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The Big Broadcast

Song of the Wanderer

by Rich Conaty
Kim Deitch Studio

Leaving Fort Lauderdale this morning for a one day side trip to NOLA for an exhibit on the Boswell Sisters (Connie and Vet were guests on "The Big Broadcast," but that isn't their primary claim to fame), then an afternoon with the Boswell-inspired Pfister Sisters at the Spotted Cat. I should be back at the hotel to catch tonight's "Big Broadcast." There are seven birthday salutes tonight, including George Gershwin, band leader Ted Weems and Vaughn De Leath, who was said to be the first woman to sing on the radio.

Tentet Anyone?

by Rich Conaty

Tonight's "Big Broadcast" is about as crowded as they get, with ten birthday salutes. Crossover helps; finding a record by one of the songwriters (Sam H. Stept) featuring birthday violinist Joe Venuti. The object is to keep the four hours moving, and keep recirculating the whole crew. Although it wounds me to know that everybody doesn't stick from 8 until midnight, it's important to avoid long stretches by any one person.

Eight on the Seventh

by Rich Conaty

There are eight birthday tributes on tonight's "Big Broadcast." And it wasn't a stretch to include any of them. They're all solid: a singing songwriter (Pinky Tomlin), composing band leader (Gus Arnheim), and the lyricists who gave us "Singin' in the Rain" and "Dancing in the Dark." The other four aren't shabby, either.

Novelties

by Rich Conaty

"The Big Broadcast," the radio show too insecure to repeat itself, has an all new edition tonight at 8. It's one of those frustrating situations where there are too few birthday salutes. It's a quirk of the calendar; next week there are eight celebrants. Fortunately, tonight's trio is solid, and fortified with relevant requests and a few supplements from yours truly.

Bottomless

by Rich Conaty

Not long ago, a "Big Broadcast" listener, a retired pharmacist from Fishkill, passed away. We'd met a few times. And he kindly gave me a two volume "Dance Band" discography, even a spare three-speed turntable. We even had a preliminary chat regarding his record collection. (Nowadays, people ask me if I've made "arrangements" for my collection, and wish they'd stop!) The next contact was from his widow. The other day I filled my station wagon with around 1000 records, and that's just the first trip.