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Chris ValentiJan EberlePeggy KingDon KennedyDavid Miller
Chris Valenti,  Jan Eberle,  Perky Peggy King,  Don Kennedy,  David Miller
Ronnie AllenHorace Heidt, Jr.Jeff KarpinskiHarry and EdnaEd RobertsonGlenn Robison
 Ronnie Allen,   Horace Heidt, Jr.,   Jeff Karpinski,   Harry and Edna,   Ed Robertson,   Glenn Robison

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Chris Valenti update

On Wednesday 8/13/14, Program Director Chris Valenti will be undergoing major heart surgery. His aorta is being replaced with a mechanical aorta. At the same time a valve is being replaced and his aortic valve is being repaired. This will be a very risky and monumental effort on his surgeons behalf. If all goes as planned, Chris plans on being back on the air Saturday 9/13 at 9pm est. If Chris is not on the air that evening, we can only thank his surgeons for trying their best and enjoy the archives he has left. During this trying time Chris wanted to extend a very big thanks to all of the listeners of his program and to the listeners of all other specialty programming broadcast here at WYYR. And without question, a huge thanks to all of the wonderfully talented hosts listed below for all of their time and contribution through whom our unique scheduling could not exist. 8/1/14


Fridays @ 9pm EST is Jan Eberle's Swing Museum!

        Jan Eberle presents the music of one of America's best, Lionel Hampton!

Jan EberleLionel Hampton 

Here's Jan about this weeks program:    

  Swing Museum Program Archive Page 

 Immediatly followed by a weekly Bing Crosby live radio broadcast anywhere from the 1930's to the 1950's with big name guest stars and naturally lots of great music.

 Bing CrosbyBing Crosby & The Andrews SistersBing Crosby


Saturdays @  9pm EST is Chris Valenti's Big Band Broadcast.

The ONLY 'All Request' Live Big Band Radio Show in the World!

Chris ValentiThe Big Bands

Here's Chris about The Big Band Broadcast:

Our Historians also make an occasional visit. Our Big Band Broadcast Historian for over 30 years Bill Wallace along with Historian Specialists Chuck Henry and Bill Cwiklo help make it all the more musically interesting. 

The last Saturday features The Top Five Countdown with Ronnie Allen. The top five requests of the month from around the world are tabulated by Ronnie Allen who worked with Casey Kasem and his Top 40.

The Top 5 Countdown opener:

Big Band Broadcast Program Archive Page


Sundays @ 7pm EST is Harry and Edna On The Wireless

Harry & EdnaHarry & Edna  

with husband and wife hosts Harry & Edna from the UK

From the U.K. is Harry and Edna on the Wireless. It is an hour long bi-weekly radio show hosted by husband & wife team Harry & Edna. Their Website describes the program as a look At The Current British 1930's -1940's scene through a steamed-up monocle. Harry & Edna On The Wireless is set to a back drop of 'tip top' recorded gramophone music while stylish guests and big band artists help ensure a sense of old fashioned well-being. Inside knowledge of this greatest generations lifestyles and music as lived today in the UK cannot be heard anywhere else.

Harry and Edna On The Wireless Archive Page


Mondays @ 9pm EST is ...

Miller On Mondays... with host Jeff Karpinski

Special programming that comes around once every two months!

Past archival Miller On Mondays repeated weekly in this Monday time slot

Glenn MillerJeff KsrpinskiGlenn Miller

Next new Miller On Mondays production is 8/4 

A TRUE Glenn Miller learning experience!

Miller On Mondays features two hours of Glenn Miller music with commentary from world recognized Big Band writer and historian Jeff Karpinski. Plus archival and never before heard Glenn MIller recordings.

The Miller On Mondays Archive Page


Tuesdays @ 9pm EST is David Miller's Swinging Down The Lane

David MillerDavid Miller

  Legendary DJ David Miller with his popular radio program Swinging Down The Lane keeps the Big Band sound alive with his accumulation of over 9,000 recordings. His weekly radio program went on the air in 1983 and is now carried by over 90 National Public Radio stations. We are proud to present Swinging Down The Lane here on WYYR.com.

 Immediately followed by:

Glenn Robison's Rapidly Rotating Records

78 RPMGlenn Robison

Rapidly Rotating Records presents "vintage" music from rapidly rotating 78RPM records of the 1920s and 30s and "music to which you can't NOT tap your toes!" Host Glenn Robison plays roaring twenties hot dance bands, 30s sweet bands, show tunes, novelty tunes, blues, jazz and more on labels from Aeolian to Zonophone! Each show's five segments revolves around a theme such as a composer, songwriter or artist's birthday, a historical event or even a bit of trivia. Glenn also presents discographical information and carefully researched background information about the songs, artists and composers. "RRR" is in its 14th year of production and is proud to extend YesterYear Radio's reach even further back to the 1920s.

Here's Glenn about the program: 

Glenn Robison's Rapidly Rotating Record Archive Page


Wednesdays @ 9pm EST is Ed Robertson's TV Confidential

Here's an opportunity to reminisce about our favorite TV shows and hear from some of our favorite TV and film personalities. TV Confidential often focuses on classic shows from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s and even today. Previous guests include Barbara Feldon, Monty Hall, Bill Daily, Rose Marie, Barry Livingston, George Maharis, Pat Harrington, Julie Newmar, Stacy Keach, Dee Wallace, Lee Meriwether, and more.

        Ed RobertsonTV Confidential 

About TV Confidential: 


Off The Cuff

Peggy KingPeggy King with George GobelPeggy King

... with our very special guest star Pretty Perky Peggy King!

Peggy Kings 'Off The Cuff' aired on WYYR.com from June 2011 to September 2013 and presented over 50 guest stars. Peggy King is a televison star who was also the singer and actress on the 1950's George Gobel TV show. She also garnered one of the first 100 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Peggys WYYR Off The Cuff Archive Page

Here's the 'Off The Cuff ' show opener: 


Ronnie Allen's YesterYear Countdown 

Here's Ronnie about the show: 

Ronnie AllenTop Recordings

The 'Countdown Man' Ronnie Allen's special program entitled The YesterYear Countdown has gained worldwide notariety here on WYYR.com. This program always featured a special Countdown of a special week within the years of 1950 to 1955 based on the charts and particularly the pop standards of the day. Ronnie continually comes back with special countdown shows and is always a part of the Big Band Broadcast's Top 5 Countdown the last Saturday of each month.

Ronnie's YesterYear Countdown Archive Page 


 Don Kennedy's Big Band Jump

Legendary DJ Don Kennedy

Don KennedyBig Band JumpDon Kennedy

Here's Don about Big Band Jump  

BIG BAND JUMP was a two hour weekly program that thrilled our audience around the world for several years. Unfortunately it was towards the end of this special shows run. So after 27 years of production, in September 2013 Big Band Jump ceased production. We cannot thank Mr. Don Kennedy enough for his talents, knowledge, and entertaining personality that drove this program for so many years.

We are proud to still have him here in his WYYR.com archives with a few dozen hand picked Big Band Jumps. As always, each are a full two hours. Enjoy your Big Band Jump listening and 'Stay Tuned!'

 Don Kennedy's Big Band Jump Archive Page


 WYYR.com Guest Star Jingles

Doris Day Rosemary Clooney Pat Boone Joey Bishop Rose Marie

Doris Day   Rosemary Clooney   Pat Boone  Joey Bishop  Rose Marie  

Les Brown with Doris Day Kitty Kallen Tex Beneke Frances Langford Martha Tilton Jo Stafford

Les Brown  Kitty Kallen  Tex Beneke   Frances Langford   Martha Tilton   Jo Stafford 


   About WYYR.com YesterYear Radio

 Chris Valenti

Chris Valenti, Big Band Hall of Fame Radio Inductee and host of The Big Band Broadcast

Chris Valenti is the Program and Marketing Director at WYYR.com. His goal is to make sure that stellar programming is always emanating from the station. And thanks to amazing WYYR personalites like Jan Eberle, Peggy KingHorace Heidt, Jr., Don Kennedy, David MillerGlenn Robison, Ronnie Allen, Harry & Edna from the UK, Ed Robertson, and Jeff Karpinski, the response and listenership has grown exponentially. Why? Because WYYR.com is the ONLY All Big Band radio station that not only has regularly syndicated big band radio programs, but also praised and celebrated home grown programs heard nowhere else. 

WYYR's YesterYear Radio is now the #1 interactive Big Band internet radio station worldwide.  

This program first aired on New York's 1240AM WGBB in 1979, but its original name was Blast From the Past. The show featured both Big Band and early Rock & Roll, but lasted just a few years. The shows producer was Hank Nowicki from the North Merrick School District Union. Michael Heaney was also a host of the program with Chris. Soon after, but with a different name and a new format, it came back to 1240AM WGBB and made itself a staple for many years on both AM and FM including WBAU & WHPC ... but soley as a Big Band program with Chris Valenti as its host.

Chris Valenti and his approach of taking a constant barrage of listener requests was nothing new to radio. This was a common format fifty and sixty years ago. Dedicated listeners from New York's five bouroughs including Westchester County, CT & NJ called in weekly with their requests.

But as usual with new technology, some of the things we've always enjoyed and sometimes took for granted seem to disappear... including the 'All Request' radio program making it a thing of the past. And as far as an All Request 'Big Band' radio program goes... there were none. It was over. Hence, the birth of Chris' brain child The Big Band Broadcast! 

And with over 20,000 sides of 78's at his disposal, records he's been collecting since he was 13, Chris knew he can handle most requests. Not all, but most... and he does. And it's been going on for over five decades.

Because of the programs uniqueness and Chris' efforts to keep this great American popular music alive, on February 9, 2002 Chris was bestowed the honor of being inducted into The Big Band Hall of Fame. One of only three radio disc jockeys ever to be inducted.

From 8-24-03 is a 28 min video of one of the many Big Band Broadcast Barbecues. We always had the same and most sought after spot at Eisenhower Park on Long Island NY that had the most trees for shade. So please excuse some of the video's darkness. Chris' brother Tony from Montreal flew dowm for this event and also taped it.

On WYYR.com, The Big Band Broadcast takes live calls and email requests from all around the world!

  Here's a live request calling in from Athens Greece   


WYYR.com Celebrity Impersonator Jingles

Rochester and Jack Benny George Burns Bob Hope Abbott and Costello W.C.Fields

 Jack Benny & Rochester   George Burns   Bob Hope   Abbott & Costello  W.C. Fields  

Availble for personel or corporate functions; Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, W.C Fields and more by Lynn Roberts, George Burns by Peter Salzer, and Abbott & Costello Bud & Lou, by Gil Palmer and Lou Sciara.

And for more of our favorite stars like Gracie Allen, Mae West, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Charo, Joan Rivers, Liza Minelli, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Cher, Hillary Clinton and many more, please check out two of the best female celebrity impersonators of today and in no particular order.

                   Holly Faris                           Linda Axelrod

        


Please visit our make a request page and be a part of this show as well as tuning in to the rest of the line up of great programs all filled with history and professional broadcasting as offerd only here at WYYR.com. 

        

Glenn MillerHarry JamesCab CallowayJimmy DorseyLouie ArmstrongLes Brown with Doris DayFrances LangfordSammy KayeThe Ink SpotsThe ModernairesBing CrosbyTex BenekeTommy DorseyFrank SinatraBob EberlyHelen ForrestRay eberleyKitty KallenBunny BerriganGene KrupaConnie HainesAlvino ReyThe Mills BrothersThe Andrews SistersAnita O'DayKeely SmithBillie EckstineCount_BasieDickHaymesVincent LopezWoody HermanHelen O'Connell