Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Special Collections Library offers Thanksgiving wishes with Waring Show

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, take time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for with Fred Waring’s America latest video podcast. This recently produced podcast features the music of Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians as seen on their weekly CBS television program, the Fred Waring Show. This month’s presentation features an entire 30-minute television show with songs all related to the Thanksgiving holiday and the spirit of thankfulness.

For television history buffs, the show also includes advertisements of the day, offering an interesting contrast to today's networks.

Videos from Fred Waring’s America may be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/FredWaringsAmerica.

For other Fred Waring podcasts, visit http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/psu.edu.2125864609 or follow these steps:

-- Go to https://itunes.psu.edu/

-- Log in as a Penn State user or a guest (wait for iTunes to launch)

-- Select Penn State Podcast Shows

-- Select Fred Waring Collection

Fred Waring's America documents 20th-century American popular culture through song, radio, movies and television performance. The large-scale collection provides primary source material for researchers, musicians and music educators, orchestra and choral conductors, documentary filmmakers, golden-age radio enthusiasts as well as media and cultural historians.

New podcasts are added each month and feature clips from the collection's vast archive of 25,000 recordings on disc, wire, tape, kinescope and video. The recordings cover every radio and television broadcast made by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians from 1933­ to 1960; concert recordings; reference recordings of Fred Waring music workshop sessions and concerts; and other miscellaneous performances, appearances and interviews, including recent interviews with famous cartoonists who spent time at Waring's golf resort every summer from the late 1940s through 1970s.

For more information, email Tim Babcock- Coordinator of Fred Waring's America @ trb157@psu.edu or call 814-863-2911.

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