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  • "Joe and Paul": Commercials on Yiddish Radio
    the early 30s Kofsky a dapper man with a penchant for paper neckties held sway over a successful chain with new locations in Manhattan and the Bronx Sartorial success aside Kofsky had a greater ambition to rub shoulders with the Yiddish stars of the day He made his dream come true in 1936 by walking into WLTH s studio and hiring the station s musical director Yiddish theater composer Sholom Secunda to write a song advertising his store As for the singing Kofsky would handle that himself For the next decade Kofsky spent most of his days shuttling between stations to perform his jingle live on the air and to talk theater shop with his fellow performers The ad became more than ubiquitous to many listeners Joe and Paul was Yiddish radio So it happened that a young comedian named Aaron Chwatt who later became Red Buttons used Joe and Paul as the basis for an extended Borscht Belt parody of Yiddish radio His routine centered on the fictitious station WBVD whose programming consisted of commercials interrupted by more commercials each sillier than the last For listeners of Yiddish radio the send up hit home Called to service in World

    Original URL path: http://www.yiddishradioproject.org/exhibits/commercials/commercials.php3?pg=3 (2016-02-13)
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  • Siegbert Freiberg's Story: Reunion
    show presented by the Mutual Broadcasting Company featured a survivor of Nazi terror telling his story The program Reunion was sponsored by the United Service for New Americans a Jewish philanthropic organization aimed at reforming the 1924 anti immigration laws that continued to keep Jews and other Eastern Europeans from the safe haven of America By masking its grave mission in the guise of popular entertainment the organization struck the only blow it could against the Fourth Estate s stonewalling of Third Reich abominations The format of Reunion like the popular radio series Queen for a Day was to bring together live on the air people whose reconnections would hit home with listeners On July 6 1947 those connections were diverse a Sgt Miles Riley was reunited with his wife one Bill Clemis of Albany N Y came face to face with a childhood friend from India Ezra Henry Aldrich Stone planned a reunion party for his class from the School of Dramatic Arts in New York and in a story unlike anything heard on radio before or since the holocaust survivor Siegbert Freiberg was reunited with his beloved father In its final episode the Yiddish Radio Project reexamines that

    Original URL path: http://www.yiddishradioproject.org/exhibits/reunion/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Yiddish Radio Project: Live! Tour
    For tickets which are 25 call 917 606 8200 Monday March 18 2002 8 00 pm Symphony Space Co sponsored by WNYC For tickets which are 25 call 212 864 5400 or visit tickets com Philadelphia Monday April 1 2002 2 00 pm 7 00 pm Prince Music Theater Co sponsored by WHYY For tickets which are 30 25 for groups of ten or more or for members of WHYY or the Prince Music Theater call UpStages at 215 569 9700 or buy them on line For group sales call 215 972 1005 Los Angeles Monday April 15 2002 8 00 pm Skirball Center Co sponsored by KCRW and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture For tickets which are 25 21 for members of KCRW call 323 655 8587 San Francisco Tuesday April 16 2002 8 00 pm Palace of Fine Arts Theater Co sponsored by KQED the Magnes Museum and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture For tickets which are 25 19 for members of KQED or the Magnes Museum call 415 392 4400 or visit tickets com Boston Tuesday April 23 2002 8 00 pm Coolidge Corner Movie Theater Co sponsored by WBUR For tickets which are 25 20 for members of WBUR call 617 734 2500 Chicago Thursday April 25 2002 8 00 pm North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie Co sponsored by WBEZ and the Third Coast International Audio Festival For tickets which are 30 25 25 20 for members of WBEZ call 847 673 6300 or buy them on line New York Tuesday May 21 2002 7 00 pm Museum of Jewish Heritage SOLD OUT The Hosts Henry Sapoznik MC The foremost historian of Yiddish radio Henry is also a leader of the klezmer revival author of the award winning book Klezmer Jewish Music From Old World to Our World Schirmer Books founder of KlezKamp The Yiddish Folk Arts Program and a Grammy nominated record producer and performer David Isay Host Y iddish Radio Project co producer David Isay has won every major award in radio broadcasting including three Peabody Awards and a MacArthur genius Fellowship The Band Peter Sokolow Piano and Musical Director The premier Yiddish pianist and orchestrator of classic Yiddish music he has been featured in every major documentary on klezmer music He is the most important link to the last generation of Yiddish music greats Pete is 62 years old and lives in Brooklyn New York All peformances Paul Pincus Alto Sax Paul studied music at Julliard and went on to become a favored studio musician from NBC to WEVD He is the only man alive to have played with both of klezmer s great 20th century clarinetists Dave Tarras and Naftule Brandwein Paul is 84 years old and lives in Old Bridge New Jersey All peformances Ray Musiker Clarinet A third generation klezmer clarinetist known for his work with his late brother Sam on the legendary 1956 klezmer LP Tanz Ray s most recent klezmer recording is

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  • C. Israel Lutsky, the Jewish Philosopher: The Jewish Philosopher
    one of the most beloved and listened to figures from the golden age of Yiddish radio No other radio personality delved so deeply into the personal lives of his listeners From men lamenting overextended family business to women bemoaning no good children Yiddish speakers of all stripes solicited Lutsky s counsel on issues too sensitive for the ears of friends and relatives His pronouncements on their fate veered in tenor from the singsong melody of Torah study to the gravity of an Old Testament patriarch in no way averse to sputtering rage That the letters he expounded upon were written by his copywriter never diluted the strength of his convictions or his determination to see his advice followed to a T Short pugnacious and dapper to the point of risibility the cigar chomping Lutsky was an entertainer above all else The C in his name stood for cantor a role in which he had early success before going on to become an amateur pugilist a vaudevillian a socialist organizer a cub reporter and ultimately a radio personality In this long lived function he demonstrated a hypnotist s talent in bringing his correspondents to life in listeners minds turning private grief

    Original URL path: http://www.yiddishradioproject.org/exhibits/lutsky/ (2016-02-13)
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  • The Philosopher's Magazine and League: The Jewish Philosopher
    Biographical Sketch Bulletin of Recent Events An Open Letter to Advertisers Lutsky letter suggests controversy in the League Love letter a league member s unrequited love The Philosopher s Magazine and League In 1937 in a bid to capitalize on the success of his radio show and his growing stature among listeners C Israel Lutsky launched the Jewish Philosopher s League Incorporated an organization that is truly a Cultural and Spiritual Cult and The Jewish Philosopher magazine its house organ Promising a successful challenge to loneliness of the heart loneliness of the soul loneliness of the spirit the league was in essence a matchmaking service built around the magnetic personality of its leader Having paid the 10 initiation fee and 5 annual dues league members could attend sponsored activities like dances amateur drama classes and boat rides If the balance sheet totted up positive for Lutsky no tally exists on aching hearts salved by the venture Evidence does however exist that at least one heart was broken by the Jewish Philosopher s League treasurer Morris Shimshak see letter A little while later Shimshak found himself on the outs following a squabble with Lutsky about matters financial Endorsements of the league

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  • Contact us at the Yiddish Radio Project
    memories and thoughts about Yiddish radio and the Yiddish Radio Project by e mailing us at feedback yiddishradioproject org Please note that the Yid O Matic does not currently display text on newer versions of RealPlayer for Mac We are

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  • The Yiddish Crooner: Seymour Rexite
    of 5 Next Seymour Rexite né Rechtzeit began his career as a child star His solo command performance at the White House so moved President Coolidge that he granted the Wonder Boy s request to let his mother and sisters

    Original URL path: http://www.yiddishradioproject.org/exhibits/rexite/?content=photos&pg=1 (2016-02-13)
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  • Commercials on Yiddish radio: Commercials on Yiddish Radio
    landed accounts from brand name sponsors like Manischewitz Hebrew National and Campbell s Soup But smaller stations like Brooklyn s WLTH and WBBC were perpetually having to go into the community to rustle up business from mom and pop stores on the Lower East Side and along Pitkin Avenue in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn Much to their listeners dismay these stations often filled as much as 50 percent of

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