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  • Index of Commercials: Commercials on Yiddish Radio
    home EXHIBITS about gems store funding Back to story Photo 1 of 5 Next Adler Elevator Shoes 128 W 42nd Street Copyright 2002 Sound Portraits Productions All rights reserved

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  • "Joe and Paul": Commercials on Yiddish Radio
    store funding Back to story Photo 2 of 6 Previous Next Joe and Paul s Manhattan store was located at the corner of Stanton and Delancey Copyright 2002 Sound Portraits

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  • Siegbert Freiberg's Story: Reunion
    store funding Back to story Photo 2 of 8 Previous Next Photo by Harvey Wang Siegbert and Herta Freiberg outside their home in Middle Village Queens Copyright 2002 Sound Portraits

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  • Rediscovering the Remnants of Yiddish Radio: History of Yiddish Radio
    sale looking for old klezmer 78s But what Sapoznik wound up tripping over was far rarer a few dozen aluminum discs larger and more unusual than any he had ever seen On the worn away labels Sapoznik a native Yiddish speaker could make out some Yiddish writing WEVD WBNX Yiddish Melodies in Swing Stuhmer s Pumpernickel Program Life Is Funny with Harry Hirschfield Sponsored by Edelstein s Tuxedo Brand Cheese He gave Franklin the 30 in his pocket tracked down an old transcription disc turntable and sat down to listen to his find He put on the first disc A clear strong voice announced From atop the Loews State Theater Building the B Manischewitz Company world s largest matzo bakers happily presents Yiddish Melodies in Swing And the band launched into a raucous swinging rendition of the Passover song Dayenu It was simply unbelievable unlike anything I d ever heard Sapoznik recalls I felt like I was being transported back in time to this real living moment in history I was transfixed He was also hooked Sapoznik spent the next 17 years searching for more such surviving discs These discs were not your ordinary LPs or 78s They were transcriptions

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  • Restoring the Discs: History of Yiddish Radio
    under the best storage conditions acetate discs are notorious for exuding a greasy white film the most apparent sign of nitrocellulose acetate decomposition Under less than optimal conditions the acetate coating can shrink and crack like the surface of a desert floor Sometimes the acetate s hold on the aluminum disc becomes so fragile that the acetate coating lifts off as it is being played Once Henry Sapoznik joined forces with producer Dave Isay and Sound Portraits Productions to begin work on the Yiddish Radio Project Andy Lanset one of New York s premier sound preservationists was brought on to save the discs In his lab Lanset would start by examining each disc and choosing the cleaning method best suited to its condition Some just needed to have the grit and schmutz flushed from their grooves others had to be treated with special agents to replenish elements leached over time After cleaning the right stylus was selected for playback A stylus that is too narrow can damage a disc and one that s too wide won t get all the sound During playback three transfers were made a reel to reel archival master a compact disc and a reference DAT

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  • Jews in Mainstream Media: History of Yiddish Radio
    circa 1919 1923 Mr Schlepperman from The Jack Benny Show Oct 10 1937 Mr Kitzel from The Jack Benny Show Dec 21 1947 Mrs Pansy Nussbaum from The Fred Allen Show Jan 11 1945 Luigi Basco from Life with Luigi Apr 3 1949 Jews in Mainstream Media Overtly Jewish characters were not confined to Yiddish radio They were also a staple of mainstream shows Mrs Pansy Nussbaum was a regular on The Fred Allen Show as were Mr Schlepperman and Mr Kitzel on The Jack Benny Show Unlike the varied dynamic Jewish personages heard on Yiddish radio though these characters tended to be remarkable above all for their overblown accents and love of exotic foods like herring The model for these Jewish stereotypes was a series of 78 rpm records cut between the late teens and early 20s that featured the character of Mr Cohen an exaggeratedly malapropistic Jew who could barely make himself understood Another stereotypical Jewish character was that of the wise elder like Papa David Solomon in Life Can Be Beautiful who usually came off sounding like everyone s idea of an Old Testament sage Such characterizations were not racist per se just stereotypical much like the

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  • The Yiddish Radio Dial: History of Yiddish Radio
    story Photo 1 of 6 Next Libby s Hotel was the site of the first known Yiddish radio broadcast The Libby Hotel Hour in 1926 The hotel stood at the intersection of Chrystie and Delancey streets on the Lower East

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  • "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen": Yiddish Melodies in Swing
    1932 Yiddish musical that opened and closed in one season Fast forward to 1937 Lyricist Sammy Cahn and pianist Lou Levy were catching a show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem when two black performers called Johnnie and George took the stage singing Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen in Yiddish The crowd went wild Cahn and Levy couldn t believe their ears Sensing a hit Cahn convinced his employer at Warner Music to purchase the rights to the song from the Kammen Brothers the twin team music entrepreneurs who had bought the tune from Secunda a few years back for the munificent sum of 30 Cahn gave Bei Mir a set of fresh English lyrics and presented it to a trio of Lutheran sisters whose orchestra leader oddly enough named Vic Schoen had a notion of how to swing it The Andrews Sisters debut 78 rpm for the Decca label hit almost immediately The era of Yiddish swing had begun Bei Mir would soon be covered by virtually every pop and jazz artist of the age and was even retranslated into French Swedish Russian and German The song was a hit in Hitler s Germany until the Nazi Party discovered

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