The American Songbook 24/7 Commercial Free

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 5.07.11 PMFor the lovers of the old standards, performed by Sinatra, Ella, Tony, Nat, Duke, Oscar and many, many more, these performances are available on WNYC’s brand new “The Jonathan Channel.” Programmed and hosted by long-time New York iconic disc jockey, Jonathan Schwartz, this new music source is available on the Internet at Whether you listen on your desktop, laptop, iTouch, iPhone or you stream through your existing sound system, this a real treat if you like the grand reservoir of American original music popularly known as The American Songbook. The concept, conceived of by Jonathan Schwartz and public radio WNYC, began streaming on November 4. The stated reasoning behind the idea is that this kind of music is too good not to be preserved for posterity. It’s magic; all the grand masters are available without downloading from iTunes or from your old CDs in crisp-as-a-bell format.

How did this come about? Kudos to Laura Walker, President of WNYC for luring Jonathan from SiriusXM, and to the head of WQXR who is overseeing the channel. There have been pieces in The New Yorker and the Daily News describing some of the background. If you love the music, please listen. And, if you can, contribute — using the link on

Howard Morgan and J. Ronald Trost


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