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NBC Bandstand with Bert Parks

NBC Bandstand was an easy old time big band radio-televison music show simulcast weekday mornings in the 1950's with pop tunes, big band favorites and simple banter with host Bert Parks and announcer Bill Wendell from NBC 30 Rock in New York City. Parks frequently spoke with audience members...where they were from, enjoying visit to New York City etc. Your blog editor was interviewed once, 16 year old radio 'wannabee', visiting from Philadelphia.
 
VIDEO (Audio)... Ralph Flanagan NBC Bandstand From Halloween. Original Air Date Was 10/26/1956. Ralph Flanagan was a big band leader, conductor, pianist, composer, and arranger for the orchestras of Hal McIntyre, Sammy Kaye, Blue Barron, Charlie Barnet, and Alvino Rey. This was an attempt to present live "big band" music on a daily basis (after the collapse of NBC's ambitious "WEEKDAY"- which was supposed to be a daily version of "MONITOR"- in late 1956). Monday through Friday, for two hours each morning, 10am through 12 Noon (et) [with "NBC NEWS ON THE HOUR" at the top of each hour], various "name" bands {those that were left} headlined, with Bert Parks as emcee. Lack of sponsorship eventually shut down the "Bandstand" in the spring of 1957.

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