There's a couple of good Guy Lombardo collections available on CD. Also
the Ozzie Nelson Orchestra with Harriet Hilliard. Oh and I actually own
one of the Lombardos. Bought it so I could play Auld Lang Syne (sp?) on
New Years. Turns out the rest of the music isn't as square as some
would have you believe.
not true in Tucson. we have an excellent radio station- kxci. it's a
community radio station- not owned by some giant soulless corporation.
it has actual DJs who choose their own actual music to play. variety
all over the place. I regularly hear stuff there that blows me away.
Try the low end of the FM dial -- 88-90mHz -- where the college/university
stations are. There are some surprises to be found there.
To get the tape or CD player, the radio just 'comes along'.
I'm lucky. I live in the Chicago area; We've got:
1) a full-time classical station (admittedly they have a 3-hour-a-week
"aberration" -- THEIR word, not mine -- that can be folk music, and
_anything_ else. It's _still_ "good stuff". One week they ran _every_
version of the story of 'Little red Riding Hood" they could lay their
hands on. One after the other. Must have been _at_least_ 15 of them.
I got laughing so hard I had to pull off the road and park, till they
finished. The more memorable ones included: the "Thurber Carnival"
version, the Stan Freburg "Dragnet" spoof, and Henry Morgan (*NOT* Harry
Morgan of Dragnet/MASH fame) telling it as a classic French Fairy Tale.
It didn't help that they did a -marvelous- job of sequencing -- from
the straightforward recitations to the more, and *more*, outrageous.
2) a commercial station that runs lots of 'classical jazz'. And a fair
bit of 'modern'. On *different* programs, thank goodness. :)
3) another station that runs big-band music at least 20 hours/week.
Les Brown, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, "The Thundering Herd",
4) Blues -- of course.
5) the 'mostly jazz' station used to have a "torch song" show, too.
6) pop, rock -- undoubtedly, but don't ask me _where_ to find it! :)
7) Country/western -- same story.
And, late nites, I used to listen to "KUSD", the University of South
Dakota station at _Vermillion, SD_. Yeah, here in _Chicago_. over the
air, -not- a rebroadcast. I had a nice sensitive receiver, and was
apparently in 'just the right location'. I could get them fairly regularly,
although the neighbors _never_ heard the station. They were good for
the "Report from Hoople" (SD) -- hosted by Prof. Schickle (of P.D.Q. Bach
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