New generations are thrilling for the first time to the sounds of Swing and Big Band music which first emerged from the greatest period of American popular music. Orchestra leaders like Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Glenn Miller are capturing their dancing interests, while vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Helen Forrest are capturing their romantic interests. Swing Street Radio host and curator Craig Roberts shares his broad knowledge of Big Band and Swing music, and draws from a collection of over 15,000 popular and rare recordings that span from the infancy of jazz in the 1920’s to the Great Depression to World War II. Artist Profiles and listener requests round out two lively hours of great Swing & Big Band music!
G.I. Jive was a request program broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) for the entertainment of soldiers serving overseas during World War II. Martha Wilkerson (G.I. Jill) hosts, along with occasional special guest appearances by celebrities such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. The program was considered one of the most popular shows on AFRS, and certainly the one that made the biggest impact on troop morale. G.I. Jill was sometimes referred to as America's answer to Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally, but without any hint of propaganda in any of her programs.
Before video on demand, before television, even before the movies talked- there was radio! Radio’s “golden age” from the early 1930’s until the mid-1950’s produced some of the most beloved and enduring forms of entertainment. Dramas, Westerns, Comedy and Musical Variety all have their roots in the golden age of radio. Each evening, millions of Americans tuned to radio not only as a source of news, but also to enjoy their favorite programs. Experience the thrill of the best shows with Hollywood’s and radio’s greatest stars. Join curator and host Craig Roberts as he shares the history of the times and background information on the writers, directors, announcers and performers that made radio what it was. Tune in and thrill to the best of the golden age of radio on “Radio Yesteryear”.
“From Stateside” is a time capsule of what was happening in the United States of America during the pre-war and World War II era. Host Jay Lawrence showcases the music and events that shaped the period, featuring popular big bands such as Guy Lombardo and Benny Goodman and vocalists like Helen Forrest and Frank Sinatra. In addition, Lawrence highlights a “Movie of the Week” along with excerpted radio shows of the time like Jack Benny and Fred Allen, so you get a feel of the timeless comedy that still plays in the theatre of the mind today. In addition, Jay presents “Miller Time”, featuring a Glenn Miller song, along with "What’s Happening at the Hollywood Canteen”. All of this “From Stateside” with Jay Lawrence.
The Swing Street Ballroom with Craig Roberts presents live music (transcribed) from famous ballroom and night spots from across the nation. In radio’s early days, most of the music enjoyed by listeners came from live performances (“via remote”). Places like the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, The Palomar in Los Angeles and The Palladium in New York City were just a few of the locations where radio brought its microphones in order to bring fine listening and dancing music to the nation. Swing Street’s version of Make Believe Ballroom draws from a library of over 1000 recordings of actual live radio performances of “the nation’s leading dance bands from the nation’s leading dance spots” (as the announcers used to say!) from the Golden Age of Radio.
Boom and bust, prohibition and parties, flappers and philosophers – the 1920s was a decade of contradictions, a decade in which modern America was defined, and a decade full of great music. Join host Neil Sheldon for “The Roaring Twenties” as he explores the music and artists that defined an era. From its roots in New Orleans, to Chicago and New York, and eventually conquering the world. Neil showcases legends – from Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and King Oliver, to Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington- and introduces you to some lesser knowns- great performers now almost forgotten. Great music from the Jazz Age, the Crazy Years, the Dollar Decade, The Roaring Twenties!
Join host Fred Hall ‘behind the scenes in swing’ on Swing Thing. Fred conducted his first interview with Helen Forrest in 1945 and subsequently recorded hundreds of artist interviews. Meet the singers, song writers/arrangers and musicians that created a uniquely American musical idiom called ‘swing’. Each week on Swing Thing, Fred showcases the music and shares conversations with the stars of the swing era. Artists like Harry James, Dick Haymes, Jo Stafford and hundreds more are all an intimate part of this remarkable show.
The Swing Era is an entertaining and informative musical program fed by the enormous recorded legacy that the Swing Era bands and artists left us. The Swing Era’s main focus is on the period from 1930 thru the 1940s, a span of time wide enough to present the bigger picture of this exciting musical era. Host Bud Pearson’s interest in big bands and swing began by listening to a local radio station that played all the best music of the ‘40s. Bud’s been a record collector ever since. The Swing Era draws on a collection of big band, swing era jazz and broadcast recordings of over 50,000 selections. Bud’s knowledge, backed by an extensive library of discographic and historical material provide the basis for the program’s annotation. There you have the Swing Era story. The rest is in the listening.
Rhythm Sweet & Hot is an engaging and light-hearted romp through swing music that entertains by capturing both the history and essence of musical culture from the ‘20s to the ‘40s. Join hosts Mike Plaskett and Dale Abraham for tunes that are well-known performed by the big names of swing and discover the “lesser-lights” of the music world whose records "can't be found at the local mall." Music so good, the State of Pennsylvania officially dedicated a day to it! Rhythm Sweet & Hot. Solid rhythm that is sometimes sweet, sometimes hot, and sometimes sweet and hot!
The Original Big Band Showcase covers all of the great Big Bands and Jazz groups of our times from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s up to today. The Original Big Band Showcase is a tremendous link to our musical past and door to the future of top quality big band musicians and artists. A ‘Big Band Hall of Fame’ inductee, host Denny Farrell is rated as one of the top broadcasters in the nation with a distinctive format that combines Swing, Sweet, Dixieland and Jazz. Farrell’s announcing chores have tied him to such greats as Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington, as well as Lionel Hampton, Sammy Kaye, and Frank Sinatra. He has also shared the stage with Harry James, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Red Norvo and Artie Shaw, just to name a few! The Chicago broadcasting legend is winner of a ‘National Ballroom & Entertainment Association’ award for his syndicated show. Requests are always welcome at (866) 625-4475.