PRESS RELEASE May 30, 2014
On Friday June 6 and Saturday June 7, 2014, in observance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, WCOR AM1490 will broadcast 24 hours of original programming as fed by the Columbia Broadcasting System to it’s affiliates on June 6, 1944. The programming is from the collection of Bill Barry and was last broadcast on WAMB radio in Nashville in 1994, the 50th anniversary of D-Day.
The programming is a complete day in the life of war-time America as heard on the radio 70 years ago. It features recordings of the actual radio shows broadcast on D-Day such as the soap operas "Big Sister" and "The Romance of Helen Trent", dramas such as "The New Adventures of Perry Mason", comedies such as the "George Burns and Gracie Allen Show", as well as variety, musical and news programs.
Throughout the day the shows are interrupted and pre-empted with news reports from the Allied Invasion of Europe with Edward R. Murrow, Memil Muller, Robert Trout, John Daly, Douglas Edwards and others. The news reports feature interviews with Allied commanders and government officials, and reports from oversees on the progress of the invasion. Speeches and statements by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Congressman Albert Gore, Sr. of Tennessee and others are also included.
WCOR AM1490 will begin broadcasting the recordings at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 6th and continue until 8:00 p.m. that evening, with the next 12 hours of programming set to start at 8:00 a.m. on June 7th. The broadcast is sponsored by Cumberland University, Fakes and Hooker Lumber, Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home, Wilson County Motors and the 2ND Annual Honor Ride for Veterans.
We invite everyone in our listening audience to tune in for a piece of history, and hear how the world followed the news of the day before the advent of Television and the Internet, while observing the 70th anniversary of one of the most significant events in human history.
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