I am a longtime journalist, current producing for RTV6 (WRTV), in Indianapolis. Much of the content here is from my time at crosstown news/talk radio station WIBC. Southerner at heart - hometown is Trenton, Georgia - and though I now live in the IndyCar capital city, pro wrestling, old jazz, science and baseball are my things.
London Picadilly Circus Celebration after VE Day: World War II
After covering so many bombings of the city over the previous six years, Edward R. Murrow of CBS Radio was on hand for the celebration that the War was finally over...May 8, 1945.
Glenn Miller's 'Moonight Serenade', May 5, 1942
Just months from disbanding his civilian band, Glenn's band is in Hollywood while they shoot the movie "Orchestra Wives", and your announcer is the quite famous Don Wilson (crossing networks, since he was an NBC guy on the Jack Benny program, and Miller aired on CBS). Glenn kicks this one off with one of his best... String of Pearls.
The Story of Ernie Pyle: CBS Radio's "I Was There", April 29, 1945
75 years ago, CBS Radio presented a special edition of its "I Was There" anthology on the death of the best war correspondent there was at the time, Ernie Pyle.
The Shadow Intro
The Shadow Intro by Ray Steele on WIBC
Suite for jazz orchestra (orchestral version)
Suite for jazz orchestra (orchestral version) by Ray Steele on WIBC
5 - 27 - 44 I Sustain
75 years ago today (May 27, 1944), Glenn Miller's Army Air Force orchestra performed on it's legendary series "I Sustain The Wings" on NBC Radio. Captain Miller was not with the band - they are conducted by Sgt. Jerry Gray, Glenn's top arranger. Miller was on leave, taking care of business interests in California and visiting his mother in Colorado. He was doing so for a reason that wasn't public yet - he and the band were going to Britain to perform for the Allied forces, as the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe was upon us. The Miller band would be the last music many men and women would hear. RIP to those who gave all.