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Victory Parade Of Spotlight Bands

In 1941, Mutual had the bright idea of broadcasting Swing Bands remotely from various halls around the country. Recording a live event for later broadcast did not carry the stigma at Mutual that it did on NBC or CBS, and there were Mutual Stations around the country to support the remotes. Coca Cola was sold on the idea, and the first edition of Spotlight Bands was broadcast just days before Pearl Harbor. Once the War started, everyone realized that the most appreciative halls were the various military bases and defense plants around the country. One of the ways that the show “paid the rent for the hall” was to provide the recordings to Special Services who repackaged them as Victory Parade for AFRS. [otrcat.com]

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