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Retro Cocktail Hour
Weekends at 7pm

Kansas Public Radio's Retro Cocktail Hour is our weekly nod to the Space Age Pop revival. Here you'll find vintage recordings from the dawn of the Hi-Fi Era - imaginative, light-hearted (and sometimes light-headed) pop stylings designed to underscore everything from the backyard barbecue to the high-tech bachelor pad. Darrell Brogdon serves up two hours of incredibly strange music on Kansas Public Radio, so grab a cocktail shaker and join us for the Retro Cocktail Hour.

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  • This week's Retro Cocktail Hour features the bongos, reeds and brass of the Bob Florence Big Band, plus tunes by the Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, The Tikiyaki Orchestra, Martin Denny and Creepxotica.
  • There's some wild percussion and "the sound your eyes can follow" on this week's Retro Cocktail Hour, with music by The Three Suns, The Waitiki 7, Don Tiki and Nelson Riddle.
  • This week's Retro Cocktail Hour features the savage and sensuous bongos of Don Ralke, The Surfmen, The Voodoo Organist and private eye jazz by guitarist Mundell Lowe.
  • This week's Retro Cocktail Hour is designed to help you escape the chill of winter, with an entire show featuring exotica music by Martin Denny, The Tiki Delights, The Waitiki 7, Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack, Ixtahuele and more!
  • This week's Retro Cocktail Hour features the mambo beat of Tito Puente, the African jazz of Les Baxter, Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo's album Latin Fever and the new exotic sounds of Roy Holdren and the Stolen Idols.
  • On this week's Retro Cocktail Hour, you'll hear tunes by Henry Mancini, Jackie and Roy, the M-Squad Hollywood Soundtrack Quintet, the Waitiki 7 (with the Hawaii Youth Symphony) and lots more!
  • On this week's Retro Cocktail Hour, you'll find tunes by the Chaquito Orchestra, the Martini Kings, the George Shearing Quintet, the Hollywood Film Noirchestra and many more!
  • The exotic sounds of Les Baxter and his Orchestra, Machito's Afro-Cubans and the Arthur Lyman Group are featured in this week's Retro Cocktail Hour!
  • We'll celebrate the arrival of the New Year with songs by Frank Sinatra, Julie London, Dean Martin, Nancy Wilson and more, plus tunes from the Barry Gemso Experience, Ennio Morricone and Tiki Joe's Ocean.
  • It's Christmastime at the Underground Martini Bunker! This round of the Retro Cocktail Hour includes songs for the season by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Les Baxter, Chaise Lounge, Tiki Joe's Ocean and many more.