Category Archives: Musical

Big Band and Swing Bands in Old Time Radio

Music has always been an indispensable element of radio broadcast. The station which would eventually become WHA, Wisconsin Public Radio, began its first music broadcasts as early as 1917. It is not surprising that we have a number of terrific … Continue reading

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The Era of the Cities Service Band of America

In 1910, Henry Latham Doherty formed the Cities Service Company. His company sought to supply affordable energy to small public utility agencies. By the late 1920’s, Doherty’s company was recognized nationwide for its ability to refill gas supplies during low … Continue reading

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The Voice of Firestone brings Classical Music to the Airwaves, 1928

Sponsored by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, the Firestone Hour debuted December 3, 1928 on the NBC radio-broadcasting network. The program featured classical and operatic music in an old time radio shows format, in which selections were performed by the … Continue reading

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Contented Listeners Tune into the Carnation Contented Hour

The Carnation Contented Hour debuted at 8:00 p.m. on April 26, 1931. Originally broadcast over the west coast National Broadcasting Company (NBC), the show began to broadcast nationwide in January 1932. Taking its name from the longtime Carnation Milk Company … Continue reading

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Bill Ring Old Time Radio

“If you’re too busy to go fishin’, You’re TOO busy!” This philosophy was popularized by Country Music legend Bill Ring. Ring appeared on the California Hayride TV program with Cottonseed Clark. He also became part of the Ralph D. Foster’s … Continue reading

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Old Time Radio Western Music Sampler

“What kind of music do you usually have here?” “Oh, we’ve got both kinds. We’ve got Country and Western!” “Both Kinds” Maybe it was a better joke in the Blues Brothers than it is here, but it brings us to … Continue reading

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All Aboard Gordon MacRae’s Railroad Hour

ALL ABOARD! Enjoy Gordon MacRae and his guest stars as they perform some of the greatest musical selections from famous plays and operettas. The Railroad Hour was on the radio from 1948 until 1954, first on the American Broadcasting System (ABC) … Continue reading

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Big Band Radio Shows

Listening to classic big band radio broadcasts is a great past-time.  Hearing some live music old time radio shows broadcasts from the greats never gets old! Some favorites include: Andrew Sisters Artie Shaw Bing Crosby Call for Music Tommy Dorsey … Continue reading

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Live! It’s the Xavier Cugat Orchestra

A promising classical violinist by the age of 15, Xavier Cugat would go on to become the “Rumba King” by the time he reached 30. Two years after his birth in 1900, Cugat and his family emigrated from Spain to … Continue reading

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First Commercial Broadcast “Voice of Firestone” aired on 3-22-1928

Today in radio history, the first commercial broadcast The Voice of Firestone was aired. Sponsored by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company on the NBC network. ABC aired the show on the same day and time starting 1954 after a … Continue reading

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