A normally calm river, turned into a sea of turmoil this day.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for March 25, 1945
News for this day in 1945 was given over entirely to the events taking place in Europe. The Allied armies had successfully crossed the Rhine, beginning early in the morning of March 25th. Most Radio outlets in the U.S. were carrying these shortwave relayed reports from the BBC and it was cause for much anticipation and anxiety. The Allied Armies were now on German soil. How long it would be before they reached Berlin was only a guess. Resistance was surprisingly light at the crossing, but it was wondered if this was only a lull and some major counterattack was looming.
Still, there was no time to think what may or may not lay ahead. The War in Europe had taken a dramatic turn and it was only a matter of time before Germany suffered complete defeat.
Here is one of two BBC Newsreel special broadcasts, beamed to the U.S. for March 25, 1945.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Paderewski Recital 1938
Something unusual tonight. A truly historic recording of the first broadcast recital by famed Polish pianist and statesman, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, broadcast on September 25, 1938.
Paderewski had retired from performing in public after becoming Prime Minister of Poland in 1919, but returned to the concert stage in 1936. This concert marked a first for the great Pianist – a broadcast aired directly from a studio in Lausanne Switzerland to Radio City in New York as part of the RCA Magic Key program.
This would be the first of two broadcast recitals Paderewski gave before his death in 1941. A second concert, performed in New York was given the following year, with proceeds going to Aid for Poland, which Paderewski had become head of the Polish National Council, a Polish parliament in exile in London.
Tonight it’s the first one – the sound is good for shortwave, even though it fades in and out at various places.
Still – it’s history and you can’t be too picky where something as rare as this is concerned.
So enjoy it.