Miss. Susan Mc. Cray
I.am an WO.2 Veteran,and love music from classic -Jazz -Country and others.
Specilaty 1920-1960 Radio.The computer gaves me many Radio stations online.
In the USA gif me first,a station, an sign with for me host,with special programs.on KSAV.
Two of Favourites where, Mostal Music with David Cummings,and your program,
Getting to Know you a program,with interesting ,artist- musicans- and,
famous people. In the years I became a great frind with David,and the result was,
Emails each other,and what I found of that day , program.
Also did Ithat on his program on radio station, KAFI in St. Paul.
In your fantastic web site, you tell us,in your great carriere your work for,special Bonanza- and I think ,your favoriet Little House on the Praire
with the great Michael Landon.,and for us on TV great hours to look.
Please can you tell me,your work and connection with the Diary of Anne Frank.
I did that for the work what I do for te Veterans with Film and other culture programs.
A great houner for me also that I can tell ,that you are the daughter of,
the great Composer Harry Sukman. His music are greatful.
PLease lett me know ,your answer with Email ore Post.
Love the new photo gallery. Great job with the photos.Fun to see everyone and the old studio too.
Really really nice.
Dear Mr. David Cummings.
I'm W.W.2 Veteran from the Netherlands,and a great lover from music.
For me most the time the 40's-50;s and the 60's special the great composers,
from the Amrican Songbook. One of my favourite is the inimitable Johnny Mercer,
with is three elements in't singer-finest songwriter and music composer.
When I'll walk sometimes on the computer 'll found your fantastic KSAV,Radio Station,
with many good music progams.The best personal what I found and love 't,
is your perfect interpretation from the -Week Hour,Johnny Mercer 100th Archive
and most I learn great performers name 's in't.
Naturly 'llmust not forget your own music program.
One name is talking in my head Mr. Philip Furia book ,The Poets of Tin Pan Ally-
a fasinating information book.
Thanks that you wil Lead my E.mail . and great succes with the KSAV Radio Station.
A great honour for me is when you mail me back.
I am writing to you to tell you what a marvelous program "Orchestra Hall" is and how much it means to me.
First of all, very few stations on over the air channels as well as on the Internet will program the sort of music that is spotlighted on "Orchestra Hall." It is a pleasure to hear once again longer for orchestral and instrumental works that are so familiar that regular NPR statioons will not play any more.
The most important item is that you have "The Queen of the Airwaves" Susan McCray as the host. She sets the right tone with the presentation of the works, not only relating the history of the composer's lives but also coming up with interesting performances that are way off the beaten track. My early years were spent listening to a similar program out here in Nebraska with a music teacher as the host. Both this fellow and Susan have the same low key delivery which is so crucial to introducing serious music to the public.
In conclusion, the time of the show is also excellent--it starts at 11 AM out here with a 2PM repeat. That really makes a difference.
There is much more to write about "Orchestra Hall" that I must, alas, leave out for time and space. Suffice it to say that you have an excellent program of interesting music with the perfect host, Susan McCray. Keep on the show and you will have a truly devoted listener out here listening!
Jan, I want to thank you for the insight and personal antidotes that you interject into each of your shows. Each one is very well thought out and flows seamlessly. You are obviously extremely knowledgeable about the Big Band genre. Your own contributions to the radio audience and those of us who have enjoyed your concerts, plus your familys contributions to the music of the greatest generation, I know I speak for a lot of people when I say "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU". Keep up the great work.
Really enjoy your Fank Sinatra Web page.
We can listen to Perfectly Frank any time now!
Seldom is an individual given two callings in life, but you are certainly proof that it happens. In addition to your casting achievements, you are such a wonderful radio personality. I enjoy listening to your show immensely. The guests are fantastic, and you are so warm, encouraging, and attentive.
B.B., Nashville TN
I would love to hear Frank Sinatra singing THE LADY IS A TRAMP from the 1957 film Pal Joey,
based on an old 1940 Broadway stage production by Rogers and Hart.
I ask that next Tuesday night April 13, 2010, you do not have another terrific Perfectly Frank program.(That's impossible).
I will be in Alexandria Louisianna, setting up for a customer seminar, and do not want to miss another great PF program.
I notice PF is not included in the KSAV audio archives. It should be.
Good morning Susan,
My name is Frédéric
Congratulations for all your work
Very happy to hear Ksav in France the show is wonderful
The work you had done on little house is remarkable
2 episodes per day in France on the same channel !
It's a great success and your show on Ksav
you can be proud of you
Falköping, Sweden 25th march 2010
Thank you so much for the Artie Shaw-hour last weekend. I heard it this Thursday morning just as I am ready to go to work. And Helen Forrest, the cutest voice ever in swingmusic, I just love her so much. And thank you so much for playing my favourite instrumental Artie Shaw-number "Concert for clarinet".
Hi David , thank you so much for the online shows regarding Mercer , we in the UK had a few BBC shows on Mercer that in our opinion were not up to scratch , but your three shows have blown the socks off the rest ha ha ha . Keep up the good work .
Ernie...................across the pond .
We wanted to write, on behalf of the Bonanza fandom, to thank you for the outstanding job you did on your tribute to Pernell. Everyone on the various Bonanza lists have been sharing their thoughts about your tribute, and without a doubt, everyone was more than pleased. We were stunned and honored that you chose to read our email (penned with a lot of input from many fellow Bonanza fans), and so touched that, after your wonderful presentation, you chose to end the program with our thoughts. Thank you, so much. It was especially wonderful because it was not only a tribute to Pernell, but fittingly, paid homage to Lorne, Dan, and Michael. All four of our Bonanza guys were honored in your tribute, and we could not have been more pleased!
How lucky you and Kent were to both have known all four of these amazing men. And how lucky those four men were to have known you, and also, to have you here to share in the love they left behind (for other hearts to feel).
You and Kent are always a dear part of our Bonanza family, and once again, Susan, from the bottom of our hearts, you have our deepest gratitude.
Anne, Mary and yes, all of the Bonanza gang!
=========================================================Falköping, Sweden 10th of Jan 2010
Thank you so much for greetings at the end of your Lionel Hampton program!
So much appreciated, as well as the music. I also got my older sister Inga to listen to you there in Gothenburg. She really likes swing music played on vibes, and the vibes master Lionel Hampton.
Some more good news, I just bought me a ticket over the net for you and your brother Ray´s concert at the Stables in England in May. So now I will have to find out how to get there and do other preparations such as flights and overnight stays. So see you in May, Jan!
I saw that you were interviewing Jimmie from his new web site. I went to your page and listened to Pt 1 because I am thrilled that he has finally picked himself up to let all his worldwide fans know his is well.
Also, I am now a fan of yours and will have fun looking back at your archives and your upcoming shows-----------------
Now----I will be listening Tuesday to Pt 2.
Kevin / Reno Nevada
Another VERY enjoyable person to interview would be Ralna English - I think your listeners would thoroughly love her. I've seen and visited with both Guy & Ralna after 2 of their concerts this past year, and they are wonderful people. Ralna is as sweet & beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, so would love to hear Susan interview her!
Your interview with Guy Hovis was great. It was a very entertaining half hour. Thank you so much for having him. I live in Granite City, Illinois and have never listened to one of your shows but I heard he was going to be on and I had to hear it. I have been a fan of Guy and Ralna from the first appearance on the Lawrence Welk show. I have had the pleasure of meeting them many, many times and have every record and CD either of them have put out. They just don't record fast enough.
It would be great if sometime you could interview Ralna and everyone could get to know her better also. Thanks again for a pleasant half hour.
Thanks for all the interviews....
I just appreciate this interview so much.
Guy is a great singer and I hope Susan will interview his singing partner Ralna
English also. Thank you
I just recently discovered you from the Welknotes website. Well, what a treat I just had listening to the interviews with Guy Hovis and Bob Ralston. You are good, very good. Your love for good music of the past (music with a melody) shines through. I plan on listening to all your archived interviews. I’ve heard you might schedule something with Ralna English. I hope so let us know.
Again, thank you. I’m off to see a local production of the King and I with my 10 year old granddaughter. This will be her first theater production. Hopefully she’ll be “getting to know” what good music was. I look forward to hearing your interview with Shirley Jones.
Pat in sunny Las Vegas
What a marvelous age in which we live that the best of the early and mid 20th Century music is so readily available, and what a wonderful format in which you package the music and programming.
I was particularly drawn to your station when I learned that Susan McCray was going to do the first interview with my boyhood music hero, Johnny Mann, of Johnny Mann Singers fame. I guess it was 1967 that I first heard the JMSingers broadcast on WCOV radio in Montgomery, AL, and I was hooked to this day! First, Johnny had the ability to select the pop tunes that were truly popular and enduring. When he applied his unparalleled talents in vocal arranging and tasteful accompaniment, you simply could not resist enjoying that effervescent, clean and heart-stimulating music of the 60's (or 20's through the 70's). Second, Johnny had what seemed to be a captivating, warm, friendly personality...the kind of guy that everybody would just love to get to know personally. As I learned subsequently, that is exactly the person that Johnny Mann is. He really IS a great American Patriot, a Christian Gentleman, and just a friendly human being!
So when I heard Susan's first interview with Mr. Mann, it was like sitting with both of them in my living room enjoying a personal conversation. Susan's general outline for an interview touches on the introductory questions that anyone might ask in an initial meeting with a celebrity. She also has the instinct to probe the more personal areas of the stars' lives and bring out so many interesting facts that the listeners would all like to ask...if we had the opportunity.
Later I learned that Susan was to do a follow up interview with JM...and THAT was exciting. She seemed to turn the remainder of the unturned stones and flesh out the rest of Mr. Mann's great career and personality.
Now, if TWO interviews with Johnny Mann were not enough, She then tracked down perhaps the most gifted men's chorus director still working in America today, Jim Clancy, director of Vocal Majority in Dallas, Texas. I could go on and on about Mr. Clancy and his world-champion chorus...as they are indeed the best ever! Susan, once again took the opportunity to record such a personable interview with Jim C. It was evident through the interview WHY Jim is able to pull such marvelous music from the men in Dallas. It would be impossible NOT to give your best under his direction. He is blessed with the gifts that create joy, celebration and warm humanity with his fellow man. There are few of Jim's caliber.
These were the two interviews I had the most personal interest in, but ALL of her interviews are precious jewels of music history from the greatest era of popular music in history. The music is so very tuneful, nicely harmonized, mostly uplifting, or nostalgic and expresses the emotion of two or three generations of great Americans. Susan's interviews MUST be preserved for posterity. In a few short years these recordings will be irreplaceable treasures. I look forward to enjoying more interviews through your archives.
Perhaps you have picked up on my enthusiasm for your work, for Susan's interviews and for your efforts to entertain yet another generation of music audience with the great tunes of our generation. A worthy effort indeed. Thank you so very much.
Thanks for sticking with my ramblings for this long.
With best regards,
Please allow me to add my personal admiration for and congratulations to Ms. Linn Carpenter for her virtually flawless guest hosting performance on the September 22 and 29th Perfectly Frank programs on KSAV.
Linn's obvious enthusiasm for the classic singer virtually jumped right out of my computer. In the past, I have not always been the biggest fan of Mr. Sinatra other than with specific classic songs. But Ms. Carpenter has changed all of that and makes me want to seek out more.
There are so many to choose from. I did not envy her task of picking out only ten.
Is there any chance that Linn might return one day in the future to add another ten that needed to be left out?
I enjoyed the program immensely. My only complaint is of a technical nature. During most of the program, especially part II, many of Linn's prerecorded comments seem to have started a few words in. Quite a few were lost it seems. That really is a pity since she added so much to the program. Perhaps it can be rerun the right way at some point to rectify this.
Nevertheless, although all of the recent co hosts have been good, this particular show was outstanding.
Let's face it. Anybody can pick out and play songs on the radio or over the internet, but it takes a special person to infuse enough enthusiasm in a program to make a person want to come back.
Now I am hooked and will be listening in the future Hopefully Mr. Sinatra and Ms. Carpenter will appear together again on KSAV. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
I have been a long time listener of Susan McCray's show. I love her interviews with celebrities and am thrilled that the shows are now available as podcasts. Her tribute to Walter Cronkite was fantastic! What made it so special was that Susan took the time to not only recognize Walter Cronkite the newsman, but Walter Cronkite the man.
Mr. Cronkite himself once said, "I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got." Susan's tribute allowed us to really get to know this wonderful man and his zest for life, both on the air and off..."And that's the way it is."
My best wishes to the Cronkite family,
I listened to the first Talking Zone radio show tonight. It was great to hear my name and e-mail read on the show by Linn. After that show I listened to three others in the KSAV archives. You guys are great! Why aren't you doing this on a major radio station? I can't believe that four people who sound so professional are not on a major radio station.
I loved the discussion about Perchance to Dream. Linn did a superb job, but I also have to give a standing ovation to Kitty for her talk about Judgement Night. She's so cool and relaxed. Love her demeanor on the radio. Linn told me she's being doing this for years and it shows.
Bobbynear and Ken were also great. Bobbynear is a total pro at this and he and Ken played well against each other. It was almost like the Odd Couple. Remember, Felix and Oscar?
I want to hear more and love the shows. I don't like to call into radio shows because Im not comfortable doing that but I will send e-mails if that is okay for any of your future shows.
Hi Jan just a small letter too say how very impressed I was with your show on KSAV with the Jack Million band. Pete from the Big Band Buddies told me about your show and as I had never heard the band before quite a nice surprise so keep up the good work and I will be listening for any future shows.
Alan Vick. Newport South Wales. UK.
I just hooked up with your "Swing Museum"...at KSAV Radio. Thanks to my friend Pete King with BBB's.
who alerted me to your site. Boy did I ever enjoy the music......I will be a regular listener. Thank God for the big band music that we are all trying to keep alive. I sing with a big band here in Roseville, California. We have most of the Glen Miller arrangements..as well as the other great bands. Les Brown, Harry James, etc. Most of our venues are concerts in the park and big band dances.
I was a terrific fan of your father's.... and still have a lot of the old recordings.
I am a friend of Beryl Davis who sang for a while with the Miller band. Beryl is old now..but still kicking..she has a loss of memory for most things, but still remembers lyrics to all the songs.
Thanks for a great site..good luck...I'll keep listening.
For the attention of Jan Eberle...............thanks to Pete King of the Big Band Buddies Magazine for the hot tip of the day
I have just enjoyed listening to your excellent Swing Museum broadcast featuring
Lady Day, Ella, Billy Eckstine and Eydie Gorme.
Congratulations and may there be many more airings of a similar nature.
Best Regards Bert Booth ( BBB member )
Just wanted to say THANK YOU for the Vikki Carr interview.
Susan McCray did a wonderful job interviewing Miss Carr!
I honestly cannot wait to hear Part 2!
Dear Ms McCray,
WoW, What a wonderful interview. Thank you. I read about you from Ms. Carr's website, so I was curious.
You seemed so very natural, as if you were sitting , having coffee in the kitchen, I really enjoyed the 30 min. and am anxious for next Tues.
I first saw Ms. Carr in 1972, in Nyack N.Y. for the very first time. She came down the isle and on to the stage and I knew she was just singing to me....What a voice!
She seemed so relaxed in telling you her personal story. were you friends before the interview?
I look forward to next week, If you have a chance, would you tell Ms. Carr the East coast of this country loves and remembers her and awaits her return.
Patty from Florida
I am writing to you after hearing the Susan McCray Show "Getting To Know You" with the first part of a two part interview with Vikki Carr. McCray did a wonderful job with the interview and it was like listening in on a conversation between two good friends who had known each other for eons. Of course, there was the mention of my name in connection with a question which, needless to say made my day!
Please keep Susan McCray busy, she is simply the greatest interviewer ever!
Thanks again and keep up the great good work!
Yours very sincerely,
Thank you so much for featuring Vikki Carr on your show.
It's a real pleasure to see that people today still enjoy natural talent.
She(Vikki) has such a wonderful natural voice that doesn't require all these
technical coverups that modern day singers seem to need. And she's a most gracious
individual.......God bless Vikki & you!
for the Vikki Carr interview. I hope to hear more soon.
Dr. Kay in Houston
What an wonderful asset KSAV have with "Getting to Know You" series with Susan McCray.
I will be ready for part two with Vikki Carr and Susan next Tuesday!
Thank you for all the wonderful entertainment KSAV provides for so many throughout the world!
Webmaster for Vikki Carr