CDR copy Tapes FW-ASCH-0001 through FW-ASCH-10RR-0019 are (primarily) from a weekly radio show series entitled Songs of the Synagogue, aired every Sunday afternoon at 2:00 over WEVD in New York City. The tapes are all from 1960 and 1961. Each week, a different cantor is featured along with a choir, singing synagogue music, and also, usually a Yiddish or Israeli song. The series is a Joseph Jacobs production, directed by Sholom Rubinstein, with music arranged and conducted by Abe Ellstein. The show is hosted by Zvee Scooler, and is sponsored primarily by Winston cigarettes. An ad for Conn Electronic Organs sometimes concludes the show. Shows begin with a steady tone for which, usually, "zero level at 400 CY" is indicated. Henry Sapoznik, Yiddish radio and klezmer music authority, provided some of the above information. It is not known how or why Folkways obtained these tapes,but in 1960, Sholom Rubenstein also wrote and directed a Folkways record album concerning Theordore Herzl. The tapes in our possession represent a small fraction of the programs originally broadcast. FW-10RR-ASCH-0003 features Cantor Khatskele Ritter of Brooklyn, NY., for broadcast on Jan. 1, 1961. Both Hebrew synagogue songs are sung as well as Yiddish non-liturgical songs.
Recorded in: New York (N.Y.), United States, New York, January 1, 1961.
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