This is Music

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This Is Music
Format Music
Starring Alexander Gray
Country of origin United States
Production
Producer(s) WGN-TV
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel DuMont
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run November 29, 1951 (1951-11-29) – October 9, 1952 (1952-10-09)

This Is Music is an American music television series which was broadcast on the DuMont Television Network.

Overview[edit]

This Is Music was broadcast live from Chicago, and hosted by Alexander Gray. It was only one of several DuMont Network series to be broadcast from Chicago. Others included The Al Morgan Show, Concert Tonight, Chicagoland Mystery Players, Music From Chicago, They Stand Accused, The Music Show, Windy City Jamboree, and the Emmy-nominated game show Down You Go. Each of these series were broadcast from DuMont affiliate WGN-TV over the DuMont Network during the early 1950s.[1]

Due to the large number of musical series broadcast from WGN-TV during the early years of television, it is not exactly clear which performers appeared regularly on This Is Music, and kinescope recordings do not exist for most DuMont Network series. According to McNeil (1996), regulars included Colin Male and Alexander Gray.[2] According to Brooks and Marsh (2007), the series was hosted by Alexander Gray, and regulars included Nancy Carr, Bruce Foote, Lucille Reed, Jackie Van, Jacqueline James, Bill Snary and the series featured the Robert Trendler Orchestra.[1]

Broadcast history[edit]

The series ran from November 1951 to October 1952, and aired on Thursday nights at 8 PM (EST) during most of its run, but changed to 10 PM during the summer of 1952.[1] It is not to be confused with an ABC program with the same title (This Is Music, 1958–1959), or the similarly named syndicated program This Is Your Music (1955).

Episode status[edit]

Two episodes of this series are in the collection of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and two episodes are in the collection of the Paley Center for Media.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  2. ^ McNeil, Alex. Total Television. Fourth edition. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.

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