GOLDEN GIFT Our thanks to Charlie Jordan for his personal recording of the most important national celebration in baby boomer history - the sounds of the U.S. BiCentennial on July 4, 1976.
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PLAY Charlie Jordan Presents NY & CT Radio, July 4, 1976 (01:08:02)

. . . should the music of many languages and many accents fill the air... take care, for just such a day was July 4, 1776 . . .

[Description by contributor Charlie Jordan]

USA Bicentennial quarter coin I made this Bicentennial tape in Norwalk, Connecticut, while I was visiting my sister. I was living in northern New Hampshire then (as I do now) and it was a treat to hear the NYC stations I could only pick up at night at home.

The tape includes New York City, Long Island, and Southern Connecticut radio stations — quite a range in formats, all geared to the local activities of the day. I started on July 3, and the tape opens with my introduction, and the arrival of July 4th on WCBS-AM at midnight. Then, I resumed taping the following morning about 11 AM, and go on until about 2:30PM. I started recording again with the WCBS news at 5PM, and continued until just past midnight, July 5th.

There are lots of airchecks here, most a few minutes in length, with some longer excerpts, including a Disney-produced soundtrack for fireworks aired by WNBC. I was 23 years old when I taped this, and was then, as now, a big fan of radio.

Oogie Pringle and Bill Rock, WNBC @(06:07)
Chuck Leonard, WABC @(15:31)
WNBC Disney Fireworks Show @(40:39)
WNBC "What Is An American?" Contest Winner @(57:27)

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