Radio Request Cards: A Blast from the Past

By Paul Augustin

April 2022 PHOTO ESSAY
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ONE FEELS A sense of enveloping nostalgia, reading through the collection of old radio request cards; the words acting as a portal into the distant past when letters and postcards of varying penmanship, from barely legible scrawls to slanted cursives, were sent to radio stations, for song requests and dedications to friends, family, loved ones or even, just for the listener’s own pleasure. What a thrill it must have been to hear one’s name over the radio!From the 1950s to...

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Paul Augustin

is the director of Penang House of Music, and founder and festival director of the Penang Island Jazz Festival.