The Desoto Hour

Saturday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Genres: Big Band, Jazz, Bebop, Swing
Host: Joshua Bowling

A nationally acclaimed Big Band Jazz Show with your host, Fred Runde III. This show even got WREK on the national news. The Kings of Swing, the Barons of BeBop. This might be the best show on radio anywhere.

This show was hosted for many years by Fred Runde Jr, who passed away on February 13th, 2004. The show was then hosted by his son, Fred Runde III, then Collin Caldwell, and finally to our current host Josh Bowling.

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The Desoto Hour 6/10/17

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Is summer here yet?

Please open.

The Complete Artie Shaw, Vol. II

  1. “Prosschai”
  2. “Deep Purple”
  3. “I’m Coming Virginia”
  4. “Pastel Blue”
  5. “You Grow Sweeter as the Years Go By”
  6. “You’re So Indifferent”
  7. “Snug as a Bug in a Rug”
  8. “If You Ever Change Your Mind”

The Complete Benny Goodman, Vol. VIII

  1. “Handful of Keys”
  2. “Sugarfoot Stomp”
  3. “I’m a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas”
  4. “The Blue Room”
  5. “Sugar”
  6. “Lullaby in Rhythm”
  7. “My Melancholy Baby”
  8. “Wrappin’ It Up”

Les Brown and His Band of Renown – Dancers’ Choice

  1. “Sleepy Time Gal”
  2. “Swingin’ Down the Lane”
  3. “Shine on Harvest Moon”
  4. “My Melancholy Baby”
  5. “Stardust”
  6. “In the Mood”

The Fabulous Jimmy Dorsey

  1. “June Night”
  2. “Amapola”
  3. “Just Swingin'”
  4. “Sophisticated Swing”
  5. “No One Ever Lost More”
  6. “So Rare”
  7. “Contrasts”

The Complete Bennie Moten, Vol. IV

  1. “Boot It”
  2. “Mary Lee”
  3. “Rit-Dit-Ray”
  4. “New Vine Street Blues”
  5. “Sweetheart of Yesterday”
  6. “Won’t You Be My Baby”


The Desoto Hour 5/13/2017

Happy Mothers Day from the Desoto Hour!

What’s new with you?

The Complete Benny Goodman, Vol. VII

  1. “Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today)”
  2. “Estrellita”
  3. “A Home in the Clouds”
  4. “Opus 3/4”
  5. “Show Your Linens Miss Richardson”
  6. “The Lady’s in Love With You”
  7. “Kingdom of Swing”
  8. “Rose of Washington Square”

A Band Is Born! – Billy May

  1. “Charmaine”
  2. “Lean Baby”
  3. “Unforgettable”
  4. “Fat Man Boogie”

One Night Stand With Ziggy Elman

  1. “Three Little Words”
  2. “Judy’s Eyes”
  3. “Lover Come Back to Me”
  4. “Zaggin’ With Zig”
  5. “Body and Soul”
  6. “Samba With Zig”

The Complete Tommy Dorsey, Vol. IV

  1. “Strangers in the Dark”
  2. “Beale Street Blues”
  3. “Is This Gonna Be My Lucky Number”
  4. “Who’ll Be the One This Summer”
  5. “Don’t Ever Change”
  6. “Our Love Was Meant to Be”
  7. “Posin'”

The 1940s – The Singers

  1. “Take Me Back, Baby” – Jimmy Rushing & Count Basie
  2. “Knock Me a Kiss” – Roy Eldridge & Gene Krupa
  3. “When My Baby Left Me” – Eddie Vinson & Cootie Williams
  4. “Caldonia” – Woody Herman
  5. “St. James’ Infirmary” – Hot Lips Page
  6. “Nat Meets June” – Nat King Cole & June Christy
  7. “Summertime” – Sarah Vaughan

The Desoto Hour 4/22/17

Happy Earth Day from The Desoto Hour!

Go green!

Encores from the 30s, Volume 1

  1. “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues” – Lee Wiley & the Victor Young Orchestra
  2. “Forty-Second Street” – The Boswell Sisters
  3. “Honeysuckle Rose” – Joe Sullivan
  4. “Doin’ the Uptown Lowdown” – Mildred Bailey & the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
  5. “Heat Wave” – Karl Kress & Dick McDonough
  6. “Music Makes Me” – Fred Astaire
  7. “St. Louis Blues” – Guy Lombardo & the Royal Canadians
  8. “Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name” – Dick Powell

The Complete Glenn Miller, Vol. VII

  1. “This Time the Dream’s on Me”
  2. “Dreamsville, Ohio”
  3. “Papa Niccolini (The Happy Cobbler)”
  4. “Jingle Bells”
  5. “This Is No Laughing Matter”
  6. “Humpty Dumpty Heart”
  7. “Everything I Love”
  8. “A String of Pearls”

Everett Hoagland & His Orchestra, 1939-40

  1. “Stop Kicking My Heart Around”
  2. “Each Time You Say Goodbye (I Die a Little)”
  3. “This Heart of Mine”
  4. “Little Old Band of Gold”
  5. “Drifting Down the River of Dreams”
  6. “The Song of the Metronome”

Benny Goodman Plays Solid Gold Instrumental Hits

  1. “Idaho”
  2. “My Little Cousin”
  3. “Time on My Hands (You in My Arms)”
  4. “Fiesta in Blue”
  5. “The Count”

The Desoto Hour 4/8/17

What’s that, cat?

“The Best Big Bands of the Swing Era”

  1. “Let Me Off Uptown” – Gene Krupa & Anita O’Day
  2. “Chattanooga Choo Choo” – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  3. “The Good Earth” – Woody Herman
  4. “One ‘o Clock Jump” – Count Basie
  5. “Take the ‘A’ Train” – Duke Ellington
  6. “Holiday in Harlem” – Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald
  7. “Skyliner” – Charlie Barnet
  8. “Why Don’t You Do Right?” – Benny Goodman & Peggy Lee
  9. “Artistry in Rhythm” – Stan Kenton
  10. “Flying Home” – Lionel Hampton
  11. “Let’s Have a Party” – Tommy Dorsey & Helen Forrest
  12. “Strictly Instrumental” – Harry James
  13. “Deep Night” – Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  14. “Ritual Fire Dance” – Buddy Rich
  15. “Blues in the Night” – Jimmy Lunceford
  16. “Twinklin'” – Andy Kirk & Mary Lou Williams

The Desoto Hour 4/1/17

The Desoto Hour is back!

What could be in store?

Benny Goodman –Roll ‘Em, Vol. 1

  1. “Down South Camp Meeting”
  2. “You Turned the Tables on Me”
  3. “Jam Session”
  4. “Ridin’ High”
  5. “St. Louis Blues”
  6. “Roll ‘Em”
  7. “There’ll Be Some Changes Made”
  8. “Night and Day”

Count Basie –Basie’s Best

  1. “Lady Be Good”
  2. “Flat Foot Floogie”
  3. “Every Tub”
  4. “Boogie Woogie Blues”

Joe Haymes & His Orchestra, 1932-35

  1. “Hummin’ to Myself”
  2. “Lullaby of the Leaves”
  3. “Is I in Love, I Is”
  4. “Am I Wasting My Time”
  5. “There’s Oceans of Love by the Beautiful Sea”
  6. “Can’t Do Without His Love”