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.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ham Radio Short from 1939

The Make: blog called my attention to this 1939 short feature about ham radio operators of the era.  This film was a Pete Smith Specialty ("narrated by a Smith named Pete") that told true stories about interesting people along with amusing fictional tales.  Theaters would show such shorts before the main feature along with cartoons, newsreels, serials, etc. 

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