Could you Buy a Fax Machine before 1988? 7 November Phantom Dancer Play List


Yes you could – in 1938!

And the faxes were sent over AM radio, not the phone line.

Hear one in operation on today’s Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV (and with a whole hour of live 1930s swing radio today).

I bring you The Phantom Dancer every Tuesday after the midday news on 107.3 2SER and online at radio 2ser.com

A 1938 radio fax used to promote personalities on the radio station transmitting it
A 1938 radio fax used to promote personalities on the radio station transmitting it. Three generations of John Gamblings broadcast on New York City radio between 1925 and September 2016.

1930s RADIO FAXES
On today’s Phantom Dancer, marvel at the ‘pump and wheeze’ sound of a 1930s fax machine taken from a recording made in 1938 to introduce WOR New York’s new radio fax service.

As the radio announcer and station engineer tell us, the fax service is a ‘new breakthrough’ in radio to transmit news and information overnight to subscribers with radio fax machine in their homes.

About a dozen US AM radio stations in the late 1930s transmitted a radio fax service, with news faxes sent between midnight and 6am when the stations were ordinarily shut down.

A WOR radio fax from 1938
A WOR radio fax from 1938

Static was a problem. Static from a passing car or lightening could wipe out whole pages of information.

By the early 1940s shortwave and ultra short wave frequencies were set aside solely for the transmission of faxes.

When FM radio was introduced after WW2, some FM stations transmitted radio faxes on their broader bandwidth subcarriers. A page of news and pictures would take 15 minutes to be printed from an FM service.

So easy to use, even a child can operate it. A 1938 publicity photo shows a Finch home printer receiving a facsimile newspaper from WWJ in Detroit. (Detroit News Archives)
So easy to use, even a child can operate it. A 1938 publicity photo shows a Finch home printer receiving a facsimile newspaper from WWJ in Detroit. (Detroit News Archives, The Radio Historian)

Lack of public interest in this expensive substitute newspaper technology killed the mass production of home radio fax machines.

However, radio facsimile was still in use for the transmission of weather maps by satellite in 2010.

See the full Phantom Dancer play list below, including the 1938 announcement of WOR’s radio fax service.

Internet source:
http://www.theradiohistorian.org/Radiofax/newspaper_of_the_air1.htm

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer. He is also a film and TV actor who has worked with Adrien Brody, Nicole Kidman, John Goodman and many others.
Band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
Actor and Voiceover: www.gregpoppleton.com

PHANTOM DANCER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #286

107.3 2SER Tuesday 7 November 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news,
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Raymond Scott on 1940-41 Radio
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Wellesley High Jump
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
21 Oct 1940
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + A Symphony Under The Stars
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Bermuda Room
Hotel Brunswick
WBZ NBC Boston
6 Dec 1941
Huckleberry Duck + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
1 Nov 1940
Set 2
A New Radio Service
Il Pesce e l’Uccellina
EIAR Orchestra Moderna (voc) Silvana Fioresi and Trio Lescano
Comm Rec
Rome
1938
Facsimile ‘Visual’ Radio
Interview
WOR Mutual NYC
9 Feb 1938
Set 3
1930s Local Radio Music
Theme + Sugar + On The Lone Prairie + When The Rest of the Crowd Goes Home + Heigh Ho + Theme
Our Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Set 4
1935-36 Radio
Open + Ad Music + I Got Rhythm
Freddy Rich Orchestra
’Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Sleep (theme) + On Your Toes
Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians (voc) Johnny Davis and Trio
’Ford Show’
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1936
Syncopated Love Song
Nathaniel Shilkret
KFI NBC LA
1935
Set 5
Swing on 1939 Radio
Top Hat Shuffle
Jan Savitt Top Hatters
Radio Transcription
New York
1939
Basin Street Blues
Jack Teagarden and Benny Goodman
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
31 Jan 1939
You Can Count On Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Boston
26 Jul 1939
Man From Mars + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
21 Oct 1939
Set 6
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra on the Air
Theme + Little John
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Casa Mañana
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
Honey Dripper
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Blue Network
23 Nov 1945
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
I Need a Lift
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Casa Mañana
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 May 1945
Wham + For Dancers Only
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Band
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Set 7
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra on 1955-56 Radio
Theme + Opus No. 1
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Ridin’ Around in the Rain (voc) Dolly Houston
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Apr 1956
I’ll Always Be In Love With You
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Mar 1956
Tender Trap
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer
’NBC Bandstand’
NBC Radio and TV NY
1956
Set 8
Bop and Cool
Broadway
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WJZ NYC
9 May 1953
Sugar Beat
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
2 Dec 1947
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1957
Koko + Anthropology (theme)
Barry Ulanov All Star Metronome Jazzmen
WOR Mutual NY
8 Nov 1947
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11 August 2015 Phantom Dancer Non-Stop Swing Mix. Last Julius Sumner Miller Episode


Here is your Phantom Dancer play list for Tuesday 11 August 107.3 2SER Sydney 12noon – 2pm and online at http://www.2ser.com, follow the program guide, Phantom Dancer links where the show will also be archived for streaming.

This week’s 2 hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio has a set of 1940s-50s big bands to open, a set of 1950s progressive jazz, a traditional jazz set from 1950s radio, comedy from Jack Benny and Spike Jones, and more. Plus, the last half of the show is, as always, ALL VINYL. See the play list below.

Spike Jones ponders the two-headed man
Spike Jones ponders the two-headed man

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Julius Sumner Miller giving Dramatic Demonstrations in Physics on the matter of Miscellaneous and Wondrous Things in Electricity & Magnetism. This is sadly the last show in the series, program 45, recorded at ABC-TV in Sydney in 1969. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #170

107.3 2SER Tuesday 11 August 2015
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)Repeat Sunday 2SER 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Theme + Manhattan Spiritual
Jerry Gray and his Band of Today
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
AFRTS Re-broadcast
30 Oct 1959
Redskin Rhumba (theme) + Murder at Peyton Hall
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jan 1947
Dancing Tambourine + Close
Henry Russell Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
KFI NBC LA
1948
Set 2
Rollin’ Home
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Jan 1952
Daahoud
Max Roach – Clifford Brown Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
6 May 1956
Lover Come Back To Me + Close
Stan Getz Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
21 Apr 1956
Set 3
Goodbye Sue
Perry Como (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
1944
Love Is A Simple Thing
Sauter-Finnegan Orchestra (voc) Andy Roberts and Sally Sweetland
‘The All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Sep 1953
I Get a Kick Out of You + Close
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
21 Apr 1952
Set 4
I Found a New Baby
Ralph Sutton All-Stars
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS SF
7 Sep 1954
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love + Close
Harry Sosnick and the Savings Bonds Orchestra
‘Guest Star – Dixieland Clambake’
Radio Transcription
New York
1951
Runnin’ Wild + Close
Chris Barber Jazz Band
‘Traditional Jazz’
BBC Light Programme
London
AFRTS Rebroadcast
9 May 1955
Set 5
Forgotten
Harry James Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
1949
Oh! What a Beautiful Morning
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
19 Sep 1946
I’ll Get By
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH
‘Woody Herman Show’
Jun 1946
Daily Double
Buddy Rich Orchestra
Aircheck
Los Angeles
Mar 1946
Set 6
‘Buck Benny Rides Again’
Jack Benny
‘Hollywood is on the Air’
Buck Benny Rides Again Trailer
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1940
F-B-Aida
Spike Jones and the City Slickers
‘The Spike Jones Show’
CBS
25 Jun 1949
Set 7
Jeepers Creepers
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Paul Whiteman Show’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
7 Dec 1938
Open + Huckleberry Duck
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red NY
1940
Diga Diga Doo
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
18 Jul 1939
Day In Day Out + Merry-Go-Round
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Boston
9 Jan 1940
Set 8
Manteca
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Stockholm
Radio Sweden
2 Feb 1948
Be Bop Boogie
Lester Young Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Dec 1948
How High The Moon
Allen Eager
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Jun 1953
Bye Bye Blues
Benny Goodman Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948

Los Angeles 1948 Streetscapes 2. Phantom Dancer 3 June 2014


A dip of the lid to you, Phantom Dancers,

STOP PRESS
3 June Phantom Dancer radio show now online for one month only
 http://www.2ser.com/component/k2/item/9179-phantom-dancer-3-june-2014

On this Tuesday’s show, a set of Lee Konitz followed by Charlie Parker live off the wireless in 1954, and the Dallape Orchestra swing George Formby’s ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’ in Helsinki in 1938. I’ll also be starting each June show with a 1936-1940 recording by Sydney swing maestro, Dick Freeman. Check out the full play list.

And for your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, the 1948 Los Angeles Streetscape film (see 20 May blog entry) was so popular with you that I’ve dug up another for your perusal. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN#107

2SER Tuesday 3 June 2014
12 noon – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

 

Set 1

Bluebirds In The Moonlight

Dick Freeman’s Trocadero Orchestra (voc) Barbara James

Comm Rec
Sydney
27 Mar 1940

Take The A Train (theme) + Blue Cellophane
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘8th Annual Downbeat Awards’
Blue Network
Chicago
25 Mar 1945
Get On Board Little Children
Lucky Millinder Orchestra (voc) LM

‘One Night Stand’
Savoy Ballroom NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
10 Jul 1945

Set 2
Sam The Old Accordian Man
Ben Selvin Orchestra (voc) BS

Comm Rec
New York
7 Jan 1927

I’m Just A Dancing Sweetheart
Freddy Rich and the Friendly Five Orchestra (voc) FR

‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription NY
1931

Ad + I’ve Got A Feeling Your Fooling
Connie Boswell

‘Goodrich Silvertown Time’
Radio Transcription NY
1936

Set 3

Dance of the Tamborine

Hot Lips Page (voc) HLP

Comm Rec
New York
1944

Barber Of Seville

Spike Jones and the City Slickers (voc) Sir Frederick Gas

‘Corn’s A-Poppin”
AFRS Re-broadcast
New York
1948

Open + Caldonia

Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH and Band

‘Woodchoppers’ Music Shop’
AFRS Re-broadcast
New York
29 Sep 1950

Set 4

Ikkunan Pesija (When I’m Cleaning Windows)
Dallape Orchestra

Comm Rec
Helsinki
1938

Old Piano Roll Blues
Paul Neighbors Orchestra

Biltmore Bowl
Biltmore Hotel
KFI NBC LA
1954

Too Young
Orrin Tucker Orchestra (voc) OT

Boulevarde Room
Stevens Hotel
ABC Chicago
1951

Set 5

Rock-a-Bye Basie
Alix Combelle Swing Band
Comm Rec
Paris
20 Feb 1940
Goin’ And Gettin’ It
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra
Savoy ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
26 Feb 1940
Wouldst That I Could Kiss Your Hand, Oh Babe
Ray Noble Orchestra
Beverley-Wiltshire Hotel
KFI NBC Red LA
26 Mar 1940
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Hal Kemp Orchestra
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York
1934
Set 6

Sound Lee
Lee Konitz Quartet

‘Storyville’
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954

Cool Blues + Groovin’ High
Charlie Parker Quintet

‘Storyville’
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
22 Sep 1953

Set 7

Just Squeeze Me
King Sisters (voc) Frank DeVol Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1947
Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man
Mildred Bailey (voc) Woody Herman Orchestra
‘Wild Root Show’
ABC
8 Feb 1946
Don’t Fence Me In
Johnny Mercer, June Hutton, Pied Pipers (voc)
‘Johnny Mercer’s Music Shop’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Los Angeles
1944
Do You Ever Think Of Me?
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Forever Pops’
ABC Chicago
1950
Set 8

Every Tub
Count Basie Orchestra
‘America Dances’
Famous Door NY
BBC London via CBS
Jul 1938
Mood In Da Groove
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC NY
18 Apr 1942
South Rampart Street Parade
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Swing Concert
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
18 May 1937
Two O’Clock Jump+ Close
Harry James Orchestra
‘America Dances’
Famous Door NY
BBC London via CBS
19 Jul 1939

 

Old Skool Swing Album With Paul Furniss


Hi, Greg Poppleton (that’s me – blog author) leads a couple of jazz bands.

One is Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

We’ve just released a 15 track digital download swing album.

It’s called ‘Sweet Sue‘.

All the songs on this album are played live to tape in one go. It was just like the band and I were on a stage. You were in the audience, mobile in one hand, cigarette lighter waving in the other, suzie-q-ing at the same time, mixing decades as I do.

It was such a teeny tiny venue we piled into. I had to lower my voice so my singing didn’t spill into the instrument mikes. Very intimate. Gives the vocals a kind of ‘breaking the stereotype sweet edge’ on songs like the St Louis Blues.

And a southern gentleman strolls in on the second half of Carolina In The Morning. Don’t know where he came from but I instantly liked him and he’s stayed in the act ever since.

I believe in never playing the same song the same way twice, because I can’t. So I’ve put in alternative takes of a couple of songs for you. The drummer went all tango in the third chorus of one take of Am I Blue.

We sincerely trust you’ll enjoy, ‘Sweet Sue.’ And if you do, contribute. Buy a track, or two, or the whole album. Huzzah!

Big thanks to…
Saxes (soprano / alto / tenor) and Clarinet – Paul Furniss
Trumpet and Trombone – Al Davey
Guitar – Grahame Conlon
Double Bass – Darcy Wright
Double Bass – Mark Harris
Drums – Lawrie Thompson

Check it out on Bandcamp: http://gregpoppletonandhisbakelitebroadcasters.bandcamp.com/

 

Sweet Sue, the latest swing album by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on Bandcamp
Sweet Sue, the latest swing album by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on Bandcamp. My 10 year old son drew the cover during the last school holidays.