Golden Star Radio Company was a Chinese language radio station in San
Francisco's Chinatown. Last time I looked the old sign outside was
still there. I don't know how many records they pressed (or any
details), but I have at least 1 or 2 78s. They were also involved a
little with publishing. And we're not talking about Communists here.
"During the war years I wrote and broadcast a program in English
beamed to the Philippines. I would go to a place called the Golden
Star Radio Company on Clay Street. It was a Chinese radio shop. In the
basement there was a recording studio. The Office of War Information
rented that studio. Tommy Tong was the owner, I remember. A nice young
His wife [May Chinn Tong] used to read broadcasts in Mandarin and also
in Cantonese. I also wrote the introductions to these broadcasts in
English. She would translate them. It was mostly playing Chinese
operas with a few propaganda messages. At that studio every day I
recorded broadcasts to the Philippines"
Sidney Roger, -A Liberal Journalist On the Air and On the Waterfront:
Labor and Political Issues, 1932-1990
> Actually, there was a San Francisco book store and distributor which was the major importer and re-seller of books
> and records from Communist China. Don't know if they are involved in this label
Nope, that was China Books, which used to be on 24th Street in the Mission.
>>> I am being asked for any info about a red-labeled 78, with "Golden
>>> as the commercial name across the top (in curved caps). The yellow/gold
>>> star in question (at the top) has 5 points.
>>> Most of the yellowish characters on the label are in Chinese, but at
>>> bottom edge, it says, "Golden Star Radio Company, San Francisco,
>>> California, USA." The even smaller letters below that are apparently
>>> misprinted as: "Red US Pat Off."
>>> Any clues? At the left, it has "1551" (at 9 o'clock) and at the right
>>> o'clock), "GS-160-A".