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A reporter with National Public Radio recently enlisted the aid of WRST-FM at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in conducting an arts interview.

NPR reporter Jeff Lunden wanted to interview UW Oshkosh German professor Alan Lareau, who assisted in the effort to restore the  soundtrack to the film “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.”  This 1953 Columbia Pictures release is the only live-action feature film written by Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), and the soundtrack by Frederick Hollander was nominated for an Academy Award.

Lunden contacted WRST (90.3 FM, for engineering assistance. To conduct the interview, Lareau was interviewed by telephone in one of the WRST production studios, and his responses were digitally recorded. The resulting sound file was then posted to an FTP (file transfer protocol) site, from which the NPR reporter was able to download the material for inclusion in his report. The segment will air nationwide after the first of the year in one of the NPR news magazine programs.

Lareau has been interviewed at WRST on other occasions. Last year, Deutschland Radio in Berlin interviewed him about German cabaret society of the 1920s and 30s. WRST has been asked for similar recording and production assistance by Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America.

Randall Davidson, radio-TV-film, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.

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