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  • Rediscovering the Remnants of Yiddish Radio: History of Yiddish Radio
    Back to story Photo 1 of 5 Next Dan Peck Musician historian and Yiddish Radio Project co producer Henry Sapoznik has spent the last 17 years tracking down the last remnants from the golden age of Yiddish radio Copyright 2002

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  • Brooklyn Yiddish Radio, 1925-1946
    to appear on the triweeekly Stanton Street Clothiers program where they hawked garments from the Lower East Side haberdashery consortium He also signed cantor Leybele Waldman the famed Radio Cantor to star in a weekly request program Other stations had their own rosters Over at tiny WCNW in Brownsville a weekly talent show called The Parkway Theater Program featured the well known actress and star Madame Bertha Hart A genial Yiddish speaking Margaret Dumont Madame Hart offered her mike to a wide swatch of local Brooklyn talent The hostess s regular exaltations of wonderful and magnificent following every guest performance regardless of quality underscored the show s local feel After her guests performed Madame Hart reminded listeners that they were for hire and repeated their addresses and phone numbers numerous times The Parkway Theater Program that aired November 11 1936 demonstrated unintentionally that most performers and audiences were recent immigrants Programming on this date was to celebrate the eighteenth anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I After using a bit of Kabballistic ciphering to cite the eighteenth anniversary in relation to its Hebrew equivalent of Life and peace Madame Hart exhorted her guests to sing the Star Spangled Banner After the first few bars however it became clear that although everyone knew the melody nobody knew the words WCNW also featured live broadcasts from the stage of the Parkway Theater of the works of Jacob Jacobs the lyricist of the crossover hit Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn These broadcasts surviving today on deteriorating sixteen inch aluminum discs are the only known live examples of Yiddish theater in its prime The variety and quality of these local shows were ably chronicled by the first publication to take an interest in Yiddish radio the English language weekly Brooklyn Jewish Examiner The paper offered its readers program listings highlights of upcoming shows of Jewish interest and features on Jewish radio personalities Most important it ran a regular radio column by Dial Settings a k a Sam Brown a fierce and vinegary critic who vividly documented the relationship between the Jewish community of Brooklyn and radio broadcasters and advertisers Despite its acidic critic the Examiner soon had its own show on WLTH Aired on Sundays in mid 1931 The Examiner program featured noted rabbis from across the borough repeating the sermons they d offered their congregations the previous day The Examiner program later moved to WBBC and then to WFOX During its heyday in the 1930s fans of Yiddish programs could tune in to hear their native language on fifteen minute programs any day of the week Monday nights at 9 30 WLTH would air Songs of Israel sponsored by Horowitz Margareten matzos Listeners were encouraged to write in to receive their free bilingual Yiddish English Songs of Israel songbook WCNW aired Jewish Science Talk on Wednesdays at 12 30 sponsored by Max Bernstein a furrier at 507 Nostrand Avenue A weekly address by the Jewish communal leader Gustave Hartman followed Thursday mornings

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  • Restoring the Discs: History of Yiddish Radio
    looked like this when first found The white film on the surface is not dust but a chemical exuded from the disc itself and is the most apparent sign of nitrocellulose acetate decomposition The shiny patches at the top left

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  • The Yiddish Radio Dial: History of Yiddish Radio
    to story Photo 2 of 6 Previous Next The McAlpin Hotel at the corner of 34th Street and Broadway in Manhattan was the home of radio station WEVD from 1932 1938 The station subsequently moved to 117 West 46th Street

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  • "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen": Yiddish Melodies in Swing
    to story Photo 1 of 6 Next Sholom Secunda originally composed Bei Mir Bistu Du Schoen for the Yiddish musical Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht I Would If I Could which opened and closed in one season Copyright

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  • "Boro Mother Prays for Son Who Sold Song Hit for $30"
    song called Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen which today is making a fortune for its publishers J and J Kammen Secunda yielded his rights in 1933 Sammy Kahn and Saul Chaplin put English lyrics to it and revised it into swing tempo early this Summer and the rest is making tin pan alley history Freely translated Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen means You Are Beautiful to Me But his mother

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  • "But If an Irishman Sings a Jewish Song It's Going to..."
    George Gershwin might never have written Rhapsody in Blue George you see originally wanted to team up with me to write songs for the Yiddish theater but I turned down his idea and he wound up as a song plugger at Remick s from where he progressed to writing for Broadway musicals More seriously Secunda can boast that he helped launch the Andrews Sisters on their way to success It was their recording of his song Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen that rescued the trio from the obscurity of 25 club dates and springboarded them to their current eminence Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen incidentally says Secunda was a great favorite under Hitler until someone pointed out it was written by the composer of The Jewish Song which we are now featuring in Bagels and Yox A graduate of the Julliard School of Music Secunda who came here with his family from Russia at the age of 12 has turned out more than 60 operettas and over 1 000 songs not counting his religious symphonic and chamber music Local residents also know him as musical director of the Brooklyn Jewish Center According to Secunda many types of music including Gregorian

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  • Tarras and Brandwein: Yiddish Melodies in Swing
    1 of 4 Next Naftule Brandwein the self styled King of Jewish Music in a photo from the 1950s Between 1924 and 1927 Brandwein recorded some twenty four discs But New World musical tastes gradually eclipsed Brandwein s Old World

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