Sit down, close your eyes and let your mind form the images as you relive the golden age of radio programs. Each week we'll feature a different and exciting program in MP3 format. Just click on the radio image below to be transported back in time.

This Week

 

Command Performance

 

Dick Tracy in B Flat

February 15, 1945

 

Command Performance is WWII entertainment at its finest, as it was made to be sent overseas to support our troops. Begun in March of 1942, it became a weekly wartime 30 minutes of star-studded fun.

Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Dorothy Lamour, Danny Kaye, Fred Allen, Frances Langford, Spike Jones, Victor Borge, Frank Sinatra, Burns and Allen, Vincent Price, Ginger Rogers, Gary Cooper, Henny Youngman, Tallulah Bankhead, Betty Grable, Cass Daley, Andrew Sisters, Bette Davis, Esther Williams, James Cagney, Jane Froman, June Foray, Helen Forrest, Ingrid Bergman, Judy Garland, Linda Darnell, Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, Margaret Whiting, Oscar Levant, Peter Lawford,Maureen Ohara, Ronald Colman, Rita Hayworth Spencer Tracy, Ava Gardner, John Garfield, Howard Duff, Katharine Hepburn, Gene Tierney, Olivia De Havilland, Veronica Lake, John Charles Thomas, Jerry Colonna, Marilyn Maxwell, and more stage, screen, and radio stars entertain the troops with flair.

Each and every show gets several, or many, stars together to do comedy, songs and even dances, based on the ideas of the GI's listening. At first, the crack writing staff actually took ideas firsthand from the troops themselves. Later, the shows was transcribed by the Armed Forces Radio Service from Hollywood, but continuing to use the requests that poured in from all over the world. All donated their services to this war effort show, including the networks production studios.

Longer sketches are featured on some shows, and seasonal specials tug at the heartstrings. The big bands and singers of the day are featured, too, sometimes together!

The patriotism and dedication of those times shines forth in these performances, and in the comedy, the song and the banter, there is always a simple message - we appreciate what you are doing for us, and we miss you!


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