Audio Clips from the 1940's
These audio clips were broadcast over WVBR-AM, probably in 1948 or 1949. They feature Harry Goldschmidt '50, and were transcribed by Paul Goldschmidt from acetate recordings.
"World Government Week". Apparently there was a pacifist movement on campus, probably formed in the wake of World War II and specifically centered around the possibility of nuclear war. (1:39)
Cornell Independent Council. Mr. Goldschmidt is pseudonymously addressed by an unknown announcer as "John Jones". They discuss the functioning of the Independent Council. It evidently instituted a campus-wide bus service to help students get home during holidays, a tutoring service for students, and a newly-formed "introduction service" to help male and female students meet. (Some things don't change, do they?) (3:03)
News item about WHCU starting a TV station in the Ithaca area. (1:37)
Farm report - milk prices to milk producers. (0:53)
Cornell News Service Program - "Farm and Home Week" - bird's-foot trefoil, silage properties, the raising of calves. (3:53)
"Planning and Planting a Garden". This clip about a Cornell publication refers to a garden "in 1949" so it probably dates from early 1949. (1:03)
Paul Goldschmidt is a DJ on WHRW-FM, Binghamton. He writes:
"The acetates were very badly scratched, primarily by yours truly when I was much, much younger (about 4 years old). I played the discs constantly on my parents' portable phonograph, even though at the time I had no idea what the things Dad said on them were about. I wish I'd known then what I know now about the conservation of recordings! I applied as much de-clicking and de-noising as I could without introducing too many objectionable sonic artifacts."
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