Any Questions? #62

Nov 2, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel do their best to live up to their category this week: famous radio broadcasts.

Last week's challenge
Think of a seven-letter word beginning with A that names a part of the human body. Switch the first two letters and you'll get a two-word phrase that names something a superstitious person doesn't like. What is the body part and what is the thing?
Answer: The body part is the ABDOMEN, and the thing is a BAD OMEN.

On-air questions: On November 2, 1920, KDKA in Pittsburgh went on the air as the first commercial radio station. (Their first broadcast was the outcome of the 1920 U.S. presidential election.) To commemorate our ancestors in radio, this week our quiz is about notable radio broadcasts.

1. On March 12, 1933, FDR gave the first of thirty radio addresses to the American people. By what two-word name are these addresses collectively known?
2. “Blood, toil, tears, and sweat,” “We shall fight on the beaches” and “This was their finest hour” are the common names for three speeches given to the House of Commons in 1940 and broadcast on BBC radio. What world leader gave these speeches?
3. American Top 40, a radio program that counts down the most popular songs in the U.S., broadcast its first show on July 3, 1970, and is still on the air today. Who hosted that original show?
4. During Game 6 of the 1947 World Series, sportscaster Red Barber called a famous catch of a fly ball hit by Yankee slugger Joe DiMaggio. What team were the Yankees facing in that series?
5. Originating from WSB in Atlanta, a November 29, 1929 broadcast first used a series of three chimes (G, E, and C) to signal the station breaks for the network of radio affiliates owned by what company?

Extra credit
1. “He had been in a hospital and then he had had to go back, and after the last time he said, 'Alright, you win,' speaking to someone or something ill-defined but with whom he had a long acquaintance” is from Harry Reasoner's 1961 radio obituary of what American writer, whose famously clipped writing style was parodied by Reasoner in the obituary?
2. In Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds, the setting for the story is changed from the 19th century to 1939, and moved from England to what town in New Jersey?

This week's challenge
Take the name of a city associated with a WAMC frequency. Rearrange the letters to spell the name of a biblical figure and a biblical event which with this figure is associated.

On-air questions

1. “Fireside chats”
2. Winston Churchill
3. Casey Kasem
4. Brooklyn Dodgers
5. NBC

Extra credit
1. Ernest Hemingway
2. Grover's Mill