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, September 5, 2012

Radio Warning Lights

There was a time, only a few years ago, when programmers at WEVL (home of the SSS) had to dial a special number to insure that the FAA-required warning lights on our transmitter tower were functioning properly.  We no longer have to make that call to check, but the lights are still required.  I have never seen our tower lights up close, but I do not think they have the cool, Art Deco vibe of these neon tubes discussed in the November 1931 issue of Science and Mechanics, posted on Modern Mechanix

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