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Vietnam Reverberations: Stories and Songs of the Vietnam Era

On Thursday, Oct. 19, KCPT and 90.9 The Bridge hosted a special day dedicated to music from the Vietnam era. With local veterans and Armed Forces radio DJs, Vietnam Reverberations: Stories and Songs (#VietnamReverb) explored songs of protest and solidarity, and what they still mean half a century later. 

The day kicked off with music and reflections from Rick Turner, who worked as an Armed Forces Radio DJ in Qui Nhon and Saigon in the early ‘70s. Turner hosted a morning show called Dawn Buster, where he would play Adrian Cronauer's beloved greeting, "Good morning Vietnam," from a tape cartridge.  

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In the afternoon we were joined by George Biswell, who was spinning records in Taiwan from 1969 to 1971, and was active in Vietnam Veterans Against the War when he came home to Kansas City. 

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Vietnam veteran Doug Bradley, who wrote “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Soundtrack of the Vietnam War,” was in the studio to reflect on the iconic music of the era.  

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Jon Hart, Station Manager at The Bridge, interviewed documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick when they came to Kansas City in September to promote their new PBS documentary series, “The Vietnam War.”

Interview with Ken Burns

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Interview with Lynn Novick

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For some additional listening, here are two Spotify playlists of music from the series, which includes more than 120 iconic songs of the era: