Radio historians to address historical society




News from far-off wars and the latest in contemporary music were broadcast into homes over the radio, during the 1940s.

News from far-off wars and the latest in contemporary music were broadcast into homes over the radio, during the 1940s.

Many Blount Countians remember a time when the family radio was their primary connection to the outside world. In the early 1940s, we would gather around the crackling, wheezing, battery-powered Philco to listen to Gabriel Heatter relay the latest “war news.”

Following the news, we could curtail our fears by listening to jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, or the antics of Spike Jones and his City Slickers band. For brief moments, mom could forget that her sons were in grave danger half a world away by listening to “Portia Faces Life,” a popular soap opera of the era.

The Blount County Historical Society has arranged for those interested in such nostalgia to explore the history of radio and the impact it had on every-day life. The society’s Jan. 25 meeting will present speakers Ron Westbrook and David Cisco, members of the Alabama Historical Radio Society.

The meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. in The Depot at the Oneonta Recreation Park. Details are available by calling (205) 625-6905.