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Short Notes on John Henry Faulk and Oscar Brand


Now a couple of short notes to pass along. Lately, some of you have written to us about John Henry Faulk's Christmas story, the one about the little boy with the orange. We're not broadcasting it this year, but it is available at our Web site. It can be downloaded as an MP3 file. You can put it on your iPod, burn a CD, and play it whenever you want. Just go to our Web site, npr.org, and click on the `holidays' link.

Also, an old friend of this program marked a radio milestone this weekend. Last night, folk singer Oscar Brand celebrated 60 years on the radio. His show "Folk Song Festival" debuted on WNYC in New York City on December 10th, 1945. His first guest was Pete Seeger, and every week since then, Oscar Brand has played host to a roster of folk musicians from Woody Guthrie to his son Arlo, Leadbelly, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Judy Collins, Harry Chapin, Emmylou Harris--the list is too long to go on. "Folk Song festival" is the longest continuously running radio show with a single host. Oscar's achievement will be noted in the next Guinness Book of World Records. And one more thing: He does not get paid for his time as host of "Folk Song Festival." Every week for the past six decades, Oscar has done it for the love of the music. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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