Learning To Listen

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20140814

As broadcasting took the world by storm in the 1920s, the radio quickly became the hub of many households. Entire families would huddle around their receiver, each person individually connected with their own headset.

But for this first generation of radio listeners, the flexible styles of listening that we habitually employ today were by no means innate - many sat silent and fully attentive, listening just as they would in a concert hall.

Historian Dominic Sandbrook charts how a new, more informal style of listening gradually evolved through the 1920s and 30s, by delving into the diaries of the Austrian musician Heinrich Schenker.

Schenker began to record what he heard on the radio within days of the inaugural broadcast from Austria's first official station, Radio Wien. This rare and fascinating record, which spans just over a decade, offers tangible evidence of how new approaches to listening emerged over these formative years. We'll follow Schenker's journey as the radio shifts from being something that demanded his rapt attention, to eventually becoming an integrated part of his domestic life.

Special thanks to the ORF, Dokufunk, the Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv and the Österreichische Mediathek for their assistance in sourcing archive for this programme. The diary entries in the programme, and many more, are available at Schenker Documents Online.

Written by Kirstie Hewlett

Produced by Eleanor Kiff

A TBI production for BBC Radio 4.

20140814

As broadcasting took the world by storm in the 1920s, the radio quickly became the hub of many households. Entire families would huddle around their receiver, each person individually connected with their own headset.

But for this first generation of radio listeners, the flexible styles of listening that we habitually employ today were by no means innate - many sat silent and fully attentive, listening just as they would in a concert hall.

Historian Dominic Sandbrook charts how a new, more informal style of listening gradually evolved through the 1920s and 30s, by delving into the diaries of the Austrian musician Heinrich Schenker.

Schenker began to record what he heard on the radio within days of the inaugural broadcast from Austria's first official station, Radio Wien. This rare and fascinating record, which spans just over a decade, offers tangible evidence of how new approaches to listening emerged over these formative years. We'll follow Schenker's journey as the radio shifts from being something that demanded his rapt attention, to eventually becoming an integrated part of his domestic life.

Special thanks to the ORF, Dokufunk, the Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv and the Österreichische Mediathek for their assistance in sourcing archive for this programme. The diary entries in the programme, and many more, are available at Schenker Documents Online.

Written by Kirstie Hewlett

Produced by Eleanor Kiff

A TBI production for BBC Radio 4.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 16 July 198919900107

First broadcast on 1989-07-16

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: 23 July 1989

Description

1/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

16 Jul 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

07 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Fran Acheson (Producer)

Simon Armson (Speaker)

Cynthia Harris (Speaker)

Derek Nuttall (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

Derek Blows (Speaker)

John Heatley (Speaker)

Vanessa Mathews (Speaker)

Norman Whiting (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-06-26

programme catalogue - details: 16 July 198919900107

BBC Programme Number: 89FA0010

First broadcast on 1989-07-16

Recorded on 1989-06-26

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: 23 July 1989

See more LEARNING TO LISTEN programmes (5)

Description

1/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

16 Jul 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

07 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Fran Acheson (Producer)

Simon Armson (Speaker)

Cynthia Harris (Speaker)

Derek Nuttall (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

Derek Blows (Speaker)

John Heatley (Speaker)

Vanessa Mathews (Speaker)

Norman Whiting (Speaker)

Programme Catalogue - Details: 16 July 198919900107

BBC Programme Number: 89FA0010

First broadcast on 1989-07-16

Recorded on 1989-06-26

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: 23 July 1989

See more LEARNING TO LISTEN programmes (5)

Description

1/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

16 Jul 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

07 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Fran Acheson (Producer)

Simon Armson (Speaker)

Cynthia Harris (Speaker)

Derek Nuttall (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

Derek Blows (Speaker)

John Heatley (Speaker)

Vanessa Mathews (Speaker)

Norman Whiting (Speaker).

Programme Catalogue - Details: 23 July 198919900114

First broadcast on 1989-07-23

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: 30 July 1989

Previous in series: 16 July 1989

Broadcast history

23 Jul 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

14 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1989-06-26.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 30 July 198919900121

First broadcast on 1989-07-30

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: MOVING TOWARDS CHANGE 4

Previous in series: 23 July 1989

Description

3/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

30 Jul 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

21 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Fran Acheson (Producer)

Simon Armson (Speaker)

John Edge (Speaker)

Derek Nuttall (Speaker)

Angela Cameron (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

John Heatley (Speaker)

Ellen Noonan (Speaker)

John Filon (Speaker)

Nancy Cohn (Speaker)

Ann Hayno (Speaker)

Rosemary Markham (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-06-26

programme catalogue - details: 30 July 198919900121

BBC Programme Number: 89FA0012

First broadcast on 1989-07-30

Recorded on 1989-06-26

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: MOVING TOWARDS CHANGE 4

Previous in series: 23 July 1989

See more LEARNING TO LISTEN programmes (5)

Description

3/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

30 Jul 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

21 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Fran Acheson (Producer)

Simon Armson (Speaker)

John Edge (Speaker)

Derek Nuttall (Speaker)

Angela Cameron (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

John Heatley (Speaker)

Ellen Noonan (Speaker)

John Filon (Speaker)

Nancy Cohn (Speaker)

Ann Hayno (Speaker)

Rosemary Markham (Speaker)

Programme Catalogue - Details: 30 July 198919900121

BBC Programme Number: 89FA0012

First broadcast on 1989-07-30

Recorded on 1989-06-26

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: MOVING TOWARDS CHANGE 4

Previous in series: 23 July 1989

See more LEARNING TO LISTEN programmes (5)

Description

3/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

30 Jul 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

21 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Fran Acheson (Producer)

Simon Armson (Speaker)

John Edge (Speaker)

Derek Nuttall (Speaker)

Angela Cameron (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

John Heatley (Speaker)

Ellen Noonan (Speaker)

John Filon (Speaker)

Nancy Cohn (Speaker)

Ann Hayno (Speaker)

Rosemary Markham (Speaker).

Programme Catalogue - Details: MOVING TOWARDS CHANGE 419900128

First broadcast on 1989-08-06

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: REACHING AN END 5

Previous in series: 30 July 1989

Description

4/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

06 Aug 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

28 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Fran Acheson (Producer)

David Tyler (Speaker)

Simon Armson (Speaker)

John Edge (Speaker)

Derek Blows (Speaker)

Angela Cameron (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

Vanessa Mathews (Speaker)

Ellen Noonan (Speaker)

John Filon (Speaker)

Janet Mcnaught (Speaker)

David Wears (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-07-14

First broadcast on 1989-08-06

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: REACHING AN END 5

Previous in series: 30 July 1989

Description

4/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

06 Aug 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

28 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Fran Acheson (Producer)

David Tyler (Speaker)

Simon Armson (Speaker)

John Edge (Speaker)

Derek Blows (Speaker)

Angela Cameron (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

Vanessa Mathews (Speaker)

Ellen Noonan (Speaker)

John Filon (Speaker)

Janet Mcnaught (Speaker)

David Wears (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-07-14

programme catalogue - details: Moving Towards Change 419900128

BBC Programme Number: 89FA0013

First broadcast on 1989-08-06

Recorded on 1989-07-14

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: REACHING AN END 5

Previous in series: 30 July 1989

See more LEARNING TO LISTEN programmes (5)

Description

4/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

06 Aug 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

28 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Fran Acheson (Producer)

David Tyler (Speaker)

Simon Armson (Speaker)

John Edge (Speaker)

Derek Blows (Speaker)

Angela Cameron (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

Vanessa Mathews (Speaker)

Ellen Noonan (Speaker)

John Filon (Speaker)

Janet Mcnaught (Speaker)

David Wears (Speaker)

Programme Catalogue - Details: Moving Towards Change 419900128

BBC Programme Number: 89FA0013

First broadcast on 1989-08-06

Recorded on 1989-07-14

Producer: F. ACHESON

Next in series: REACHING AN END 5

Previous in series: 30 July 1989

See more LEARNING TO LISTEN programmes (5)

Description

4/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

06 Aug 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

28 Jan 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Fran Acheson (Producer)

David Tyler (Speaker)

Simon Armson (Speaker)

John Edge (Speaker)

Derek Blows (Speaker)

Angela Cameron (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

Vanessa Mathews (Speaker)

Ellen Noonan (Speaker)

John Filon (Speaker)

Janet Mcnaught (Speaker)

David Wears (Speaker).

Programme Catalogue - Details: REACHING AN END 519900204

First broadcast on 1989-08-13

Producer: F. ACHESON

Previous in series: MOVING TOWARDS CHANGE 4

Description

5/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

13 Aug 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

04 Feb 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Simon Armson (Speaker)

John Edge (Speaker)

Cynthia Harris (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

Derek Blows (Speaker)

Vanessa Mathews (Speaker)

Ellen Noonan (Speaker)

Janet Mcnaught (Speaker)

William Halton (Speaker)

Gillian Paschkkes-Bell (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-07-14

programme catalogue - details: Reaching An End 519900204

BBC Programme Number: 89FA0014

First broadcast on 1989-08-13

Recorded on 1989-07-14

Producer: F. ACHESON

Previous in series: MOVING TOWARDS CHANGE 4

See more LEARNING TO LISTEN programmes (5)

Description

5/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

13 Aug 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

04 Feb 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Simon Armson (Speaker)

John Edge (Speaker)

Cynthia Harris (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

Derek Blows (Speaker)

Vanessa Mathews (Speaker)

Ellen Noonan (Speaker)

Janet Mcnaught (Speaker)

William Halton (Speaker)

Gillian Paschkkes-Bell (Speaker)

Programme Catalogue - Details: Reaching An End 519900204

BBC Programme Number: 89FA0014

First broadcast on 1989-08-13

Recorded on 1989-07-14

Producer: F. ACHESON

Previous in series: MOVING TOWARDS CHANGE 4

See more LEARNING TO LISTEN programmes (5)

Description

5/5 part guide to the skills of counselling presented by Dr Tony LAKE. Part

Subject Categories

educational programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

13 Aug 1989 16:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

04 Feb 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Tony Lake

Simon Armson (Speaker)

John Edge (Speaker)

Cynthia Harris (Speaker)

Moira Fryer (Speaker)

Derek Blows (Speaker)

Vanessa Mathews (Speaker)

Ellen Noonan (Speaker)

Janet Mcnaught (Speaker)

William Halton (Speaker)

Gillian Paschkkes-Bell (Speaker).

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 3.

programme catalogue - station

Radio 4

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 4.