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Words with Music - Pgm 28

July 10th, 2012

If you were a GI on an island in the Pacific or fighting the War in Europe in the 1940s, wouldn't it have been nice to hear a romantic voice from home?  Well, that's the idea behind the series "Words with Music", produced by the Armed Forces Radio Network.


Program 28 features love sonnets read by Jane Wyatt, accompanied by organist Milton Charles.

Poetry reading programs were quite common in old time radio and popular on the networks in the early 30s; they continued to be heard on many local stations around the country into the 1950s.  Ernie Kovack's did his own parody of the style with his famous Percy Dovetonsils character.

Our program was transferred direct from an undated original vinyl AFRS transcription.


  • Dr. OTR

    Wow, that is really … relaxing. It would be perfect for late-night listening; not so good for rush-hour driving. Bob and Ray did their own take on this with Charles the Poet, who could never make it through a reading without giggling.

    Do you have any more of these?

    Jul 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm
  • Dr. OTR

    Never mind, I poked around and found two other eps you’d posted (#1 and 13 — did I miss any? The http://randsesotericotr.podbean.com/category/words-with-music/ link only pulls up episode 1).

    There’s a long-running BBC programme called “Poetry Please” which features late-night readings of poetry. It’s billed as the world’s longest-running poetry request programme. You can listen to recent episodes here, but only for about a week after they’re broadcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qp7q

    Jul 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm
  • David

    Oh good another episode of this series. I really liked the ones that Merle Oberon did.

    Dr. OTR: You also might like the OTR series called “Anthology”, which lasted 1 season in the mid 1950’s, as well as “Moon River” and “Music and the Muse”.

    Jul 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm