Wendell Wilkie – Acceptance speech – short and to the point.
Click on the link here for audio player: Wilkie Acceptance Speech – 1940
No frills, no send-ups, no films, no slide-shows. Wendell Wilkie accepted the nomination as Presidential candidate for the Republican party in the 1940 election.
His speech lasted just a little over six minutes – the demonstration lasted a bit longer. All business and no bullshit.
Here is that address as broadcast by CBS Radio on the closing night of the 1940 Republican convention.
Overnight, notices went up all over.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: BBC News – August 31, 1939
Despite opinion in some circles that war could be avoided, preparations were put in high gear for what was the inevitable. Here is the 5:30 pm newscast from the BBC World Service on August 31, 1939. The latest assessment of German reaction, preparations for war and the evacuation of children from cities and industrial centers where aerial bombing would be likely.
All in all, not an optimistic day in history.
The Bonzos – cheerfully taking the piss out of pop music.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Bonzo Dog Band – BBC Sessions
A band that defied description, but achieved major cult status over their relatively short period of existence. Originally put together as a take-off on the 20’s craze in the 60’s, and known as the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, they quickly morphed into more of an art=school band run amok and replaced the Doo-Dah with Da-Da and eventually just became known as The Bonzo Dog Band.
Though they may not be familiar to some today, you might hear aspects of them via Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which shared the involvement of Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall, the Bonzo’s co-founders and musical brains behind the Pythons.
Tonight it’s some of the sessions the band did for the BBC during the 1968 and 1969 period. Because they were so popular in England they appeared often on some of the major BBC Radio programs, so a lot of their live material has survived in one form or another.
Here’s what’s on the player:
1. Tent – (Top Gear – July 29, 1969)
2. Hello Mabel (Saturday Club – October 29, 1968)
3. Look Out There’s A Monster Coming – (Symonds On Sunday – March 1969)
4. Canyons Of Your Mind (Colour Me Pop – December 21, 1968)
There’s a lot more where that came from.