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Here the Museum of Family History presents its visitors with radio programs of yore, for your listening pleasure. Each program is presented either with permission or because it is in public domain.

The broadcasts will be changed on a periodic basis, and will feature programs in English and/or Yiddish, in full or in part.

We at the Museum hope you greatly enjoy listening to these historical radio programs.



This Month's Rebroadcasts


  • "The Zylbercweig Yiddish Radio Hour",
    with your hosts Zalmen and Celia Zylbercweig.

    The Zylbercweigs broadcast their own Yiddish-language radio program out of a studio built in the back of their Los Angeles home from 1949 to 1969.

    In this particular program, first broadcast in 1959, Zalmen Zylbercweig receives on the air an award from the Los Angeles City Council for his work on his "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre". This program contains both English and Yiddish, and is presented in four short audio clips.




  • "Shell Chateau",
    with your host Al Jolson, and the Victor Young Orchestra.


    Jolson hosted five different radio programs during his career. On Saturday nights he was the master of ceremonies in "The Shell Chateau," a radio show sponsored by Shell Oil. This show was on NBC radio and lasted from April 1935 to March 1936. For the first twenty-six weeks, the show originated out of New York; the final thirteen were broadcast from Los Angeles.

    This August 3, 1935 NBC broadcast features guest stars George Jessel and Betty Davis, as well as songs performed by the inimitable Al Jolson.





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