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The Magic of Music - Pgm 40

September 13th, 2009

This week, we premiere a new series on the blog, "The Magic of Music", that appears to not be in circulation among otr enthusiasts.

"The Magic of Music" featured a musical guest who is interviewed about their work and a new album they're promoting.  The series concentrated on jazz and vocalists and includes lesser known artists from the period; there are no performances in the studio, but we hear excerpts from their albums, some that are hard to find today.

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The show was transcribed in Hollywood for Marine Corps Reserve and Recruiting and hosted by Bob Osterburg - love the singing opening to the show that includes the host's name.  Mackenzie's "Directory of the Armed Forces Radio Service Series" seems to imply this was an AFRTS originated series, but one of the programs I have in the series mentions that the show originates on Mutual.

Program 40 in the series as broadcast on AFRTS features vibes player Terry Gibbs talking about his career and album "Swingin' With Terry Gibbs".  The show includes an AFRTS informational announcement about NATO.  The show is dated April 18, 1958 in the matrix, so that could be the date the program was recorded, the date of the original network broadcast, or even the date it was mastered by AFRTS - the dates are less consistent on these later transcriptions.

The show was transferred from an original AFRTS vinyl microgroove transcription with an episode of the "Jimmy Wakely Show" on the other side.

I'll drop in a few episodes of the series in the next few months on the blog.


  • marcel

    thanks for the terry gibbs show! bob osterburg talks that billy eckstine was in the show, too. is there a version available? thanks in advance!

    keep boppin´ marcel

    Sep 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm
  • randsesotericotr

    Sorry - There’s no Billy Eckstein episode in the set of shows that I have.

    Sep 14, 2009 at 6:44 pm
  • Jim B.

    I’ll avoid a rant comparing this interesting and very listenable show to today’s commercial stations with their stupid nicknames and 200-song playlists. Instead, I’ll make a couple of historical observations.

    A note in a Long Beach newspaper of 1956 notes this show ran at 7pm Saturday on KHJ. As KHJ was a Mutual-Don Lee station, this show very well could have been transcribed there and have gone across at least part of the Mutual network. I don’t know when Mutual finally eliminated non-news programming.

    Mr. Osterberg is an interesting chap. He was a lieutenant who was, in 1957, radio and TV officer at the El Toro Marine Air Station. There’s a 1956 KNXT listing for a 15-minute Sunday morning show called ‘Dress Blue’ with Lt. Osterberg.” A 1958 programming note for KBIG Long Beach, Calif. reports Osterberg would be calling rodeo results on the air from a marine base. Unless there are two Bob Osterbergs, this one ended up managing KUPI 980, a daytimer in Idaho Falls in 1965. He owned part of the Pioneer League baseball team there and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. By 1977, he seems to have been at KCHV in Palm Springs.


    Sep 15, 2009 at 12:23 am
  • Erica

    Wow… Swingin’ certainly was swingin’! Great music and a nice chat with the musician, too. You certainly don’t get that on mainstream radio nowadays, Jim is quite right about that…

    Sep 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm