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Big City Serenade

During the early 1950s, NBC took advantage of this swelling of hometown pride with Big City Serenade.

7 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 3 hours, 25 min)
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"Chicago Political Conventions"



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    Everyone wants to believe that their town is the best town, even if there is nothing more to recommend their fair city than the fact that they grew up there. Growing up and leaving home to find your fortune down the road, over the horizon, or even two or three states over is an American tradition, but we never seem to get over our homesickness for the neighborhood where we grew up.

    During the early 1950s, NBC took advantage of this swelling of hometown pride with Big City Serenade. Originating from the studios of WMAQ Chicago, music was provided by the NBC Orchestra under the baton of Joseph Gallicchio with the vocal talents of crooner Skip Farrell. Charles Chan took the announcing duties and played off of Gallicchio and Farrell in describing some important feature of the city in question.

    Cities across the nation were chosen somewhat randomly to be featured on Big City Serenade, although some were selected for important events, such as the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in Chicago, 1952. The selections were not limited to American cities either. Over the three years the program was broadcast, international cities profiled included Florence, Italy, San Jose, Costa Rica, Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England.

    Even if your town is not on the list, the music and the information provided by the show make it easy to understand why people love their city.

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    7 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 25 min
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      7 shows - total playtime 3 hours 25 minutes
      1. Big City Serenade 510519 Boston.mp3
      2. Big City Serenade 510526 Boise, Idaho.mp3
      3. Big City Serenade 520719 Chicagos Political Conventions.mp3
      4. Big City Serenade 521213 Little Rock Arkansas.mp3
      5. Big City Serenade 530124 Pittsfield Massachusetts.mp3
      6. Big City Serenade 530328 Florence, Italy.mp3
      7. Big City Serenade 530801 Baton Rouge.mp3
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    7 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 25 min
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      7 shows - total playtime 3 hours 25 minutes
      1. Big City Serenade 510519 Boston.mp3
      2. Big City Serenade 510526 Boise, Idaho.mp3
      3. Big City Serenade 520719 Chicagos Political Conventions.mp3
      4. Big City Serenade 521213 Little Rock Arkansas.mp3
      5. Big City Serenade 530124 Pittsfield Massachusetts.mp3
      6. Big City Serenade 530328 Florence, Italy.mp3
      7. Big City Serenade 530801 Baton Rouge.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    7 recordings on 4 Audio CDs
    total playtime 3 hours, 25 min

    Big City Serenade Disc A001

    1. Big City Serenade 510519 Boston
    2. Big City Serenade 510526 Boise, Idaho

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    Big City Serenade Disc A002

    1. Big City Serenade 520719 Chicagos Political Conventions
    2. Big City Serenade 521213 Little Rock Arkansas

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    Big City Serenade Disc A003

    1. Big City Serenade 530124 Pittsfield Massachusetts
    2. Big City Serenade 530328 Florence, Italy

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    Big City Serenade Disc A004

    1. Big City Serenade 530801 Baton Rouge

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