Amanda Wilde

Host, The Swing Years and Beyond, and Weekend Announcer

Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, presents American popular music from the 1920s through the 1950s. Amanda hosts Saturday and Sunday afternoons on KUOW as well. She produces interviews ranging from in–depth historical interviews to interviews with artists and cultural figures. Her segment, Sounds Familiar, focuses on the little–known history behind the icons of popular music.

Amanda's keen interest in working with sound and showcasing musical connections led her to public radio. A key figure in the development of Seattle music station KEXP, she hosted their afternoon drive for 12 years.

Amanda came to KUOW in 2003, already well–known to listeners around the world for her eclectic knowledge of music and her in–depth interviews. Her unique perspective draws on a combination of geographical and personal influences with the happy result of reaching a steadily increasing global audience.

A featured DJ in "The Rough Guide to Internet Radio," Amanda has been showcased in The Seattle Times, MSNBC, and "Best Places Seattle." In 2007, she was recognized for her interview work with a national award from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. In 2014, Seattle Women In Jazz presented Amanda with the first annual "Amanda Wilde Inspire Award" for outstanding contributions to the jazz community.

Music History
4:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

'Imbecile Slush': Surprising Early Reactions To Crooning

Crooner Bing Crosby in 1942.
Credit From Wikipedia

In 1932, a new singing style was emerging: crooning. What we might consider easy listening now wasn't necessarily received cordially by its contemporaries. Cardinal O'Connell of Boston described it as "imbecile slush" and "a degenerate form of singing.”

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Music History
3:11 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

How The Waltz Came To America (And Pop Music)

From Wikipedia

Almost every partner dance is a descendant of the waltz.

The oldest of ballroom dances, the waltz has roots as far back as the 13th century. As it evolved and entered the ballrooms of Europe, the waltz was viewed as taboo because partners were permitted to make contact. But like the tango and other exciting and challenging dances, the waltz spread until by the middle of the nineteenth century it was firmly established in the U.S.

Today’s standard waltz rhythm that we now know and love became popular due to the musical creations of composers such as Johann Strauss.

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Mancini Lives!
1:26 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

'Swing Years' Theme Song Explained

The most frequently asked question of The Swing Years and Beyond is “What is your theme?”

Played at the top of each Swing Years show, it’s "Royal Blue" from "The Pink Panther" soundtrack. The film came out in 1963 and the album was released in 1964, featuring lounge and lush instrumentals by Henri Pancini … er, Mancini!

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Oscar History
2:19 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

How One Winner Changed The Academy Awards

Flickr Photo/Davidlohr Bueso (CC BY-NC-ND)

In anticipation for the Oscars this weekend, Steve Scher sat down with Swing Years host Amanda Wilde to discuss the history of the Best Original Song category.

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Swing Years And Beyond

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The Swing Years And Beyond features popular music of the 1920s - 1950s, from familiar favorites to lesser-known gems. A mix of Jazz, swing, ballads, blues, show tunes and bebop showcases the relationships between these various musical styles. The program highlights the personalities, history and popular culture of the time through music and explores the enduring nature of this uniquely American art form.

Playlists: Find the playlists here