Archive for the 'Cold War' Category

VA Hospital Christmas Show 1955

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Did you know that VA hospitals were a part of the Armed Forces Radio Service?  Those with AFRS referred to it as "The Bedpan Network" and the facilities received the full AFRS distribution of music library and radio show discs - many of the AFRS discs we have today were salvaged after being thrown away by VA hospitals.

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In this post, we have a program that was distributed just to VA hospitals for Christmas Eve, 1955.  The show features holiday greetings from  Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dinah Shore, along with the director of the Veteran's Administration.  It's not a radio broadcast, per se, since it was probably played over a closed circuit pa system, but it's close enough to include on the blog.

The show was transferred from an original one-sided Allied Record vinyl transcription, matrix number 57533.

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USO - On With the Show

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Here's an unusual little special public service show assembled to promote the good work of the USO with our troops.  It features stars George Murphy, Eddie Bracken, Jack Carson, Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore, and Danny Thomas along with Michel Periere and his Orchestra.  Based on the matrix numbers on the disc, it probably was broadcast around 1949.

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The program was transferred from an original USO vinyl transcription, probably pressed by RCA, matrix numbers D9-QM-10580-1 and D9-QM-10581-1.

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Bing Crosby Show - March 5, 1953

Friday, July 24th, 2009

The old crooner ambles his way in to the blog again this week as we hear the "Bing Crosby Show" broadcast of March 5, 1953.  It's one of a set of KCBS/KCBS-FM airchecks I came across a couple of months ago on Radio Recorders lacquers.

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The first tune on the show is "Bye Bye Blues" and guests Jimmy Boyd and Joe Venuti show up for the proceedings.  Announcer Ken Carpenter and Bing engage in the usual banter, mentioning UFOs, and Venuti gives us a spirited version of "I Got Rhythm" later in the program.  You might not remember Jimmy Boyd too well today, but he was pretty famous in the early 50s with his hit record "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus".  Boyd doesn't do that number here, but gives us a taste of the country-western music he would pursue in his later career.

Being an aircheck, the show has an interesting "extra".  The start of the show is delayed for a special CBS news bulletin on the death of Stalin, noting that the President is sending his condolences to the Soviet Union.  (I guess the condolences weren't too warm since we were in a Cold War at the time.)  Also, since Bing's show was transmitted from tape, you get to hear some dropouts and other anomalies with the master recording as it was originally heard on the network, no doubt causing Ampex execs all manner of distress.

The mp3 was transferred directly from an original KCBS/KCBS-FM aircheck recorded on a Radio Recorders lacquer.

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Elmer Peterson and the News - August 13, 1947

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Lets take a pause to catch up on the news.

Newscasts are something that don't seem to get much attention from old time radio collectors and listeners except for network coverage of major events of World War II.  It's instructive to give a listen to an everyday newscast from the period to get an idea of how styles of delivering the news have changed and the types of concerns on the people's minds at the time.

In this August 13, 1947 newscast by Elmer Peterson, sponsored by Planter's Nuts, the news stories include a summit in Brazil that was being held to consider aid to Latin and South American countries after the War and conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.  There's also a short item on the World Boy Scout Jamboree and how it can help overcome political differences between countries.

The show was transferred from an original acetate line check recording from an unidentified NBC affiliate.

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Tex and Jinx - September 3, 1947

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenburg were hosts of an early light entertainment morning program that mixed chat with interesting guests with music, much in the manner of television's "Regis and Kathy Lee".

This program, from September 3, 1947, is from a summer replacement run of the series that was aired in evening primetime on NBC.  The episode features Broadway star Nancy Walker very early in her career; tennis star Jack Kramer; and a Russian actress and singer, Kirov Petroskiva, who was a sniper during World War II and was hoping to make a career in the States.  The show was sponsored by Ipana Toothpaste and Ingram Shaving Cream.

Jinx Falkenberg was a model and actress and, with her journalist and public relations specialist husband Tex McCrary, started their popular morning show in 1946 and published columns in the New York Herald Tribune.  You might remember Nancy Walker from her work in 1970s sitcoms, but I like to recall her only directorial credit, helming the film "Can't Stop the Music, a major studio flop that was a vehicle for the Village People.

The segment with Kirov Petroskiva is quite interesting; she talks about entertainment and life in the Soviet Union in the early days of what we'd later call the Cold War.  Petroskiva was one of a handful to Russian women who married GI's during the War that were being allowed citizenship in this country.  One wonders what happened to her after she immigrated to the US.

The program was transferred from an original line check Audiodisc acetate recorded at an unknown local NBC affiliate.

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The American Legion Asks: How Good is American Air Power? - Pgm 4 - 1953

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

This program was syndicated by the American Legion as a public service during the Korean War.  Different shows in the series dealt with various aspects of America's readiness with air power.  The program is a curious relic of the Cold War - the changes in air fighting technology after World War II, such as the jet airplane and nuclear weapons, were fascinating to the public and the series seems to be an attempt to explain these changes in warfare in the face of Communist aggression.

Lt Gen Thomas D. White of the US Air Force and Rear Admiral Thomas Combs of the US Navy are the guests in episode 4 with moderator Bruce P. Henderson, Chairman, National Security Commission, the American Legion.  The show was transferred from an original RCA pressing, matrix number E2-KM-5229.

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