Swing Years and Beyond

The Swing Years and Beyond was a radio program on KUOW, an NPR station from Seattle. It began in 1968 and was hosted by then-KUOW program Director Don Wirtz before he handed the reins to Bill Snoopy who became the first to hold the position long term. In 1979 Cynthia Doyon took over the hosting duties, and in 2003 Amanda Wilde hosted until the last show on February 25, 2017.

There is a generation of Seattle residents that spent at least some of their Saturday nights listening to a thoughtfully curated playlist of music from the 1920s to the 1950s. I was able to connect with Amanda Wilde and offered to make one of her shows available for fans to download. Then, my scouring of the internet turned up two other shows available and have added them here.

If you have others that you would like to share, please feel free to reach out and I can add them to this list.

September 13, 2008
September 20, 2008
September 27, 2008
October 4, 2008
October 11, 2008
October 18, 2008
October 25, 2008
November 1, 2008
November 8, 2008
December 18, 2010
April 18, 2015
December 12, 2015
December 19, 2015
October 15, 2016



  1. This is wonderful. I miss having this show on the air and listened for many years. In it’s absence, I created my own playlist but it’s missing the thoughtful curation and thoughts of the hosts.


  2. Hi, thanks for doing this! I am only able to download two of the five shows posted. Two of them seem to be corrupt files and the last one redirects to one of the shows that does work.


  3. Great to hear “The Swing Years” again. I’ve missed it. Wonderful music.

    I’ve had trouble downloading the files too. They seem to repeat the same show under different dates. Not sure what the trouble is. Is it possible to get each of the show files sent directly? Thanks. Bryan


      1. Thanks Scott. Downloads worked fine this time. I appreciate your effort on sharing the music. I’ll keep an eye out for any additional shows that are posted. Thanks for your help.


  4. Hi Scott. I’m really enjoying these programs. Now we have another big installment of additional programs. Wonderful. I’m looking forward to listening to them.

    One question about the first set of downloads. It sounds like the two Christmas shows December 18, 2010 and December 19, 2015 link to the same show. I didn’t listen all the way through but the beginnings sound the same. Let me know if I’ve made a mistake. Thanks.

    I so appreciate you hosting these programs and thanks to Amanda for all the joy she brought everyone over the years.
    Thank you,


    1. Bryan,

      So glad you are enjoying it. I think I have untangled everything. Thankfully, listening to the news portion of the shows helps confirm the date of the show. I think I received one show with two different dates on it. I have had to delete the incorrect one, but it should be correct now.


  5. This is so comforting to have back for my Saturday night background music. I hope you are able to find even more shows. Thanks so much for hosting this!


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