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Masters of Melody

these programs are almost a forgotten footnote of West Coast Radio Orchestras, but the music is delightful and fun listen.

4 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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1 Audio CDs


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Play a sample episode from February 22, 0000:

"Episode 258"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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1950s RadioThese little programs are almost a forgotten footnote of West Coast Radio Orchestras, but the music is delightful and fun listen.

The episodes of Masters Of Melody in our collection are from Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) transcriptions, but the program originated from NBC's Radio City, San Francisco.

Radio City San Francisco at Taylor and O'Farrell Streets was a marvelously modern building built for NBC and leased from Bay Area Dentist, Dr Barrett. The building was a white elephant from the time NBC arrived in 1942. Designed to be the network's flagship West Coast facility, it was too large for the two NBC owned Bay Area stations, but in time it would prove too small for TV. Its usefulness also came into question after the Blue Network separated from NBC.

Most of the Network's West Coast talent lived in Hollywood, although the Bob Hope or Jack Benny programs did use the large Studio A when they were on the road. Studio B and C were smaller affair, Studio B featuring a Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ.

The major networks had a contractual obligation with the American Federation of Musicians to employ at least twelve musicians at each of their owned and operated stations. Unfortunately, few of the programs originating from Radio City San Francisco called for an orchestra.

AFRTSSomeone on the staff decided that the station should be making some money from the musicians, and a deal was cut with the Morris Plan Company of California. The Morris Plan paid just for the air time, with the services of the orchestra thrown in gratis.

The orchestra, under the direction of Albert White, played "dinner music", salon music that varied from light classical to operetta. The orchestra was a string quartet augmented by winds, harp, piano, and Hammond Organ (the pipe organ was not used). The program was billed as "Music without Interruption", although the Morris Plan did inject advertisement in the middle of the quarter hour. As with all AFRTS transcriptions, the commercials are removed from the broadcast.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    4 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 2 min
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      4 shows - total playtime 1 hours 2 minutes
      1. Masters Of Melody 258 Afrs.mp3
      2. Masters Of Melody 259 Afrs.mp3
      3. Masters Of Melody 260 Afrs.mp3
      4. Masters Of Melody 261 Afrs.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    4 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 2 min
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      4 shows - total playtime 1 hours 2 minutes
      1. Masters Of Melody 258 Afrs.mp3
      2. Masters Of Melody 259 Afrs.mp3
      3. Masters Of Melody 260 Afrs.mp3
      4. Masters Of Melody 261 Afrs.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



    4 recordings on 1 Audio CD
    total playtime 1 hours, 2 min

    Disc A001

    1. Masters Of Melody 258 Afrs
    2. Masters Of Melody 259 Afrs
    3. Masters Of Melody 260 Afrs
    4. Masters Of Melody 261 Afrs

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