Champion Spark Plug Hour

Champion Spark Plug Hour

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Champion Spark Plug Hour was a music radio program sponsored by Champion. It was broadcast on New York's WJZ and WGY during the late 1920s and early 1930s. An entry in The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio) for October 4, 1926, indicates the show aired on Tuesday afternoons at 5:00pm. The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio), October 4, 1926. By 1928 they were heard Wednesday evenings at 8:00pm on the NBC Blue Network.

The program featured the Champion Sparkers Male Quartet and an orchestra conducted by Gustav "Gus" Haenschen. Personnel in the band included Sam Lewis (trombone), Earl Oliver (trumpet), Merle Johnston (saxophone) and Phil Gleason. Irving Kaufman (1890-1976) was a featured vocalist with the band.

The Oswego Palladium-Times (Oswego, New York) offered a description of the program for December 27, 1928:
The Champion Sparkers will present Ed Smalle. singing comedian as featured soloist during thelr program which will be heard from WHAM and other stations of the NBC System at 8 o'clock tonight. Smalle's numbers include "Happy Days and Lonely Nights," "All By Yourself in the Moonlight" and "The Sun is at My Window." The delicate "Valse Viennese" is offered in an interesting arrangement for saxophones. Oswego Palladium-Times (Oswego, New York), December 27, 1928.

Haenschen, who was also the program's director, composed the show's theme song, "The March of the...
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