Current Nostalgia Radio


There are a growing number of internet radio stations and blog sites that play music of years gone by. This is more than nostalgia, after all, there are few around today who were active record buyers and listeners in the 1920s.  The music of the past is our heritage. It is also very enjoyable. Below are some of the sites that can be found on the web to satisfy our musical needs at a time when mainstream stations are increasingly competitive within a narrow range of modern music. If there are other stations worth listing here, please do let me know and I can add more in. 

‘The Dance Band Days’  - Tony Bradley presents a specialist show that features the sounds of the dance bands and the big bands, old and new, on Thursday evenings between 8 and 9pm.

Listen again to the broadcast of ‘The Dance Band Days’. Left click to listen,  right click to download.


DBD - GLOSS FM - BROADCAST - 15-11-18.mp3   (Less well known songs and tunes from the 30s+40s)

DBD - GLOSS FM - BROADCAST - 22-11-18.mp3   (78 rpm - medleys - British dance bands of the 1930s)

DBD - GLOSS FM - BROADCAST - 29-11-18.mp3   (Tribute to Denny Dennis pt 3 - Hylton / Dorsey /Phillips)

DBD - GLOSSFM - BROADCAST - 6-12-18.mp3    (Request show - Listeners favourites and suggestions)

Listen to archived programmes by clicking here:           The Dance Band Days - Archive

Memorable Melodies. Mike Carey, of Radio Derby, presents an excellent show, featuring a wide range of music on Sunday afternoons from 4-6pm. Mike’s musical knowledge is second to none, and he is of course Denny’s biographer.

Memory Lane - Nick Muir presents Exmouth’s ‘Bay FM’  ‘Memory Lane’ two hour programme on Sunday afternoons and he plays music from the 20s through to the 60s, including lots of dance bands. Nick has an all inclusive show and his listeners are known collectively as the Memory Lane family.  You can hear a selection of Nick’s two hour shows on the ‘listen again’ page on the Bay FM site. Nick will ask you to identlfy lesser known singers to win a gold star. One of the nicest programmes around.

Angel Radio is a dedicated Station run by dedicated people who love music nostalgia. Vintage music of all types. See the schedules for shows, but in particular, see the listings for Ian Horner, who presents a lot of older vintage sounds.   

The British Dance Band Show - John Wright

John Wright’s British dance band Show features music, often rare items, from his own vast collection of 78rpm records. John has extensive knowledge of the music and artists. 

Radiocafe is a dedicated site for a variety of nostalgia sounds.  

Clare Teal - Radio 2

Clare plays a variety of vintage music on Radio 2. Clare took over Malcolm Laycock’s Sunday night dance band and big band programme and her current two hour show has become broader based. Clare still features the dance bands.  

Retro Jukebox. Musician and great artist Andy Eastwood brings all kinds of musical nostalgia to his interesting site.

‘Unforgettable’ is a two hour show that is broadcast as two separate programmes each week on BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Lancashire by Gerald Jackson.

BBC Radio Manchester - Unforgettable with Gerald Jackson  Sundays at 10.00pm till 12.00 midnight.

BBC Radio Lancashire - Unforgettable with Gerald Jackson   Sundays at 8pm to 10pm

Dale Temple - ‘Time Was’ Dale plays a broad range of vintage music that also quite a lot of British and American dance bands. Dale also appreciates Denny Dennis and plays Denny’s records whenever he can. His show is on Thursday afternoons from 3 until 6. (USA time - which one?) Click on the red radio to listen live. The whole Station plays vintage music of many kinds.

Serenade Radio

Easy Listening specialists

Discover a wealth of old broadcasts from such classic presenters as Alan Dell and Brian Rust.

Masters of Melody. In the days before Radio 1 and 2 there was a thing called light music and ‘Music While You Work’. Through his wonderful website, composer Brian Reynolds brings it all back to us through recordings of those broadcasts and Brian’s extensive knowledge of the artists involved, many  of whom were part of the Golden Age of British Dance Bands. Brian regularly adds recordings to his site. A superb site.

Shellac Stack Podcast

Bryan hosts an excellent weekly one hour podcast that features music of all genres from 78 rpm records. Bryan has a great interest in British and American dance bands of the 1920s to 1940s, and this is reflected in his show.

The Earl Okin Show. Lots of podcasts that offer an eclectic mix of many genres of vintage music. A search through the podcasts and their playlists will reveal music from the dance band era.

Scratchy Grooves - lots of podcasts of vintage music from Bill, with  downloads. A real treasure trove of musical history.

Nostalgia Programmes from the BBC

Sunday at 6 pm (USA) Glenn Robison hosts a mix of 1920s and 1930s music on his weekly Rapidly Rotating Records show. Available as a download and listen again. A treasure trove of 78 rpm recordings from this knowledgable presenter.   

                                 Legacy Nostalgia

So many of the great presenters of nostagia music shows have left us, never to be replaced, certainly on mainstream broadcasting by the largest broadcaster in the UK. Dance band fans are denied dedicated programme access to what they want to hear, and denied access to what was once heard. Here we feature two of the greats, Alan Dell and Malcolm Laycock. Alan Dell is of course THE name associated with presenting the dance bands and big bands to us for several decades. Malcolm also has a unique legacy of presenting the bands and Jazz programmes on radio, which is immeasurable. Included below are some of those legacy recordings to enjoy once again the masters of their craft, plus some very nice dance band music. For a range of previous Alan Dell shows see the link to Music Nostalgia - Hot Pipes above.

Malcolm Laycock - Sunday Night at Ten                                                                                             Malcolm Laycock                          Alan Dell

4-11-07.mp3                      laycock playlist 4-11-07 B.doc           

11-11-07.mp3                    laycock playlist 11-11-07.doc

Another opportunity to hear more great dance band music on this delightful show entitled The Sunday Tea Dance. Knowledgeable presenter Jooly brings great music and information about the bands and the their stars.

Listen live Sunday at 3 pm.   

Listen again:       


Join Gary Moritz on Wednesday at 7 pm for Sunset Melodies, musical memories from the 20s to the 60s. There is a listen again option if you miss the show.   

Phonotone Classic offers a whole series of podcasts on nostalgic music, including lots of dance and big band music. It also includes vintage radio and television. Knowledgeable British dance band enthusiasts Jonathan Holmes presents a show well worth tuning in for on a Friday. That would be:10 am, 2pm, 6pm, 10pm, 2 am, 6 am, UK time. 

That Gramophone Show. A series of excellent podcasts from knowledgable presenter Neil Starr. The shows feature lots of dance band music and rare 78s. The shows can be heard on Soundcloud (Without having to join).    

Neil’s tribute to Denny Dennis can be heard on the radio Tributes page.    Radio Tributes

Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz. A programme that features great jazz, that includes many stars of big bands and dance bands. A great show.