922.mp3
      19. That was the Year 370607 19 1910.mp3
      20. That was the Year 370614 20 1933.mp3
      21. That was the Year 370621 21 1901.mp3
      22. That was the Year 370628 22 1916.mp3
      23. That was the Year 370705 23 1906.mp3
      24. That was the Year 370712 24 1934.mp3
      25. That was the Year 370719 25 1897.mp3
      26. That was the Year 370726 26 1912.mp3
      27. That was the Year 370802 27 1927.mp3
      28. That was the Year 370809 28 1915.mp3
      29. That was the Year 370816 29 1921.mp3
      30. That was the Year 370823 30 1902.mp3
      31. That was the Year 370830 31 1918.mp3
      32. That was the Year 370906 32 1929.mp3
      33. That was the Year 370913 33 1899.mp3
      34. That was the Year 370920 34 1923.mp3
      35. That was the Year 370927 35 1905.mp3
      36. That was the Year 371004 36 1911.mp3
      37. That was the Year 371011 37 1898.mp3
      38. That was the Year 371018 38 1931.mp3
      39. That was the Year 371025 39 1917.mp3
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    39 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 9 hours, 38 min

    Disc A001

    1. That was the Year 370208 01 1907
    2. That was the Year 370215 02 1920
    3. That was the Year 370222 03 1904
    4. That was the Year 370301 04 1925

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    Disc A002

    1. That was the Year 370308 05 1913
    2. That was the Year 370315 06 1932
    3. That was the Year 370322 07 1900
    4. That was the Year 370329 08 1926

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    Disc A003

    1. That was the Year 370405 09 1909
    2. That was the Year 370412 10 1919
    3. That was the Year 370419 11 1896
    4. That was the Year 370426 12 1924

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    Disc A004

    1. That was the Year 370503 13 1914
    2. That was the Year 370510 14 1930
    3. That was the Year 370515 16 1928
    4. That was the Year 370517 15 1908

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    Disc A005

    1. That was the Year 370524 17 1903
    2. That was the Year 370531 18 1922
    3. That was the Year 370607 19 1910
    4. That was the Year 370614 20 1933

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    Disc A006

    1. That was the Year 370621 21 1901
    2. That was the Year 370628 22 1916
    3. That was the Year 370705 23 1906
    4. That was the Year 370712 24 1934

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    Disc A007

    1. That was the Year 370719 25 1897
    2. That was the Year 370726 26 1912
    3. That was the Year 370802 27 1927
    4. That was the Year 370809 28 1915

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    Disc A008

    1. That was the Year 370816 29 1921
    2. That was the Year 370823 30 1902
    3. That was the Year 370830 31 1918
    4. That was the Year 370906 32 1929

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    Disc A009

    1. That was the Year 370913 33 1899
    2. That was the Year 370920 34 1923
    3. That was the Year 370927 35 1905
    4. That was the Year 371004 36 1911

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    Disc A010

    1. That was the Year 371011 37 1898
    2. That was the Year 371018 38 1931
    3. That was the Year 371025 39 1917

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