Pop Up Radio: 1930s dance music


radioThis week I’m enjoying 70 Years Without Al Bowlly, a temporary radio station dedicated to the singer and guitarist who died in the Blitz in April 1941.

The station is being run by the people behind Angel Radio, who broadcast from a fabulous-looking ‘nostalgia’ shop in Hampshire. Since much of the dance band music they play is on shellac, they have a transfer room for turning 78s into mp3s.

Between tracks, the presenters tell us about the artists – Victor Silvester, Bing Crosby and so on – and, being under 70, it’s all new to me. The only thing that grates is the jingles. They’ve gone for a slick, commercial radio voice, which doesn’t sit well with the unpretentious presentation style.

You can listen to 70 Years Without Al Bowlly online and on the Pop-Up Radio channel on DAB until 28th April.

One Response to “Pop Up Radio: 1930s dance music”

  1. 1 Ashley Cundy

    I heard you today (15th April) on DAB radio. What a fantastic day it’s been. I am 72 years young. Played in dance bands from the age of 14. I now have a Ukulele band in which I play Uke and Hawaiian Guitar. It’s 7.32pm and I am listening to your programme. Best regards, ASHLEY