Listener Erik recently discovered the blog, and graciously sent some audio gems to share with y'all. Here's what he says:
It's been about 32 years since National Public Radio launched the news program, All Things Considered. Makes me feel old. I still enjoy listening to Susan Stamberg and other long-timers on a frequent basis.
Dink... dink... dink... dink... Ah! It must be time for the news. Though the theme music to the program has changed over the years, it's always been unique, appropriate and recognizable.
There's only one mention of the theme music on the WFMU blog, and no sound clips. Your 2006 news theme blog entry inspired me to dig up an item from my cassette collection.
All Things Considered Themes (zip file)
ATC Theme - 1971 (Original)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Part 1)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Part 2)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Part 1 and 2)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Funky Brass Part 1)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Funky Brass Part 2)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Newsy Brass)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Long Dink Dink Headlines Bridge)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Short Dink Dink Headlines Bridge)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Xylophone Transition)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Short Transition)
ATC Theme - 1976 (Low Synth Transition)
ATC Theme - 1983
ATC Theme - Washington Saxophone Quartet Version
ATC Theme - 1995
Some are from the NPR web site and some are those I recorded while doing my TV production internship back in 1986. This was a small collection of ATC theme music and transitions on vinyl for production purposes. I don't happen to have the cover artwork, though.
A couple of the tracks, and others are found here (The 30th Anniversary of NPR's All Things Considered news program includes recordings of its theme music, from original through today).
The Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra plays their version of NPR's All Things Considered theme.
Listener submissions for possible lyrics to the theme music.
Here are Glenn's comments:
This is a wonderful movie that few people know. I saw it years ago in a theatre and loved it. There was a brief VHS release, no DVD ? I found a used VHS at Amoeba in Hollywood.
If you ever do see it, you'll never hear the ATC theme without putting these lyrics to it...