[pictured: Stan Shaw] This salute to disk jockeys, “Stay up Stan The All Night Record Man ” was recorded by the Charlie Barnet Orchestra in July of 1939—-About 80 years ago!
Stay up Stan was a real disc jockey named Stan Shaw, host of a show on WNEW-AM 1130 in New York City during the wee hours of the morning (2-7 AM) that he called The Milkman’s Matinee. The show made its debut on 6 August 1935 and continued until Art Ford took over the time slot in 1942. Disc jockeys spinning records was a really new concept in 1935. In fact, some say the very first one was Martin Block whose Make Believe Ballroom show started on WNEW-AM in February 1935.