||Big Band Remote (aka dance band remote) was a remote broadcast, popular on radio during the 1930s and 1940s, involving a coast-to-coast live transmission of a big band. As early as 1923, listeners could tune in The Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra. The Oriole Orchestra (Dan Russo and Ted Fio Rito) was performing at Chicago's Edgewater Beach Hotel when they did their first radio remote broadcast on March 29, 1924, and two years later, they opened the famous Aragon Ballroom in July 1926, doing radio remotes nationally from both the Aragon and the Trianon Ballrooms. Broadcasts were usually transmitted by the major radio networks directly from hotels, ballrooms, restaurants and clubs. During World War II, the remote locations expanded to include military bases and defense plants. Band remotes mostly originated in major cities, including Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago.
The broadcasts include performances by Al Overand, Anson Weeks, Art Kassel, Artie Shaw, BA Rolfe, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, Cab Calloway, Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Dick Jurgens, Duke Ellington, Eddie Howard, Fats Waller, Frankie Carle, Fred Waring, Freddie Martin, Freddy Nagel, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo, Hal Kemp, Harry James, Harry Owens, Horace Heidt, Jan Garber, Jimmy Featherstone, Kay Kayser, Lawrence Welk, Lenny Herman, Misc Bands, Ozzie Nelson, Paul Neighbors, Russ Morgan, Sammy Kaye, Shep Fields, Sherman Hayes, Stan Kenton, Tommy Carlyn, Tommy Dorsey, Wayne King, and Woody Herman.
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