Airstream FM:Beautiful Music Radio An Introduction

Way back in the olden days of the 1960s, popular music was on the AM band and was mostly Rock&Roll. In virtually every town or city, there was at least one “Beautiful Music” or “Easy Listening” radio station, usually on the static-free F.M. band. In most areas, the “Beautiful Music” station was ranked at number one and, occasionally, number two in the market, behind the local “rock” station. The static-free, high-fidelity, stereo sound of the F.M radio band, was the perfect showcase for Mancini, Mantovani and Melachrino, as well as the Knightsbridge Strings, the Romantic Strings, the Living Strings, Percy Faith, Paul Mauriat, Frank DeVol, James Last, Caravelli, Raymond Lefevre, Les Baxter, Ronnie Aldrich, Franck Pourcel and many other great orchestras and musicians.

I will never forget buying my first “AM-FM” Clock Radio so I could go to sleep by and awake with “beautiful music” instead of rock-and-roll. Over the years, the LP collection has grown so large that a small , multiple-story building could be wallpapered with it. It’s time for the great music from these LPs to be played “on the air” so people everywhere can enjoy it as much as we do.

The “Beautiful Music” format consisted of mostly INSTRUMENTAL arrangements of pop tunes. As record labels began releasing fewer and fewer “beautiful music” recordings, several of the “beautiful-music” syndicators contracted with London and European orchestras to record new arrangements, helping to keep the broadcast sound fresh. Over the years, Airstream-FM has built a collection of 2000 LPs in very good to excellent condition. On Airstream-FM, you will enjoy the the warm sound of the black-vinyl records, with only a few CDs and virtually no syndicated music. You will hear beautiful instrumentals, loads of strings, flute and oboe solos and piano…just my style of that Great American Invention…ELEVATOR MUSIC…Beautiful Music!

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