The Cascade Tunnel Dedication Ceremonies

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


72365. The Cascade Tunnel Dedication Ceremonies. January 12, 1929. Red net. Sponsored by: Great Northern Railroad. The opening ceremonies of the Cascade tunnel of the Great Northern Railroad in Washington. At eight miles in length, this was the longest tunnel in the western hemisphere. Graham McNamee speaks from Berne, Washington. President-elect Herbert Hoover (a professional engineer) makes a speech. Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heink performs from San Francisco. George Olsen and His Orchestra (performing from New York City) opens the program with, "I Faw Down and Go Boom." The band plays their big hit, "Doin' The Racoon." McNamee's opening description of the Great Northern's route from Minneapolis to the Pacific is eloquent in the grand tradition of early radio. A great moment in railroading is captured as McNamee gets aboard the "Oriental Limited" for the first trip through the tunnel. The sound of the train whistle blowing is a magic radio moment. McNamee says that he'll broadcast from the other end of the tunnel in eight minutes, but he returns to the air much later than that. An announcement is made that next week, the series "The Empire Builder," based on the railroad, will begin. The program has also been dated January 29, 1929. Graham McNamee (announcer), Herbert Hoover, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, George Olsen and His Orchestra, J. B. Campbell (chairman of the I. C. C., speaking from Washington, D. C.), W. W. Atterbury (president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, speaking from Philadelphia), Ralph Budd (president of the Great Northern Railroad), Ethram Hoffman (accompaniest for Madame Schumann-Heink), Phillips Carlin (announcer). 1:04:42. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

Report contains 1 programs.