NPR's ‘All Things Considered’ Considered National Treasure

Afternoon drive-time show, sports broadcaster Vin Scully added to National Recording Registry 3/29/2017 9:53 AM Eastern
The Library of Congress has added Vin Scully's play-by-play of the then Brooklyn Dodgers's last game against local rival the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds to its National Recording Registry.

Even as the Trump Administration is trying to eliminate funding for public radio and TV, the first broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered (May 3, 1971) has been added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.

Each year, the Library's National Recording Preservation Board picks 25 recordings -- nominated by the board and the public -- that represent "the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage" for "the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations."

Of All Things Considered, the Library of Congress said, "While the inaugural program was broadcast to approximately 90 stations across the nation, reaching only a few hundred thousand listeners, All Things Considered has since become, according to NPR, 'the most listened-to afternoon drive-time news radio program in the country.'"

Also among the 2016 additions to the registry was broadcast great Vin Scully's call of the Dodgers vs. the Giants at the Polo Grounds Sept. 8, 1957, the Dodgers's last game against their rivals in that stadium before moving to San Francisco.

"Scully, then in the early years of his more than six decades at the microphone, called the game in his inimitable style, and wove memories of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry and the many other great sports moments seen at the Polo Grounds seamlessly into his play-by-play," the Library said.

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