Star Spangled Radio Hour - 11.11.17

Saturday, November 11th

SSRH 388

November 11, 2017 


First Army Air Forces Radio Production Unit

[38th AAF Base Unit (Radio Production)]

“Music with Wings”

Saturday, January 20, 1945

Santa Ana Army Air Base, California

Lt. Col. Eddie Dunstedter, commanding officer

M/Sgt. Felix Slatkin, musical director

Sgt. Hal Gibney, announcer


United States Navy Dance Band

“The Rangers”

President Roosevelt’s Birthday Broadcast

Broadcast Saturday, January 30, 1943

Naval Air Station

Pearl Harbor

Honolulu, Hawaii


CMO Artie Shaw, conductor

M1C Claude Thornhill, pianist

Owen Cunningham, announcer

Command Performance 144

“Winged Victory Edition”

Recorded Thursday October 26, 1944

CBS Hollywood

Featuring the Army Air Forces “Winged Victory” Production Unit


Maj. Clark Gable, host

Don Wilson, announcer

Ginny Simms, guest

Chorus directed by Lt. Leonard DuPar

Orchestra directed by Sgt. Joe Bushkin

United States Navy Dance Band of the Allied Liberation Forces

M1C Sam Donahue, musical director

Recorded Friday, December 15, 1944

Broadcast Saturday, December 16, 1944

BBC Studios

London, England


Margaret Hubble, announcer

Second Army Air Forces Radio Production Unit

[39th AAF Base Unit (Radio Production)]

Capt. Glenn Miller, commanding officer

“Uncle Sam Presents”

Recorded Saturday, February 12, 1944

NBC Studio 6-A

Radio City

New York


Capt. Glenn Miller, host

Lt. Donald Briggs, announcer

SSRH 388 Playlist

(20Jan45) The Army Air Corps (opening theme), Hollywood Canteen (Choral vocal), Don’t You Know I Care (Cpl. Bob Houston, vocal), On the Sunny Side of the Street, Yes, We Have No Bananas (Swing Wing and Air Crew) Long Ago and Far Away, I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good (Pvt. June Bentley, vocal), That Old Black Magic, Saint Louis Blues (The Swing Wing), Look Out Below (Choral vocal) (Dedicated to the Airborne Infantry), The Army Air Corps (closing theme) (20Jan43) Nightmare (theme), Begin the Beguine (26Oct44) The Spirit of the Air Force (Orchestra and Chorus), Oh, Lady Be Good (Orchestra), The Very Thought of You (Ginny Simms with Orchestra), The Whiffenpoof Song (Cpl. Don Richards with Orchestra), Begin the Beguine (Ginny Simms with Orchestra), Meadowlands (Sgt. Peter Lynd Hayes with Orchestra), The Army Air Corps (Orchestra and Chorus) (15Dec44) Program Open, Saint.Louis Blues, Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year (M2C Bill Baxford, vocal), Dinah (12Feb44) I Sustain the Wings (opening theme), Jeep Jockey Jump, Speak Low (Sgt Johnny Desmond, vocal), Juke Box Saturday Night (The Crew Chiefs, vocal), With My Head in the Clouds (Sgt. Johnny Desmond and the Crew Chiefs, vocal), I Sustain the Wings (closing theme), Oh! Lady Be Good (ride-out)