The IAM will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its “Boomer Jones” radio show from 1950, by airing and streaming nationwide an encore performance on WCPT 820 in Chicago. The program features Hollywood stars William Holden, Marie MacDonald and Brian Donlevy, with commentary before and after from labor historian Charlie Micallef and Tanya Hutchins.
Boomer Jones tells the story of union organizing, through the eyes of a machinist who learns the trade as an apprentice and later becomes a journeyman. The drama shows how he fought for a better life, despite getting fired and blacklisted. The IAM’s Midwest Territory is sponsoring the show.
Listen here on September 6 at 7 p.m. Central Time to hear the original program, music the Machinists Union created during that era and messages from former IAM International President Al Hayes and current I.P. Robert Martinez Jr.
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