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The Show

A Little History
It was the old 1930's and 1940's Singing Cowboy movies (Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers, Eddie Dean and the Sons of the Pioneers), popular on television in the 1950's, that led Mike Gross into Western Music and to start his Swingin' West radio broadcast on WSHU-FM, Fairfield, CT on Sunday, February 17, 1980.

For many years, the program originated from and was recorded while broadcasting live over WSHU. A DAT was sent to KTPR in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, then daisy chained to High Plains Public Radio, KANZ and eventually on to KABL-6 in Canadian, Texas where it was used as background behind local cable TV service in the Lone Star State. Toward the end of the last century the show was moved to WVOF-FM, Fairfield, CT. In addition, Mike has been a guest on other radio shows and stations to do his "Swingin' West" show.

The Sounds You'll Hear
"Everything Western" is what Mike plays on his show. It can begin with sets that include Spade Cooley and Bob Wills (the Daddy of Western Swing) and move from there to the Western-style tunes of the Glenn Miller Orchestra or Frank Sinatra. The show places an emphasis on lots of fine contemporary Western Swing, showcasing that Western Swing is alive and well. Dave Alexander, Leon Rausch, Asleep At The Wheel, The Time Jumpers and the River Road Boys are among many that are recording Western Swing today. Another generation of Wills can also be heard with Bob, Johnnie Lee, Luke and Billy Jack's talented niece, Dayna Wills and Johnnie Lee's son, John T. Wills. Of course, the show also includes the music of the great American West of both yesterday and today.

Listen Online

Today's listeners can find Mike on KSEY, Seymour, TX, KTNK, Lompac, CA and www.earsradio.com as he spins his Western Swing favorites along with those requested. Listen to the show on a podcast all week long by clicking on "Listen Now!" on the home page or check out the playlists below.


Playlists

Mike publishes his playlists before the show so you'll get an idea what he will be playing next Saturday. Also be sure to check out recent playlists or scan through the archives.

October 22:Salute to My "Swingin' West" Artist Listeners

October 15:Top 10 "Swingin' West" CDs of 2008 (Pod Cast on Home Page)

October 8:Tribute to Leon Rausch, Western Swing Vocal legend (Pod Cast on Home Page)

October 1:Westen Swing 1930's Until Today (Pod Cast on Home Page)

September 24:Salute to the River Road Boys (Pod Cast on Home Page)

September 17:Western Swing Salutes Ernest Tubb (Pod Cast on Home Page)

September 10:In Memory of Tom Morrell (Pod Cast on Home Page)