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Datebook: October 5 – World Series First Broadcast on Radio 90 Years Ago

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A first for radio, the 1921 World Series was broadcast over radio stations KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, WBZ in Springfield, Massachusetts, and WJZ in Newark, New Jersey. In the 1921 World Series, the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees five games to three. This was the last of the experimental best-five-of-nine series. This series was significant for pitting the Giants’ “inside game” practitioners and the Yankees’ “power game” players (Babe Ruth, for example). This game also began the Yankees dynasty, and despite Ruth being injured (with limited action), it was a closely contested game. KDKA’s coverage was live, direct, and exclusive from the Polo Grounds. Meanwhile, WBZ and WJZ’ coverage was relayed and re-created by Tommy Cowan. Grantland Rice sent play-by-play reports/summaries to Cowan via the telephone.

It’s Wednesday, October 5

River City Legends and Lore Lantern Lit Walking Ghost Tours of Downtown Paducah commence from the Markethouse Studio Theatre at 120 Market House Square at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. this Saturday and next and Friday, October 21. Make reservations at 270-444-6828 noon to 5 Tuesday through Friday.

Tickets are $50 per person for A Taste of the Arts Event benefiting MSU student scholarships in Art, Music and Theatre Thursday, October 13. Contact the MSU Office of Development at 270-809-3250 for more. Enjoy dinner, a silent auction, and entertainments in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College presents Ballroom with a Twist, a new dance production fresh from Vegas, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Clemens Fine Arts Center on Campus in Paducah. See young dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and High School Musical, the Movie as well as American Idol finalists. Adult tickets are $25.

Hear Music from the Front Porch on demand at wkms.org. Enjoy the day!

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