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Don Kennedy papers

 Collection
Identifier: M223
The Don Kennedy papers, 1956-2013, contain writings, audio recordings, photographs, printed materials, and awards related to Kennedy’s television and radio broadcasting career. The bulk of the materials relate to the production of the Big Band Jump radio shows between 1989 and 2013. These include scripts, cue sheets, newsletters, and broadcast masters of the weekly programs. The papers include some full-length interviews with musicians and other big band-era figures that were subsequently edited for broadcast. The collection also includes promotional and photographic materials from his work with television station WATL-TV, 1976-1978; radio stations WKLS FM, 1960-1970, and the Georgia Network, 1972-1982; as well as his time as children’s television host "Officer Don," 1956-1969.

The scripts, cuesheets, and sound recordings for Big Band Jump are all filed by program number.

Big Band Jump Programs
  • 102 A/B Host's Choice
  • 103 A/B New Year's Dance Party
  • 104 A/B Stan Kenton Retrospective
  • 105 A/B Big Bands At Carnegie Hall
  • 106 A/B Dance Band Remotes
  • 107 A/B Music Plus Words/Catch-Up Hour
  • 108 A/B Woody Herman Recalled
  • 109 A/B Big Band Jump Highlights
  • 110 A/B The In-Box
  • 111 A/B Legends - Benny Goodman
  • 112 A/B Whose Band Is That?
  • 113 A/B Dean Hudson Remembrance / Destination Music
  • 114 A/B Other Band's Hits
  • 115 A/B Legends - Tommy Dorsey
  • 116 A/B Legends - Harry James
  • 117 A/B Seldom Heard Bands
  • 118 A/B Novelty Songs / Unrestrained Swing
  • 119 A/B Current Bands / New Releases
  • 120 A/B Vocal Groups
  • 121 A/B Legends - Glenn Miller
  • 122 A/B Re-Born Hits
  • 123 A/B The Group Sings I
  • 124 A/B Ella Sings Irving Berlin / Mailbag
  • 125 A Ted Heath Re-visited
  • 125 B Novelty Songs
  • 126 A/B Top Ten Bands
  • 127 A/B The Mailbag
  • 128 A/B Syd Lawrence / Dorsey Brothers - Secondary Records
  • 129 A/B Second Time Around Band / The In-Box
  • 130 A/B Early Forties Hits
  • 131 A/B Bill Elliott Swing Band / Our Favorites and Miller Cuts
  • 132 A/B Class of '47
  • 134 A/B Big Band Profiles VII - Tommy Dorsey
  • 135 A/B The 'H' File
  • 136 A/B Big Band Profiles V - Post War
  • 137 A/B The 'K' File
  • 138 A/B Big Band Profiles III
  • 139 A/B Big Band Profiles II
  • 140 A/B Big Band Profiles II
  • 141 A/B Surprise Party
  • 142 A Ray Anthony
  • 143 A/B Voice Capsules
  • 144 A/B Class of '45
  • 145 A/B Big Band Classics
  • 146 A/B Spitfire Band / Current Bands
  • 147 A/B Class of '44
  • 148 A/B Gene Krupa Appreciation
  • 149 A/B Remembering Henry Mancini
  • 150 A/B Big Band Profiles I
  • 151 A/B Listener's Top Ten Bands
  • 152 A/B Doris Day Speaks / Paul Weston Easy Jazz
  • 153 A/B The In-Box
  • 154 A/B Pat Longo / Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 156 A/B The 'M' File
  • 157 A/B Trumpet Playing Bandleaders
  • 157 A-R Trumpet Playing Bandleaders (Revised)
  • 158 B Big Bands of the Fifties
  • 160 A/B All-Star Jam Session
  • 161 A/B Flagwavers and Romance
  • 162 A/B The Ladies Sing I
  • 163 A/B Forties Million Sellers
  • 164 A/B Class of '48 / Leftovers
  • 165 A/B The Piano Players / Vocalists 1936-1948
  • 166 B Little Known Bands
  • 167 A/B Chris Riddle Speaks / The Riddle Sound
  • 168 A/B Kenton Retrospective / Lyrics
  • 169 A/B The Ladies Sing II
  • 170 A/B Requests
  • 171 A/B Bob Wilber / Leftovers
  • 172 A/B Harry James Familiar and Obscure / Stan Kenton Familiar and Obscure
  • 173 A/B Weather Melodies
  • 174 A/B Harry James Remembrance
  • 175 A/B Host's Choice
  • 176 A/B Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue / Miller Military Medleys
  • 177 A/B Hollywood Big Bands
  • 178 A/B Seventy-Five Year Top Ten
  • 179 A/B Familiar and Obscure
  • 180 A/B Soundtrack Music
  • 181 A/B Basie Retrospective
  • 182 A/B Flagwavers
  • 183 A/B Themes and Standards
  • 184 A/B Airchecks
  • 185 A/B Class of '42
  • 186 A/B Discovery
  • 187 A/B Discovery
  • 188 A/B With Strings Attached
  • 189 A/B Goodman Remembrance
  • 190 A-1 Leftovers
  • 190 A-2/B Woody Herman Salute
  • 191 A/B Crosby Masters / Louis Armstrong Remembers
  • 192 A/B Class of '43
  • 193 A/B Lost Benny Goodman Arrangements / Leftovers
  • 194 A-1 Flagwavers
  • 194 A-2 Lionel Hampton Story
  • 194 B Pete Fountain
  • 195 A/B Whose Band Is That?
  • 196 A/B The Sweet Bands
  • 197 B New Forties Cuts
  • 198 A/B Surprise Package
  • 199 A/B Combined Royalty (Basie and Ellington / 1939 Swing)
  • 200 A/B Pacemakers
  • 201 A/B Big Band Imitations
  • 202 A/B Ted Heath
  • 203 A/B Nat King Cole Profile / Rare Forties Cuts
  • 204 A/B Familiar and Obscure
  • 205 A/B Themes and Standards / Random Records
  • 206 A/B Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 207 A/B Kay Kyser Remembrance
  • 207 A-R/B-R Kay Kyser Remembrance (Revised)
  • 208 A/B New Year's 1946 / Dance Party
  • 209 A/B Two Lawrences (Syd and Elliot)
  • 210 B My Favorites
  • 211 A/B Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 212 A/B Class of '41
  • 213 A/B Requests
  • 214 A/B Suspension in Time
  • 215 A/B Ellington and Friends / The Ladies Sing
  • 216 A/B Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 217 A/B Buddy Morrow
  • 218 A/B Lawson-Haggart
  • 219 A/B Discovery
  • 220 A/B Wartime Jukebox
  • 221 A/B Jazz 1957 (Playboy Poll)
  • 222 A/B New Forties Cuts
  • 223 A/B In the Mood Movie Soundtrack / V-Discs
  • 224 A/B Airchecks
  • 225 A/B Forgotten James Arrangments / Heath Salutes America
  • 226 A/B Johnny Mercer (Centennial / Archives)
  • 229 A/B The Sidemen
  • 230 A/B Desert Island Top Ten
  • 231 A Saxophone
  • 231 B-1 Big Band Blues
  • 231 B-2 Novelty Songs
  • 232 A/B Mailbag (Syd Lawrence Interview)
  • 233 B Mel Torme Speaks
  • 234 A/B New Forties Cuts
  • 235 A/B Today's Bands
  • 236 A/B The 'G' File
  • 237 A Frankie Carle Speaks
  • 238 A Elliot Lawrence Speaks
  • 239 A/B Discovery
  • 240 A/B Requests / Mailbag
  • 241 A/B Duke Big Band Salute / Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 242 A/B The Other Side
  • 243 A/B Sounds of Christmas I
  • 244 A/B Romantic Records
  • 245 A/B The Mailbag
  • 246 A/B The In-Box
  • 247 A/B Live From The Meadowbrook
  • 248 A/B Themes and Standards IV
  • 249 A/B The 'H' File II
  • 250 A/B Spotlight Bands
  • 251 A Ray Anthony Speaks / The Boogie Beat
  • 252 A/B Themes and Standards
  • 253 A/B Glenn Miller Airchecks
  • 254 A/B Later Vocalists
  • 255 A/B The In-Box
  • 256 A/B The 78 File
  • 257 A/B Sauter-Finegan / The Arrangers
  • 258 A/B The Gentlemen Sing I
  • 259 A/B Ray McKinley Speaks / Host's Choice
  • 259 A-R Ray McKinley Speaks (Revised)
  • 260 A/B Jack Teagarden / Catch-Up Hour
  • 261 A/B-1 Goodman Yale Tapes
  • 261 B-2 The In-Box
  • 262 B The In-Box
  • 263 A/B Woody Herman Reunion (1976) / Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 264 A/B Dixieland / Jammin'
  • 265 A/B James Session
  • 266 A/B Christmas II
  • 267 A/B Airchecks (Glenn Miller/Tommy Dorsey/Harry James)
  • 268 A/B Mailbag
  • 269 A/B Guest Announcers / Mailbag
  • 270 A/B Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 271 A/B Hal Kemp / Secondary Bands
  • 272 A/B Today's Regional Bands
  • 273 A/B Ronald Reagan Big Bands (Guest Announcer Sheila Tracy)
  • 274 A/B The Mailbag
  • 275 A/B Digital Magic II
  • 276 A/B Artie Shaw / Rifflin'
  • 277 A/B Frankie Carle / Requests
  • 278 A/B Airchecks
  • 279 A/B-1 Charlie Barnet Speaks / Remembrance
  • 279 B-2 Big Band Imitations
  • 280 A/B Piano Players II
  • 281 A/B Les Brown Speaks
  • 282 A/B Singing Groups
  • 283 A/B The Transcription File
  • 284 A/B Bo Thorpe / Leftovers
  • 285 A/B Class of '44
  • 286 A/B Kit McClure Speaks / Requests
  • 287 A/B Guest Announcers / Basie Legacy
  • 288 A/B The Mailbag
  • 289 A/B V-Discs
  • 290 A/B Rifflin'
  • 291 A/B The Group Sings II
  • 292 A/B Herbie Fields / Cincinnati Pops
  • 293 A/B Alvino Rey / Luis King Speaks
  • 294 A/B Overseas Broadcasts / Movie Soundtracks
  • 295 A/B Helen Ward Speaks / New Releases
  • 296 A/B Si Zentner Speaks / Host's Choice
  • 297 A/B Desert Island Number Ones
  • 298 A/B Big Band Themes
  • 299 B Mailbag
  • 300 A/B Themes
  • 301 A/B The Last Decade
  • 302 A/B Don Lusher Speaks / Alvino Rey Speaks and King Sisters
  • 303 A/B Fats Waller
  • 304 A/B Spotlight Bands III
  • 305 A/B Billy May Remembrance
  • 306 A/B Spotlight Bands II
  • 307 A/B Archival Melodies
  • 308 A/B Requests
  • 309 A/B Classic Big Band Style
  • 310 A/B The 'L' File
  • 311 A/B The 'M' File
  • 312 A/B The 'S' File / Dance Band Remote
  • 313 A/B The 'B' File
  • 314 A/B The 'D' File
  • 315 A/B Goodman Small Groups / Standards
  • 316 A/B Big Band Profiles VI
  • 317 A/B Big Band Profiles IV
  • 318 A/B Big Band Twins
  • 319 A/B Burke-Van Heusen / Latter Day Big Bands
  • 320 B New Artists
  • 321 A/B Voice Capsules
  • 322 A/B King Sisters - Marilyn King
  • 323 A Thilo Wolf Speaks
  • 324 B Friends Over to Listen
  • 325 A/B Harry James Broadcasts
  • 326 A/B Top Twenty Instrumentals
  • 327 A/B Requests - Catch Up
  • 328 A/B Transcription File
  • 329 A Berlin Radio Top Picks
  • 330 A/B Current Bands
  • 331 A/B Mailbag
  • 332 A Ella Fitzgerald Retrospective
  • 333 A/B Fifties Vocalists
  • 334 A/B V-Discs II
  • 335 A/B Free Form Frolic
  • 336 A/B The 'A' File
  • 337 A/B Last Decade III
  • 338 A/B Animal Music / Miller Music
  • 339 A/B The 'B' File
  • 340 A/B Glen Gray Reproductions
  • 341 A/B Catch-Up Program
  • 342 A/B Glenn Miller Alumni
  • 343 A/B The 'C' File I
  • 344 A/B The 'C' File II
  • 345 A/B Boogie Beat / Singing Singles
  • 346 A/B Matinee Music
  • 347 A/B The Gold Records
  • 348 A/B Jukebox Melodies
  • 349 A/B Benny Goodman Story
  • 350 A/B Internet Requests
  • 351 A-1/B-1 E-Mail Requests
  • 351 A-2/B-2 Flagwavers
  • 352 A-1/B Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 352 A-2 Secondary Bands
  • 353 A/B Host's Choice
  • 354 A/B Host's Choice
  • 355 A/B Current Bands
  • 356 A/B Jo Stafford Speaks / Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 356 B-R Rifflin' Through The Records (Revised)
  • 357 A/B Secondary Bands
  • 358 A/B Harry James Profile
  • 359 A/B The Trombone Players
  • 360 A/B Novelty And Vocal Groups
  • 361 A/B Airchecks / Current Big Band Review
  • 362 A/B The Sax Players
  • 363 A/B The Girl Vocalists / Big Band Instrumentals
  • 364 A/B Free Form Frolic
  • 365 A/B Big Bands On Film
  • 366 A/B Jump Tunes / Boogie Beat II
  • 367 A/B Familiar and Obscure / Secondary Bands
  • 368 A Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 369 A/B The Mailbag
  • 370 A Current Vocalists
  • 371 A/B Dick Johnson Speaks / City Hour
  • 372 A/B Today's Bands
  • 373 A/B Standards
  • 374 A/B Free Form Frolic
  • 374 B-R Free Form Frolic (Revised)
  • 375 A Manhattan Transfer
  • 375 A-R Manhattan Transfer (Revised)
  • 376 A/B Unusual Melodies / Host's Choice
  • 377 A/B Class of '40
  • 378 A/B The Ladies Sing
  • 379 A/B The Boy Singers
  • 380 A/B Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 381 A/B Class of '46
  • 382 A/B Romance and Boogie Woogie
  • 383 A/B Surprise Package
  • 384 A/B Class of '48
  • 385 A/B Mailbag
  • 386 A/B Lusher Legacy
  • 387 A/B Free Form Frolic
  • 388 A/B Familiar and Obscure
  • 389 A/B The Arrangers
  • 390 A/B Later Vocals
  • 391 A/B Soundtrack Music
  • 392 A/B The In-Box
  • 393 A/B Remembering Tex Beneke / New Releases
  • 394 A/B Flagwavers II
  • 395 A/B Goodman Small Groups / Host's Choice
  • 396 A/B Transcription File
  • 397 A/B Later Vocalists / Free Form Frolic
  • 398 A/B Traveling Music
  • 399 A/B Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey In Hollywood
  • 400 A/B Airchecks
  • 401 A/B The LP File
  • 402 A/B Early Forties Cuts
  • 403 A/B Themes
  • 404 A New Releases
  • 405 A/B Leftovers / Big Band Remote
  • 406 A/B Larry Elgart Speaks / Requests
  • 407 A/B The Small Groups
  • 408 A/B Girl Vocalists
  • 409 A/B Transcription File
  • 410 A/B Sensuous Saxes / Pretty Piano
  • 411 A/B Airchecks
  • 412 A/B V-Discs
  • 413 A/B Surprise Package
  • 414 A/B Last Decade
  • 415 A/B Wartime Songs
  • 416 A/B Herbie Fields / Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 417 A/B Months, Cities, and States
  • 418 A/B Sammy Nestico Speaks
  • 419 A/B Listener's Lists
  • 420 A/B 1939 Swing
  • 421 A/B Mel Powell
  • 422 A/B The Mailbag
  • 423 A/B Class of '38
  • 424 A/B The 'E' File
  • 425 A/B Kitty Kallen Speaks / The In-Box
  • 426 B New Releases and Autumn Songs
  • 427 A/B Host's Choice / Red Nichols
  • 428 A/B The Gentlemen Sing II
  • 429 A/B A Little Night Music
  • 430 A/B 1938 Benny Goodman Concert
  • 431 A/B Hamburg Radio Hour / Wartime Songs
  • 432 A/B Whose Band Is That?
  • 433 A Frank Sinatra Instrumentals / Other Band's Hits
  • 434 A/B The Fifties Harry James
  • 435 A/B Romantic Music
  • 436 A/B Today's Singers
  • 437 A/B Fifties Instrumentals
  • 438 A/B Anita O'Day Remembrance / Later Gene Krupa
  • 439 B Surprise Party
  • 440 A/B Forties Songbook
  • 441 A/B Number One Records Under The Top Five
  • 442 A/B Number One Records Under The Top Five
  • 443 A/B Number Two Records
  • 444 A/B Fran Warren Speaks - Random Records / Random Survey Picks
  • 445 B Audition Hour
  • 446 A/B Fran Warren / Random Records
  • 446 A-R Fran Warren (Revised)
  • 447 A/B Ted Heath Originals
  • 448 A/B Music Plus Words
  • 449 B Leftovers
  • 450 A/B The Mailbag
  • 451 A/B Les Brown Revisited / New Releases
  • 452 A/B Romance And Boogie Woogie
  • 453 A/B Later Tommy Dorsey Cuts / Hits of 1940
  • 454 A/B Big Band Magic I
  • 455 A/B Big Band Magic II
  • 456 A/B Pretty Stuff
  • 457 A/B Rare Airchecks
  • 458 A/B-2 Internet Survey
  • 458 B-1 Moments In Music
  • 459 A/B Lost Treasures of Ted Heath
  • 460 A/B Big Bands 1930-1936
  • 461 A/B The Trumpet Players
  • 462 A/B New and Original
  • 463 A/B 'Live' From The Hollywood Palladium
  • 464 A/B Nat King Cole Trio Story / Rare Forties Cuts
  • 465 A Bing Crosby Tribute
  • 466 A/B The 'I-J' File
  • 467 A/B The 'F' File
  • 468 A/B The 'H' File Singers
  • 469 A/B Jimmie Lunceford / Kay Kyser
  • 470 A/B The 'H' File Instrumentals
  • 471 A/B 'Live' From New York
  • 472 A/B The 'K' File
  • 473 A/B The 'L' File
  • 474 A/B The 'M' File Singers
  • 475 A/B Tommy Dorsey Alumni
  • 476 A/B Christmas: Traditional And New
  • 477 A/B The Last Decade
  • 478 A/B Goodman Remembrance
  • 479 A/B Big Band Classics / The Small Groups
  • 480 A/B Single Word Titles
  • 481 A/B Romance
  • 482 A/B Ray Conniff
  • 483 A/B Requests
  • 484 A/B Eddie Sauter-Bill Finegan / The Arrangers
  • 485 B Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 486 A/B The 'N-O-P-Q' File I
  • 487 A/B Soundtrack Music
  • 488 A/B 'Live' From The West Coast
  • 489 A/B New Forties / Fifties Cuts
  • 490 A/B The 'N-O-P-Q' File II
  • 491 A/B A Decade Ago
  • 492 A/B Requests
  • 493 A/B Big Bands Of Television
  • 494 A/B Phone Frolic / Guest Announcer
  • 495 A/B Class of '45
  • 496 A/B The 'R' File
  • 497 A/B Big Band Classics
  • 498 A/B It's About Time
  • 499 A/B Glenn Miller 100th Birthday / Fats Waller 100th Birthday
  • 500 A/B The 'S' File I
  • 501 A/B Just Kiddin' Around
  • 502 A/B The 'S' File II
  • 503 A/B Requests
  • 504 A/B The 'T' File
  • 505 A/B The Boogie Beat
  • 506 A/B 'Live' From Chicago
  • 507 A/B The 'U-V-W' File
  • 508 A/B Big Band Guests
  • 509 A/B Requests
  • 510 A Lesser-Known Bands
  • 511 A/B The Christmas Program
  • 512 A/B Glenn Miller Overseas
  • 513 A/B New Year's Dance Party / Bands That Play Boogie
  • 514 A/B Instrumental Playbook
  • 515 A-1/B The 'Z' File / Movie Records
  • 516 A/B Single Word Titles / George Shearing
  • 517 A/B Requests
  • 518 A/B Top Movie Melodies
  • 519 A/B Nat King Cole Profile / Rare Forties Cuts
  • 520 A/B Current Bands and Singers - Gordon Goodwin Interview
  • 521 A/B Uplifting Music
  • 522 A/B Rifflin' Through The CDs
  • 523 A/B Benny Goodman Overseas
  • 524 A/B The LP File
  • 525 B Sinatra By Others
  • 526 A/B Requests
  • 527 A/B Phone Frolic
  • 528 A/B Singing Instrumentals
  • 529 A/B Big Band Themes I
  • 530 A/B Big Band Themes II
  • 531 A/B More Big Band Magic I
  • 532 A/B More Big Band Magic II
  • 533 A/B The German Contingent
  • 534 A/B Cole Porter Songbook
  • 535 A Unrestrained Swing
  • 536 A/B On The Road Again
  • 537 A/B Big Band Legends I
  • 538 A/B Big Band Legends II
  • 539 A/B Number One Records
  • 540 A/B Tommy Dorsey Centennial
  • 541 A/B The Last Decade
  • 542 A/B The British Contingent
  • 543 A/B Individual Favorites
  • 544 A/B Forties Songbook - The Girls
  • 545 A/B Forties Songbook - The Boys
  • 546 A/B Les Paul Profile
  • 547 A/B Moments In Music I
  • 548 A/B Moments In Music II
  • 549 A/B The Artie Shaw Review
  • 550 A/B Swinging On A V-Disc
  • 551 A/B The Time Machine
  • 552 A/B Bobby Hackett Profile
  • 553 A/B Double Themes / Rifflin' Through The Records
  • 554 A/B Heavenly Bodies
  • 555 A/B The Name Game
  • 556 A/B Request Time
  • 557 A/B Jazz Standards I
  • 558 A/B Jazz Standards II
  • 559 A/B Big Band Jump Highlights
  • 560 A/B The Singing Groups
  • 561 A/B Night And Day
  • 562 A/B Garry Stevens Speaks
  • 563 A/B 'Live' From Las Vegas
  • 564 A/B Broadway And Big Bands
  • 565 A/B Spotlight Bands
  • 566 A/B The Mailbag
  • 567 A/B Capitol Idea
  • 568 A/B Vocal / Instrumental Twins
  • 569 A/B Harold Arlen Songbook
  • 570 A/B Thilo Wolf Revisited / New Names In Music
  • 571 A Requests Plus
  • 572 A/B Surprise Package
  • 573 A/B Harry Warren Profile
  • 574 A/B The In-Box
  • 575 A/B Informal Hour
  • 576 A/B G.I. Jive
  • 577 A/B Requests Plus
  • 578 A/B Radio Themes
  • 579 A/B Host's Choice
  • 580 A/B The Decca Label
  • 581 B Big Band Christmas
  • 582 A/B Big Band Twins
  • 583 A/B The Columbia Label
  • 584 A/B Zooming Through Time
  • 585 A/B Requests Plus
  • 586 A/B Transcription File
  • 587 A/B Frank Loesser Profile
  • 588 A/B-2 The In-Box
  • 588 B-1 Big Band Guests
  • 589 A/B The Distaff Side
  • 590 A/B The 'W-X-Y-Z' File
  • 591 A Big Band Imitations
  • 592 A/B Current Big Bands
  • 593 A/B The Sweet Bands
  • 594 A/B Duke Ellington Legacy
  • 595 A/B Desert Island Picks
  • 596 A/B A Family Affair
  • 597 A/B Whose Band Is That?
  • 598 A Margaret Whiting Songs
  • 599 A/B Pacemakers
  • 600 A/B Come What May
  • 601 A/B Dick Haymes Sings / Recruiting Programs
  • 602 A/B Requests Plus
  • 603 A/B Benny Goodman Alumni
  • 604 A/B Requests Plus II
  • 605 A/B 'Live' From Glen Island Casino
  • 606 B Romance
  • 607 A/B Today's Singers
  • 608 B Audition Hour
  • 609 A/B Billy May Arrangements
  • 610 A/B Big Band Christmas
  • 611 A/B Thirties New Years
  • 612 A/B Songs Of Romance I
  • 613 A/B Songs Of Romance II
  • 614 A/B The 'H' File I
  • 615 A/B The 'H' File II
  • 616 A/B The 'M' File
  • 617 A/B Tommy Dorsey 'Live'
  • 618 A/B Boogie Beat I
  • 619 A/B Boogie Beat II
  • 620 A/B Request Time
  • 621 A/B Count Basie's Arrangers
  • 622 A/B Surprise Party
  • 623 A/B Novelty Songs - Cute And Comic Songs
  • 624 A/B Rain Songs
  • 625 A/B Hoagy Carmichael Legacy
  • 626 A/B Come What May
  • 627 A/B Cute And Comic II
  • 628 A/B Las Vegas Nights
  • 629 A/B Legendary Instrumentals
  • 630 A/B Destination and Flying Songs
  • 631 A/B Harry James 'Live'
  • 632 A/B The Gershwins
  • 633 A/B Woody Herman Salute
  • 634 A/B Legendary Instrumentals II
  • 635 A/B Secondary Favorites
  • 636 A/B The Other Side
  • 637 A/B The Last Decade
  • 638 A/B Benny Goodman and Johnny Mercer Caravans
  • 639 A/B The Small Groups II
  • 640 A/B Requests Plus
  • 641 A/B The Girls Sing I
  • 642 A/B The Girls Sing II
  • 643 A/B Small Town Christmas
  • 644 A/B Henry Mancini Magic
  • 645 A/B New Year's Dance Party
  • 646 A/B City Hour
  • 647 A/B The Boy Singers I
  • 648 A/B Sammy Cahn Legacy
  • 649 A/B The Singing Groups
  • 650 A/B Secondary Bands
  • 651 A/B The Boy Singers II
  • 652 A/B Soundtrack Music
  • 653 A/B Count Basie and Singers
  • 654 A/B Tex Beneke 'Live'
  • 655 A/B Class of '42
  • 656 A/B Fifties Generation
  • 657 A/B Desert Island Favorites
  • 658 A/B Spotlight on Harry James / Tommy Dorsey
  • 659 A/B End of the Forties
  • 660 A/B Free Form Frolic
  • 661 A/B Les Brown Remembrance / The 'L' File
  • 662 A/B Today's Singers
  • 663 A/B Swingin' On Broadway
  • 664 A/B Bing Crosby and Friends
  • 665 A/B Spotlight on Goodman and Miller
  • 666 A/B Today's Glenn Miller Sound
  • 667 A/B Relative Unknowns
  • 668 A/B Last Half of the Forties
  • 669 A/B Instrumental Playbook
  • 670 A/B Non-Winning Oscar Nominees
  • 671 A/B Winning Oscar Songs
  • 672 A/B Requests Plus
  • 673 A/B Spotlight On Gene Krupa / Bing Crosby
  • 674 A/B Sounds Of Television
  • 675 A/B Seldom Heard Bands
  • 676 A/B Tommy Dorsey Remembrance / Harry James Remembrance
  • 677 A/B Musical Twins
  • 678 A/B The Eighty-Eight
  • 679 A/B Movie Music I
  • 680 A/B Movie Music II
  • 681 A/B Phone Frolic Listeners / Phone Frolic Guest Announcers
  • 682 A/B Classes of '46-'49
  • 683 A/B Music By Category
  • 684 A/B Disney's Musical Magic
  • 685 A/B Spotlight On Stan Kenton And Woody Herman
  • 686 A/B Music By Category II
  • 687 A/B Big Band Top Ten
  • 688 A/B Two Decades Ago
  • 689 B Rifflin' Through The CDs
  • 690 A/B Legendary Neal Hefti
  • 691 A/B Host's Choice
  • 692 A/B Other Band's Hits
  • 693 A/B Singing Groups I
  • 694 A/B Singing Groups II
  • 695 A/B Romance And Boogie
  • 696 A/B The Sax Players
  • 697 A/B The Trombone Players
  • 698 A/B Guitar Legacy
  • 699 A/B Gordon Jenkins Profile
  • 700 A/B Vocal and Instrumental Twins
  • 701 A/B Requests Plus
  • 702 A/B The Color of Music
  • 703 A/B The Early Fifties
  • 704 A/B Spirit of America
  • 705 A/B Fifties Singers
  • 706 A/B Fifties Instrumentals
  • 707 A/B Richard Rodgers Legacy
  • 708 A/B The Living Room
  • 709 A/B The 'F' File
  • 710 A/B Single Word Titles
  • 711 A/B Jerry Gray Legacy
  • 712 A/B Jukebox Instrumentals
  • 713 A/B Music for the Troops
  • 714 A/B The 'M' File
  • 715 A/B Today's Ladies
  • 716 A/B Today's Ladies II
  • 717 A/B Originals and Duplicates
  • 718 A/B Back to Irving Berlin
  • 719 A/B Host's Choice
  • 720 A/B Billy May Voice Capsules / Dorris Day Voice Capsules
  • 721 A/B Classic Radio Guests
  • 722 B The Small Groups
  • 723 A/B Bird Songs
  • 724 A/B RCA Victor Labels
  • 725 A/B Train Songs
  • 726 A/B The Final Program of Big Band Jump
  • Dates

    • 1956 - 2013

    Creator

    Restrictions on Access

    Unrestricted access.

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    Access to original sound recordings is restricted. Use copies are available in the Special Collections and Archives reading room.

    Extent

    22.58 Linear Feet ( (in 29 boxes) )

    Abstract:

    Don Kennedy is an Atlanta-based radio and television station founder, manager, broadcaster, and actor, known for playing Officer Don on children’s television as well as creating and hosting the radio program Big Band Jump. The Don Kennedy papers, 1956-2013, contain writings, audio recordings, photographs, printed materials, and awards related to Kennedy’s television and radio broadcasting career. The bulk of the materials relate to the production of the Big Band Jump radio shows between 1989 and 2013.

    Biography of Don Kennedy

    Don Kennedy was born on March 2nd, 1930, in Beaver, Pennsylvania. Kennedy’s career in broadcasting started at the age of thirteen when he constructed a half-watt radio station in the basement of his home. He got his first paying job playing pop records at WPIC in Sharon, Pennsylvania, when he was 17. While in college, Kennedy worked at a local radio station as a sports and news announcer and eventually became the chief engineer of the small station. After college he was drafted into the Army, and worked as a studio chief in the psychological warfare unit at the end of the Korean War. After his military service, Kennedy moved to Atlanta where he anchored the eleven o'clock news at WSB-TV. He was assigned to host a children's show for that station as a policeman character, "Officer Don." He played Officer Don on multiple shows from 1956 to 1969 with the most popular, The Popeye Club, amassing the largest audience of any such local program in the nation. In 1960 he established WKLS-FM in Atlanta, serving as President and General Manager. He also set up and served as President of Georgia Network and Florida Network, two of the pioneer state news networks in the nation. In 1976 his company returned Atlanta's channel 36, WATL-TV, to the air.

    Kennedy returned to popular music broadcasting with the syndicated radio program Big Band Jump, which ran from 1986 to 2013 and could be heard nationwide for most of its run. Episodes of the show were based on a theme or artist from Swing-era popular music, and often featured Kennedy's original interviews with big band performers, songwriters, and arrangers. Kennedy also provided voice work for several characters on Cartoon Network programs including Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Terror Phone and as narrator for award winning documentaries aired on Georgia Public Television. He is the recipient of the Silver Circle Award and two Emmy Awards from the Atlanta Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Pioneer Broadcaster and Georgia Broadcaster's Hall of Fame awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and honorary membership in the DiGamma Kappa Broadcast Fraternity at the University of Georgia. In 2007 he was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame for Career Achievement.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Don Kennedy, February 14, 2014; August 8, 2014; May 26, 2016.

    Digitized Material from the Collection

    Digitized copies of photographs and newsletters are available in Georgia State University Library's Digital Collections.
    Use copies of the sound recordings are available for in the Special Collections and Archives reading room.

    Related Materials

    Related Materials in This Repository
    1. WSB Radio records, 1920-1985 (M004)
    2. WRAS Radio collection, 1968-2008 (M218)
    3. Georgia Radio Hall of Fame collection, 1945-1991 (M226)

    Separated Materials:

    Separated to the Popular Music Sound Recordings Collection
    1. Commercially released LPs, Sesac Transcription Library Service and War Department 16-inch discs, and an Officer Don “Ooey Gooey” 7-inch disc.
    Separated to the Special Collections and Archives Book Collection
    1. Please see library catalog for access.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Maria Meade, 2016. Electronic finding aid created by Maria Meade, Fall 2016; edited by Harold Victor Hansen, Jr., October 2016.
    Title
    Don Kennedy:
    Subtitle
    A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
    Status
    completed
    Author
    Finding aid prepared by Georgia State University Library
    Date
    September 2016
    Description rules
    dacs
    Language of description
    English

    Repository Details

    Part of the Special Collections Repository

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