Steve Ward

Big Bandstand

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The best in swing music of the 1930s and '40s.

At 9am, Steve Ward takes you through the great big bands of the 1930s and '40s.

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German Swing on The Big Bandstand

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This week on The Big Bandstand (Saturdays at 9 a.m.) we'll take a look at German Swing music produced during World War II.  Everyone knows the music of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Ray Noble and Benny Goodman, but have you heard of Willy Berking, Willi Stank, Teddy Kleindin and Charlie & His Orchestra? 

Charlie (real name Karl Schwedler) was commissioned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels to head up a Swing band aimed at demoralizing Allied radio listeners.  You'll hear Charlie and some other "Verboten Swing" on the next Big Bandstand, Saturday 9/26 from 9 - 11 a.m. on KSER.



Steve's broadcasting career began in the 1980s with stints at 92.5 KZAM in Bellevue, and FM99 KEZX in Seattle.  For over twenty years he worked for major media companies in the in-store music industry creating branded programs for large and small businesses.  Most recently he owned his own media production company focused on music consulting and web-based training.  He continues to host the popular Saturday morning Big Bandstand program on KSER.

Steve’s interest in music began at an early age when his deejay father brought home stacks of singles. In late 1966, his parents opened a record store in Mill Valley, California, a place that became home to many major recording artists. Regular customers at the store included Buddy Miles, Moby Grape, Mike Bloomfield and John Stewart.

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