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Feb. 5, 2023

Make Believe Ballroom - 2/5/23 Edition

Join us for this week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM as we hear some music that made the Depression less depressing, so lesser known Glenn Miller recordings, an autographed photo listeners request as well as a whole lot more …

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Jan. 30, 2023

Make Believe Ballroom - 1/30/23 Edition

On today's edition of the Make Believe Ballroom a few tough trivia questions, we continue to play some artists we haven't heard over the past year, a similar story with 2 different endings, plus much more music and tales from …

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Jan. 22, 2023

Make Believe Ballroom - 1/23/23 edition

On this week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM a look at songwriting due, how a celebrity got her stage name, tunes you didn't think had lyrics, plus a program bursting with more music from the treasured big band era.

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Jan. 15, 2023

Make Believe Ballroom - 1/16/23 Edition

Join us for another edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM as we pay tribute to one of the greatest songwriters of all time, take a look at some novelty tunes and play a host of classic hits and stories from …

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Jan. 8, 2023

Make Believe Ballroom - 1/9/23 Edition

On this week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM we vow to play music of artists we have not heard on the show in over a year, the story behind the story of the song In the Mood, an email …

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Jan. 2, 2023

Make Believe Ballroom - 1/2/23 Edition

For our first program of 2023 a look at some of the songs composed by the legendary Harry Warren, a new listeners email, some tunes from an obscure record label plus a bountiful number of additional recordings and stories from …

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Dec. 25, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 12/26/22 Edition

On this week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM a few Sinatra tunes attributed to him but first recorded by others, some songs dedicated to a listener born in 1938, and a treasure trove of additional records and stories from …

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Dec. 19, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 12/19/22 Edition

On this week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM a look at a novelty singer of the '60s and 70s who molded his career after an old time crooner, a songstress who for a while was more popular than her …

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Dec. 11, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 12/12/22 Edition

Join us for this week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM. Lenny and his wife are away on vacation so that gives Jeff Bressler the opportunity to play a few songs from the 50s and 20s. A few great listener's …

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Dec. 5, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 12/5/22 Edition

Join us for this week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM, where we reminisce about stories that appeared in 1930s and 1940s copies of both Billboard and Down Beat magazines. Great music and tales from the Big Band Era.

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Nov. 27, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 11/28/22 Edition

A look at a famous Copywrite dispute, a stroll past a historic music building, a talented female lyricist plus a bunch of great music from the big band era.

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Nov. 20, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 11/21/22 Edition

Join us for another great episode of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM. On today's show a look at songs with female names in the title, a Lenny from Down the Block on Broadway story, a look at an email that asks …

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Nov. 13, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 11/14/22 Edition

On today's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM, a numerical email from a listener, songs about food and beverage, Jeff Bressler's tale of visiting the dairy case, and a whole lot more music and history of the big band era.

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Nov. 7, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 11/7/22 Edition

On this week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM, a look at one of the greatest female lyricists of all time, an email from a listener with a pretty strange name, some music by a Benny Goodman small group, then …

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Oct. 30, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 10/31/22 Edition

Join us for this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM as we continue to delve into the Ralphie from Canarsie, Brooklyn record club list, Bing Crosby duets, a bizarre Artie Shaw magazine piece, and spin a few novelty songs.

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Oct. 24, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 10/24/22 Edition

On this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM via a raffle drum, some random music selections from our famous Ralphie for Canarsie Brooklyn's list of his and his neighbor's record clubs close to 800 ranked songs from the big band era.

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Oct. 16, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 10/17/22 Edition

On this week's edition of the Make Believe Ballroom a long look at a long-a-go ballroom in the keystone state that is still in operation today!

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Oct. 10, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 10/10/22 Edition

Join us for this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM as we take a look at some tunes that were featured in movie musicals during the 1940s. Over 100 films in the 30s and 40s featured big band music.

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Oct. 1, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 10/3/22 Edition

On this week's edition of the Make Believe Ballroom Jack Teagarden's some may say strange obsession, we go back to 1935 to learn about a historic radio program and in between some of the great tunes and stories from the …

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Sept. 25, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 9/26/22 Edition

On this week's edition of the Make Believe Ballroom, a look at a singer who you might not recognize..and perhaps neither did he, a tribute to a songwriter who we, unfortunately, gave short shrift to last week, a listeners email, …

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Sept. 19, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 9/19/22 Edition

On this week's edition of the Make Believe Ballroom a whole lot of listeners emails, wrapped around some great music and stories from the big band era.

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Sept. 12, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 9/12/22 Edition

On this week's edition of the Make Believe Ballroom a Benny Goodman second look, a bandleader whose name sounds familiar but hard to place, a bandleader whose name you will never recognize, a listeners favorite tunes, plus many, many more …

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Sept. 5, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 9/5/22 Edition

On this week's edition of the Make Believe Ballroom, the history of a swing era classics name, a famous record club selection, some great music surrounding two listeners' emails, and a host of some of the great tunes of the …

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Aug. 22, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 8/22/22 Edition

Join us for this week's edition of the Make Believe Ballroom as we explore the music venues in the old Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, a little Cole Porter, an Artie Shaw story, and loads of more great music …

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