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Swing On This

Here are a couple of things you need to know about these playlists for the western-swing radio program Swing on This, airing at 7 p.m. on public-radio station KWGS (89.5 FM) in Tulsa and streaming at

First of all, it’s as exact as I can make it, given the circumstances. I start with the premise that I’ll be able to play 15 songs in the hour-long show. Sometimes I find myself with enough time to play another tune, or even two. Other times, I don’t. Very occasionally, a CD will hang up or a record skip, and I’ll have to quickly substitute something else.

Second, I’ve been known to take a kind of Zen approach from time to time, grabbing something in a fit of inspiration and sticking it in the middle of a show. I prize spontaneity as much as the next gazabo, especially when today’s commercial radio seems completely leached of it, but I promise to try and rein myself in, so that the following playlists can be as accurate as possible.

Thanks very much for listening. I welcome your comments and requests. The dedications listed below are to folks who’ve written about the show. I’m grateful to them, and to you.

18 MAY 2024

1, “Big Beaver,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for MINNIE SCHRECK) 2. “Dream A LIttle Dream of Me,” Ellicott, Bruner, and Eicher(for TOM &

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11 MAY 2024

1. Drop Us Off At Bob’s Place,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for JOE CERVANTEZ)2. “Don’t Fence Me In,” Dave Alexander(for KARLA TOMSEN)3. “The Bottle

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4 MAY 2024

1. “Cherokee Maiden,” Bob Wills w/Tag Lambert (for RAY BINGHAM) 2. “That’s Life,” the Brazos Valley Boys w/Ray Benson(for JAY at THE PALATE)  3. “The Warm

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27 APRIL 2024

1. “Oh! You Beautiful Doll,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for IRENE MONETT BROWN) 2. “Paper Moon,” Buck Reams and the Range Riders(in memory

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20 APRIL 2024

1. “Dedicated to You,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 2. “Someone to Watch over Me,” Hot Club of Cowtown(in memory of JACK BENDER and

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6 APRIL 2024

1. “Milk Cow Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for FRANK CHAMBERS) 2. “I Get A Happy Feelin’,” Billy Parker(for DEBORAH MULFORD and CAROLE

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