AFRS-21


(3.8 stars; 4 reviews)

The biggest names in Hollywood and Broadway recorded for AFRS during the war years, The American Forces Network can trace its origins back to May 26, 1942, when the War Department established the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS). The U.S. Army began broadcasting from London during World War II, using equipment and studio facilities borrowed from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The first transmission to U.S. troops began at 5:45 p.m. on July 4, 1943 and included less than five hours of recorded shows, a BBC news and sports broadcast. That day, Corporal Syl Binkin became the first U.S. Military broadcaster heard over the air. The signal was sent from London via telephone lines to five regional transmitters to reach U.S. troops in the United Kingdom as they made preparations for the inevitable invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. Fearing competition for civilian audiences the BBC initially tried to impose restrictions on AFN broadcasts within Britain (transmissions were only allowed from American Bases outside London and were limited to 50 watts of transmission power) and a minimum quota of British produced programming had to be carried. Nevertheless AFN programmes were widely enjoyed by the British civilian listeners who could receive them and once AFN operations transferred to continental Europe (shortly after D-Day) AFN were able to broadcast with little restriction with programmes available to civilian audiences across most of Europe (including Britain) after dark. As D-Day approached, the network joined with the BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to develop programs especially for the Allied Expeditionary Forces. Mobile stations, complete with personnel, broadcasting equipment, and a record library were deployed to broadcast music and news to troops in the field. The mobile stations reported on front line activities and fed the news reports back to studio locations in London. “Transfer to mp3 for the following was performed by (“Ace”) on behalf of the California Historical Radio Society (www.californiahistoricalradio.com):” AFRS 047 - Swingtime AFRS 048 - Swingtime AFRS 064 - Village Store - Replaced By Fanny Brice AFRS 135 - Hymns from Home AFRS 136 - Hymns from Home AFRS 187 - Globe Theater - (This is My Best) Princess O’Hara

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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Chapters

AFRS 013 - Date With The Duke - (first song) Midriff 05-xx-45 29:52
AFRS 027 - Village Store - (guest) George Raft 03-23-44 28:08
AFRS 030 - Hildegarde 11-13-45 29:56
AFRS 047 - Swingtime - (host) Bob Crosby - Freddy Martin - (first song) First S… 14:57
AFRS 048 - Swingtime - (host) Bob Crosby - Harry James - (first song) Two O’Clo… 14:57
AFRS 051 - Aldrich Family - 02-03-44 29:49
AFRS 064 - Village Store - Replaced By Fanny Brice 12-03-44 30:11
AFRS 078 - John Charles Thomas - John Nesbitt - Victor Young & his Orchestra - … 30:05
AFRS 083 - Yank Swing Session - Johnny Mercer 28:54
AFRS 084 - Bob Hope 12-05-44 29:46
AFRS 084 - Charlie McCarthy - Guest - Don Ameche 12-03-44 30:00
AFRS 084 - Dinah Shore - Guest - Groucho Marx 10-12-44 30:05
AFRS 097 - Mail Call - Joan Blondell - James Melton - Marilyn Maxwell 06-21-44 29:27
AFRS 104 - Music America Loves Best - (first song) The Song of the Open Road 06… 29:54
AFRS 119 - Mail Call - Joan Crawford - Robert Benchley - Ida James - Red Skelto… 29:52
AFRS 135 - Hymns from Home - (first song) He Lives Within My Heart 14:51
AFRS 136 - Hymns from Home - (first song) My Saviour, First of All 15:02
AFRS 153 - Jubilee - Harry (the Hipster) Gibson - Peggy Lee - Jubilee All Stars… 29:47
AFRS 172 - Supper Club - Perry Como - King Cole Trio - (first song) Did You Eve… 14:57
AFRS 173 - Supper Club - Perry Como - Dick & Gene Wesson - (first song) The Lor… 14:47
AFRS 185 - Command Performance - Orson Welles - Donna Dae - Sgt Herb Shriner 07… 29:51
AFRS 187 - Globe Theater - (This is My Best) Princess O’Hara 12-05-44 29:51
AFRS 659 - GI Jive - Stan Kenton - Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me 14:49
AFRS 660 - GI Jive - Count Basie - One O'Clock Jump 14:55
AFRS 717 - GI Jive - Tommy Dorsey - Well Get It 14:47
AFRS 718 - GI Jive - Harry James - Trumpet Blues 14:57

Reviews

AFRS-21

(4.5 stars)

Good compilation - a little scratchy in parts - but fabulous to be able to listen to the “vibes” of yester - year:) Thanks!

Date for Show

(0 stars)

Afrs084-CharlieMccarthy-Guest-DonAmeche is from December 3, 1944 Afrs084-DinahShore-Guest-GrouchoMarx12-12-44 is from October 12, 1944

(0.5 stars)

I only put half a star cuz I couldn't leave it blank