On Monday, September 26, 1949, WCAU's Hal Moore interviewed the legendary Al Jolson. Also, part way through this conversation, WCAU announcer (who later became News Director) Charles Shaw joins in with a very brief conversation with Mrs. Jolson.
Remember that radio during this period had a lot of short broadcasts. This program is less than ten minutes in duration, but there's tons of information crammed packed into this short time period.
Our original source material was a WCAU Radio 16" transcription disc. We believe that the interview was recorded live onto the disc. When the program aired live at a later date, Moore simply introduced the piece. What we have here is the original recorded interview. During the summer of 2010, we re-did the audio. It is now available in both Real Audio and Windows Media formats. Also, the sound quality is far superior to what was previously offered.
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From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Photo originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Mike Muderick
Audio originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Gerry Wilkinson
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