The Vietnam Tapes of Lance Corporal Michael A. Baronowski

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It’s ridiculous to even try to make a Top 10 List of favorite radio documentaries. I think my head might snap back like a Pez dispenser if I tried – there are too many good ones to pick from. But, regardless of the challenge, I know for certain the piece featured on this HowSound would make the list.

“The Vietnam Tapes of Lance Corporal Michael A. Baronowski” includes live field recordings from the war that are incredibly honest, genuine, unrehearsed, visceral, funny, devastating…. In short, they’re remarkable.

The story was produced in 2000 by Christina Egloff with Jay Allison as part of the Lost and Found Sound series. It received a Gold award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival. And, despite the fact that “The Vietnam Tapes…” is thirteen years old now, the staff at PRX tells me stations still acquire this piece to air around Memorial Day — as well they should.

Please put aside what you’re doing and make time to listen deliberately.

Two of my fav Lost and Found Sound stories are Tony Schwartz: 30,000 Recordings Later by the Kitchen Sisters and Listening to the Northern Lights by Barrett Golding.

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  • Sara

    8.26.15

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    This is tragic.

    • Hotty Hotr

      8.03.16

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      I love that you just found this in 2015. Amazing piece, and I would’ve loved to hear how Michael A. Baronowski would’ve put it together were he ever to come home. (And I think that is a big part of the lure of this documentary.) Obviously he didn’t intend for it – or parts of it at least – to be a documentary of some kind, but I’m curious still. His mate was probably right in that Baronowski wanted to showcase what he could do to a radio channel or another media outlet.

      This might well be the radio piece I’ve listened to the most number of times. I’m close to ten times through, I think.

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