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For 'Swingin' Years' radio host, big bands' allure endures
For 'Swingin' Years' radio host, big bands' allure endures

Chuck Cecil went to his first big band show in 1939, driving with three high school friends in a Model A Ford to South Gate to see bandleader Jimmie Lunceford at the Trianon Ballroom. The following year, he was at the opening of the Hollywood Palladium to see Tommy Dorsey and a skinny singer named Frank Sinatra. Nearly three-quarters of a century later, Cecil is still swinging to the same music: His weekly big band radio show, "Swingin' Years," has been on the air almost continuously since it debuted in 1956. It began as filler for an empty Saturday morning slot on Hollywood's KFI station and was later syndicated to more than 300 stations nationwide and broadcast...

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