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Audio Exclusive: Studs Terkel’s 1962 Louis Armstrong Interview

Part of archive of 5,600 previously unavailable interviews

Louis Armstrong, Connecticut 1960
Studs Terkel. Photo courtesy of the Chicago History Museum

The legacy of the late historian and broadcaster Studs Terkel will be preserved and made accessible for free in an online archive via the WFMT Radio Network. The Chicago organization is part of local station WFMT, which served as Terkel’s professional home for 45 years. The Studs Terkel Radio Archive will ultimately showcase over 5,600 interviews and stories (a total of 9,000 hours) from Terkel’s pioneering daily radio show, which aired on WFMT from 1952 to 1997.

Among those previously inaccessible interviews conducted by Terkel is one with Louis Armstrong dated June 24, 1962. The Armstrong interview comes from a trove of this public broadcasting great’s many interviews with jazz and music legends.

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