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All Things Considered recently celebrated 30 years

The first day, August 13, 1977

Here's what the schedule looked like on the very first broadcast day of VPR:
12:00 noon The Goon Show
12:30 P.M. The Lone Ranger
1:00 P.M. Public Access
1:30 P.M. Washington Week in Review
2:00 P.M. Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, Rossini's "La Cenerentola"
5:00 P.M. All Things Considered
6:00 P.M. Boston Pops
8:00 P.M. Evening Concert
10:00 P.M. Downtown Jazz
11:00 P.M. Earplay

A staff member recalled that the day sounded "sloppy and horrible." All Things Considered came in by telephone line and sounded "sort of like it was on the moon." Morning Pro Musica with Robert J. Lurstsema started days later because VPR had trouble getting antennas going on Mt. Ascutney.

Our Master Control Room hadn't been wired yet, so staffers used a remote recording board in our large studio, along with two turntables. There was no separation between the engineer and the person hosting the program, which made for some interesting moments.