The General Motors Symphony Of The Air

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


99835. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. November 20, 1934. NBC net. Sponsored by: General Motors. The first selection is the overture to "Romeo and Juliet" (Tchaikovsky). This program has also been referred to as, "General Motors Presents." The General Motors Symphony Orchestra, Artur Rodzinski (conductor, speaks before the concert), Harold Bauer (piano), Milton Cross (announcer). 55:08. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

99834. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. May 16, 1937. Blue net, WJZ, New York City aircheck. Sponsored by: General Motors. A program of music by Victor Herbert. The General Motors Symphony Orchestra, Erno Rapee (conductor), Jan Peerce, Rose Bampton, Amadeo Ginyati (flute), Gustav Wiengalist (clarinet). 32:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpts.

99833. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. June 6, 1937. Blue net, WJZ, New York City aircheck. Sponsored by: General Motors. The program includes three arias from "La Boheme." "Triana" (Albenez), "Who'll Buy My Lavender?" "La Dona e Mobile" "Travalitos." The General Motors Symphony Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor), Lucrezia Bori, Joseph Bentonelli, Elinor Remmick Warren (piano accompanist for Lucrezia Bori). 57:41. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

99838. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. October 3, 1937. NBC net. Sponsored by: General Motors. The program originates from Carnegie Hall. The first selection heard is the prelude to act 3 of, "Loehengrin." The start of the 5th season of the program. The first program of "a complete concert company of 8 artists." The program is also referred to as, "The General Motors Concert." The General Motors Symphony Orchestra, Milton Cross (announcer), Donald Dickson (baritone), Maria Jeritza, Richard Tauber (from England, poor shortwave reception), Joseph Schmidt (tenor). 31:12. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpts.

99837. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. October 16, 1937. NBC net, WJZ, New York City aircheck. Sponsored by: General Motors. The first selection is a "concert presentation" of, "My Hero" from "The Chocolate Soldier" (Strauss). The General Motors Symphony Orchestra, Erno Rapee (conductor), Rosa Ponselle, Frank Forrest, Eugene Goosens. 38:03. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpts.

99840. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. November 21, 1937. NBC net. Sponsored by: General Motors. The first selection is, "Ballatella" (Leoncavallo). The program is also known as, "The General Motors Concert." The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann (conductor), Grace Moore, Richard Tauber, Corrine Fredericks (clavachord), Milton Cross (announcer). 40:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

99839. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. November 28, 1937. NBC net. Sponsored by: General Motors. 8:00 P.M. The program originates from Carnegie Hall. An "all-request" program. The first selection is, "Roumanian Rhapsody" (Martinu). The program is also known as, "The General Motors Concert." The General Motors Symphony Orchestra, Erno Rapee (conductor), Jussi Bjorling (American debut), Maria Jeritza, Milton Cross (announcer). 56:55. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

47293. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. August 29, 1943. Red net. Sponsored by: General Motors. 5:00 P.M. The program originates from Radio City, New York. The first selection is the overture to, "Raymond." Two compositions by Liszt, two nocturnes by Debussy. The overture and fantasy to "Romeo and Juliet," by Tchaikovsky. The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Frank Black (conductor). 59:15. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

47294. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. September 19, 1943. Red net. Sponsored by: General Motors. 5:00 P.M. Third War Loan benefit: each listener who buys a $1000 war bond receives a signed photograph of Toscanini. An all-Bizet program, from Radio City, New York. Under-secretary of the Treasury Daniel Bell speaks on behalf of the War Loan. A small piece has been deleted from the suite from "Carmen." The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor), Ben Grauer (commentator), Daniel Bell. 59:22. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

47295. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. November 14, 1943. Red net. Sponsored by: General Motors. 5:00 P.M. The program originates from Radio City, New York. The first selection is the overture to "The Secret Marriage," by Cimarosa. "Iberia," by Debussy. Charles F. Kettering speaks from Detroit about Marconi's invention of radio and the future of television. Mignone's "Fantasia Brasiliera," "An American In Paris," by Gershwin. The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor), Charles F. Kettering, Ben Grauer (commentator), Bernardo Segall (piano). 59:26. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

49680. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. November 28, 1943. Red net. Sponsored by: General Motors. 5:00 P.M. An all-Wagner program. The first selection is the prelude to act III of "Die Meistersinger." Charles F. Kettering (a General Motors Vice President, inventor of the self-starter), speaks from New York about, "The universal bond that unites great men." The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor), Ben Grauer (announcer), Charles F. Kettering. 62:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

49676. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. January 23, 1944. Red net, W2XWG (shortwave). Sponsored by: General Motors. 5:00 P.M. The program begins with an address by Charles F. Kettering, Vice President of General Motors (from Detroit). First selection: The Prelude To Lohengrin by Wagner. "Wotan's Farewell" and "The Magic Fire Music" from, "The Ring." "Exalted Vision Suite" by Paul Hindemith. Ben Grauer (announcer), Charles F. Kettering, Leopold Stokowski (conductor), The NBC Symphony Orchestra. 59:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

49677. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. February 6, 1944. Red net, W2XWG (shortwave). Sponsored by: General Motors. 5:00 P.M. The first selection is the first broadcast performance of, "The Arioso," by Cesti. Schubert's Unfinished Symphony (#8). Charles F. Kettering (a General Motors vice president), gives a talk about rubber. He relates how John Dunlop invented the pneumatic tire. "Concerto For Piano and Orchestra", Opus #42, by Arnold Schoenberg (world premier). Piano soloist is Edward Steuermann. Stokowski announces that this work may be "hard to understand" after one hearing, but that it is a "landmark of musical history." The composition gets very little applause when it concludes. The program originates from Radio City, New York. Charles F. Kettering, Ben Grauer (announcer), The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (conductor), Edward Steuermann (piano). 59:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

79970. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. June 11, 1944. Red net. Sponsored by: General Motors. 5:00 P.M. The recording starts with a commercial for General Motors and the start of the overture to, "Le Roi d'Ys" (Lalo). The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Ben Grauer (announcer), Frank Black (conductor). 12:05. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Excerpt.

97757. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. April 8, 1945. NBC net, KDKA, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sustaining. 5:30 P.M. The "Concerto In F" (Gershwin) is heard. The final 30:18 of the program. The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Frank Black (conductor), Earl Wild (pianist), Ben Grauer (announcer). 30:18. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

80440. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. February 3, 1946. NBC net. Sponsored by: General Motors. 5:00 P.M. Acts I and II of "La Boheme" (Puccini). The opera had its premier fifty years ago, also conducted by Arturo Toscanini. See cat. #9571 for a rebroadcast of this program on, "A Critic's Toscanini." The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor), Ben Grauer (announcer), Licia Albanese (soprano), Anne McKnight (soprano), Jan Peerce (tenor), Francesco Valentino (baritone), Nicola Moscona (bass), George Cehanovsky (baritone), Salvator Baccaloni (bass), Peter Wilhousky (choral director), Eduardo Peck (choir director), Charles F. Kettering (Vice President of General Motors, commercial spokesman, speaking about "The March Of America" in the past fifty years). 58:48. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

80441. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. February 10, 1946. NBC net. Sponsored by: General Motors. 5:00 P.M. Acts III and IV of "La Boheme" (Puccini). See cat. #9573 for a rebroadcast on, "A Critic's Toscanini." The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor), Ben Grauer (announcer), Licia Albanese, Anne McKnight, Jan Peerce, Francesco Valentino, Nicola Moscona, George Cehanovsky, Salvator Baccaloni, Peter Wilhousky (choral director), Eduardo Peck (choral director), Charles F. Kettering (Vice President of General Motors, commercial spokesman, speaking about "The March Of America" in the last one fifty years). 59:15. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

99836. The General Motors Symphony Of The Air. March 24, 1946. NBC net. Sponsored by: General Motors. 5:00 P.M. The first selection is the ballet suite from, "The Good Humored Ladies" (Scarlatti-Tommasini), followed by the Symphony in D Minor (Franck). The General Motors Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor), Ben Grauer (announcer), Charles F. Kettering (incomplete, he starts a talk about man's use of fire). 50:56. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

Report contains 18 programs.