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Jan. 30, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 1/31/22 Edition

Today's Make Believe Ballroom has Jeff Bressler responding to some listeners e-mails.

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Jan. 23, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 1/23/22 Edition

On this edition of the Make Believe Ballroom Jeff Bressler looks at 2 era icons whose music is banned for eternity from the progr…

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Jan. 17, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 1/17/22 Edition

This week's edition of the Make Believe Ballroom offers part 2 of our series featuring records never before played on the program.

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Jan. 12, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 1/10/22 Edition

This week's Make Believe Ballroom takes a look at records we have never played on the show.

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Jan. 4, 2022

Make Believe Ballroom - 1/2/22 Edition

Today's edition of the Ballroom features a look at the beloved old-time radio program Your Hit Parade. Some great Frank Sinatra s…

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Aug. 30, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/23/21 Edition

On this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM we break down a Fats Waller song to figure out and discuss its meaning. Also, a look at some…

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Aug. 30, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/30/21 Edition

On this week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM we look at an interesting fact about purchasing sheet music in the early 20th…

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Aug. 17, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/16/21 Edition

On this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM - A star is born, entertainers for started their careers with big bands, territory bands.

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Aug. 4, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/2/21 Edition

On this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM a look at the legendary AMATEUR NIGHT IN HARLEM at the Apollo Theatre in NY with some great …

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July 26, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 7/26/21 Edition

On this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM - A band that the senior set listened to, listener emails, songs of some great UK band leade…

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July 19, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 7/19/21 Edition

This week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM looks at the origin of song names, songs that sound the same, movie and Broadway musicals, an…

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July 13, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 7/12/21 Edition

On this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM. A look at a famous tuxedo, a heroic WWII bandleader, Sinatra's long-lost cousin, a famous b…

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June 29, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 6/28/21 Edition

On this edition of the Ballroom - All TRIVIA all the time.

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June 24, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 6/21/21 Edition

This week's Ballroom takes a look at the Metronome All-Star Band

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June 7, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 6/7/21 Edition

This edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM takes a look at Big Band theme songs.

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May 24, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 5/24/21 Edition

On this edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM, we look at some bandleaders of the era who were popular but somewhat forgotten toda…

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May 17, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 5/17/21 Edition

This week the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM looks at Coca Cola's Victory Parade on Spotlight Bands. The show was a musical morale booster…

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May 10, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 5/10/21 Edition

This week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM looks at some possible reasons for the passing of the big band and swing era.

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May 1, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 5/3/21 Edition

On today's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM we look at the origins of Gold Records, the Your Hit Parade, and Billboard weekly song charts pl…

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April 27, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 4/26/21 Edition

This week's Make Believe Ballroom does a spring cleaning and finds first-time recordings of popular records and big band era musi…

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April 19, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 4/19/21 Edition

This week's Ballroom focuses in on a historic big band event that took place May 29, 1938, but is little remembered today.

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April 13, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 4/12/21 Edition

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

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April 5, 2021

Make Believe Ball Room - 4/5/21 Edition

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

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