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A radio from the Waves on the Mersey Festival in Liverpool

Waves on the Mersey []

The Waves on the Mersey festival in Liverpool, England has concluded. From February 18 through the 22nd five giant radios aired historical documentaries about the famous city broadcast at 87.7 FM. Seventy students produced the docs. The huge radios themselves were situated at museums, churches, and other public places.

On Monday, February 18, the first piece covered the history of The Beatles (of course); next came a production about the Toxteth Race Riots; this was followed by a feature about the Hillsborough soccer crush disaster of 1989; then the May Blitz in 1941; and last but not least Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1982.

Liverpool is situated on the River Mersey . . . so radio “waves” on the Mersey, get it? Race riots, soccer riots, Nazis, Popes, and the Beatles—you’ve got to love Liverpool. And you’ve got to love these radios, too. Here are some more pictures, gleaned from the project’s Facebook page.

Waves on the Mersey radio.

Waves on the Mersey radio.

Waves on the Mersey was a brainchild of the Open the Door Theater in Education project.  If you want to listen to the documentaries again, here they are.


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