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The Magic Key (The Magic Key of RCA)

One of the earlier old time radio variety programs sponsored by RCA to encourage radios in every American household. Updated.

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"Guest Starring Adele Astaire"



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Tillie Losch, Fred Astaire, Adele Astaire, Frank Morgan and Helen Broderick. (1931)
Music
Variety Show (1935-1939)

Magic Key Amos and Andy The beginning of commercial radio was a fragile time. The technology that the industry would need was for the most part developed by the end of the First World War. The budding networks could not sell programing unless there were radio sets for people to hear them on, and consumers would not buy radios unless there was worthwhile programing to hear.

The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was in the business of selling radio sets. In 1919 General Electric bought together the assets of several smaller radio related concerns, along with some belonging to the Navy, to form RCA. GE and RCA, along with AT&T and Westinghouse Electric would develop many innovations in radio communications, and form the National Broadcasting Company. The Magic Key of RCA was a fun and star-packed hour on Saturday nights, dedicated to selling RCA radios.

You didn't need an RCA radio to listen to The Magic Key, but the program did a good job of convincing the audience that RCA products were filled with innovation and quality. If all you had to go by was the quality of the Magic Key program, then you couldn't go wrong with RCA!

Fred Astaire and sister Adele AstaireMagic Key ran from 1935 through 1939 as a Saturday night variety program. Milton Cross and Ben Grauer, both of whom would continue to be important parts of network history, hosted the show, and conducted some of the celebrity interviews. The NBC house orchestra was led by Frank Black for most of the run, with Nathaniel Shilkret taking over the baton in 1939. Stoopnagle and Budd provided a regular comic interlude, and the show feature a veritable "Who's Who" of the late 30's entertainment world: Ruth Etting, Fibber McGee and Molly, John B. Kennedy, Rudolf Ganz, Casper Beardon, Paul Robeson, Jane Froman, Doris Weston, Frank Forrest, Paul Taylor Chorus, Margaret Brill, Rudy Valle, Irving Berlin, Darryl Zanuck, Jan Peerce,Tommy Dorsey, Jack Harris, Ann Jameson, Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power, Walter Abel, Whitney Bern and George Shelley. There were also appearances by Amos 'n' Andy, Lum and Abner, Paul Whiteman, Efrem Zimbalist, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Vienna Boys' Choir, Benny Goodman, Gladys Swarthout, Ray Noble, Guy Lombardo, Richard Himber, Eugene Ormandy, Lauritz Melchior, Fred MacMurray, Walt Disney and the Pickens Sisters.

The Magic Key, broadcast live, not only featured talent in front of a studio audience, but featured many remote broadcasts, including Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald Duck and Pluto from Hollywood, broadcasts of Marine Corps "Helldiver" aircraft, transmission from submerged submarine crews, and reports from Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnival in Rio. A weekly feature was roving reporter John B. Kennedy who took his microphone to the Bronx Zoo to visit a groundhog, interviewed the head of Hudson Motors in Detroit while looking at the 1936 car models, and to the RCA overseas broadcast center in Long Island.

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    68 recordings on 3 MP3 CDs for just $15.00
    total playtime 64 hours, 49 min
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    Volume 1 - 25 shows - total playtime 22 hours 41 minutes
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    1. Magic Key 350929 001 Welcome To Magic Key Of Rca.mp3
    2. Magic Key 351013 002 Sixteenth Anniversary Of Rca.mp3
    3. Magic Key 351020 003 Othello.mp3
    4. Magic Key 351027 004 Salute To Navy Day Guest Bea Lillie.mp3
    5. Magic Key 351103 005 A Touch Of Brimstone.mp3
    6. Magic Key 351110 006 Mutiny On Bounty.mp3
    7. Magic Key 351117 007 Dance Of Russian Sailors.mp3
    8. Magic Key 351201 009 Porgy And Bess.mp3
    9. Magic Key 351208 010 Prelude To Wedding Scene From Lohengrin.mp3
    10. Magic Key 351215 011 At Home Abroad.mp3
    11. Magic Key 351225 Special Christmas Concert.mp3
    12. Magic Key 351229 013 Dear Old Darling.mp3
    13. Magic Key 360112 015 Guest Adele Astaire Pickens Sisters.mp3
    14. Magic Key 360126 016 Chinese New Year Celebrations.mp3
    15. Magic Key 360209 018 Thirteen Hours By Air.mp3
    16. Magic Key 360216 019 Winter Sports Scenes From Montreal.mp3
    17. Magic Key 360223 020 Mardi Gras In Rio And New Orleans.mp3
    18. Magic Key 360301 021 Cornelia Otis Skinner Minneapolis Smphy.mp3
    19. Magic Key 360308 022 Call It A Day.mp3
    20. Magic Key 360322 024 New England Floods.mp3
    21. Magic Key 360329 025 A School For Scandal.mp3
    22. Magic Key 360405 026 Justice.mp3
    23. Magic Key 360510 031 Erna Sack Sings From Leipzig.mp3
    24. Magic Key 360524 033 Guest Fats Waller Helen Jepson.mp3
    25. Magic Key 360607 035 Yodelers Performing From Swiss Alps.mp3
    Volume 2 - 25 shows - total playtime 24 hours 28 minutes
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    1. Magic Key 360614 036 Allwagner Program.mp3
    2. Magic Key 360705 039 Overture To The Marriage Of Figaro.mp3
    3. Magic Key 360823 046 Seeing America San Francisco.mp3
    4. Magic Key 360920 050 Seeing America Brooklyns Ebbets Field.mp3
    5. Magic Key 360927 051 Faust.mp3
    6. Magic Key 361018 054 Romeo And Juliet.mp3
    7. Magic Key 361025 055 White Horse Inn.mp3
    8. Magic Key 361108 057 Guest San Francisco Opera Company.mp3
    9. Magic Key 361115 058 Rembrandt.mp3
    10. Magic Key 361129 060 Seeing Eye Training School Dogs.mp3
    11. Magic Key 361220 063 Guest Robert Benchley Bill Robinson.mp3
    12. Magic Key 361227 064 Guest Moscow Cathedral Choir.mp3
    13. Magic Key 370103 065 Polonaise Militaire.mp3
    14. Magic Key 370207 070 Miss Bent Bows.mp3
    15. Magic Key 370418 080 Prelude And Fugue In F Minor.mp3
    16. Magic Key 370502 082 National Music Week.mp3
    17. Magic Key 370516 084 10 th Anniversary Of Lindberghs Flight.mp3
    18. Magic Key 370704 091 Make A Wish.mp3
    19. Magic Key 370815 097 Flight From Glory.mp3
    20. Magic Key 370912 101 Tribute To George M. Cohan.mp3
    21. Magic Key 371107 109 Guest Gertrud Wettergren Eve Curie.mp3
    22. Magic Key 371114 110 Perpetuum Mobile.mp3
    23. Magic Key 371226 116 Guest Helsinki University Chorus.mp3
    24. Magic Key 380102 117 Mercury Theatres Julius Caesar.mp3
    25. Magic Key 380109 118 Guest Elnr Roosevelt Carl Hartmann.mp3
    Volume 3 - 18 shows - total playtime 17 hours 39 minutes
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    1. Magic Key 380327 129 Coriolanus Overture.mp3
    2. Magic Key 380410 131 Le Caprice De Nannette.mp3
    3. Magic Key 380417 132 Carnival Overture.mp3
    4. Magic Key 380424 133 Academic Festival Overture.mp3
    5. Magic Key 380501 134 15th Annual National Music Week.mp3
    6. Magic Key 380925 155 3rd Anniv Paderewskis Us Radio Debut.mp3
    7. Magic Key 381023 158 Salute To Navy Day Guest Rose Bampton.mp3
    8. Magic Key 381106 160 Abe Lincoln In Illinois.mp3
    9. Magic Key 381211 165 Eric Blore Explains American Football.mp3
    10. Magic Key 390129 172 Salute To Victor Herbert.mp3
    11. Magic Key 390205 173 A Sunny Morning.mp3
    12. Magic Key 390212 174 Lincoln Day Apprec-Alexander Woollcott.mp3
    13. Magic Key 390226 176 Allpaderewski Program.mp3
    14. Magic Key 390312 178 Guest Jan Piepura.mp3
    15. Magic Key 390402 181 Preview Of Army Day.mp3
    16. Magic Key 390430 185 Katherine Parr Halfhour Show.mp3
    17. Magic Key 390514 187 Wholl Buy My Lavender.mp3
    18. Magic Key 390521 188 Peg O My Heart.mp3
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    68 recordings on 3 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $15.00
    total playtime 64 hours, 49 min
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    Volume 1 - 25 shows - total playtime 22 hours 41 minutes
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    1. Magic Key 350929 001 Welcome To Magic Key Of Rca.mp3
    2. Magic Key 351013 002 Sixteenth Anniversary Of Rca.mp3
    3. Magic Key 351020 003 Othello.mp3
    4. Magic Key 351027 004 Salute To Navy Day Guest Bea Lillie.mp3
    5. Magic Key 351103 005 A Touch Of Brimstone.mp3
    6. Magic Key 351110 006 Mutiny On Bounty.mp3
    7. Magic Key 351117 007 Dance Of Russian Sailors.mp3
    8. Magic Key 351201 009 Porgy And Bess.mp3
    9. Magic Key 351208 010 Prelude To Wedding Scene From Lohengrin.mp3
    10. Magic Key 351215 011 At Home Abroad.mp3
    11. Magic Key 351225 Special Christmas Concert.mp3
    12. Magic Key 351229 013 Dear Old Darling.mp3
    13. Magic Key 360112 015 Guest Adele Astaire Pickens Sisters.mp3
    14. Magic Key 360126 016 Chinese New Year Celebrations.mp3
    15. Magic Key 360209 018 Thirteen Hours By Air.mp3
    16. Magic Key 360216 019 Winter Sports Scenes From Montreal.mp3
    17. Magic Key 360223 020 Mardi Gras In Rio And New Orleans.mp3
    18. Magic Key 360301 021 Cornelia Otis Skinner Minneapolis Smphy.mp3
    19. Magic Key 360308 022 Call It A Day.mp3
    20. Magic Key 360322 024 New England Floods.mp3
    21. Magic Key 360329 025 A School For Scandal.mp3
    22. Magic Key 360405 026 Justice.mp3
    23. Magic Key 360510 031 Erna Sack Sings From Leipzig.mp3
    24. Magic Key 360524 033 Guest Fats Waller Helen Jepson.mp3
    25. Magic Key 360607 035 Yodelers Performing From Swiss Alps.mp3
    Volume 2 - 25 shows - total playtime 24 hours 28 minutes
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    1. Magic Key 360614 036 Allwagner Program.mp3
    2. Magic Key 360705 039 Overture To The Marriage Of Figaro.mp3
    3. Magic Key 360823 046 Seeing America San Francisco.mp3
    4. Magic Key 360920 050 Seeing America Brooklyns Ebbets Field.mp3
    5. Magic Key 360927 051 Faust.mp3
    6. Magic Key 361018 054 Romeo And Juliet.mp3
    7. Magic Key 361025 055 White Horse Inn.mp3
    8. Magic Key 361108 057 Guest San Francisco Opera Company.mp3
    9. Magic Key 361115 058 Rembrandt.mp3
    10. Magic Key 361129 060 Seeing Eye Training School Dogs.mp3
    11. Magic Key 361220 063 Guest Robert Benchley Bill Robinson.mp3
    12. Magic Key 361227 064 Guest Moscow Cathedral Choir.mp3
    13. Magic Key 370103 065 Polonaise Militaire.mp3
    14. Magic Key 370207 070 Miss Bent Bows.mp3
    15. Magic Key 370418 080 Prelude And Fugue In F Minor.mp3
    16. Magic Key 370502 082 National Music Week.mp3
    17. Magic Key 370516 084 10 th Anniversary Of Lindberghs Flight.mp3
    18. Magic Key 370704 091 Make A Wish.mp3
    19. Magic Key 370815 097 Flight From Glory.mp3
    20. Magic Key 370912 101 Tribute To George M. Cohan.mp3
    21. Magic Key 371107 109 Guest Gertrud Wettergren Eve Curie.mp3
    22. Magic Key 371114 110 Perpetuum Mobile.mp3
    23. Magic Key 371226 116 Guest Helsinki University Chorus.mp3
    24. Magic Key 380102 117 Mercury Theatres Julius Caesar.mp3
    25. Magic Key 380109 118 Guest Elnr Roosevelt Carl Hartmann.mp3
    Volume 3 - 18 shows - total playtime 17 hours 39 minutes
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    1. Magic Key 380327 129 Coriolanus Overture.mp3
    2. Magic Key 380410 131 Le Caprice De Nannette.mp3
    3. Magic Key 380417 132 Carnival Overture.mp3
    4. Magic Key 380424 133 Academic Festival Overture.mp3
    5. Magic Key 380501 134 15th Annual National Music Week.mp3
    6. Magic Key 380925 155 3rd Anniv Paderewskis Us Radio Debut.mp3
    7. Magic Key 381023 158 Salute To Navy Day Guest Rose Bampton.mp3
    8. Magic Key 381106 160 Abe Lincoln In Illinois.mp3
    9. Magic Key 381211 165 Eric Blore Explains American Football.mp3
    10. Magic Key 390129 172 Salute To Victor Herbert.mp3
    11. Magic Key 390205 173 A Sunny Morning.mp3
    12. Magic Key 390212 174 Lincoln Day Apprec-Alexander Woollcott.mp3
    13. Magic Key 390226 176 Allpaderewski Program.mp3
    14. Magic Key 390312 178 Guest Jan Piepura.mp3
    15. Magic Key 390402 181 Preview Of Army Day.mp3
    16. Magic Key 390430 185 Katherine Parr Halfhour Show.mp3
    17. Magic Key 390514 187 Wholl Buy My Lavender.mp3
    18. Magic Key 390521 188 Peg O My Heart.mp3
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    68 recordings on 68 Audio CDs
    total playtime 64 hours, 49 min

    Disc A001

    1. Magic Key 350929 001 Welcome To Magic Key Of Rca

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    Disc A002

    1. Magic Key 351013 002 Sixteenth Anniversary Of Rca

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    Disc A003

    1. Magic Key 351020 003 Othello

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    Disc A004

    1. Magic Key 351027 004 Salute To Navy Day Guest Bea Lillie

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    Disc A005

    1. Magic Key 351103 005 A Touch Of Brimstone

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    Disc A006

    1. Magic Key 351110 006 Mutiny On Bounty

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    Disc A007

    1. Magic Key 351117 007 Dance Of Russian Sailors

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    Disc A008

    1. Magic Key 351201 009 Porgy And Bess

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    Disc A009

    1. Magic Key 351208 010 Prelude To Wedding Scene From Lohengrin

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    Disc A010

    1. Magic Key 351215 011 At Home Abroad

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    Disc A011

    1. Magic Key 351225 Special Christmas Concert

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    Disc A012

    1. Magic Key 351229 013 Dear Old Darling

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    Disc A013

    1. Magic Key 360112 015 Guest Adele Astaire Pickens Sisters

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    Disc A014

    1. Magic Key 360126 016 Chinese New Year Celebrations

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    Disc A015

    1. Magic Key 360209 018 Thirteen Hours By Air

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    Disc A016

    1. Magic Key 360216 019 Winter Sports Scenes From Montreal

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    Disc A017

    1. Magic Key 360223 020 Mardi Gras In Rio And New Orleans

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    Disc A018

    1. Magic Key 360301 021 Cornelia Otis Skinner Minneapolis Smphy

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    Disc A019

    1. Magic Key 360308 022 Call It A Day

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    Disc A020

    1. Magic Key 360322 024 New England Floods

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    Disc A021

    1. Magic Key 360329 025 A School For Scandal

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    Disc A022

    1. Magic Key 360405 026 Justice

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    Disc A023

    1. Magic Key 360510 031 Erna Sack Sings From Leipzig

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    Disc A024

    1. Magic Key 360524 033 Guest Fats Waller Helen Jepson

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    Disc A025

    1. Magic Key 360607 035 Yodelers Performing From Swiss Alps

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    Disc A026

    1. Magic Key 360614 036 Allwagner Program

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    Disc A027

    1. Magic Key 360705 039 Overture To The Marriage Of Figaro

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    Disc A028

    1. Magic Key 360823 046 Seeing America San Francisco

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    Disc A029

    1. Magic Key 360920 050 Seeing America Brooklyns Ebbets Field

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    Disc A030

    1. Magic Key 360927 051 Faust

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    Disc A031

    1. Magic Key 361018 054 Romeo And Juliet

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    Disc A032

    1. Magic Key 361025 055 White Horse Inn

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    Disc A033

    1. Magic Key 361108 057 Guest San Francisco Opera Company

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    Disc A034

    1. Magic Key 361115 058 Rembrandt

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    Disc A035

    1. Magic Key 361129 060 Seeing Eye Training School Dogs

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    Disc A036

    1. Magic Key 361220 063 Guest Robert Benchley Bill Robinson

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    Disc A037

    1. Magic Key 361227 064 Guest Moscow Cathedral Choir

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    Disc A038

    1. Magic Key 370103 065 Polonaise Militaire

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    Disc A039

    1. Magic Key 370207 070 Miss Bent Bows

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    Disc A040

    1. Magic Key 370418 080 Prelude And Fugue In F Minor

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    Disc A041

    1. Magic Key 370502 082 National Music Week

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    Disc A042

    1. Magic Key 370516 084 10 th Anniversary Of Lindberghs Flight

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    Disc A043

    1. Magic Key 370704 091 Make A Wish

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    Disc A044

    1. Magic Key 370815 097 Flight From Glory

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    Disc A045

    1. Magic Key 370912 101 Tribute To George M. Cohan

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    Disc A046

    1. Magic Key 371107 109 Guest Gertrud Wettergren Eve Curie

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    Disc A047

    1. Magic Key 371114 110 Perpetuum Mobile

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    Disc A048

    1. Magic Key 371226 116 Guest Helsinki University Chorus

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    Disc A049

    1. Magic Key 380102 117 Mercury Theatres Julius Caesar

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    Disc A050

    1. Magic Key 380109 118 Guest Elnr Roosevelt Carl Hartmann

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    Disc A051

    1. Magic Key 380327 129 Coriolanus Overture

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    Disc A052

    1. Magic Key 380410 131 Le Caprice De Nannette

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    Disc A053

    1. Magic Key 380417 132 Carnival Overture

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    Disc A054

    1. Magic Key 380424 133 Academic Festival Overture

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    Disc A055

    1. Magic Key 380501 134 15th Annual National Music Week

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    Disc A056

    1. Magic Key 380925 155 3rd Anniv Paderewskis Us Radio Debut

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    Disc A057

    1. Magic Key 381023 158 Salute To Navy Day Guest Rose Bampton

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    Disc A058

    1. Magic Key 381106 160 Abe Lincoln In Illinois

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    Disc A059

    1. Magic Key 381211 165 Eric Blore Explains American Football

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    Disc A060

    1. Magic Key 390129 172 Salute To Victor Herbert

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    Disc A061

    1. Magic Key 390205 173 A Sunny Morning

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    Disc A062

    1. Magic Key 390212 174 Lincoln Day Apprec-Alexander Woollcott

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    Disc A063

    1. Magic Key 390226 176 Allpaderewski Program

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    Disc A064

    1. Magic Key 390312 178 Guest Jan Piepura

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    Disc A065

    1. Magic Key 390402 181 Preview Of Army Day

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    Disc A066

    1. Magic Key 390430 185 Katherine Parr Halfhour Show

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    Disc A067

    1. Magic Key 390514 187 Wholl Buy My Lavender

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    Disc A068

    1. Magic Key 390521 188 Peg O My Heart

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