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Published on Jan 28, 2012
Barbara Freitchie was done in November 1957 at WHRB and WXHR (CK, RM and PW). It seemed the poem should de read by a woman, but unfortunately back then WHRB didn't have any female members. The problem was solved when CK persuaded one of the women announcers at WXHR (Janet Baker Carr) to do it. She recorded the poem straight, and only later heard the finished product. She loved the results, and so has everyone else since then. As a matter of fact, it has probably been played more often than any of the other Crocks, and remains the most popular one today. It features a truly international cast including the British Grenadier Guards as well as a troop of flamenco dancers. There are some custom made sound effects provided by CK, and a few anachronisms thrown in for good measure. Incidentally, at one point CK had to spin a turntable by hand to keep some segued musical selections in the proper key.