World Broadcasting System
World Broadcasting System, Inc., was an American recording service for the radio industry founded in 1929 by Percy L. Deutsch (1885–1968), with key in investors and creative artists (Walter) Gustave Haenschen and Milton Diamond (both of whom had worked with Deutsch at the Brunswick Record Company) and was originally was based in New York. The company recorded and, through its subsidiary, World Program Service, distributed discs to radio stations for broadcast. The discs themselves were 16 inches in diameter, vertically incised, recorded at 33 1/3 r.p.m., and would play for 15 minutes per side on average. These recordings, which were made especially for radio studios that could not afford to maintain a studio orchestra, were not sold to the public.
Frederick W. Ziv, Co. acquired World Broadcasting System, Inc., for $1.5 million on August 4, 1948, but later, sold it to a Philadelphia firm, which in turn sold it to Commercial Recording Corporation, a Dallas-based corporation founded in 1955 by Tom Merriman. CRC sold World Broadcasting Systems to George H. Buck in 1971.
Historic recording artists
The collection includes recordings of Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Xavier Cugat, The Dorsey Brothers, Casa Loma Orchestra, Lawrence Welk, Lionel Hampton, Peggy Lee, Mildred Bailey, Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, and Mel Torme.
Other transcription services
- American Popular Music and Its Business: The First Four Hundred Years; Vol. III, From 1900 to 1984, Russell Sanjek (1916–1986), Oxford University Press (1988) OCLC 300414899
- Ernest Tubb: The Texas Troubadour, by Ronnie Pugh, Duke University Press, pg. 98 (1998) OCLC 34517556
- World B'Cast Recordings Sold, by Ian Dove, Billboard, September 11, 1971, pps. 1 & 66