Never Forget Radio

Post- post-9/11 podcast. Imperfectly feminist, non-parody, non-conspiracy. Irregular essays on nearby history. Never forgetting, too soon and too late. TW: W.

Ronan Tynan performing today at the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Never Forget Radio’s episodes about Tynan’s relentless memorial habits, including audio from his appearances at several 9/11 anniversaries, are embedded below:
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Ronan Tynan performing today at the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Never Forget Radio’s episodes about Tynan’s relentless memorial habits, including audio from his appearances at several 9/11 anniversaries, are embedded below:

Ronan Tynan’s name misspelled on MLB broadcast, at the Yankees’ first home game after 9/11 on 9/25/01, just before he sang “God Bless America” and ascended to a nationally known career of singing patriotic songs in front of the President.
Not known to you? Try Never Forget Radio’s new episodes about this polarizing epochal figure, embedded below:

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Ronan Tynan’s name misspelled on MLB broadcast, at the Yankees’ first home game after 9/11 on 9/25/01, just before he sang “God Bless America” and ascended to a nationally known career of singing patriotic songs in front of the President.

Not known to you? Try Never Forget Radio’s new episodes about this polarizing epochal figure, embedded below:

The New York Yankees invited the Boys Choir of Harlem to sing “We Shall Overcome” and Ronan Tynan to sing “God Bless America” at their first home game after 9/11, as we examined in Episode 12. After this national exposure, Tynan found great success during the post-9/11 era, performing for the President, Pope, and dozens of times at Yankee Stadium and other sports events.

The Boys Choir of Harlem did not become fixtures at obligatory patriotic memorial events, but they did appear on Kanye West’s first album The College Dropout before disbanding in 2007. (Hopefully more on him in a future episode.)

"God Bless America" became ubiquitous in Major League Baseball and compulsory at Yankee Stadium (they play it at every game, usually the Kate Smith recording from 1943), but I have been unable to find evidence of any performances of “We Shall Overcome” at Yankee Stadium since 2001.

Never Forget Radio’s two episodes about all this are embedded below:

Stills from the Inaugural Prayer Service, January 2005, before Ronan Tynan performed in the National Cathedral:

1. W. is late

2. in the front row, Ronan Tynan does a little handwave to Dick Cheney which is barely acknowledged

3. Lynn Cheney deigns to shake Ronan’s hand but Cheney is not stopping; they are not friends

4. W. stops to shake hands with Ronan; they’re friends

These stills are selections from the cspan footage I’ve appropriated for historical research purposes for the new episode, From the Mountains to the Prairies, streaming below:

Devil Rays at Yankees, 9/25/01 … Yankees’ first home game after 9/11 

Yankees at Astros, 4/1/14 … just another post-9/11 opening day

Never Forget Radio is proud to present in full …


| Post-9/11 Sports Quadrilogy (9/13/01-4/1/14) |

9. The Fall | WWF Smackdown, 9/13/01

11. Welcome to Never Forget Sports Radio | the Mets’ first home game after 9/11 - 9/21/01

12. While the Stormclouds Gather | the Yankees’ first home game after 9/11 - 9/25/01

13. From the Mountains to the Prairies | Ronan Tynan’s adventures in post-9/11 New York and post-marathon bombing Boston, culminating in the Red Sox’ visit to the White House, 4/1/14

13. From the Mountains to the Prairies: Baseball’s New Tenor, Part 2 

Never Forget Radio’s Post-9/11 Sports Quadrilogy (9/13/01-4/1/14) concludes with Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan’s rise and fall and rise. A year after the Boston Marathon Bombing, we revisit recycled baseball recovery narratives, regionalist sloganeering, and “God Bless America” (again). Music by fan recordings from stadiums, tributes, and parades, plus Old Table, Cave Cricket, and John Hollahan.

Listen/purchase: From the Mountains to the Praires: Baseball’s New Tenor, Part 2 by Never Forget Radio

Terrence Wright & the Boys Choir of Harlem sing “We Shall Overcome” at Yankee Stadium, 9/25/01
Latest NFR episode, embedded below: 
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Coming soon: part 2 of Ronan Tynan & “God Bless America“‘s adventures in the post-9/11 era (ft. George Bush, Barack Obama, & Benedict XVI)

Terrence Wright & the Boys Choir of Harlem sing “We Shall Overcome” at Yankee Stadium, 9/25/01

Latest NFR episode, embedded below:

Coming soon: part 2 of Ronan Tynan & “God Bless America“‘s adventures in the post-9/11 era (ft. George Bush, Barack Obama, & Benedict XVI)

Lean on Me — Bill Withers

Experience this 70s soul classic as covered by Michael Bolton at a 9/11 remembrance event at Yankee Stadium, in Never Forget Radio’s latest episode, streaming below: