October 11 in radio history

On this day in 1940, in New York Glenn Miller recorded "Make Believe Ballroom Time" for Bluebird, featuring the vocal group The Modernaires for the first time. It would become the theme song for Make Believe Ballroom on WNEW, New York, with host Martin Block. Block created the aura of doing a "live" radio program, complete with performers (on records) like Harry James or Frank Sinatra, from the "Crystal Studios" at WNEW. Martin Block (February 3, 1903 – September 18, 1967) born in Los Angeles, California, was an American disc jockey. Walter Winchell is said to have invented the term "disk jockey" as a means of describing Block's radio work.

The Theme Song

Block's Wikipedia | WNEW | The First DJ

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