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Make Believe Ballroom

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The Make Believe Ballroom carries on the tradition of past hosts Martin Block, Al Jarvis, William B Williams, and Steve Allen by bringing you the greatest hits of the 1930s and 1940s, No cover, no minimum, just sit back and enjoy. The Ballroom is also heard across the U.S. on public broadcasting, co… read more

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Make Believe Ball Room - 4/12/21 Edition

April 13th, 2021

58:01

By popular demand, we present VDISC 2 a follow-up to our program on the recordings distributed to the troops during WWII.

Make Believe Ball Room - 4/5/21 Edition

April 5th, 2021

58:01

This week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM features a special program about SOUNDIES. MTV did not invent the concepts of music videos. They were wildly …

Make Believe Ball Room - 3/29/21 Edition

March 29th, 2021

58:02

This week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM looks at the history of vocal ensembles in the big band era.

Make Believe Ball Room - 3/22/21 Edition

March 22nd, 2021

58:01

An hour of some great favorites of the 30s and 40s with some wonderful stories about the records we play.

Make Believe Ball Room - 3/15/21 Edition

March 15th, 2021

58:20

An hour of some great favorites of the 30s and 40s with some wonderful stories about the records we play.

Make Believe Ball Room - 3/8/21 Edition

March 8th, 2021

58:01

An hour of some great favorites of the 30s and 40s with a look at one of the early founders of the Make Believe Ballroom.

Make Believe Ball Room - 3/1/21 Edition

March 2nd, 2021

58:02

An hour of some great favorites of the 30s and 40s with a look at Benny Goodman's clarinet teacher and some of his star pupils.

Make Believe Ball Room - 2/22/21 Edition

February 22nd, 2021

57:57

After several episodes of specials and tribute shows this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM is back with our usual potpourri of grand music and stories from the 30s and 40s.

Make Believe Ball Room - 2/15/21 Edition

February 13th, 2021

58:01

This week's show pays tribute to Jimmy Durante who would have celebrated his 127th birthday in February of 2021.

Make Believe Ball Room - 2/8/21 Edition

February 8th, 2021

58:04

Join Jeff Bressler for this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM as he pays tribute to RCA Victor's budget label, Bluebird records.

Make Believe Ball Room -2/1/21 Edition

February 1st, 2021

58:18

This week a very special 86th Anniversary Edition of the Make Believe Ballroom. Join Jeff Bressler as he takes us back to present the history of the show which began its broadcast odyssey on February 3, 1935.

Make Believe Ball Room - 1/25/21 Edition

January 25th, 2021

58:11

This week the program features records that highlight some of the great crooners, vocalists, and vocal groups of the 1930s and 1940s.

Make Believe Ball Room - 1/18/21 Edition

January 18th, 2021

58:01

A couple of Kings, music novelty, and many artists you might never have heard. The best of Big Band, Jazz, and Swing on this week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM.

Make Believe Ball Room - 1/11/21 Edition

January 11th, 2021

58:01

Many of our most beloved remakes of songs came originally from the music of the 1930s and 1940s. This edition of the Make Believe Ballroom plays original first-time recordings of some of our favorite music.

Make Believe Ball Room - 1/4/20 Edition

January 2nd, 2021

58:03

Listen to a special edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM where Jeff Bressler plays only Grammy Hall of Fame inducted records from the 1930s and 1940s. The Grammy Hall Of Fame was established by the Recording Academy's …

Make Believe Ball Room - 12/28/20 Edition

December 28th, 2020

58:03

On this week’s MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM – A Philadelphia Cowboy, the Canadian Bing Crosby, Swinging Polka, In the Mood pre Glenn Miller, some 1800’s …

Make Believe Ball Room - 12/21/20 Edition

December 21st, 2020

58:01

On this weeks MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM – A song that is child’s play, Oscar, Oscar, Oscar, two brothers from Akron, plus Alice Faye, Dorothy Lamour, …

Make Believe Ball Room - Holiday Show 1 - 2020

December 13th, 2020

58:01

A salute to the Holiday Season and the impact the music of the 1930s and 1940s has had in creating the beloved Christmas canon.

Make Believe Ball Room - 12/7/20 Edition

December 7th, 2020

58:05

On this edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM – A special birthday song, a records heartache, first time ever recording, from the top to the bottom, a song Fred Astaire refused to sing, a mystery singer, plus many more …

Make Believe Ball Room - 11/30/20 Edition

November 30th, 2020

59:00

On this week’s MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM: Rhumba, a bandleader's mark as a composer, battle of the jazz violinists, from goat to Goodman hero, a grave …

Make Believe Ball Room - 11/23/20 Edition

November 22nd, 2020

58:09

On this weeks edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM – a visit from the past, some clues to a famous female vocalist, one bandleader's loss is …

Make Believe Ball Room - 11/16/20 Edition

November 16th, 2020

57:59

On this edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM a great Helen O’Connell quote, jazz, swing and hillbilly all rolled into one, Tiny, Shorty and Big, the …

Make Believe Ball Room - 11/9/20 Edition

November 10th, 2020

58:01

On this week’s show – Name a big band era hit that became a famous celebrity’s theme song, Dolly Dawn and Her Dawn Patrol, well-known bandleaders who …

Make Believe Ball Room - 11/2/20 Edition

November 3rd, 2020

58:01

On this weeks MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM Jeff Bressler features two regal names, a great depression musical sales item, Frank Sinatra has the kids …

Make Believe Ball Room - 10/26/20 Edition

October 26th, 2020

58:01

A wonderful MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM this week on public and community radio stations across the US and UK as we look at a marvelous big band era French …

Make Believe Ball Room - 10/19/20 Edition

October 19th, 2020

58:01

On this weeks edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM heard on public and community radio stations around the country: a Benny Goodman Band members universal achievement, the musical history of a famous telephone number, a …

Make Believe Ball Room - 10/12/20 Edition

October 12th, 2020

58:01

On this weeks MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM over Public Broadcasting and Community Radio stations across the county we feature Gene Krupa, Anita O’Day and Ray Eldridge along with a little boogie with Will Bradley, Freddie Slack …

Make Believe Ball Room - 10/5/20 Edition

October 5th, 2020

58:01

On this weeks MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM Louis Armstrong and his small band the Hot Five, Larry Clinton and his Orchestra, in addition to Cab Calloway we can’t forget his famous sibling, the Chairman of the Board with a …

Make Believe Ball Room - 9/28/20 Edition

September 28th, 2020

58:01

A wonderful MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM this week as we visit Harry James and his lucky number, Les Brown and His Band of Renown seven decades of music, a …

Make Believe Ball Room -9/21/20 Edition

September 21st, 2020

58:10

On this weeks edition of the Make Believe Ballroom - The story of a song title, a look at big band era fate, the saleries of black band musicians, the great trumpet sideman Johnny Best, the history of Soundies along …

Make Believe Ball Room - 9/14/20 Edition

September 14th, 2020

58:01

On this weeks MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM, some wonderful small group swing, a hot Charlie Barnet tale, “V-Discs, the great arranger Vic Shoen plus more …

Make Believe Ball Room - 9/7/20 Edition

September 6th, 2020

58:02

On this edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM, we look at Big Band era stars whose careers extended into the 50s and beyond, interviews and music of Tex Beneke and Margret Whiting and a historic recording by "Illinois" …

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/31/20 Edition

August 29th, 2020

58:01

Join us in the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM. On this week’s show
Jess Stacy’s Monumental Solo.
The Andrews Sisters 13 Weeks with Glenn Miller.
Red Norvo, the …

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/24/20 Edition

August 21st, 2020

57:44

On this edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM. Is it Eberle or Eberly? Bille Holiday’s tenuous relationship with Artie Shaw. Along the way wonderful …

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/17/20 Edition

August 16th, 2020

57:53

From the Crystal Studio in the Make Believe Ballroom a fun and fast hour this week. Great vintage interviews serve as companions to the music of …

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/12/20 Edition

August 12th, 2020

58:11

From the Crystal Studio of the Make Believe Ballroom some great reminiscences, history and stories wrapped around the classic music of Glenn Miller, Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Ray Anthony Kay Kyser, Ish …

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/3/20 Edition

August 2nd, 2020

58:06

From the Crystal Studio of the Make Believe Ballroom some great reminiscences, history and stories wrapped around the classic music of Glen Miller, Ivy Benson, the Modernaires, Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, Vera Lynn, …

Make Believe Ballroom - 7/27/20 Edition

July 27th, 2020

58:01

On this weeks edition of MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM songs and stories featuring the De Marco Sisters and a nickname given to a star, how the song Linda got its name, how the song Beyond the Sea changed from an ode to the sea …

Make Believe Ballroom - 7/20/2020 Edition

July 20th, 2020

58:01

This week featuring great stories, reminiscences, and music featuring, the King Sisters, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, Kate Smith, Frank Sinatra, Pearl Bailey, Count Basie,, Jack Teagarden, Billy Mills, Benny Carter, the …

Make Believe Ballroom - 7/14/20 Edition

July 14th, 2020

58:15

Hi folks, I’m jeff Bressler, turning on the lights of the Make Believe Ballroom and welcoming you into the Crystal Studio for another program of the …

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