On the Record is a series of podcasts hosted by John Ensslin featuring conversations with New Jersey newsmakers and Record journalists.
The Wizard of Oz was a smash hit Broadway play in 1902 that was nothing like the 1939 movie
Did you know there was a 1902 Broadway production of "The Wizard of Oz." It was a smash hit and contributed to the 1939 classic movie. But as Record entertainment writer Jim Beckerman explains - the show had very little resemblance to the movie. In this episode of On the Record, Jim plays some of the songs from the musical, which had its roots in vaudeville.
Inside the making of 'Breslin and Hamill - Deadline Artists'
Montclair author and journalist Jonathan Alter talks about the new HBO documentary he and two other film makers made on the life and careers of New York City columnist Pete Hamill and Jimmy Breslin. The film, "Breslin and Hamill - Deadline Artists" debuts on Jan. 28. Photo by Brian Hamill/Courtesy HBO.
Sandman heads to Cooperstown: Mariano Rivera elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has been elected unanimously to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is the first player to be chosen unanimously in 75 years of balloting. In this episode of On the Record, Pete Caldera, who covers the Yankees for The Record, talks about why voting for Mariano was an easy choice. Record file photo by Tyson Trish.
Oscar nominations offer a mixed picture for women in film
Record entertainment reporter Jim Beckerman discusses this year's Oscar nominations in this episode of On the Record. Jim notes that the nominations present a mixed picture for women in film. The two films that scored the most nominations - The Favourite and Roma - both feature strong roles for women. But women directors did not fare as well. AP Photo.
From the archives: Martin Luther King Jr.'s final visit to New Jersey
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we replay this episode of On the Record that first aired in March 2018. King made his last public appearance in New Jersey when he gave a speech on March 27, 1968 at the Community Baptist Church in Paterson just days before he was assassinated in Memphis. In this episode, Record photojournalist Kevin R. Wexler talks with several Paterson residents who were there that day.
Hard cider, State of the State and a 1963 school shooting - all in the Best of On the Record
The Miracle on the Hudson, a 1963 Paterson school shooting and efforts to revive New Jersey's hard cider industry are all part of this week's "The Best of On the Record." The episodes includes conversations with Record reporters Ricardo Kaulessar, Catherine Carrera and Chris Maag plus an excerpt from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's State of the State speech.