NetRadio Adds 1940s Pop Channel


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - The NetRadio Corporation announced today two additions to its nostalgia pop music offerings from music historian, performer, and NetRadio programmer Arne Fogel.

The first addition is a new music channel, "Singin' Swingin' 40s," featuring the immortal voices of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Dinah Shore and Ella Fitzgerald, among other pop music superstars, in performances that served as the jukebox anthems of this "Greatest Generation."

"It often goes forgotten that the 1940s served up some great singers and great songs, sharing center stage with the more familiar songs of the swing era," said Arne Fogel, the NetRadio music programmer who put the channel together.

Like NetRadio's other 100 channels of music, "Singin' Swingin' 40s" is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free for users.

The second addition to NetRadio.com is an hour-long exclusive audio program in which Fogel talks one-on-one with Bing Crosby biographer Gary Giddins, the author of Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - The Early Years, 1903-1940, released in January of this year.

Giddins, a longtime columnist for the Village Voice, received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1998 for his book Visions of Jazz: The First Century. His other books include Celebrating the Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker; Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong; and Riding on a Blue Note: Jazz and American Pop. All are available for purchase (via the Amazon.com Associates Network) at NetRadio.com.

In Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams, Giddins writes a detailed and authoritative description of Crosby as a boy and man, as well as of the performer's pervasive impact on American entertainment and culture of the time. The book is the first volume of a two-volume set; the publication date of the second volume has yet to be established by the publisher.

"Crosby was the first mass-media pop star, a way of life, a tradition, a symbol, and an icon, and as one magazine cover put it in the mid 1940s `America's favorite star.' Giddins' book is the best that's ever been written about Bing Crosby, and he brilliantly captured the impact this great artist had on American pop culture," said Fogel. "It is truly a pleasure to present NetRadio.com listeners with this special opportunity to hear an in-depth discussion with Giddins."

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