Posted: 02 Nov 2013 12:49 PM PDT
Welcome to history on radio from The Massachusetts Observer in Southbridge, Massachusetts.
As many of you know, I also have a site called Southbridge Old Time Radio that presents entertaining programs from radio's Golden Age. So why create another radio site?
There are a number of programs that are more political in nature, and The Massachusetts Observer has generally featured political content. In order to separate the political from the non-political, two separate sites are necessary. Those going to Southbridge Old Time Radio can do so knowing that it is purely for pleasant listening.
On the other hand, those turning to The Massachusetts Observer Radio will know that the content is always meant to present historic content which may often be political in nature. The Massachusetts Observer Radio is committed to presenting content representing all historic views that can be found; today's program, the first Massachusetts Observer Radio program provides a solid example.
This broadcast is from 1935, the year before an important Presidential election. The series is titled "America's Town Meeting of the Air." The topic for discussion at this New England-type Town Meeting is "Has The New Deal Promoted or Retarded Business Recovery?" The program features two speakers: Speaking against Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal is Merwin K. Hart, President of the New York State Economical Council, and taking the pro New Deal side is Alabama's United States Senator Hugo L. Black.
The recording is unedited except for the removal of long gaps of silence in the original recording. We hope that those listeners who want to consider some historical perspectives from primary sources for many of the same issues present in our own time will appreciate the fair and balanced approach evident in the broadcast.
The Town Crier is passing by. Let's go into the Town Hall now.
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