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"Thirty Minutes Behind the Walls" Texas Penitentiary Broadcast - Group of Four Souvenir Programs
Huntsville, TX: The Press of the Prison Print Shop, Huntsville, Texas, [1941-1944]. Paperback. Set of four souvenir programs distributed to live audiences who attended the "Thirty Minutes Behind Walls" radio broadcasts at the Texas State Penitentiary, Huntsville. The broadcast was the brainchild of George Cranston, manager of WBAP (Fort Worth), who envisioned the program as a way for the listening public to hear about the good conduct of prisoners, learn about their rehabilitation, and enjoy their music. Both male and female ensembles were features on the broadcast, showcasing the talent of groups like the Rhythmic Stringsters and the Goree Girls in White, as well as African American groups like the Cotton Pickers Glee Club and The Colored Swing-Masters. The first broadcast was held on March 23, 1938, at 10:30pm, and the event "marked the first occasion in all history that a prisoner's voice was heard around the world..." (1941 issue), and the broadcast did much to introduce and popularize Texas jailhouse music to mainstream audiences. Uncommon; while transcripts for numerous broadcasts are held at UT Austin (on microfilm), OCLC shows no holdings for any programs. Four quarto issues (30.5cm); photo-illustrated wrappers, stapled; [32]; [36]; [52]; [52]pp; illus. Mild wear to extremities, a few faint creases, with scattered dust-soil to rear wrappers; Very Good+ to Near Fine overall.
      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books ]
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