‘The Golden Age of New York’s Radio Disc Jockeys’ Webinar
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While radio broadcasters were filling the airwaves with live and pre-recorded tunes throughout the early 20th century, it wasn’t until the 1930s when they went from quiet hosts behind the record player to vocal personalities who could singlehandedly make or break an artist’s career. It’s time we rewind back to the Golden Age of radio to uncover the lasting legacy of early New York radio disc jockeys and their influence over the American music industry.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the history of New York radio through six popular radio disc jockeys during the 1940s and 1950s, and the powerful gatekeepers they became for artists looking to make it big on the national stage.
Led by music preservationist Roger Hall, our virtual experience surrounding New York’s influential early radio disc jockeys will include:
- A discussion around the evolution of the radio disc jockey, and why New York would become the national hub for the industries most famous personalities
- A close look at some of New York’s most popular radio disc jockeys, from WNEW’s Martin Block and William B. Williams, to WINS’ Alan Freed (“The Father of Rock n’ Roll) and Murray Kaufman (“Murray the K”)
- A review of Douglas “Jocko” Henderson, who was one of the first Afro-American disc jockeys to use rhyming jive talk (which later became rap)
- Stories of Roger’s personal conversations with Bill Randle, named by TIME Magazine as “Top Jock in America” who’s credited with helping launch the career of Elvis Presley
- The era’s most prominent songwriters, like New York-born lyricist Sammy Cahn (who received four Oscars and one Emmy for his songs, all of them recorded by Frank Sinatra) and songwriter Otis Blackwell (who wrote some of Elvis Presley’s biggest hits in the 1950s)
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Roger — any and all questions about early disc jockeys in New York are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually!
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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
Roger Lee Hall is a music preservationist and a former disc jockey who has been active in music for over 50 years. He is the author of eight volumes in the Memories and Music series. One of them features his memories listening to New York radio titled, “Peace-Lovin’ Blues”: Raised on Rock n’ Roll. In the 1970s he worked for Bill Randle as his teaching assistant at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Currently, Roger is Director of the Center for American Music Preservation (CAMP), which seeks to keep alive music from America’s past. He has also worked extensively with old recordings and is also director of the American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA). For over 30 years he has been Director of the Sammy Film Music Awards, named in honor of Sammy Cahn. These awards are named for the best recordings of each year and are the longest-running awards for this music.
His official website is located at: www.rogerleehall.com.Buy tickets/get more info now