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  • Introduction: Charles A. Levine
    as a pilot the other as a promoter Levine a 30 year old millionaire who had made his money buying and selling World War One surplus materiel had entered the competition for a 25 000 prize for the first person to complete a nonstop flight from New York to Paris Lindbergh beat him to it on May 20 1927 but the following day the young entrepreneur announced that his privately owned airplane would presently fly farther faster and with a mystery passenger aboard The pilot he stated would be one Clarence Chamberlin The mystery passenger remained a mystery On June 4 1927 thousands gathered at Roosevelt Field on Long Island New York to witness the takeoff While they waited Charles A Levine climbed into the back of his plane and had Chamberlin taxi him around the airfield No one thought much of it until the plane was halfway down the runway and gaining speed Suddenly it was clear The mystery passenger was none other than Levine himself The millionaire s wife fainted His children wept The press had a field day Forty two hours later Levine and Chamberlin ran out of gas and landed safely in a peasant s wheat

    Original URL path: http://www.yiddishradioproject.org/exhibits/levine/ (2016-02-13)
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  • The One-Man Radio Department: Victor Packer
    personality She was moving out of her house in Queens and wondered if Sapoznik might want to haul off some of the materials her husband had left behind Soon Sapoznik was making his way down the basement stairs that led to her late husband s office When he entered the room he was astounded Sapoznik had descended into a veritable King Tut s tomb of Yiddish radio where nothing appeared to have changed in decades All around were stacks of photos radio scripts and dozen and dozens of 16 acetate discs This was the legacy of Victor Packer an eccentric broadcaster whom the fates had granted a multi year license to transmit whatever boiled to the surface of his overheated imagination From the late 1930s to 1942 Victor Packer served as Jewish Program Director of Brooklyn s low budget station WLTH The title and function don t sound unusual until you listen to the discs in Packer s collection and begin to realize that Packer was WLTH s Jewish division His charge to fill as writer director host and anything else necessary four hours of radio a day in 15 minute increments each distinct from the last The one time Yiddish theater actor took to the challenge with a total lack of inhibition Ideas that sprang into his head one day were on the air the next In one segment listeners might hear him recite avant garde literary masterpieces like his epic sound poems about New York City life which presaged the beat poetry of 1950s America The recitation over Packer would metamorphose from bard to buffoon say as host of the Hammer s Beverage Program an insipid children s show on which Raisele and Sheyndele the Happy Twins sang cloying Yiddish and English ditties punctuated by senseless patter with

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  • Introduction: Rabbi Rubin's Court of the Air
    Peace and Justice the first court of the air From the late 1930s to 1956 Rabbi Shmuel Aaron Rubin the Director of the House of the Sages presided over a mediation court that convened in one of the synagogue s back rooms Flanked by distinguished members of the mediation court Rabbi Rubin adjudicated every kind of dispute imaginable from the complaints of abandoned parents to altercations over ill fitting sheets Rabbi Rubin s history on the Lower East Side dated to the early 1930s when he emigrated from Israel then Palestine Arriving in New York s Jewish enclave he was dismayed at the plight of the city s retired rabbis many of whom led impoverished lives To correct this sad situation Rabbi Rubin helped to raise money to support the House of Sages the first institution of its kind in America to provide retired Rabbis with a weekly stipend and a place to study To further the function of the House of Sages Rabbi Rubin began using it as a site for settling disputes within the community There was no charge to the plaintiffs and none of the panel s members received any compensation By the end of the 1930s the dealings of the Jewish American Board of Peace and Justice as the mediation court was called were being recorded and broadcast on Yiddish radio stations like WLTH and WEVD Plaintiffs who brought their cases to the Board were often too poor of unfamiliar with the American justice system to take their case to the state courts In Rabbi Rubin s court disputants could present their complaints in their own language and appeal for ethical justice as in the case of parents requiring support even where no legal issues pertained The Court s calendar was always booked and the surviving

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  • The Greedy Mother : Yiddish Radio Project
    Yiddish Thesaurus Listen to more of Stutchkoff s classic matzo commercials The Greedy Mother a radio drama by Nahum Stutchkoff This week we present The Greedy Mother one of the most memorable episodes of Nahum Stutchkoff s Round the Family Table a series that took listeners inside the tenements and homes of ordinary New York Jews Surprises abound in this WEVD broadcast from Feb 2 1940 an unlikely melding of

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  • The Boy Should Be Told: Yiddish Radio Project
    a letter to the Jewish Philosopher This week s gem is an extended excerpt from the advice show of C Israel Lutsky Better know to his listeners as the Jewish Philosopher Lutsky took to the air daily from 1931 to the mid 60s with a sheaf of letter from advice seeking listeners In this episode which begins with one of the Philosopher s hallmark pitches for Carnation Milk Lutsky considers

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  • My Town: Yiddish Radio Project
    air My Town a post war refugee drama First broadcast 55 years ago almost to the day on June 15 1947 My Town was among the first radio broadcasts to examine the difficulties faced by Holocaust survivors trying to rebuild their lives in America Sponsored by a Jewish relief agency and broadcast in English on WNYC the program aimed to move mainstream public opinion toward a more accepting view of

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  • Subway: Yiddish Radio Project
    s one man radio department See a movie of Victor Packer performing his poetry Subway a Dadaist sound poem by Victor Packer This week we take a voyage to New York City s sweltering underworld circa 1940 Our tour guide is Victor Packer sound poet extraordinaire and emperor of the airwaves at tiny Brooklyn station WLTH Poem translated by Henry Sapoznik Listen now to Subway with your RealPlayer See Gems

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  • It Happened This Week: Yiddish Radio Project
    the week s news from January 19 1941 The program which aired as part of the American Jewish Hour on New York s WHN dramatized quirky stories from the week s news In this episode Mayor LaGuardia publishes instructions on what to do in case of aerial bombardment Bella Futterman of 1450 Longfellow Avenue in the Bronx celebrates a new lease on life and French butchers rebel against their Nazi

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