WFDU broadcaster makes musical cameo in '42'

WFDU broadcaster Ed Alstrom plays the organ at a weekend game at Yankees Stadium. 

By Kenna Caprio

WFDU's Ed Alstrom, host of the Sunday afternoon Americana show ROOT-891, can be heard in the new hit movie "42” doing one of things he loves most: playing the stadium organ. 

Producers of the Jackie Robinson biopic contacted the New York Yankees asking for an organist recommendation. The filmmakers needed someone to replicate the legendary sound of Gladys Gooding, the organist for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. 

Alstrom, who plays organ for the Yankees at all Saturday and Sunday home games, was the organization’s pick. 

“I had to listen to 1940s recordings of Gladys Gooding and copy them exactly. It was challenging but rewarding and fun,” says Alstrom. “Seeing my name in the credits was a rush.” 

His work can be heard in several brief snippets in the movie after Jackie Robinson reaches the major leagues. Watch for his name in the music credits at the end of the movie! 

WFDU 89.1 FM, “The Radio Voice of Fairleigh Dickinson University,” has been serving the public and the University since 1971. The station broadcasts from the Armstrong Tower in Alpine, N.J. and can also be heard on the Internet and through a variety of mobile devices.

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