Tuesday, December 07, 2010

When audio ruled

A little late, but it is indeed Pearl Harbor Day.  Long before the intertubes people tuned in their radios for the latest news.  Some of the live broadcasts here from WCAE radio (later to be renamed WTAE) are available here:

http://library.umkc.edu/spec-col/ww2/pearlharbor/radio.htm

Some of the Pittsburgh specific recordings on that page are:

Broadcast #3 This bulletin from Honolulu, heard over WCAE (Pittsburgh, PA) at 4:15 p.m. Eastern time, offers the first direct-contact report from Hawaii.

Broadcast #7 This newscast, heard over KDKA (Pittsburgh) at 4:30 p.m. eastern time, announces the immediate alert against both espionage and Japanese Americans, who were, according to the report, equally surprised and shocked by the attacks. and

Broadcast #11 By the time this broadcast was heard over Pittsburgh's KDKA at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, the nation was already on high alert against sabotage.

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