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 www.kwgs.com

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.

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18 JANUARY 2020

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ANDY OATMAN “Way Down in Texas,” Bob Wills “Dream A Little Dream of Me,” Rod Moag w/Leon Rausch, Rosie Flores, and Bobby Koefer (for BOBBY…
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11 JANUARY 2020

SPOTLIGHTING OUTSIDE-THE-LINES SONGS “Betcha My Heart,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Somewhere South of San Antone,” Hot Texas Swing Band “Habits and Honky Tonks,” Curly Lewis (for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN…
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4 JANUARY 2020

SPOTLIGHTING ROY NEWMAN AND HIS BOYS “Steel Guitar Rag,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Bound to Look Like A Monkey,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands “I Think I’ll…
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28 DECEMBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING AL CLAUSER AND HIS OKLAHOMA OUTLAWS “White Heat,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for JACK & CAROLE BENDER) “Please Don’t Leave Me,” Rod Moag & Dayna Wills (for…
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21 DECEMBER 2019

THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL “Santa’s on His Way,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,” Tractors (for DALE MCHENRY) “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Metro Swing “A Cowboy’s…
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14 DECEMBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING ALVIN CROW AND THE PLEASANT VALLEY BOYS “Fan It,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for ANGELENE RIPLEY WRIGHT) “Hitler Lives (If We Hurt Our Fellow Man), Rod Moag…