Jazz on the Radio

By | January 9, 2012

In this hour we’ll explore the long and colorful history of jazz on the radio. We’ll talk with filmmaker Huey Coleman about his recent documentary on beloved jazz radio host Marian McPartland, and explore the story of the Voice of America broadcaster whose jazz radio show helped win the Cold War. And we’ll talk with jazz historian Chris Tyle about how jazz fueled the Golden Age of Radio, and hear how the fledgling radio medium helped make the names of some of the biggest stars of 1930s jazz.  (59:00)


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