15 August 2012

Schwartz Celebration, Pt. 1 - Airs Aug 15th

If you love people who love radio, don't miss this show. It's a profile of "the wizard of sound," Tony Schwartz, an innovative and inspired sound gatherer. Mr. Schwartz would have been celebrating his 89th birthday on August 19th; he died in 2008.
Favorite Sounds by Tony Schwartz

From the Recorded Sounds Reference Center at the Library of Congress, we'll hear Tony asking speakers from the Jewish Guild for the Blind to describe their favorite sounds. A montage of recordings of some of these sounds follows.

30,000 Recordings Later
by The Kitchen Sisters
For over 55 years Tony assembled a vast collection of audio-visual materials from other folklorists all around the world. Along with collecting tape he recorded a lot too - a genuine radio pioneer. He is said to have created the first portable tape recorder. Schwartz’s life-long interest in people, events, and music led him to record hours of the sounds of urban life. The Kitchen Sisters comb through that vast collection and give us a fantastic glimpse of its contents. Get ready for an earful.

"The best thing about radio is that people were born without earlids. You can't close your ears to it." - Tony Schwartz

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