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December 28, 2008

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John

Regarding the The Coca Cola Company Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands broadcast of 12-25-1942 : Radio logs are not always easy to read, but the broadcast is listed in the wide column - "Listener's Choice" - under "Music". The broadcast, at least in the Chicago area. runs close to 12 hours and is being carried by at least 2 different radio stations, WLS and WENR. Note that the Chicago newspaper is calling the program "Uncle Sam's Christmas Tree". Other sources have it titled differently. Additionally, the Coca Cola company may not yet have referred to their series of broadcasts as the 'Coca Cola Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands' and might still have been using its earlier, shorter title.

As for its being "the first Jazz festival heard live over the air" - no, it would not be for many of the bands would have most certainly been pop dance bands and not Jazz or Swing bands. And even with that distinction being made, the honor would still go to the 1938 NYC "Randall's Island Carnival of Swing" if, indeed, that May 29, 1938, Sunday nearly 6 hour event was ever broadcast.

Alan Kurtz

Marc, thanks for a 2008 brimming with some of the classiest blogs on the web, and best wishes to you and JazzWax for 2009. In fact, since I'm feeling so expansive, Happy New Year to everyone!

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