The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Television In 1949

If they only knew the things to come.  Modern Mechanix posted this article from the January 1949 issue of Science magazine entitled "What Every Family Wants to Know About Television."  It comments on the exuberant growth of the "wild and wooly television industry."  By the end of 1949, there would be 2,500,000 television sets in the country!  (How many are in your house?)  There were already 50-60 television stations!  That is over one per state!  (How many channels on your cable/satellite?)

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