Library launches Sound Beat, new public radio module

WAER broadcast the inaugural episode of Sound Beat, a new 90-second public radio module that highlights recordings from the Belfer Audio Archive, on Tuesday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Sound Beat is a quick trip through the history of recorded sound. Each episode focuses on one particular recording from the archive and provides a back story detailing its place in recording history. Featured recordings come from a wide range of periods and genres. Popular and classical music performances, operatic works, and film scores are well-represented, as are those from distinctly American musical forms like jazz, bebop, country, and bluegrass.

And it’s not just music. Sound Beat also features recordings from some of the great thinkers, political figures, and luminaries from the late 19th and early- to mid-20th centuries. People like Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, and Theodore Roosevelt, to name just a few.

Producer Jim O’Connor, Bob Hodge and others have been mining the Belfer holdings for interesting recordings. Others involved in the project include host Brett Barry, a Newhouse alum. Credit for the original idea for a radio show focusing on Belfer collections goes to SU Magazine’s David Marc. Theme music was written by Grammy-nominated composer David Wolfert, who also has SU connections.

Ron Ockert, program director at WAER, had this to say, “I love Sound Beat! There’s nothing else like it out there. It is equal parts history and fun and makes a great complement to WAER’s lineup.”

If you just want to listen in, every Sound Beat episode will be available, along with other interesting facts and features, at WAER will carry it in the 3:30 p.m. daily time slot.

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