From the Library: The Light Programme

Today we’re going to regale you with the nos­tal­gic sounds of some of the best dance bands in the land (of the UK at least) from the 30s to the 50s, includ­ing Ambrose And His Orches­tra, shown above, Ted Heath, the Queen’s Hall Light Orches­tra and a good many more. In addi­tion we’ll hear mod­ern record­ings of a selec­tion of Light Music dis­cov­er­ies — large­ly in a light clas­si­cal vein. Some of these you may recog­nise (espe­cial­ly if you’re in the UK); many you may not. Most are instru­men­tal, but not all. 
So sink into your favourite arm­chair, close your eyes, and imag­ine turn­ing the big, heavy dial on that radio next to you, as you bask in the warm glow of its dial. The point­er pass­es over those names from the past as it turns, and sounds emerge from the loud­speak­er, faint­ly at first, but grow­ing stronger: Sch­enec­tady… Athlone… Nor­mandy… Lux­em­bourg… until you tune in to the relax­ing sound of The Light Pro­gramme, on Radio Riel’s Main Stream. Enjoy.

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time, that’s 19:00 and 03:00 GMT, for the lat­est install­ments in our ZBS Radio Hour adven­ture series. At the top of the hour, it’s Jack Flan­ders in the final episode of Dreams of India; and at the half-hour, the lat­est adven­tures of Ruby, the Galac­tic Gumshoe, in the last part of The Tur­ban of El Morya.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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