Green Bay, Wis. – Don Hutson, a Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer who played for the team from 1935 to 1945, hosted a radio program in the late 1940s. Selected recordings of this program are now part of the Packers Hall of Fame, Inc archives of Packers history.
Don Hutson’s nephew, Steve Hutson of Mequon, Wis, donated the unusual vinyl-coated aluminum records that are 16 inches in diameter and play from the center to the outside. The Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. audio engineer needed to purchase a custom-made turntable in order to play them and convert the recordings to digital MP3 files. There are three records, including one of Don Hutson’s audition for the radio show.
Tom Murphy, the Packers Hall of Fame archivist, said “these records are a great addition to our archive of physical items — but to also have these recordings in digital format really makes this donation special. We can make clips available to our members via our new online digital archive (packershalloffame.com/access-pass) and we can offer them to fans as a digital download (packershalloffame.com/online-store).
Steve Hutson said “Lee Remmel previously suggested the Hall of Fame might be able to do something with these records. It’s wonderful that my uncle’s commentary about Packers football in 1949 has been digitized and can now be heard by Packer fans throughout the world.”
Jason Wied, Packers vice president of administration/general counsel, commended the Packers Hall of Fame Inc.’s new effort to further preserve the team’s rich history and make it available to fans.
“The online digital archive the Hall of Fame Inc. has developed, which is separate from the team’s website, Packers.com, is a wonderful addition to the Hall’s preservation work and will be an exciting resource for fans to further enjoy the Packers’ rich history, such as the Hutson recordings,” Wied said. “The Packers organization wishes the Packers Hall of Fame Inc. well with the new project and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. was established in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, independent of the Green Bay Packers, with the mission to preserve and protect the history of the Packers. The physical location is housed in a spectacular 25,000-square foot facility in the Lambeau Field Atrium and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with variable hours on game days and holidays (call 920-569-7512 for more information). The Packers Hall of Fame digital archive was established in 2011 to provide an online resource of Packers history. Fans can learn more at packershalloffame.com The Hall raises funds to support its mission through events and donations. The annual Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 11, 2011, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. The annual Induction Banquet will be held on July 23, 2011 at the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay, Wis. Both events are currently sold out. Contributions to the Packers Hall of Fame — either financial or in the form of historic Packers memorabilia — may quality as a tax-deductible gift.