Our GoalThis is all about American Music from the 40's until today. Also known as 'Vocal Jazz, 'Easy Listening' or 'Adult Contemporary!
"Its not what you have; its what you do with it!" This is the creed of producer René Dussen. "This stream is a hobby. Its existence is the result of a long radio life. In the 70's I started doing local radio with my lifetime music friend. Later on he and I started a professional radio production company and we made American Songbook radio shows on public radio in the 80's & 90's".
"This 24/7 hobby takes a lot of time and is expensive. So it's wonderful that we sometimes receive donations which reduce our broadcast license bills. Our goal is simple: to pay tribute to this type of original American music, as it is the creator of today's pop music genres. Its also the cradle of all today's popular music genres. To me its songwriters and performers are the real American Ambassadors!"
And FormatNon-stop music!
The selected songs are played non-stop. Every now and then there are a few station calls, or short statements about a parti-cular genre or a new cd. The combination of providing our audience with hourly real-time Central Park temperatures, the ‘on the hour jingles’, the vintage U.S. radio commercials, and most importantly, the music, consolidates the feel and experience of its Manhattan base.Song titles
Song titles shown on our real-time playlist, come from our 'Music Library' over 16k carefully selected songs. These renditions get completed with other format items like: new releases, vintage (serious or comical) commercials, unique station promos and the current Manhattan temperature. Special attention is always paid to the Chairman of Board, Francis Albert Sinatra!Actual Playlist Shows Other Songs!?
In most cases: just press the F5 button; refresh page. Or delete cache memory or restart your browser or in some cases your phone/tablet/laptop/pc. Some-times we do have change our music servers to another machine during the day or night. Specially when you're a longtime listener the playlist of your device might still is set to 'the old server'."TX2AB" Huh?
In our real-time playlist you may often see these kind of letter/number combos at the end of an album title. It stands for a big 'thank you' to the person with the, in this case, 'AB' initials who sent us music which made it to our music library and playlist.Vintage Radio Commercials
These often (audio-wise) upgra-ded vintage commercials need to have a few characteristics to get included in our stream. They need to be sung, melodic, legendary or funny. So you can hear some old commercials about cigarettes, cigars and alcohol too, which aren't played anymore these days, but were normal/accepted things in the twentieth century.Audio Stream Formats
The 128 Kb/s MP3 stream. This is the standard for most media players on any device. The second possibility, the 64Kb AAC+ stream is a newer format with the same superb audio quality but reduces 50% data costs for you! AAC+ will run automatically on newer/recent audio devices
Latest News"Technical News & Our September 2021 Frontpage Line-up!.
Last August 30th we were forced to replace our router system again which led into a small broadcast interruption. We hope that our provider will leave us alone for a while, since this the second router upgrade in two months. Our new frontpage line-up is presented with shots of; Sammy Davis Jr, Kitty Kallen, the legendary (colorized) mug shot of Frank Sinatra, Ann Hampton Callaway and Jon Hendricks. One group of mainly Asian listeners using the JazzRadio App was disconnected for weeks two months ago. We know here what the problem is. So if you are one of these JazzRadio app users, please contact us! It will bring us details which we cannot see from here and solve the issue for all of you! (September 1, 2021)"Our August 2021 Frontpage Line-up!.
This time on our frontpage the pictures of Kenny Rankin, Dame Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Diahann Carroll and Anthony Strong. All well-represented in our playlist. The latest promotion for Gretje Angell in July was a real blast. Over sixteen thousand unique listeners took the change to listen to her American Songbook renditions. Our number of listeners is stable. One group of mainly Asian listeners using the JazzRadio App were disconnected for weeks but got back at last. We know here what their problem is. So if you are one of these JazzRadio app users, please contact us! It will bring us a few details which we cannot see from here. We are sure that this listener feedback solves the issue for all of them! (August 4, 2021)"Our July 2021 Frontpage Line-up!.
This time the pictures of Johnny Hartman, Frank Sinatra plus Andy Bey are colorized. But we are delighted to be able to give extra attention to Gretje Angell from Los Angeles. Rather unknown still but an extremely well-crafted singer. Her voice will grab your heart & hold you right in her magical spell...her high-end skills shine like gold. We simply adore her timing & dixie plus the lovely guitar arrangements by her accompanist Dori Amarillio. Her cd's will be promoted every even EST hour at about 45 minutes! (July 1, 2021)"Colorful" Black & White Photos.
The number of pictures in color of our American Songbook hero's, who also look straight into your face, are getting rare these days since we used many already. Because of the dynamics, we prefer using them in stead of the black & white ones. But for our newest frontpage line-up we we did the colorize trick on one for the first time. Tell us in our guestbook which you think it is...Thanks! (June 1, 2021)Five shots and more information about "The Crew".
There is a new page in the "about us" section on our frontpage. Jim Yount is the guy with that great low radio voice who does our station name announcements. Nancy Valentine is a singer and actor from New York City who can be heard during a few of our jingles and the "Artist birthday celebration" announcements. René Dussen does all those daily production things needed to keep this station online and running. Jennifer Roberts from New York City is a singer and actor also. You'll hear her voice during the most of our exclusive jingles. Coen Amveen is our specialist in audial upgrading of many older songs in our music library. He's also the guy who is responsible for our beloved vintage commercial collection. (April 14, 2021)
More info about the five artists on our April 2021 frontpage!
Not too many people know that legendary pianist Oscar Peterson, also sang very well! The timbre and dixie of his voice had heavy 'Nat Cole' influences. Sue Raney is an excellent jazz singer, who is 80 years now. She worked with Ray Anthony, Bill Holman and the Stan Kenton orchestra. A young Frank Sinatra is getting friendly molested by his female fans. This pic is colorized. Next to him you'll see Catherine Russell, the foremost vocal interpreter of vintage jazz and R&B songs. And singer Tom Gaebel comes from Germany. He also plays several instruments, including drums, violin, trombone, and piano. (April 1, 2021)
Our website on an IPhone!
Today we learned from a listener that our website doesn't work well on an IPhone. If you are a IPhone user have a solution, please let us know. But we have an alternate suggestion. Our stream is forwarded by many so-called ‘radio streaming services’ like tunein.com or mytuner.com. Next to our stream, mytuner.com also shows the current and played songs with images! On a desktop they show the current song plus the last ten songs and on a smartphone the last five. Here’s the link and please don’t forget to press that like button at theirs! Listen To Us At 'Mytuner.com' (February 8, 2021)
Another New Set Of American Songbook Performers On Our Frontpage!
Thanks to Rick Schubert (TX2RS) from London, we don't have to mention the artist names anymore since it's on the frontpage itself now. You'll see them when you move your mouse over the pictures. He also improved opening the submenus underneath the pictures on the frontpage. Thanks Rick! (February 1, 2021)
OUR 2020 ANNUAL REPORT. 'LOOKING BACK IN AMAZEMENT!'
Unexpected available time due to the first Covid-19 lockdown starting last March gave us the ability to realize a brand new, interactive, more catchy, website. The new protected guestbook invited our listeners to communicate more. In the meantime it is seen over a hundred times each day. Our next step was to get our audio streams secured (https), which was extremely complicated, since they are shown on our website but actually come from another location. A manual programmed 'reverse proxy system' (TX2HW) gave us the solution. After a lot of testing the whole website finally could get 'padlocked' too.
But our playlist music selection group has not been idle, either. About 1300 old and new GAS renditions were approved for our audience's listening pleasure. TX2RS we're proud to offer you a brandnew interactive 'library vault' search module. A huge improvement compared to the pdf files. And TX2WS we also got a new postal address at 2578 Broadway, New York NY. And finally; thanks to donations from: GF, HAS, RL, PV, BS, SS, DC, AF, KF, HW, SG, RS, our broadcast license fees and other yearly broadcast bills were greatly reduced. So on behalf of everybody here at the Great American Songbook Radio Station; thank you all very very much!
Another New Set Of American Songbook Performers On Our Frontpage!
In case you don't know or can't remember the names of these singers; here they are! Seth MacFarlane, A young Della Reese and Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and Freddie Cole. (January, 2021)
Why do websites need Https? What is Https? And what does it do for you?
HTTPS is an extension of HTTP. Its symbolized with a little padlock in the url in your browser. It is used for secure communication over a computer network and on the Internet. In HTTPS, the communication protocol is encrypted using TLS and SSL. Thanks to the free and disinterested help of mister 'Hellsblade' we reached our 2020 milestone. The whole website, the streams, playlist and guestbook, is secured now. (October 13, 2020)
Real-time Manhattan Temperatures & Live Videos From Many US Hotspots! (UPDATE!)
It felt like a virtual US journey while listening during this the Covid period. But we decided to delete the page with the real-time US video views. The connection with Eartcam TV which came in with fits and starts too often. It also made the website frontpage slower for you to appear. Plus they served lots of unwanted commercials inbetween the cam shots which didn't happen when we started this. Currently we think about an altenate gadget for you. (August 10, 2020)
Today We Reached 14,000 Favorites/Likes On Tunein.com!
That's way too many people to give a celebration party for, but we are very happy and thankful that we reached that huge number of listeners on tunein.com today who also pressed the fav/like button on that website. We think that listening direct via our own website is a better option for you since there will be no interuptions on the stream from actual/local commercials, but if listeners still prefer to listen that way; its your respected choice of course! (July 31,2020)
New Artist Pictures On Our Frontpage!
We renewed our set of American Songbook artist pictures on our frontpage again. Here are their names in case you can't recognize them all. You see from left to right: TONY DESARE, Eartha Kitt, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland & Joe Williams. As you know we honor all Great American Songbook songwriters and singers 24/7. But from today on, we will promote Tony DeSare again since he's a very underestimated singer/pianist from New York, who is the Number One advocate of the American Songbook. No, he’s not that pop singer who was told to do a GAS music album, as it’s his business, its what he does! Tony's renditions can be heard at every 'even' hour at about a quarter to the hour. (July 30, 2020)
Due to a listener request we added a donation module since we didn't have one yet. Your support is welcome to sponsor soft- and hardware costs and all kind of broadcast- and other license fees. You will be become a 'friend of the Great American Songbook Radio Station'. It won't be used for acquaring music because this is and will always be brought in for free by our volunteers. Please feel free to fill it out. (June 21, 2020)
New Direct Link For Your Convenience!
Today we added a direct Facebook link on our frontpage. That page is created for listeners and other people who want to write or exchange thoughts about this music genre. There a lots or rare Sinatra pictures on it too. You'll find this direct link icon on the left side of of our American Songbook logo. (May 29, 2020)
A Nice Little American Songbook Photo Album!
We added a nice little photo album on our most visited 'Listen Live' page. When you scroll over the photo on top, you'll see a magnification glass and/or the 'More Photos!' text. When you click on that, the first (test) version of a sixteen pieces photo album opens. Let's see if and how our visitors react on this. The shown images should represent new releases and the main musical ingredients of our radio stream in general. (May 5, 2020)
Surfing And Listening On A Smartphone!
This website is optimized for tablets, laptops and desktops. Activate 'auto-rotate' on your smartphone and look at our website 'sideways' on your phone, the biggest side on top. Like most websites it doesn't show huge. It sure needs some enlarging with your fingers to see it all and be able to press the buttons. But we think its much better than the older version of our website. However our guestbook is very hard to access on a phone (March 30, 2020)
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Guestbook Double Scrollbar And Bad Text View Solved!
Today we solved two little guestbook issues. The double scrollbars are reduced to one. Also all the written text from the listeners are correct in its frame now. But we added a scrollbar to right of the 'Remarkable Music Releases' on the 'Listen Live' page. Now we can add more release info items to that page too! (March 26, 2020)
This website is tested and works fine using:
Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari (Apple OS), Microsoft Bing, even the older Microsoft Explorer 11 (the one with the golden line over the e). However these tests show that it ain't fully compatible with Microsoft Edge. We hope it will be solved soon! By the way I decided to to put this version on-line, though it isn't fully 100% ready yet. But conflicts with a few internet search apps decided me to do this faster than I was intended to do. (March 24 2020)
Real-time Playlist Shows Other Songs Than Currently Played!?
In most cases: just press the F5 button ; which means 'refresh page'. Restarting your browser will often help too. How to delete cache memory on your tablet or smartphone? Press the 'audio minus 'plus 'on/of button' on your tablet/smartphone both for ten seconds. Why does it happen? Sometimes we do have change the active servers to another machines. This issue might happen specially when you're a longtime listener. In that case the playlist page on your device might still be set to 'the old server'. (March, 23 2020)
"All bad things do have a good side also!"
Due to the corona pandemic we all had to stay home. So what to do? I chose a positive activity and built a brand new, more catchy, website complete with moving elements. All items you are used to to see on the older version like; the real time playlist, the audio player, our guestbook do work now. Still your suggestions are welcome! (March 20, 2020)Loading music library...
Click on the 'LIBRARY' button to open our music vault with 16,702! selected songs!
Thanks to Rick Schubert from London and his automation knowlegde, you now can actually search for whatever you want to search for into our music library. You now can search on artist name, songtitle, album or any combination, anything! Do we have a song about 'Saturday'or Perry Como? Just type the words in the search box.
More Search Details.
Show large numbers. Search actions on songtitle or artist name often give more than eight results. Change the show entry number on the upper left side to 10, 25, 50 or 100. A scrollbar appears on the right side and you can see them all.
LATEST MUSIC LIBRARY UPDATE: AUGUST 20, 2021
How Many Search Results Do I Have?
Suppose you have set the 'show entry numbers' on 25 and you see the max nummer of pages on 10, then you have 250 results. With the scrollbar on the right side you can see them all.
I see double entries in your Music Library.
Yes these could be mistakes for sure! But in most cases it is about different versions; for instance special live versions or different mono or stereo versions. Or just a different recording in time by the same artist and the same song.
listen liveM A K E - Y O U R - S T R E A M - C H O I C E - F I R S T !
Remarkable Music Releases
Tony Travis launched his recording career in 1954. His Sinatra-ish reading soon attracted deejays. In 1955 he was being heralded as “4th Most promising male vocalist” on Billboard’s Disk Jockey Poll. We selected songs from "I see Your Face Before Me" (1956) & "Come Swing With Me" (1958)
Miss Angell from L.A. entrances with her dulcet tones and brings the audience along on a journey with her throughout her perfor-mances. She's a third generation musician, so music has been in her heart and soul from an early age! Promoted at 0.45 AM 4.45 AM 8.45 AM 12.45 PM 16.45 PM 20.45 PM EST
The elegant new album by Jane Monheit, acknowledges both a career milestone and some current conditions. It's Monheit’s first in five years. Unfortunately no personal promotion by Jane herself yet!
“A voice and style that don't belong to this century, let alone this decade… Close your eyes, and drift into a different world.”
– Kev Rowland, Gonzo Weekly Music Magazine -
After meeting privately, Liz Gillies was asked by Seth to do a couple of duets during his live shows before the pandemic. So it was a sort natural follow-up to make this mini album with eight classic positive songs!
New remastered rich in musical texture, this essential Sinatra classic – featuring the swing-style arrangements of George Siravo – marked a pivotal moment in 20th-Century pop music history, and represented the singer’s transition from tender crooner to swinging sophisticate!
'YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING’
Josie's first classic, traditional jazz standards album, is beautifully arranged by real musicians and artists, plus the unmistakable voice of Josie Falbo. We're happy to promote this remarkable lady from Chicago!
'MY KIND OF SWING’
He's probably the youngest bigband singer we've ever promoted. Brandon seems to have it all; good timing and dixie, you feel the energy that channels your memory to other great swingin' singers from the past.
Lots of pop singers often produce an American Songbook Album too. But this the third album of Paul Garrack in our genre. He has that wide rich and full vocal range with a bluesy raspy influence. That's unique for a singer with his roots. From today on we promote this brand new album.
Nine songs of this new album are added to our playlist today! Diana Krall descibes herself as a pianist who also sings, and when she’s doing both with her quartet there’s no one to touch her. For proof, listen here to her rendition of 'Autumn In New York'. Simply the greatest version in years!
Before Paul Carrack we promoted an underestimated singer/pianist from New York, who is the Number One advocate of the American Songbook. No, he’s not that pop singer who was told to do a GAS music album, as it’s his business, its what he always does!
Rather unknown, but Betty has that 'wonder-ful classic fifties' voice. We're adding songs by her to our playlist. One 'Highlander' is the dad of Jennifers Roberts! If you're a listener you know what Jennifer does for us.
American Standard is the twentieth studio album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor. The album was released on February 28, 2020, by Fantasy Records. American Standard received positive reviews from critics.Harry Connick Jr. - 'True Love'
Harry Connick, Jr. returns with a sensational new record, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter. Comprised exclusively of Cole Porter compositions, True Love highlights Connick s talents as he breathes new life into popular songs from The Great American Songbook.Keely Smith - 'Vegas'58' - (Her Last Live Recording).
The Queen of Vegas heads in 2005 to Feinstein's at the Regacy in New York City to celebrate her hottest hits shared with the iconic Louis Prima. Her admired singing style never sounded better on these all new LIVE recordings!
Connected to us via WiFi?The quality of your local wifi connection is your own responsibility. But maybe we can help solving issues.
Most questions we get, are from listeners who listen via WiFi on their smartphone, internet radio or any other wifi device, and have an issue with it. If your device can handle, next to the standard mp3 codec, the aac+ codec too, please switch to aac+.
How to check the best WIFI spots for your device?Images!
Please check this Wifi picture set below about "channels & dBm's". We are sure that you will understand Wifi properties better. It will also help you to optimize your local WiFi settings. The shown settings on the first picture is preferred for a multiple user situation having three Wifi access points in her/his local network.
Get your free Wifi Network Analyzer for Android
Does the spot where your Wifi device is located alse receive the minimal requirements for audio via WiFi? To check this, go to the Google App Store and download this free app with the logo on the left. And/or watch this short video "How to speed your WiFi."
Get your Wifi Network Analyzer for Apple IOS
Go to the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad and download the app with the logo on the left. We advise you to read this training page about channels 1,6 and 11 on https://www.metageek.com/training/resources/why-channels-1-6-11.html. And/or watch this three minute video for IOS "See your TRUE signal strength on iPhone"
F A QFrequently Asked Questions.
What and where are your URL's?
To copy/paste our secured, but free, direct urls into your default media player goto:
Right-click on the'AAC+ 64Kb Free Secured Connection' and select 'Copy link address'. Paste (right click->Paste) wherever your player wants 'the'URL' to get filled out.
It should look like: https://remote.selfip.net:8020/1 for mp3 or https://remote.selfip.net:8030/2 for AAC+. AAC+ is a newer, less bandwith using codec, with the same audio quality as mp3. Beware AAC+ may not work on some older devices.
I like to listen to you thru ITUNES. It used to work!
ITunes no longer has the radio button and also has an app for windows, but this should work with the mac/os version.
1- Goto https://greatamericansongbook.info/#!/page_LIVE
2- Right-click on 'AAC+ 64Kb Free Secured Connection' and select 'Copy link address'.
3- Switch to iTunes and select File→Open Stream (or Command+U), a small window opens up.
4- Paste (right click->Paste) what has been copied in step 2 into the small window, then Click OK.
5- After a few seconds, the Great American Songbook begins to play.
6- To save this audio stream, right click on the middle/top of iTunes and select “Add to playlist” and choose preferred option.
I can't receive your stream on my ALEXA!
Yes you can! Not directly from our website but with the aid of Tunein.com. A longtime listener from the 'big apple' wrote us his solution by saying: "Alexa play the Great American Songbook Radio Station from Tunein". If this works for him, it should work for you too.
Your stream seems weaker on my WIFI than others!
Check/control your Wifi netwerk on minimal needed 'dBm' numbers with a free network app. Or try our, more recent, 64 kB aac+ stream in stead of the bigger 128 kB mp3 stream. Recent internet radios/players can handle them both! Why? It has the same audio quality but only uses half of the bandwidth. Just 64 instead of 128 kB. So easier to receive via Wifi and cheeper using 4G (Mobile Network).
What is a MESH Wifi Network?
A mesh network actively follows you mobile devices in and around the house and connects it with the best access point on that very moment. Standard WiFi isn't pro-active. Due to their internal connection with eachother, Mesh 'follows' your wireless devices which results into a better Wifi network.
About internet radio in your car
If you own a smartphone with bluetooth and a mobile network connection and your car has a bluetooth option in its board/dashboard computer, you simply choose our stream on your smartphone and play/forward the stream to the car's audio system after 'pairing' your smartphone with the dashboard computer.
My Pioneer VSX-920 receiver doesn't accept your URL!
We have two kind of url's secured (https) and non-secured (http) This Pioneer system only accepts the older http stream url's. So try this mp3 url: http://tgas.dyndns.org:8001/1
How can I reach you for my questions?
Please fill out our contact form (under 'more' on the right side in our main menu) or send us and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send private message in our guestbook.
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ABOUT YOUR GIFT OR DONATION
Motivating a person who you don't know personally, to ask to donate $ is one of the hardest jobs around. It’s difficult to do face to face, but it’s harder to do via text. However I will give it a try anyway. Your donation will make you a "Friend of The Great American Songbook Radio Station". Your gift or donation can be from your own personal funds or the funds of an authorizing corporation or other entity. If you can't give, but still want to support our cause, please share this page with your friends, family members, and co-workers. With more people aware of our cause, we'll be one step closer to reaching our goal: to keep this American Songbook torch burning!
Sincerely, René Dussen
Volunteer & Producer at The Great American Songbook Radio Station.
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Your gift puts a smile on my face here! The nice thing about writing thank-you letters is that we are blessed twice. Once when we receive your gift, and again when we remember it in writing. I hope you are doubly blessed in the giving. You will be, when I describe the difference your gift is making in our effort to keep the the American Songbook Torch burning for another ten years. Again thank you very much for your donation and check your bank account if this transaction went well.Volunteer & Producer at
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