The online archives of the DSO for the Ford Sunday Evening Hour goes from 2/16/1934 to 3/8/1947. A couple are listed for 1923, but I’m not sure if those are correct.
The list of conductors includes: Victor Kolar, Fritz Reiner, Mischa Levitsky, Alexander Smallens, Charles Hackett, Richard Bonelli, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Emma Otero, Franco Ghione, Elwyn Carter, Andre Kostelanetz, Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Thomas Beecham, Wilfrid Pelletier, Jose Iturbi, George Szell, Sir Eugene Ormandy, Reginald Stewart, Artur, Rodzinaksi, Eugene Goossens, Victor Kolar, Harold Koch, Dmitri Mitropoulos, Karl Krueger, William Steinberg, Leonard Bernstein, Efrem Kurtz, and C. Valter Poole.
The first few years were all Kolar, (DSO principal conductor) then Reiner and Ormandy began appearing. Kolar, Reiner, Ormandy, Iturbi, Pelletier and Beecham did numerous performances, and many of these in later years were held at the Music Hall, another fine, small venue in downtown Detroit, still in operation. Several of the listings unfortunately do not include the performance venue.
-- Leo Gillis
On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM, Don Tait ([log in to unmask])
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> I have tapes or private CD-Rs of some of those
broadcasts. From circa
> 1941/2. Each 30 minutes. All I have are conducted by
Fritz Reiner, who
> presumably took the train up from Pittsburgh for the
gig. I got the
> from fellow Reiner collectors and have no idea
who might have conducted
> programs. As one might expect, the selections are short
and the musical
> gruel is pretty thin. The "theme music" for each
program is the French
> "bedtime" music from Hansel und Gretel.
> I do not remember whether the
announcer(s) said from where the
> broadcasts originated. Sorry.
> Don Tait
> In a message dated 3/18/2014 3:38:10 P.M. Central
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> Starting in 1934 and continuing for a number of
years thereafter, the
> Detroit Symphony appeared on a radio program, the
Ford Symphony Hour.
> of the most distinguished conductors of that time
regularly guested on
> show, which also featured big name soloists.
Preserved broadcasts show
> that the orchestra was an excellent one during this
period, and the
> acoustics audible on these recordings sound OK, with a
touch of nice hall
> ambiance. A number of these broadcasts are sought
after by collectors. I
> don't know where these shows were recorded, but I
assume they predate the
> Ford Auditorium referred to previously.
> John Haley