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Denny Farrell photoMeet your host Denny Farrell, Big Band Hall of Fame inductee and winner of the National Ballroom & Entertainment Association’s award for his outstanding radio show, The Original Big Band Showcase.

Denny is one of Chicago’s very own. He is rated as one of the top broadcasters in the country in this very distinctive format that combines Swing, Sweet, Dixieland and Jazz. Denny’s background is like a who’s who in the Big Band/Jazz industry. Announcing chores have tied him to such greats as Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Ralph Marterie, Harry James, Bob Crosby, Sammy Kaye, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Buddy Rich, Glen Miller Orchestra with Larry O’Brien, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, Maynard Ferguson, Red Norvo, Helen Forest, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with Lee Castle, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow and Peggy Lee to name only a handful of artists out of a bushel basket full to his credit.

“I have been extremely honored over the past many years to share the talents of the great vocalists and orchestras of our time on radio and stage. Please join me right here on WMBG every Saturday afternoon at 4:05 pm until 6 pm for The Original Big Band Showcase radio program. We play the music from the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and the Big Bands and good Jazz groups working today. Welcome to WMBG. What can I play for you?”

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