Friday, July 18, 2008

Radio Artifact #77

The Radio Kids Bible Club. Thsi is a 78 rpm 7" record. Burl Ives did a record called "Songs I learned iN Sunday School. It was performed with the Radio Kids Bible Club Children's Choir. That same club? Maybe. There's also a series of books somehow related to it.

One book was described thusly:
"Susie was first introduced on the Radio Kids' Bible Club Series, originating in Los Angeles, California. Susie was soon joined by Johnny, and their adventures have made them great favorites across the nation. "Susie and Johny" books are ideal for boys and girls from 8 to 12, full of exiting adventure and soundly Scriptural in the truths they impart."
The Australian Radio Series Guide Lists the series but only states a simple description "Radio program for children with a Christian emphasis." It also notes that it ran somtime between 1940 and 1970. I'd put it in the early 1950s myself. The recording is of a children's chorus. there is no introduction, no station information. And the performance is terrible, and in such bad condition I wont subject you to it.

I'll add one last detail. The personal papers of Lynn L. Sam were donated to the University of Maryland. They included a number of these 7"s. It provides a sort of discography. My disc is # 707. I'd guess there were 10 discs, but that still tells us very little about the broadcast program. If anyone has information beyond this, I'd appreciate it.

Discography:

"Sunday School Songs."
Tiny Evelyn and Radio Kids Bible Club.
701; D. 7".
LS 330

"Sunday School Songs."
Radio Kids Bible Club.
702; D. 7".
LS 333

"Sunday School Songs."
Radio Kids Bible Club.
703; D. 7".
LS 329

"Sunday School Songs."
Radio Kids Bible Club.
704; D. 7".
LS 335

"Sunday School Songs."
Radio Kids Bible Club.
705; D. 7".
LS 336

"Sunday School Songs."
Radio Kids Bible Club.
706; D. 7".
LS 332

"Sunday School Songs."
Radio Kids Bible Club.
707; D. 7".
LS 331

"Sunday School Songs."
With Uncle Earle at Children's Church.
708; D. 7".
LS 334

"Sunday School Songs."
With Uncle Earle at Children's Church.
709; D. 7".
LS 337

"Sunday School Songs."
With Uncle Earle at Children's Church.
710; D. 7".
LS 338