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  •  They used to have a pretty good jazz show on VOA. (2+ / 0-)
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    The Voice of America Jazz Hour was broadcast on Voice of America beginning on January 6, 1955, and through 2003; it was then folded into Voice of America Music Mix's program Jazz America. It began broadcasting in 1955, hosted by Willis Conover; in its current form, it is hosted by Russ Davis. [1] It began broadcasting in 1955 over the initial objections of Congress. [2] The theme song of the program was Ellington's "Take the A Train". At its height, the Voice of America Jazz Hour was listened to by up to 30 million people, almost none of them in the United States [3], as Voice of America was prohibited from broadcasting in the United States by the Smith-Mundt Act.
    •  Yeah, that we couldn't listen to (4+ / 0-)

      Becasue it was illegal.

      Much of the support for the Thornberry-Smith Amendment has focused on the fact that modern technology (and especially the Internet) renders the ban largely ineffective.  For instance, it’s a simple matter to download VOA material, even though doing so is technically a violation of the law.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 07:28:36 AM PDT

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      •  sheesh... it's not like we don't have tons of jazz (5+ / 0-)

        stations in the US to choose from.

        So, we don't need the government providing our jazz.

        And can you imagine the music we'll get from Republican administrations? Not to mention they outlaw our music. What music was banned on the Clear Channel stations during the bush years?

        Louis Armstrong : What a Wonderful World
        Beatles : Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, etc

        Pat Benator : Love is a Battlefield
        Black Sabbath : War Pigs
        The Animals : We Gotta Get Out of this Place
        The Bangles : Walk Like an Egyptian
        Blood, Sweat & Tears : And When I Die
        Phil Collins : In The Air Tonight
        Sam Cooke : Wonderful World
        Creedence Clearwater Revival : Travelin' Band
        Bobby Darin Mack the Knife
        Neil Diamond : America
        Bob Dylan : Knockin' on Heaven's Door
        Shelley Fabares : Johnny Angel
        Green Day : Brain Stew
        Norman Greenbaum: Spirit in the Sky
        Guns N Roses : Knockin' on Heaven's Door

        Tons and TONS of musicians and music BANNED. Peter, Paul and Mary/ Ricky Nelson/ Tom Petty/ Elvis Friggin' Presley was banned/ Pink Floyd/ Queen/ Steve Miller Band/ Boston/ Dave Clark Five/ Blue Oyster Cult/ Skeeter Davis/ The Doors/ Carole King/ John Lennon/ Martha and the Vandellas... etc...

        Anyway, Bush privatized $13 BILLION of assets of the University of Texas to his Clear Channel buddies and this is what we wound up with.

        Bruce Springsteen and John Lennon brought down the Berlin Wall.

        So, they intend to control even our music.

        A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.

        by bronte17 on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 10:12:16 AM PDT

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