One Night Stand with the Big Bands
- From: "Tuba Bob" <tubabob@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 23 Jan 2006 10:12:03 -0800
The latest "Golden Age of Radio" programs with Dick Bertel
and Ed Corcoran, and "A One Night Stand with the Big Bands"
with Arnold Dean can be heard at www.goldenage-wtic.info.
Each week we feature three complete shows in MP3 format
for your listening pleasure or for downloading; two "Golden
Age of Radios" and one "One Night Stand." We present new
shows every week or so. The current three programs will be
available on line at least until the morning of January 30, 2006.
Program 14 - - May, 1971 - Jim "Fibber McGee" Jordan
>>From April 16, 1935 to September 6, 1959 one of the best-
known addresses in the USA was the home of Fibber McGee
and Molly. They resided at 79 Wistful Vista in a midwestern
city where the popular shows took place. Fibber was just that
- a fibber, a braggard, a man who stretched his stories and
ideas to the limit, often to the dismay of his patient spouse
Molly. McGee took telling tall tales to a fine art. His wild
ideas and schemes were the basis for the show which usually
took place in the living-room at their home. They didn't enjoy
quiet evenings alone because there was always a steady stream
of visitors, each a character in his or her own way, who added
to the confusion and hilarity of the situation at hand.
Program 15 - June, 1971 - Don McNeil
Don McNeil was "The Man Who Came to Breakfast." For 35
years millions joined him five days a week, laughed at and
with him, sang with him, and marched around the breakfast
table at 15-minute intervals. Don McNeill created and
hosted "The Breakfast Club," a variety hour that made an
indelible mark on radio.
The first of its genre, one of its most popular features was
"calls to breakfast" every 15 minutes-wake-up calls when
the audience marched around the table. McNeill didn't
resent that his humor was called "corny." He had a special
ability to talk to anyone, from foreign heads of state to
humble day laborers.
"A One Night Stand with the Big Bands" With Arnold Dean
George T. Simon and Glenn Miller - Part 2 - August, 1974
The subject this week is a continuation of Arnold's
conversation about Glenn Miller, with George T. Simon,
author of The Big Bands and Simon Says: The Sights and
Sounds of the Swing Era, and the foremost authority on
the Big Band Era. Simon helped Glenn Miller organize
his first band, played drums in it, and fostered Miller's
reputation through his writing for Metronome, The New
York Herald Tribune, and other leading publications. He
went on to become a leading expert on the music of the
swing era and the big bands. He wrote several other
acclaimed books, including The Sinatra Report (1965),
as well as copious articles, liner notes for recordings,
and occasionally even song lyrics for the likes of Duke
Ellington and Alec Wilder.
In the 1970's WTIC decided that there was a market in
the evening for long-form shows that could be packaged
and sold to sponsors. Two of those shows were "The
Golden Age of Radio" and "A One Night Stand with the
Dick Bertel had interviewed radio collector-historian
Ed Corcoran several times on his radio and TV shows,
and thought a regular monthly show featuring interviews
with actors, writers, producers, engineers and musicians
from radio's early days might be interesting. "The Golden
Age of Radio" was first broadcast in April, 1970; Ed was
Dick's co-host. It lasted seven years. "The Golden Age
of Radio" can also be heard Saturday nights on Walden
Hughes's program on Radio Yesteryear.
Arnold Dean began his love affair with the big band
era in his pre-teen years and his decision to study
the clarinet was inspired by the style of Artie Shaw.
When he joined WTIC in 1965 he hosted a daily program
of big band music. In 1972, encouraged by the success
of his daily program and "The Golden Age of Radio"
series, he began monthly shows featuring interviews
with the band leaders, sidemen, agents, jazz reporters,
etc. who made major contributions to one of the great
eras of music history.
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