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 wevl.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
American Radio History
While doing some research for a broadcast of the SSS, a friend referred me to American Radio History. This site features thousands of searchable scanned copies of broadcasting, technical and early radio magazines from the dawn of radio into the 1980's. I was looking through copies of Billboard from the 1940's for tour schedules ("skeds") of swing orchestras ("orks"), and found fascinating insights into the era.