The Swingin’ Years: History comes alive

 

872213_t607Chuck Cecil has been doing his Swingin’ Years program since 1956.  The Swingin’ Years was a long time feature of KFI AM Radio in Los Angeles.

He did  shows in the studio and remote broadcasts from Disneyland, Anaheim,  where music from that era was featured for many years at night.   He did interviews over the years with all the popular singers and musicians from the era.

Although I’m a baby boomer by age and I listened to and grew up with the rock era music from Elvis Presley, Motown, the Beatles, and  the Rolling Stones,  before that, I got a little 45 RPM RCA record player for my 3rd Birthday.  At that tender age, I listened mostly to  Les Paul and Mary Ford, who came towards the end of what Chuck Cecil considers the Swingin’ Years (1935-1955.)

Anyone with an interest in the historical events surrounding World War II, the Great Depression, and the early years of the Cold War would love this program.  It’s a time capsule  and a social history of that era.  Chuck Cecil’s Swingin’ Years radio show airs on WPPB from Long Island, New York.  The show airs  every Sunday 8 PM to Midnight Eastern, 5 PM to 9 PM Pacific Time.

Chuck Cecil turned  93 the week of last Christmas and is still going strong.  In the interview 1 1/2 years prior to his birthday, he looks  terrific, amazing.

You can listen to the show on your computer, just click on the  link to Peconic Public Radio, WPPB, during the show time and click on Listen Live in the upper left hand corner.

You’ll know you’re in the right place when you hear the long time Chuck Cecil theme music, Harry James’s The Mole.  Chuck Cecil uses a  less scratchy version, but here is the Harry James original on a Columbia 78 from 1941.

UPDATE:  WPPB has now built streaming into their website.  No need for iTunes  or other streaming software now.

Thanks to Swingman38 for posting The Mole on You Tube.  Photo of Chuck Cecil from Peconic Public Radio.  Thank you to Wally Smith of WPPB making a place for this show, and to Chuck Cecil for being himself.

Update 7/1/16:  I just received word this morning that this will be Chuck Cecil’s last show.  Don’t miss it.  I am sad but grateful for the many years and many memories of this show.  Au revoir.

 

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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