The Phonotone Orchestra Concert

The Phonotone Orchestra is bringing back vintage popular music – Syncopated Dance Music and Early Jazz!

WHERE: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1430 J Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814 (at the corner of J and 15th street).

WHEN: February 24, at 4PM


Here is what the newspaper wrote about us:

The Phonotone Orchestra was founded in the summer of 2017, when a number of talented musicians decided to bring back the popular music of the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s. This music consists of early jazz and syncopated dance music, the “almost forgotten music”, although it was once the most popular music played in the United States and in Western Europe. To be performed properly, this kind of music needs excellent musicianship, a craft learned only over many years of practicing; only traditional instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, string base, piano and vintage drums are played, and of course, singers are employed, too. The Phonotone Orchestra currently consists of 5 band members and has been performing locally since the Fall of 2017, with great acclaim from the audience. The most recent performance was on the PhonotoneClassic radio station when it performed the music for the live New Year’s Eve Radio Play, a radio comedy re-created in the style of the 1930s for the kickoff of this vintage dance music internet radio station that can be heard around the world.

The driving force behind the radio station and the Phonotone Orchestra has been Gerhard Bauer, owner and producer of PhonotoneClassic, who thought it would be wonderful to not only feature restored vintage music recordings, but to also perform this wonderful music live for today’s listeners. He also plays the vintage drums in the band. Kevin Hamby is an accomplished jazz / stride pianist and the orchestra leader, Luis Lupercio is the band’s outstanding saxophone player, Ryan Woempner is a master on the string bass, and Jared Blum is the orchestra’s accomplished trumpet player. Featured vocalists are Elizabeth Unpingco, Colleen Madden and also trumpet player Jared Blum.

On the picture to the right (from left to right): Kevin Hamby, Piano, Jared Blum, Trumpet, Gerhard Bauer, drums, Luis Lupercio, Saxophone, Ryan Woempner, Bass.

On the pictures below: The featured singers Elizabeth Unpingco and Colleen Madden.

Join us on Saturday, February 24, at 4PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1430 J Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814



Update to the new program schedule

As requested by our listeners in different time zones, we added a 24 hour broadcast schedule for our featured shows.

Our shows will be broadcast daily, every 4 hours:

2 AM Pacific Time = 5 AM Eastern Time = 11 AM Central European Time

6 AM Pacific Time = 9 AM Eastern Time = 3 PM Central European Time

10 AM Pacific Time = 1 PM Eastern Time = 7 PM Central European Time

2 PM Pacific Time = 5 PM Eastern Time = 11 PM Central European Time

6 PM Pacific Time = 9 PM Eastern Time = 3 AM Central European Time

10 PM Pacific Time = 1 AM Eastern Time = 7 AM Central European Time

New Program Schedule

Our new program schedule is starting! Check our Home Page (Radio Page) for the current schedule and broadcast times of our featured shows!

Over the last few months we have been working diligently on producing several featured shows.

Two shows, “Rhythm and Romance” and “Hits and Encores” will be recreations of music programs aired in the 1930s.

With “Rhythm and Romance” we will be featuring music from actual radio transcriptions, and we are also using the original music jingles and announcements, as broadcast in the late 1930s. Mike Edwards is the announcer, and as you will hear, he is doing an absolutely fantastic job recreating the feeling of the time.

“Hits and Encores” will contrast “modern” tunes from the mid to the late 1930s with older tunes from the early 1930s. Mike Edwards is also announcing the titles in this program, and he always makes us smile.

“Modern Music” is an entirely unique creation by Katrina Fontana. She loves the music of the late 1930s and early 1940s and will entertain  you with titles played by the well known (and not so well known) bands of that time period.

We are particularly proud that Jonathan Holmes from the UK, well known record collector, YouTube star and BBC journalist will present the “British Dance Music Programme”. He says that there are so many titles he wants to play for our listeners, and he also has a good number of entertaining stories to tell in between these titles! You don’t want to miss this program!

I am preparing a specialty program for you called “Hallo, hier Radio Wien” (Hello, this is radio Vienna), featuring German, Austrian and international dance music of the 1920s and 1930s. You will be surprised by the quality and variety of dance music that was recorded in the German speaking countries at that time, and of course, I will also tell you some very interesting anecdotes and historic facts.

On Sundays we will bring you recorded (transcribed) music and radio programs as they were broadcast 80 or more years ago. We will put some good variety into these programs, and we will also announce in this blog, ahead of time, what you will be hearing. So keep reading this blog!

And to start off the broadcast week, we will continue our “Favorite Uploads of the Week” show, since we will continue adding restored titles from our 78rpm record collection to our music library, which I believe you have heard, already contains quite a significant number of tunes!

This is quite a step forward for our internet radio station, which I hope you will enjoy with us.

Stay tuned, and keep smiling with our melodies from the past!

Gerhard Bauer, Producer, PhonotoneClassic




Make sure you join us for our New Year’s Eve Radio Event!

Lots of fun, laughter and music are coming your way on December 31, 2017!

The radio play starts at 9PM Pacific Time, the Phonotone Orchestra will play several very nice songs for you, and at midnight we will ring in the New Year with you.

You don’t want to miss this fun filled event!

The New Year’s Eve Radio Play – Cast photos

Here are the official cast photos for the New Year’s Eve radio play!


PhonotoneClassic Radio is proud to present an original radio comedy entitled “The Br……” Shhhhhhhhh!

I just got slapped by the producer, I am not allowed to reveal the title just yet… Otherwise it would give away the whole story!

But what I am allowed to tell you is who will be in the play:

Michael Edwards will play the radio announcer,

then we have Magnus Rubsam who will play Mr. Robert, a delivery man;

Katrina Fontana will play Dorothy Finch, a seamstress at a movie studio and aspiring radio announcer;

Sean Fleming will play Lester, an aid to a soundman at a movie studio;

Marcus Rubio will play Greg, an aid to about everyone at the movie studio;

and last, but not least, talented Courtney Fiduccia will play Dolly, the receptionist at a radio station.


Oh yes, there is one more mystery character, the producer and…

Ouch, I got slapped again, not allowed to tell you anything more!

You will have to listen to the play on New Year’s Eve, starting at 9 PM Pacific Time on PhonotoneClassic!

The British Dance Band Discography on PhonotoneClassic

We are honored to be chosen to host the British Dance Band Discography here on PhonotoneClassic.

We do have a new page for it on the Home Page Menu, please have a look.

On the Discography page we have a link for the download of the PDF document.

PhonotoneClassic Radio is now LIVE in demo and test mode.

We will be starting our scheduled radio service on January 1, 2018.


We will be performing a radio play and will be featuring live music. Do not miss this event!

We will be providing the broadcast schedule for the New Year’s Eve broadcast shortly.

Check back frequently to find out about schedule and program announcements.

In the meantime, enjoy the music!

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