The CD release of Saturday Nite Jamboree brings a popular radio show of the 1950s and 1960s back on track. A journey to a bygone era, two rare live radio recordings have now been re-mastered and made publicly available for the first time by the Research Centre for Music, Media and Place at Memorial University.
The classic shows, produced by CBC Newfoundland, used a fast-paced, light-hearted format deftly held together by its genial, wisecracking host Harry Brown. They featured performances by Newfoundland music legends at the height of their popularity. The CD features the work of such artists as: The Bluegrass Mountaineers, Wilf Doyle and the Band from Conception Harbour, Brian Johnston and the Dipsydoodlers, Ted Blanchard, Don Randell, John White and Bill Allen. The recordings have not been heard since their original broadcast in 1963.
The new CD release includes a 20-page booklet with extensive notes by Grammy Award-winning folklorist Neil Rosenberg and radio announcer Ted Rowe. “Saturday Nite Jamboree came at the end of an era where live entertainment shows had a regular spot in radio programming,” explained Mr. Rowe. “It was the last series of its kind, a Newfoundland kitchen party on the air, and the fans soaked it up.”
“Saturday Nite Jamboree is a unique document for Newfoundland – you’re hearing local radio as people heard it 40 years ago,” said Dr. Rosenberg.