Welcome To Past Daily

Curiosity is timeless

"Ignorance of your culture is considered uncool"

After years of collecting recorded history, a lifetime spent dumpster diving for all those milestones of the past no one really wanted to hang on to, I decided it was time to share those discoveries with people who probably never heard them before. It’s history and, as much as it has to do with the past, it has some link with the present and probably some harbinger of what the future may or may not be about.

This started off as a hobby, like collecting stamps or recipes. And then it became a quest to find out how things changed, and in changing, how much they’ve remained the same.

Past Daily isn’t all about the dim-distant past. Although, to be dead-honest, anything that happened thirty seconds ago is considered past history. So the playing field is pretty wide. Past Daily hopes to be a place you find out about things you wondered about, were curious about, read about.

This is my collection – my archive. Sounds of history and people and culture going back to the 1890’s right up to today – it’s all in the mix. Some of it is great and fun and an adventure to listen to. Some of it is depressing and anger-provoking. But it’s all part of life and our world and much of what has made us who we are today. A lot of it will be unfamiliar to you, or people places and events you’ve heard about, but never actually heard.

Hopefully you will stick around and check in every day and keep coming back.

History doesn’t stop and neither does the desire to learn about it.


Gordon Skene – Past Daily/The Gordon Skene Sound Collection

9 comments on “Welcome To Past Daily

  1. Impressed with the themes you have covered at Newstalgia. Wish you and this site much success. Thank you for sharing our history and music again!

  2. hi, I love Ellington and wanted to listen to the Basin Street set from ’56 but
    everytime i press play file cannot be found. Help.

    Good luck with the new site

    • Hi: Let me go back and check that. A few months ago there was an outage that took out a number of my files and I think that was one of them. I have to reload it, but what I will most likely do is do it as a new post in the next week or two. There are several Ellington shows from Basin Street and I plan on running them all. Thanks for letting me know! Best, Gordon

  3. Hi,

    Thanks for getting back to me so promptly. I’ll certainly look
    forward to hearing the other broadcasts that you
    One thing that i would point out,if I may,is that Dan Grissom is not
    the vocalist with Ellington, but his nephew Jimmy Grissom. Dan Grissom
    sang with Jimmy Lunceford.

    Thanks again.


  4. At Newstalgia, you posted some recordings of the old Newsfront show, hosted by Mitchell Krauss. I’ve been looking for this show for years! Could you tell me please where these recordings came from?

    Thank you for everything,
    Dave Thomas

    • Hi Dave: I’ve been meaning to put up more Newsfront programs as there is about a 2 year run of them in my archive. It’s a great show. I got them about 25 years ago as part of a larger collection from an individual who no longer had any use for them. Seems to be the running pattern of my archive acquisitions – wrecking balls, trash cans and downsizing. It continues to this day. I am trying to get back up to speed with more posts per day, but I’m in the process of renovating my studio so I’m in the midst of electronic debris everywhere. Sadly, Past Daily is just me so it makes being on top of things a bit difficult from time to time. Still, it’s support and encouragement from people like you that keep this thing afloat.

      Thanks again for all your kind words,


      • Hi Gordon. I am Mitchell Krauss’s daughter and I would SO love to see some of these old Newsfront segments. My father is now 83 and even he doesn’t have them. Wow, a 2-year run—what a goldmine. It would mean so much to both of us if we could see these.

      • Hi Jennifer: Just to let you know, these are audio airchecks of Newsfront, not video. Still, a two year run, and speaking of your dad, I have quite a number of his broadcasts when he was on WRUL in the early 1960s. Please contact me at Gordonskene@aol.com and I will send some to you.

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