The big band network serves affiliates like iTunes and simple radio with a daily program schedule of big band shows and our big band jukebox. Featuring OTR shows and big band remote broadcasts from the golden age of radio. Program times are EASTERN TIME ZONE
NBC Bandstand was an easy old time big band radio-televison music show simulcast weekday mornings in the 1950's with pop tunes, big band favorites and simple banter with host Bert Parks and announcer Bill Wendell from NBC 30 Rock in New York City. Parks frequently spoke with audience members...where they were from, enjoying visit to New York City etc. Your blog editor was interviewed by Parks on this program. I was a teenaged radio 'wannabee', visiting from Philadelphia. Studio audience participation was part of the show.
The Frank Sinatra Show was a title applied—in some cases specifically and in other cases generically—to several radio musical programs in the United States, some of which had other distinct titles as indicated below. Singer Frank Sinatra starred in the programs, some of which were broadcast on CBS, while others were on NBC
Benny Goodman was the first celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of Swing," his popular emergence marking the beginning of the era. He was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously.
From 1930s to 1950s he became the bandleader of some of the most successful and popular bands of his time. The two brothers got reunited in 1953, after Tommy invited Jimmy, who just broke with his band, to be featured in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Dorsey had a total of 286 billboard hits, with some of them landing on the top spot.
From airchecks of his radio show sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes, Glenn Miller performs a variety of music live during 1940-42, including top 10 hits such as Delilah and Skylark; two something old, new, borrowed, and blue medleys; and many other memorable songs and instrumentals that he never commercially recorded,
A big band remote (a.k.a. dance band remote) was a remote broadcast, popular on radio during the 1930s and 1940s, involving a coast-to-coast live transmission of a big band. Broadcasts were usually transmitted by the major radio networks directly from hotels, ballrooms, restaurants and clubs. During World War II, the remote locations expanded to include military bases and defense plants. Band remotes mostly originated in major cities, including Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago.
The usual procedure involved the network sending a two-man team, announcer and engineer, with remote radio equipment to a designated location. The announcer would open with music behind an introduction.
Andy and Virginia Mansfield had been around radio for most of their lives. Virginia got her start as a dancer and wound up singing with acts like Paul Whiteman and Eddie Albert. She landed a job as a staff singer at WWW, Cincinatti, and eventually moved to Los Angeles to work on KHJ, KFI and KMPC. She worked in vaudeville with her husband Andy, and they were one of the first couples to perform together on television, appearing on the Mutual Don Lee Network in 1937.
The couple is best remembered for NBC's Andy and Virginia and Turn Back the Clock over the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Turn Back the Clock is thought to be one of the earliest programs to combine recorded music with spoken commentary.
The program featured records, supposedly from the Mansfield's personal collection. Although supposedly a nostalgia act, the show would play just about anything on vinyl, with Virginia introducing the more contemporary tunes and Andy supervising the older hits. (SEE OTRcat.com)