Monday, February 03, 2014

Listen to Jackie Robinson's Radio Shots - A Vintage Radio Broadcast

I can't believe I hadn't run into this before.

Jackie Robinson used to host a radio show called 'Jackie Robinson's Radio Shots', and what looks like a complete archive of its recordings are available for everyone to hear.

I couldn't find much information about the show itself, so I have no idea what network it was on.  From what I can tell, it started in the late 1950's, and likely ran for a few years.  The broadcast was about 4 1/2 minutes long; including a local intro, outro and commercials.  The interview,s themselves, were edited to be about 3 minutes long.  Jackie would interview all kinds of different folks; from an US Army General to Satchel Paige.

Fortunately, a couple of folks took some of the original recordings and put it on YouTube.  Check some of those out below.  Also, the Old Time Radio Researchers Group (OTRRG) has a website that has 90 episodes available for free download and listening.  Go here to their website.

I spent all weekend listening to each one.  My favorites were his interviews with Don Drysdale, Ed Sullivan, Satchel Paige, Al Schacht and his editorial on the art of stealing home.

Wow!  This is why the Internet is so great.  There is so much stuff out there to discover.

Jackie speaks with golfer Tommy Armour.

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Pic at the very top via Wikimedia Commons-public domain photograph.

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