One of our favorite radio shows is “Forward to the Past” that airs every Sunday afternoon on KSPC 88.7, a radio service of the Claremont Colleges. The show plays music that was recorded as far back as the 1920s. It is a fun show and we enjoy listening to music that usually doesn’t get airplay on nostalgia radio stations.
Yesterday, they were playing Christmas songs that don’t seem to be in the mall holiday music rotation. One of them was “Christmas Dragnet” (later changed to “Yulenet”) by Stan Freberg. Even if you don’t recognize Mr. Freberg’s name, you know his work since he voiced a great many animation characters and often worked with Mel Blanc.
Mr. Freberg had approached Jack Webb and said he wanted to do a spoof of the radio and TV show “Dragnet.” Mr. Webb, the producer and star of Dragnet, not only gave his blessings but also provided Mr. Freberg with the music orchestration so that it would sound authentic. The result was a delightful holiday-themed spoof of the famous cop show.
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