1930 Philco Hour – 3 July Phantom Dancer


Dance band music for one of America’s leading radio manufacturers in 1930 features on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV, presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer since 1985.

On air every Tuesday, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney from 12:04-2pm, the Phantom Dancer is recorded for re-broadcast over 23 radio stations and online.

You can hear all Phantom Dancer episodes online now at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– has a set of 1930s Western swing records, a set of Louis Armstrong of 1950s radio, a set of Lester Young from 1956 radio and this week’s feature – ‘The Philco Hour’ from 1930-31.

See the full mix play list below…

RISE AND FALL

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear the ‘Philco Orchestra’ from the ‘Philco Hour’ radio series of 1930- 31.

Beginning as a battery manufacturer, then as a battery supplier for radios, then as a power unit supplier for radio, by the mid 1920s Philco was building its own radios.

Its research and development department made many improvements in radio home receiver technology throughout the 1930s.

These improvements in combination with aggressive advertising in print and sponsored radio programming such as the ‘Philco Hour’, made Philco rise from third most popular U.S radio brand in 1929 to number one 1939.

Philco developments in sound quality and the aesthetic appeal of their radio units included:

– 1930: superheterodyne tubes for clearer reception (as the Philco announcer explains in this week’s Phantom Dancer mix)
– 1930: tone control. A listener could change their radio sound to brilliant, bright, mellow, or deep frequencies.
– 1930: smaller, cheaper car radios
– 1934: the first true high fidelity radio receiver on the market
– 1936: automatic tuning – listeners could assign their favorite stations to presets.
– 1939: mystery control, the first wireless remote control made for radios.

Philco was also a pioneer in television broadcasting. It launched experimental station W3XE in 1932 and was selling Philco TVs in 1939.

But in 1960, it filed for bankruptcy.

You can hear more of the 1930s ‘Philco Hour’ here as your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week:

3 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #321

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 July 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Swing Ballads on 1946-47 Radio
Walking Stick
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ ABC NY
22 Sep 1947
Come Rain Come Shine
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra (voc) Frances Glenn
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1946
Might As Well Be Spring
Art Mooney Orchestra (voc) Johnny Darcy
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Set 2
1950s Big Band Radio
Theme + I’m Walkin’
Johnny Richards Orchestra
‘ABC Dancing Party’
WABC ABC NY
1957
Take The A Train (theme) + Caravan
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
16 Apr 1956
On The Alamo
Georgie Auld (ts) Orchestra with Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1952
Set 3
Philco Orchestra 1930-31 Radio
Open + Cinderella Brown
Philco Orchestra
‘Philco Program’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Boy! Oh! Boy! I’ve Got It Bad
Boswell Sisters
‘Philco Program’
WABC CBS NY
1931
I Don’t Mind Walking In The Rain
Philco Orchestra
‘Philco Program’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Set 4
1930s Radio Swing
I Can’t Get Started (theme) + O Ya Ya
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Manhattan Centre
WNEW NYC
26 Sep 1939
Hallelujah + A Fine Romance
Johnny Green Orchestra (voc) Fred Astaire and Trudy Wood
‘Packard Hour 1936 Election Special’
KFI NBC Red LA
11 Mar 1936
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Louis Armstrong with Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
14 Oct 1939
Set 5
Louis Armstrong Trad Jazz 1940s-50s Radio
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (theme) + Indiana
Louis Armstrong
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
12 Dec 1954
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Louis Armstrong
Wintergarden Theatre
WNBC NBC NYC
19 Jun 1947
Fine and Dandy
Louis Armstrong
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
7 May 1950
Royal Garden Blues
Louis Armstrong
‘Damon Runyon Memorial Concert’
Blue Note
ABC Chicago
11 Dec 1948
Set 6
Early ’40s Dance Bands
Slow and Easy
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1941
The Lion and the Mouse
Glen Gray and the Casa loma Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel New Yorker
New York City
May 1944
Saturday Night
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Patti Thomas
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
11 Feb 1945
Knock Me A Kiss + Close
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Roy Eldridge
Aircheck
13 Nov 1942
Set 7
1930s Western Swing on Records
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
Texas Rose (voc)
Comm Rec
San Antonio
22 Dec 1938
Does My Baby Love Me, Yes Sir
Jimmie Revard and hos Oklahoma Playboys
Comm Rec
San Antonio
14 Sep 1937
Who’s Sorry Now?
W. Lee O’Daniel
Comm Rec
Dallas
30 Sep 1935
I Never Felt So Blue
Adolph Hofner and his Texans
Comm Rec
San Antonio
25 Oct 1938
Set 8
Lester Young on 1956 Radio
Lullaby of Birdland + Lester Leaps In
Lester Young
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Aug 1956
Three Little Words
Lester Young
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
5 Sep 1956

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