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History of Muzak in the 1940s

History of Muzak in the 1940s

Here is just one of many stories you’ll find when visiting our Muzak history website:

From 1939 to 1945 most of the world was embroiled in WWII and the country united in a period of mass solidarity.  As the men went off to war, women flock to fill vacancies in factories, shipyards and arsenals, where they produced essential supplies for the boys “Over There”.   Everyone rolled up their sleeves to get the job done – and Muzak was no exception.

Muzak got behind the war effort in many important ways, most publicly by providing music programming for 1,400 nationwide factories with upbeat hits like “G.I. Joe” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, along with cool-down mood music by artists likes Buddy Weed and Arthur Fiedler.  The intended role of “Music by Muzak” was to increase production and productivity – and Muzak delivered on their promise.  Researchers, military leaders and industry tycoons alike took notice when war effort assembly line output increased by 11% when Muzak motivated this all female workforce.

Industrial psychologists began to study the influence of music on productivity levels in work environments, and an increase in production output was just the tip of the iceberg.  Muzak’s music increased worker’s morale, with 83% reporting they found their jobs more enjoyable.  The verdict was in: Muzak made work better.  Soon, corporate America would get in on the action.

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Contributed by Bruce McKagan, Muzak Archives Director

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