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Let me take you back in time when the primary form of entertainment in the home was radio. Before and during the radio era the other basic form of entertainment was the phonograph. This may seem strange to younger folks but there were no televisions, computers, cell phones, smart tablets, CD, DVD or MP3 players. There were no e-books to read on nooks or kindles, because those didn’t exist either. There was no internet. Of course, there was always entertainment in the form of singing and playing musical instruments. In my pre-teen years the main entertainment in our home was the radio. It was standard procedure to go into the living room after dinner and Dad would turn on the big console radio for the evening programs. One of the first things we would hear was the theme music and the show's announcer. The theme music set a mood for the show and let us know that the show was beginning. This was important in early radio shows. Theme music became familiar as we listened over a period of time. The music gave us a feeling of warmth and recognition. Theme music was the radio show’s signature piece. It was always played at the beginning of the program and often repeated in some form during or after the show. Theme music clearly identified the program, and after a few listenings people would automatically associate the music with the program. Theme music was often original and unique to a particular show. In other cases, music that already existed was put to new use. Often it was classical music that became associated with a certain program. The theme music for the Lone Ranger program, for eaxmple, a A L I V E E A 14 S T B A Y j u n e 2 0 1 6 DR. LAWRENCE E. ANDERSON Founding Director and Conductor Emeritus Danville Community Band “Notes on Key” Theme Music – Radio, Television & Film


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