Natl Archives -- Ed Walker and Rob Bamberger ("The Big Broadcast"):
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Description of Pictures: Go Behind the Scenes of The Big Broadcast at the National Archives on May 10:
In conjunction with its release of the 1940 Federal population census, the National Archives presents Ed Walker, host of WAMU 88.5’s longest-running radio show, The Big Broadcast. Walker, along with Rob Bamberger, host of WAMU 88.5’s Hot Jazz Saturday Night, will discuss the history of The Big Broadcast, present a sampling of the vintage radio broadcasts, and discuss how the programs enriched the lives of Americans in the 1930s and 1940s. The program is presented in partnership with WAMU 88.5.
On air since 1964, The Big Broadcast is WAMU 88.5's longest-running program and features a collection of vintage radio programs from the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. Hot Jazz Saturday Night features vintage jazz, swing, and big band recordings from the '20s, '30s, and '40s.
Ed Walker is the host of WAMU 88.5's The Big Broadcast, which airs Sundays from 7 until 11 p.m., and has been a weekly feature since 1964. As a child, Walker dreamed of a career in broadcasting. Blind since birth, listening to the radio was always very important to him. While attending American University, Walker was one of the founders of the campus radio station, which was called WAMU-AM in 1951 and predated the present FM station. In college, Walker met Willard Scott, who became his good friend and radio partner for 20 years; they called themselves "The Joy Boys." The duo began on WOL in 1952, then moved to WRC, the NBC station in Washington, in 1955, and then to WWDC in 1972. That lasted for two years, at which time they were forced to split up the team because of Scott’s television conflict.
Walker has also worked at WPGC, WMAL and WWRC. He worked in television at WJLA from 1975 until 1980 and at News Channel 8 in the early '90s. Walker was asked to take over The Big Broadcast in mid-December of 1990 when his friend John Hickman, the show’s host since its 1964 debut, became too ill to continue the program.
In 2009, Ed Walker was elected to the Radio Hall of Fame in the category "Local or Regional -- Pioneer."
Welcoming remarks for the event were provided by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.
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BBROAD_120510_003.JPG: David Ferriero, Rob Bamberger
BBROAD_120510_007.JPG: Ed Walker, David Ferriero, Rob Bamberger
BBROAD_120510_011.JPG: David Hugel, Susan Gell Hugel
BBROAD_120510_019.JPG: Maarja Krusten, David McMillen
BBROAD_120510_044.JPG: Diane Seeger, Tom Seeger
BBROAD_120510_050.JPG: Jody Scott ("Jody Jody Jody!")
BBROAD_120510_054.JPG: David Ferriero
BBROAD_120510_097.JPG: Ed Walker
BBROAD_120510_138.JPG: Ed Walker, Rob Bamberger
BBROAD_120510_341.JPG: ???, David Hugel
BBROAD_120510_367.JPG: Rob Bamberger
BBROAD_120510_404.JPG: Rob Bamberger
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