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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.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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AFRS - Basic Music Library P-9115-16 - Sam Cooke At The Copa (1964) 41:03
AFRS - World In Music - Christmas Special - Vincent Price 12-25-49 29:34
AFRS 005 - Music We Love - Richard Crooks 08-11-43 28:48
AFRS 007 - Intermezzo (first song) Serenade 29:32
AFRS 034 - Suspense - One Way Ride To Nowhere - Alan Ladd 01-06-44 30:34
AFRS 039 - Suspense - Charles Ruggles 02-10-44 30:32
AFRS 048 - Suspense - The Marvelous Barastro - Orson Welles 04-13-44 29:59
AFRS 049 - Suspense - Death Went Along For The Ride - Harry Lang - Gene Kelly 0… 29:08
AFRS 050 - Suspense - The Dark Tower - Orson Welles 05-04-44 29:54
AFRS 0533 - One Night Stand - Tommy Dorsey (first song) You're Driving Me Crazy… 29:59
AFRS 056 - Suspense - A Friend To Alexander 06-15-44 28:50
AFRS 059 - Suspense - The Search For Henri LeFevre - Paul Muni - Lurene Tuttle … 29:21
AFRS 068 - Music We Love - Richard Crooks 11-20-44 29:49
AFRS 074 - Suspense - Eve 10-19-44 30:21
AFRS 078 - Hollywood Bowl Series - MGM Night - Lionel Barrymore - Mario Lanza 0… 58:03
AFRS 087 - Charlie McCarthy - Replaced by Eddie Cantor (guest) Bonita Granville… 29:22
AFRS 096 - Mail Call - Walter Winchell - Jack Haley 06-14-44 28:56
AFRS 099 - Jubilee - Count Basie - Eddie (Rochester) Anderson 10-02-45 30:13
AFRS 103 - Showtime - Marilyn Maxwell - (first song) Strike Up The Band xx-xx-44 15:10
AFRS 104 - Showtime - Janet Blair - (first song) Ziegfield Follies Overture xx-… 15:08
AFRS 144 - Mail Call - Ralph Edwards - Dinah Shore - Lucille Ball 05-09-45 29:42
AFRS 1722 - One Night Stand - The Benny Goodman Sextet - Patti Page (first song… 30:31
AFRS 1838 - One Night Stand - Tommy Dorsey (first song) Gloria 11-23-48 28:24
AFRS 1956 - One Night Stand - Tex Beneke (first song) Just You, Just Me 01-28-49 30:26
AFRS 2012 - One Night Stand - Jack Fina 02-07-48 30:15
AFRS 2014 - One Night Stand - Carmen Cavallero (first song) I've Got My Love To… 29:46
AFRS 205 - Mail Call - Marguerite Chapman - Dorothy Lamour - Bing Crosby 07-24-… 29:07
AFRS 243 - Mail Call - Tony Martin - Dinah Shore - Dick Powell 04-23-47 28:03
AFRS 266 - Mail Call - Chili Williams - Frances Langford - Frank Sinatra 10-01-… 28:43
AFRS 267 - Mail Call - Lina Romay - Groucho Marx - Jane Powell 10-08-47 28:21
AFRS 271 - Mail Call - Chili Williams - Nelson Eddy - Sterling Holloway 11-05-47 28:34