Father Coughlin is on the Air! Known as the “Radio Priest,” Fr. Charles Coughlin was the uncontested spokesman for the Populist movement in Depression-torn America during the 1930’s. Every Sunday afternoon, the national combined radio networks carried his speeches to over 40 million homes, giving hope and encouragement to the unemployed, the dispossessed, the neglected, and all those conveniently “forgotten” by FDR’s “New Deal” System. (In a country with a total population of only 135 millions, this was by far the largest percentage of listeners in the history of all media, an achievement never surpassed, even to this day.) … And now, from original primary sources (rare studio discs) we present two typical programs: first, “Twenty Years Ago Today” – Complete Radio Broadcast of April 4, 1937 and second, “Relief that Fails to Relieve” – Complete Radio Broadcast of April 11, 1937. $20.00 plus shipping/handling.
Oakleaf Records, founded in 1971, was the first to make these rare and often suppressed recordings available to American collectors. Over the years others have attempted, without success, to imitate our pioneering efforts. Note: These Oakleaf CDs were all made from the original audio cassettes. Apparently, the studio sometimes treated each “side” – as opposed to each “song” – as a “track”, resulting in only two tracks, even though all the songs are present.