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Monday, July 14, 2014

The 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (Program 144)

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on another celestial body.  The triumph of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing was the culmination of many years of work, effort, and research.  It was also the culmination of years of sacrifice, of great triumphs and sorrowful tragedies.  From the earliest space launches, to the first orbital flights, from President Kennedy's commitment that we should land on the moon before the end of the 1960s, to that final triumph in that decade that had brought so much strife and unrest to the nation, the goal was accomplished, and the triumph of American industry, manufacturing, and ingenuity shone brightly.  On Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site, we look back to those days in a 45th anniversary retrospective.  We talk about the journey to the moon through all the years of effort.  We remember the emotions and feelings as man walked on the moon.  We look back at how science fiction became science fact.  Additionally, we also listen to extensive radio news broadcasts to put you back in that place and time.  Join us for this anniversary look back at Apollo 11 and astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The 70th Anniversary of D-Day (Program 139)

On June 6, 1944, Allied Troops landed in Normandy, on the northern coast of France, to begin the liberation of Europe from the tyranny of the Nazis.  The story of the landings; their planning and execution, and the bravery and sacrifice of the men who landed that day, are legendary.  The immense effort and sacrifice of the fighting forces resulted in many losses, many men perishing on the beaches of Utah, Omaha, Juno, Sword, and Gold Beaches.  But this monumental effort was a success: the ultimate liberation of France and the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime.  The loss of life, a tragic consequence of war, was tempered by the fact that those sacrifices resulted in achieving the victory toward which all of the participants that day, worked so hard.  Coming soon on Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site, we remember that day that our parents and grandparents had been waiting for.  A major turning point in the Second World War.  We recall some of the people involved, the men who sailed to their destiny in Europe, our military and political leaders of the time, the Allied cause to which so many were committed.  We recall the state of the world at that time, and we listen to how Americans first heard the news by actual recordings of some of the news bulletins, as they were first broadcast in the wee hours of that June 6th so long ago.  Join us on this upcoming episode of Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!!!! (Programs 132 and 133)

Fifty years ago, on February 9, 1964, The Beatles made their debut in America appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Their debut ushered in a change in American musical and cultural tastes.  The 1950s, which lasted longer than the actual decade itself, and which many feel ended with the tragic assassination of President Kennedy at the end of 1963, had come to a close.  The 1960s with all of its radical changes in popular culture had begun.  Here on Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site, we present two programs telling the story of the Beatles and how their debut on American television came to be. Also we look back at those cultural changes and how life as we knew it in the 50s would never be the same again.  Fifty years have come and gone, but the memories linger on.  Join us on Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site for these programs with our guest John Fox.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Remember Jazzing Up Your Bike, and "Customizing" Your Model Cars, and Other Items Around Your Home?

Coming Soon on Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site: Smitty and Mike share childhood memories of "fixing up" their bicycles, and finding things around the home to decorate, (using half a can of green house paint).

When Police Memorabilia Collectors Are Good All Year, They Get Cool Gifts Like Vintage Two-Way Radios in Their Christmas Stockings!

Here's Mike B. and Galaxy Good Guy Mark Galoustian celebrating the holiday season with Mark's favorite stocking stuffer, a vintage General Electric police radio model used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the early to mid 1960s. Mark is the owner of a completely restored 1968 Plymouth Belvedere that is a nearly exact replica of the patrol car used by Officers Reed and Malloy in the Adam 12 television series, which can be seen nowadays on ME-TV. Mark will be sharing his experiences as a police historian and movie/TV car restorer in an upcoming Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site show.

"Shotgun Tom" Kelly Receives an Award Much Greater Than His Recent Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame....(Not!)

Smitty and Mike B. recently helped Galaxy Good Guy "Shotgun Tom" Kelly (center) locate a prominent place on Shotgun's office wall for the Excellence in Journalism award that Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site received late last year by the San Diego Press Club. "Shotgun Tom" is a regular guest on Galaxy. Our interview with him talking about his recently awarded star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was chosen as a third place winner in the Talk Radio category of the Excellence in Journalism contest competition. "Shotgun Tom" is a legendary Top 40 Deejay who can be heard weekdays from 3 to 7 on K-EARTH 101 in Los Angeles.