I enjoyed my years in the broadcasting biz and I've always been a broadcaster at heart, despite the fact that the industry has changed as much as popular music has over the years.
Up until a few years ago a friend of mine, Gene Martin, hosted a wildly popular radio show here in Central Florida called "Big Bands, Ballads and Blues." In its heyday thousands listened daily and Gene was literally mobbed at public events. Alas as radio station owners get younger, they could care less about that kind of music and the station became another satellite news feed a couple of years back. Did Gene Martin fade into oblivion? No way!
Gene Martin has always been quite the Renaissance man and reinvented himself once again. He took it upon himself to create an entire radio station on his own via the internet. He even resurrected my radio career as The Nostalgic Rambler Radio Show is heard on his network. You can hear my show as well as Gene and his other announcers by visiting www.TheGeneMartinShow.com or by clicking here.
Here's the show lineup you can hear at TheGeneMartinShow.com:
THE DON BRUCE SHOW ON AT 8 AM
The Gene Martin Show AT 10 AM & 3 PM.
CAFE’ SUNSHINE 12 PM DAILY starring Gene Martin
SAMUEL’S SERENADE 5 PM WITH GEORGE SAMUELS
PETE KING’S, BIG BAND BUDDIES 9 AM SAT & SUN
DON KENNEDY’S, BIG BAND JUMP IO AM SAT. & SUN.
WITH HANS JEFF BORGER
1 PM SAT & SUN.
times are Eastern Time
Don Bruce's website is here.
Pete King's is a big band expert from the UK with a very complete and interesting website you will find here. It seems like the folks in Europe appreciate this music more than those in the colonies!
Here's a pic of George Samuels (Samuel's Serenade), Gene Martin, and yours truly.
I took this pic! (left to right) my wife Heike, Gene, George, Gene's wife Ann, George's wife Harriet
Here's a final picture I thought was great! George showed us his new 3-D TV set. We were watching underwater footage and pictures from the moon. Gene asked if there were any 3-D shows of a big band concert. George said unfortunately there aren't any yet. Doesn't Gene look cool in his 3-D glasses?!
I'm not sure how long Gene will keep his internet radio station going. It is a costly affair and a labor of love. Be sure to listen in and enjoy the great programming available to you worldwide on the internet.