The American Forum Of The Air

Copyright 2016, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 23, 2016. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


27258. The American Forum Of The Air. January 29, 1939. Program #3. Mutual net, WOL, Washington origination. Sustaining. The program originates from the auditorium of the Department Of The Interior, Washington, D. C.. A discussion debating the merits of the National Labor Relations Act. With Charles R. Hook (Chairman Of The Board of the N. A. M.), J. Warren Madden (Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board). Fulton Lewis Jr. (substitute host), Stephen McCormick (announcer), Charles R. Hook, J. Warren Madden, John Gaul (? Counsel for the N. A. M.), Charles Fay (Counsel for the N. L. R. B.), Ernest Lindley (noted newspaper correspondent), Walter Merritt (labor relations attorney). 58:17. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

19138. The American Forum Of The Air. February 6, 1939. Program #4. Mutual net. "Are Chains Damaging Our Country". Sustaining. A discussion of proposed legislation to heavily tax chain stores. Twenty-six minutes of a one hour program. Emanuel Celler, Fulton Lewis Jr., Wright Patman. 26 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

27259. The American Forum Of The Air. February 12, 1939. Mutual net, WOL, Wash. origination, WOR, Newark, New Jersey aircheck. Sustaining. The broadcast originates from the auditorium of the Department of The Interior Building, Washington, D. C. A debate about President Roosevelt's foreign policy, which seems to be favoring Britain and France instead of remaining neutral. Fulton Lewis Jr. (substitute host), Stephen McCormick (announcer), Gerald Nye (Republican Senator, North Dakota), Josh Lee (Democratic Senator, Oklahoma), Ray Tucker (columnist), Louis Bromfield (novelist), James E. Van Zandt (Republican Representative from Pennsylvania and former Commander of the V. F. W.), Harry Lamberton (a Roosevelt supporter and Chairman of "The League For Peace and Democracy"). 57:58. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

27260. The American Forum Of The Air. April 2, 1939. Mutual net, WOL, Washington, D. C. origination. Sustaining. 8:00 P. M. The program originates from the studio auditorium of the Department of The Interior Building. Senator Sheridan Downey of California (author of "Why I Believed In The Townsend Plan") debates Senator Maloney of Connecticut. An interesting and lively discussion, spiced by Dr. Epstein's wit and thick accent. Stephen McCormick (announcer), Theodore Granik (moderator, director), Sheridan Downey (California), Francis Maloney (Connecticut), Francis Townsend, Joe Hendricks (Florida), John O'Grady, Abraham Epstein. 58:50. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

27261. The American Forum Of The Air. April 16, 1939. Mutual net, WOL, Washington, D. C. origination. "Welfare and Unemployment". Sustaining. The program originates from the studio auditorium of the Department of The Interior Building, Washington, D. C. Senator James Burns (Democrat, South Carolina) debates Senator McNary (Republican, Oregon) about federal welfare policies. A spirited debate develops near the end. James Burns, Charles McNary, Charles Halleck (Indiana), Theodore Granik (moderator, director), Stephen McCormick (announcer). 58:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

27262. The American Forum Of The Air. October 15, 1939. Mutual net, WOL, Washington, D. C. origination. "Should The Neutrality Act Be Repealed?". Sustaining. 8:00 P. M. The broadcast originates from the studio auditorium of the Department of The Interior Building, Washington, D. C. A debate between Senator Claude Pepper (Florida) and Senator Charles McNary (Oregon, the Senate Minority leader). The third program of the season. Claude Pepper (Florida), Charles McNary (Oregon), Edward Burke (Nebraska), Rusty Holt (West Virginia), Lynn Frazier (N. Dakata), Albert Thomas (Utah), Theodore Granik (moderator, director), Stephen McCormick (announcer). 59:06. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

81430. The American Forum Of The Air. August 18, 1940. Mutual net, WOL, Washington, D. C. origination. "Private Vs. Public Ownership Of Electric Power". Sustaining. The program originates from The Willard Hotel, Washington, D. C. A debate and panel discussion. Theodore Granik (arranger, conductor, moderator), Stephen McCormick (announcer), Styles Bridges (Senator, New Hampshire), John Rankin (Representative, Mississippi), Homer T. Bone (Senator, Washington), Harry Schwartz (Senator, Wyoming), Everett Dirksen (Represetnative, Illinois), George Bender (Representative, Ohio). 59:42. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

19139. The American Forum Of The Air. December 7, 1940. Mutual net. "Are The United States United?". Sustaining. Four U. S. Senators debate the issue. The date is approximate. The first thirty minutes of the program only. Frank Blair (announcer). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

19140. The American Forum Of The Air. January 19, 1941. Mutual net, WOL, Washington, D.C. origination. Sustaining. The program originates from the Willard Room of the Hotel Willard, Washington, D. C. A discussion of the Lend-Lease Bill; an iteresting debate. The "Isolationists" vs. the "Interventionists". Several times during the broadcast the proponents of the bill are asked, "What can this bill do for England that we aren't already doing now?" They fail to come up with a rational reply. Andrew Jackson May (Representative, Kentucky), Gerald Nye (Senator, North Dakota), Theodore Granik (moderator, arranger, director), Stephen McCormick (announcer), Charles Brooks (Senator, Illinois), Ernest Gibson (former Senator, Vermont). 44:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

19141. The American Forum Of The Air. April 6, 1941. Mutual net, WOL, Washington, D.C. origination. "Should We Have A War Referendum?". Sustaining. The program originates from the Hotel Willard, Washington, D. C. The announcer starts the program by apologizing (for the Mutual net) for the remarks made by Rex Stout, against former president Hoover on March 23, 1940 (eleven months previously). A lively discussion. Should the public vote before going to war, or is an act of Congress enough? Ernest Lindley (guest moderator, Chief of the Washington Bureau of Newsweek), Allen W. Dulles ("noted international lawyer"), John Sparkman (Representative, Alabama), D. Worth Clark (Senator, Idaho), William Barry (Representative, New York). 44:31. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

19142. The American Forum Of The Air. December 7, 1941. Mutual net, WOL, Washington, D.C. origination. "Labor Relations and The National Defense". Sustaining. 8:00 P.M. FLASH BULLETIN: The Dutch East Indies has declared war on Japan. BULLETIN: The New York City Fire Department is prepared for a blackout. The Japanese have taken over American property in Shanghai. San Francisco has declared an emergency. The program was shortened to 1/2 hour tonight to allow a broadcast from England. The announcer introduces Theodore Granik as a "nationally known eternity." He then makes the same mistake at the end of the program! Howard Smith (Representative, Virginia, author of the "Smith Bill" to forbid strikes in defense industries), Walter George (Seantor, Georgia), Theodore Granik (moderator), Joseph Padway (General Counsel of the A. F. of L.), Lee Pressman (General Council of the C. I. O.), Raymond Smethurst (General Counsel of the N. A. M.), Robert Diehl (announncer). 29:08. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

14235. The American Forum Of The Air. December 7, 1941. Mutual net, WOL, Washington, D.C. origination. "Labor Relations and The National Defense". Sustaining. 8:00 P. M. (approximately). During the broadcast, comments by labor and management spokesmen are heard. FLASH BULLETIN: The Dutch East Indies has declared war on Japan. BULLETIN: The New York City Fire Department is prepared for a blackout. The Japanese have taken over American property in Shanghai. San Francisco has declared an emergency. The first 14:58 of the program only. Howard Smith (Reprentative, Virginia), Walter George (Senator, Georgia). 14:58. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

19143. The American Forum Of The Air. August 2, 1942. Mutual net. "Can A Second Land Front Be Opened Now?". Sustaining. Thirty minutes of a forty-five minute show. Frank Blair (announcer). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

68793. The American Forum Of The Air. September 6, 1942. Mutual net. "What We Can All Do To Help Win The War". Sustaining. Henry K. Kaiser proposes a "fifth freedom" to be added to the Atlantic Charter, the "freedom to produce." Henry J. Kaiser (industrialist), A. P. Gianinini (founder and chairman of the board of The Bank Of America), John P. Fry (president of the Metal Trades Division of the A. F. of L.). 14:55. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

68310. The American Forum Of The Air. September 22, 1943. Mutual net, WHKC, Columbus, Ohio aircheck. "Post-War Health Planning". Sustaining. A spirited discuss, including fascinating comments by Mr. Kaiser about group health plans and pre-paid medicine. Parts two and four (of four) only. Theodore Granik (director, moderator), Kingsley Roberts (director of the Medical Administration Service), Henry J. Kaiser (industrialist), Ernst P. Boaz (Chairman of The Physicians Forum For The Study Of Medical Care), Harold Steppler (announcer), Morris Fishbein (editor of The Journal Of The American Medical Association), Robert J. Watt (international representative of the A. F. of L.), Louis H. Bower (chairman of The Council On Medical Service of the A. M. A.). 28:44. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

68238. The American Forum Of The Air. October 5, 1943. Mutual net, WOL, Washington, D. C. origination. Sustaining. The broadcast originates from the Shoreham Hotel. Four Representatives discuss the 1944 tax program. Theodore Granik (moderator, director), Thadeus Bayzelewski (? Democrat-Wisconsin), Frank Halson (Republican-Kansas), Charles Dewey (Republican-Illinois), Jerry Voorhees (Democratic-California). 59:15. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

19144. The American Forum Of The Air. December 14, 1943. Mutual net. "Subsidies and The Cost Of Living". Sustaining. The program originates from The Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D. C. Two Congressmen, a consumer, and a farmer debate rising prices and the war effort. Theodore Granik (moderator, director), Allen Ellender (Senator, Louisiana), Louis Miller (Representative, Missouri), Esther Cole Franklin (The American Association of University Women), Charles Holman (Secretary of The National Cooperative Milk Producers Federation), Harold Stetler (announcer). 44:46. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

79859. The American Forum Of The Air. March 28, 1944. Mutual net. "Manpower and The Draft". Sustaining. The program originates from The Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D. C. The first 14:57 of the program only. Theodore Granik (moderator), Clare Boothe Luce (Representative, Connecticut), John Costello (Representative, California), James Wadsworth (Representative, New York), George Outland (Representative, California). 14:57. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

66678. The American Forum Of The Air. 1945. Mutual net. Post-War Health Planning". Sustaining. A debate about federally funded health insurance, to be funded through Social Security (The Murray-Wagner-Dingle Bill). The date is approximate. Theodore Granik (moderator), Henry J. Kaiser ("nationally famous industrial leader"), Kingsley Roberts (director of the Medical Administration Service), Morris Fishbein (editor of the J. A. M. A.), Robert J. Watt (international representative of the A. F. of L.), Lewis H. Bower (chairman of The Council On Medical Service of the A. M. A.), Ernest P. Boaz (chairman of The Physician's Forum For The Study Of Medical Care). 29:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

66679. The American Forum Of The Air. February 27, 1945. Mutual net. "Will Adoption Of Dumbarton Oaks Give Us Permanent Peace?". Sustaining. The full topic title is, "Will Adoption Of The Dumbarton Oaks Program Give Us Permanent Peace?" The program originates from The Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D. C. The seventeenth anniversary program, making it "the oldest public service program of its type on the air." A congratulatory telegram from Vice President Truman is read. Theodore Granik (moderator), Claude Pepper (Senator from Florida), Albert Thomas (Senator from Utah), William Langer (Senator from North Dakota), William Ziff (author, publisher). 43:58. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

101705. The American Forum Of The Air. September 11, 1945. Mutual net, KQV, Pittsburgh aircheck. "Ten Mayors Report On Jobs". Sustaining. 9:30 P.M. The program originates from Washington, D.C., during the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The mayors of 10 cities report on "jobs, reconversion and business trends" in their cities. Fiorello La Guardia (mayor of New York City, president of the Conference), Edward Kelly (mayor of Chicago), Bernard Samuel (mayor of Philadelphia), Edward Jeffries Jr. (mayor of Detroit), Fletcher Bowron (mayor of Los Angeles), Thomas Burke (mayor of Cleveland), Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin (mayor of Baltimore), Aloys P. Kaufmann (mayor of St. Louis). 38:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

9237. The American Forum Of The Air. December 4, 1945. Mutual net. "How Can We Keep Radio Free". Sustaining. The program originates from the St. Paul Auditorium, St. Paul Minnesota, before an audience of over twelve thousand people. "How Can We Keep Radio Free," on radio's twenty-fifth anniversary. Theodore Granik (moderator), Elmer Benson (Chairman of the Executive Council, National Citizen's Political Action Committee), Sidney Kaye (general counsel of BMI), Clifford Derr (Commissioner of the FCC), A. D. Willard (executive vice president of the NAB). 44:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

102283. The American Forum Of The Air. April 8, 1947. Mutual net. "Where Is Our Present Financial Policy Leading?". Sustaining. 9:30 P.M. The first 16:30 of the program only. Theodore Granik (moderator), Robert Nathan (economist), Leon Henderson (Americans For Democratic Action), Henry Taylor (radio commentator, economist), James Wick (economist, author). 16:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

50643. The American Forum Of The Air. December 28, 1948. Mutual net. "What's Ahead For Business In 1949". Sponsored by: Universal Carloading and Distribution. Bernard Dudley, Larry Dorn (producer), Leon H. Kayersling (Vice President of The President's Council Of Economic Advisers), Merryle Stanley Rukeyser (economic columnist), Theodore Granik (moderator). 30:04. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

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