Webcaster ACCURADIO will boldly take you where no listening experience has gone before when it debuts a channel featuring music from "Star Trek," including its five live-action TV series (to date) and its 12 original motion pictures on "First Contact Day," APRIL 5th.
For those not familiar with the "Star Trek" holiday calendar: First Contact Day, according to an episode in the fourth series, "Star Trek: Voyager," commemorates the first official contact between humans and Vulcans on APRIL 5th, 2063, in BOZEMAN, MT. It marks a defining moment in human history, honoring the warp 1 flight of the PHOENIX, and heralding the formation of the UNITED FEDERATION OF PLANTS.
The most obvious ACCURADIO channel to kick off your First Contact Day expedition is "Spock On: The Music of 'Star Trek,'" with gems like “Spock Walk,” “Beamed To The Farm,” “Battle For The Array.” About half of these tracks are the work of composer JERRY GOLDSMITH, who composed scores for five of the films, as well as themes for "The Next Generation" and "Voyager."
The influence of "Star Trek" on ACCURADIO runs deep. Founder and CEO KURT HANSON probably knows more about Trek lore than that Andorian you met online playing "Delta Rising." He still remembers the first episode broadcast in 1966: “I was 11 years old, watching on a black and white MAGNAVOX console TV. Then I started persuading my parents to take us to visit my aunt and uncle when 'Star Trek' was on, because they had a color TV, and after the first two pilots the sets and costumes were designed to show off RCA color TVs.”
Just before launching ACCURADIO, HANSON fulfilled a lifelong dream by getting a job as a graphic artist on "Star Trek: Insurrection," the ninth film. This also gave him the opportunity to roam the sets of "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager," which were in production on the PARAMOUNT lot at the same time. HANSON designed the animations shown on the villainous aliens’ starships’ computer monitors. Then, once the millennium turned, Hanson was back in CHICAGO inventing ACCURADIO, whose headquarters feature HANSON’s impressive collection of genuine memorabilia from "Star Trek" TV and film sets, which he acquired at the famous CHRISTIE'S AUCTION in 2006. Of the various costumes he acquired, HANSON claims to have worn only two (in public anyway): the suede field jacket worn by Dr. McCOY in the climax of the first film, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," and the KIRK-era, green, wrap-around tunic worn by CAPTAIN JONATHAN ARCHER on "Enterprise." “It’s stressful to wear such a valuable and historic item to a HALLOWEEN party where someone could spill onion dip on it,” Hanson explains.
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