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Here’s to Romance - Pgm 15

March 12th, 2010

This week I'm kicking off a few episodes of a new series on the blog.  I have a soft spot for pop music shows from the 40s and one of the better shows of the period was "Here's to Romance".

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In this post, we hear program 15 in the series as it was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network and originally heard on CBS on September 14, 1944.  Host Jim Ameche appears with Ray Bloch and His Orchestra, and Larry Douglas.  The first tune is "Keep Your Powder Dry".

The show was transferred from an original War Department AFRS vinyl transcription. Date is from the disc matrix.

I'll post more shows from the series in coming months - most I have include interesting "Believe It Or Not" segments with Robert Ripley and notable or unusual guests.


  • DavidinBerkeley

    I heard an episode of the this and it is glorious.

    I’m saddened that AFRS will have excised the gooey cosmetic commercials (”If a woman would be beautiful, she wears ‘Evening in Paris’” or some-such). The rest, though, is wonderful sloshy romance music, guaranteed to make a housewife dance with her broom across the floor.

    Mar 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm
  • cheryl (caesar) varga

    Jim and Don Ameche were my dad’s first cousins. They lived in Kenosha and then on to Iowa. My dad is now 95 years old. I was thrilled to find this website and to listen to this old broadcast. I just love it!

    Jan 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm