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13 April 1946 location should be San Pedro Playhouse #15

cdyson37 opened this issue Mar 31, 2022 · 1 comment

13 April 1946 location should be San Pedro Playhouse #15

cdyson37 opened this issue Mar 31, 2022 · 1 comment


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Details at TDWAW (search for "1946 04 13")

DP email below:

The discographers got the venue wrong. There was only one network broadcast this day (per radio logs across the country), originating at 3 p.m. from San Pedro Playhouse, about six miles from Fort Sam Houston (both locations are in San Antonio). A local reviewer named the facility and commented on the acoustics - see below.

This broadcast was the first in the 1946 series of Your Saturday Date with the Duke which started in 1945.

These weekly one-hour broadcasts on ABC were broadcast live on location wherever Ellington was playing, although some New York broadcasts were made from a Radio City studio.
Sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department, these 'sustaining broadcasts' had no commercial sponsor but Ellington plugs war bonds in each broadcast. Armed Forces Radio Service recorded the broadcasts, editing them into half-hour transcriptions for broadcast by short-wave radio to forces overseas.


"These 'Date with the Duke' transcriptions are miracles of editing considering that tape technology had not yet become available."
Not all the music appears on the AFRS transcriptions, and some pieces are used on more than one transcription record to make them exactly 30 minutes.

Several also appear on V-Disc.
The first series of 33 weekly broadcasts ran April 7 to November 24 1945, interrupted by Ellington's half-hour tribute broadcast to President Roosevelt on April 14. The series resumed April 13, 1946, with 17 broadcasts ending August 31 that year.

C. A. Moore, "Keeping Posted," San Antonio Register, San Antonio, Texas 1946-04-19 p.7

'Last Saturday at 3:00, I sat in on the Ellington broadcast from the San Pedro playhouse which went out over KABC to stations of the American broadcasting company. The broadcast was open only to members of the local school bands. Unfortunately, because of the acoustics in the playhouse, we were unable to hear Kay Davis' vocals. She sings very softly. The background 88ing while Duke was talking over the mike was Billy Strayhorn who also sat in on one of the numbers with the band while Duke directed. If anyone who attended the broadcast is wondering why Duke placed his fingers to his ears during the warm-up prior to going on the air, it is his method of checking the balance of the band.'

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