Let’s open with a question this time: Does anyone know if the Frank Sims who announced for the Johnnie Lee Wills radio broadcasts in the early ‘50s is the same Frank Sims who went on to become, in the next decade, an announcer for TV sports programs and THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW? All my research has yielded so far is a line about how he went to work for NBC after his days in Tulsa.
Whether it’s the same guy or not, it’s nice to know other broadcasters make on-air gaffes — especially since I’m responsible for so many myself. And you’ll hear a good one from Mr. Sims this Saturday night on SWING ON THIS, as he butchers the title of a song he’s introducing for a syndicated show, and then tries to get out of it after the number’s over in a positively Dadaistic conversation with Johnnie Lee.
Plus, a solo offering by the vocalist on one — and ONLY one — of Bob Wills’ most famous tunes and Crystal Gayle with her smooth version of Doris Day’s first No. 1 hit.
That and much more on this Saturday’s SWING ON THIS, the show with a little something for everybody, especially those of us who love western swing, cowboy jazz, and, well, weird old music. It comes your way at 7 p.m. Tulsa time over radio station KWGS, 89.5 FM, or live-streaming at publicradiotulsa.org.
1. “Drop Us Off At Bob’s Place,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys