Songs from Tony DiSipio's record collection. Tony DiSipio has a radio program in Pueblo in the 1950s. His album collection was used for songs played during his program the Italian Radio Program (English and Italian radio program) on KDZA. History Colorado does not own the right to any of the songs on this sound recording. The songs were collected to document Tony's radio program and what many Italians in Pueblo were listening to on the radio in the 1950s.
Sound Recording collected as part of the CIAPA Archive (see other related items in the R.106.2005/MSS.03094 donation; see also 94.91 donation and Pauline Annette DiSipio file in MSS.02595 and the books Echoes of Elm Street and The Old Neighborhood by Pauline DiSipio)-see notes below
Original on audiotape cassette in case. Cassette side A has a length of 46 minutes, 45 seconds. Side B has a length of 46 minutes, 58 seconds. Transferred to one mp3 file for access. Clip of access file attached.
In 2002, the Colorado Historical Society (now known as History Colorado) founded the Colorado Italian American Preservation Association (CIAPA). A volunteer organization, CIAPA’s mission is to work collaboratively with the Society and other organizations to develop, support and coordinate projects that preserve, promote and celebrate Italian American culture and heritage. Since 2002, CIAPA has carried out its mission by meeting with people from the Colorado Italian American community, recording their stories and creating an archive of research materials that includes oral histories, photographs, moving images, sound recordings and artifacts. To date, CIAPA has helped the Society acquire over 200 oral histories, 600 artifacts and nearly 6,000 photographs. Since 2002, CIAPA has developed over 4,000 research files, all of which document the history, culture and traditions of Italian American families in Colorado.
See attached index for interview summary.
See MSS.02595 file for additional information and images.
From the book Italy in Colorado:
Anthony “Tony” DiSipio
Born in 1909 to Angelo and Concetta DiSipio, Tony DiSipio married Dorothy Passanante in 1937 at Mount Carmel Church in Pueblo. Tony and Dorothy had two children together: Concetta Constance “Connie” Marie DiSipio and Paolina “Pauline” Annette DiSipio.
The DiSipio family lived on Elm Street in Pueblo where Tony worked at the Colorado Fuel & Iron Corporation steel mill for thirty years. He worked first in the open hearth section and later in the blast furnace department. Additionally, he worked at KDZA, a radio station in Pueblo announcing the “Music from Italy” radio program.
Tony DiSipio passed away in Pueblo in 1967, followed by Dorothy who died in 1998.
1. Tony DiSipio announcing the “Music from Italy” radio program on Pueblo’s KDZA, c. 1955. CHS CIAPA Collection. Courtesy Pauline Annette DiSipio. PCCLI2920
2. Tony and Dorothy DiSipio at their home in Pueblo, 1959. CHS CIAPA Collection. Courtesy Pauline Annette DiSipio. PCCLI2926