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.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Watch Spy Radio

This 1940's pocket watch casing contained a crystal radio set.  Presumably a "spy" device, it would have been very useful to resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Europe for keeping up with news of the war from sources other than Germany.  In addition, Allied intelligence services often broadcasted coded signals to resistance groups using commercial radio signals.  Posted on Retronaut

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