On this series premiere of From the Vault, weâ€™re celebrating the 57th anniversary of the legendary community radio network Lewis Hill founded in 1949. But instead of a typical collage of all the great clips from Pacificaâ€™s past, weâ€™re looking specifically at the two people who most defined the network. The first, of course, is Lewis Hill: pacifist, conscientious objector, and Pacificaâ€™s original visionary. The second is Elsa Knight Thompson: one of the first women radio broadcasters, an award-winning journalist, and famed interviewer. These two were the spirit of Pacifica for the Networkâ€™s first 20 years. And their spirits still guide Pacifica and all listener-sponsored radio. They shared a common belief - a fundamental belief - that all opinions were entitled to an outlet, that everyone was entitled to a voice. This week, we hear theirs.
The second half of this show introduces David Moore, Lewis Hillâ€™s son. David Moore selected one program out of the entire Pacifica Radio Archivesâ€™ vault to play raw and unedited, and weâ€™ll hear his comments on why this particular recording is so important to him.