I raise this subject once again because the Archive seems to be
ignoring emails of enquiry. Could it be that the said glass disc
shattered into millions of fragments and ended up in the trash can.
If so I wonder what efforts there have been to try and track down an
extant recording - likely off-air - of the disc's contents. It would
be a shame to lose this recording for good.
On 17/07/2014, CJB <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Does anyone know if they are gong to try and repair the broken discs
> of the Radio Ballad maybe using Irene. I emailed them but they never
> replied. Chris B.
> The first of these, The Man Who Went to War, was written by Langston
> Hughes and starred Canada Lee, Paul Robeson, and Ethel Waters. Alan
> Lomax helped select the music. Bridson described this as one of the
> most popular programs he ever had on the air, “being heard by millions
> on its first broadcast alone” (Bridson, 1971, p. 111). Sadly, the
> glass masters for the program were accidentally broken before they
> could be preserved on tape.