Do You Listen to "40s on 4" on Sirius/XM?

Discussion in 'Radio' started by Futwick, May 5, 2013.

  1. Futwick

    Futwick One of the Regulars

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    I subscribe to satellite radio for my car. They have a 40s on 4 program, i.e. 40s music played on channel 4, as well as a 50s on 5, 60s on 6, 70s on 7, 80s on 8. Unfortunately, no 30s on 3 or 20s on 2. I keep writing them about it. They probably use the old formula of one letter or email equals 1000 listeners.

    40s on 4 is pretty nice. True, they don't delve anywhere deep enough into the music of that period but at least there's a station that plays 40s music 24/7 and they still play a decent selection. From listening to it, I have caught a few references in 3 Stooges episodes that I've heard since I was a young boy but never knew what they were talking about. Listening to it also helps me appreciate just how important the 40s were to us musically. So many songs in the GAS (Great American Songbook or just "the Songbook") came out of the 40s or became ingrained in American culture in the 40s: "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" "Satin Doll" "Hold Tight" "White Christmas" "Sentimental Journey" "Rum & Coca-Cola" "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" "Daddy" "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" "Take the A Train" "Cow Cow Boogie" "Bobby Socks Baby" "Saturday Night Fish Fry" "On the Sunny Side of the Street" "Call It Stormy Monday" "The Woody Woodpecker Song" "I'm in the Mood for Love" "When You Wish Upon a Star" "The Way You Look Tonight" "Elmer's Tune" "Blues in the Night" "Jingle Jangle Jingle" "That Old Black Magic" "Paper Doll" "Swinging on a Star" "It's Been a Long, Long Time" "Old Buttermilk Sky" "That Lucky Old Sun" "Ain't Misbehavin'" "In the Mood" "She's Funny That Way" "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" "The Frim-Fram Sauce" "Flying Home" etc.

    All the "era" stations on satellite overlap a bit. So you'll hear stuff from the late 30s and early 50s on the 40s station as well. Nothing wrong with that. That way, you get to hear "Sing Sing Sing" and "Forty Cups of Coffee."

    The 40s, as great as the music was, also sewed the seeds of the destruction of that direction in music. Big bands were pretty much dead after the war. Some carried on but not for very long. When Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge program went off the air in 1950, he retired from music and never took it up again. This was due to two things: the Japanese cutting off shellac shipments from Southeast Asia to the West although this was circumvented by the invention of the Formvar disc which was actually superior to the shellac discs but there was also a musician's strike called in 1942 over how musicians would be paid if their music was played on the radio from recordings. It was nearly 1945 before the strike was called off. By that time, "minority" music was popular because the major labels couldn't put out anything new. That was the time we saw Capitol, Atlantic, Duke, Savoy, Juke Box, Cat, Federal and other such labels spring up that specialized in minority music. By the end of the war, minority music labels were major players. This was because the kids loved the stuff. They didn't care a fig for Sinatra or Kay Kyser or Spike Jones or Les Paul and Mary Ford. They wanted to hear blues and jacked-up hillbilly music. The big bands had broken down into smaller units during the war because tour buses used up more tires and fuel. These things were in short supply so the bands broke down and traveled in cars. This led to a looser, wilder type of music because the small units had to fill in more space. By the end of the war, it was a norm which led to jump blues which was the original rock and roll that Alan Freed peddled to his young, white audience in '51.

    BB King stated that his early records had a jazzy feel because his session men were veterans of the old big bands and they instilled this jazzy sensibility into King's music that made it so distinctive.

    So that's how rock and roll sprang up so fast on the heels of big band--war shortages and a musicians' strike. In the blink of an eye, the 40s legacy was gone. But luckily, it was well documented with recordings whose true cultural value has only started being realized in the last 20 years or so.

    Yesterday, I saw something hopeful: a teenaged girl and her mother were in a record store and the mother was helping the girl to pick out the old swing hits. I don't work there but I shop there a lot and I know the owners very well. So I showed them where a lot of good swing was to be found. I asked the girl how she became so interested in the old swing. She said she started listening to the new swing stuff that had come out in the last few years--Cherry-Poppin' Daddies and like that--and decided to look at the old swing to see what it was all about and now she was hooked on it. I told her that my daughters were big fans of Glen Grey. Her mother said that her parents really like Jimmie Lunceford and she wanted to get some for her daughter so I showed them where the Lunceford stuff was. There was one new swing band that I really like a lot and that was Indigo Swing and I asked the girl if she heard them. She said no so I hooked her up with that too. By the time they left, they had a big stack of CDs of over $100 worth. The mother didn't mind spending the money because "I'm going to listen to these too!" Lastly, I recommended 40s on 4 but I don't know if they got a subscription or not.

    Makes me realize that there is hope.
     
  2. Steven180

    Steven180 One of the Regulars

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    Agreed. I also listen to '40s on 4' and have it preset, it's a great opportunity to slide back into the radio mindset. I understand that XM/Sirius is also taking great strides in their ability to offer pay-per-station-hand select packages so I think that will maintain the effort when it comes to specialty genres.

    If memory serves, I believe there was a 30s' and 20's channels years ago when they started, but don't quote me on that.

    Respectfully, M.
     
  3. nulty

    nulty One of the Regulars

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    I flip on the Sirius radio every morning to 40's on 4 ......my wife got me a subscription for Christmas...we have one in the house and one in my car. We listen to the Rradio Classic channel as well..This was "Johnny Dollar" week... what a cad..:eusa_clap Would love the 30's on 3......but I'll take.r what I can get...
     
  4. AtomicEraTom

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    I listen to 40's on 4, 50's on 5, 60's on 6, Willie's Roadhouse, and Radio Classics, which plays old radio shows. SiriusXM is a blessing.
     
  5. Futwick

    Futwick One of the Regulars

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    I also listen to 50s on 5, Bluesville, the Jazz station, rawdog (adult comedy), bluegrass. The rest of my slots shift around but these are permanent. I'll have to check out radio classics.

    [video=youtube;E9ViQ4UwSog]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9ViQ4UwSog[/video]
     
  6. KayEn78

    KayEn78 One of the Regulars

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    I have '40s on 4, '50s on 5, '60s on 6, '70s on 7 and Radio Classics (82) all preset. It would be nice to have a '20s on 2 and '30s on 3 station but I think we're lucky to have the '40s on 4. It's nice that the stations do overlap so you get a taste of that last or next decade. I'll never go back to "regular" radio again. Satellite Radio rules! They have something for everyone, yes, even those like me who love all of the Oldies. :)

    -Kristi
     
  7. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

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    Live365 has a free streaming app for smartphones, so if any of you are inclined, you can listen to Cladrite Radio (we play plenty of 1920s and '30s music) in your car, with the use of the auxiliary jack.

    Just a suggestion...
     
  8. katiemakeup

    katiemakeup Practically Family

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    I do! I flip between that, 50's, 80's and Howard. Sometimes I'll do 60's & 70's but it's too much classic rock for my taste. I agree with you all about the 20's & 30's. Maybe it's difficult to get good songs and/or permission/rights??? [huh]
     
  9. Hawkcigar

    Hawkcigar One of the Regulars

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    I have my SStran AMT3000 hooked to my computer and use it to stream 40s on 4, Radio Classics, Bluegrass and
    Willie's Roadhouse to my old radios. I like the blend of new technology meets old technology.
     
  10. AtomicEraTom

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    Kind of unrelated, but my satellite radio is driving me NUTS lately. It won't come in half the time and keeps draining the battery in my car. Ready to trash the whole thing and go back to my iPod.
     
  11. Futwick

    Futwick One of the Regulars

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    If it's draining your car battery then it has nothing to do with satellite. Sounds more like a wiring or ground problem. You need to take it in. Satellite or no, it's going to keep happening.

    [video=youtube;fhoEXGQoQV4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhoEXGQoQV4[/video]
     
  12. AtomicEraTom

    AtomicEraTom

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    I know it's not the satellite's fault. It's just a pain because I always unplug it from the cigarette lighter, and then it takes FOREVER To warm up.


     
  13. Futwick

    Futwick One of the Regulars

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    Well, maybe it is draining your battery then. My car came equipped with a satellite receiver and I forget that a lot of people are using Onyx and that kind of thing. Since I don't have the setup you seem to be describing then I can't comment. I just took for granted that your car came equipped satellite-ready. Sorry.
     
  14. AtomicEraTom

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    I wish I would have been so lucky. It's not so bad, unless I forget to unplug it and am left with a dead battery. I need to rig it up so it shuts off when I shut the car off.

     
  15. Khaki Whacky Fella

    Khaki Whacky Fella New in Town

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    While none of my immediate family owns a vehicle, when we go for road trips there is nothing like the excitement of finding out we've got a newer car from the rental lot - the new ones come with Sirius XM. We listen to 40s on 4, 50s on 5, and Bluegrass Junction and it's an absolute delight.
     
  16. 1mach1

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  17. Fibber Mcgee

    Fibber Mcgee New in Town

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    I've got two and they both are usually on 40s on 4 or Radio Classics. If they get rid of those they will loose my subscription.
     
  18. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    We've been using "40s on 4" for years as our walk-in music at the theatre. Imagine my irritation tonight to find that it's been replaced by the "Billy Joel Channel." Imagine me launching the XM receiver into the street with a fungo bat.
     
  19. fashion frank

    fashion frank One Too Many

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    I know it's not "40's on 4" but my all time favorite internet station is by far the 1920s radio network and I'm pretty sute you can get it thru Iheart and a few others.
    http://www.the1920snetwork.com/

    All the Best ,Fashion Frank
     
  20. johnnydnh

    johnnydnh Familiar Face

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    My thoughts exactly! Do they actually think their regular customers are going to just listen to Billy Joel for the next 2 months? Not me.
     

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