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.

 18.12.2010  12.12.2015  19.12.2015  15.10.2016



  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.


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