I found Jack Jones' obituary about Benny Goodman (June 14) to be a most delightful recap of the life and music of Benny Goodman. I wish to correct one myth that appeared in the article.
Jones, as well as most jazz historians, credit the success of the Benny Goodman engagement in the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles to the time differential between Eastern and Pacific Coast time. It is true that the western stations did have a large selection of live eastern bands to put on the air each evening. Those time slots were usually set up on 15-minute intervals. The few Los Angeles stations that were still on the air after 9 o'clock tried to cover as many bands as possible. The Goodman band was just one of a large number of popular bands available, so his band really didn't get very much live air coverage, that summer, in the Los Angeles area.