Star Spangled Radio Hour- 8.15.20

Saturday, August 15th

SSRH 528 

August 15, 2020 



75th Anniversary 

Special Extended Broadcast 




President Truman warns Japan (July 24, 1945), Atomic Bomb Aftermath (August 7, 1945), CBS World News Tonight with Robert Trout: Awaiting Japan’s Answer (August 12, 1945), Emperor Hirohito’s Recorded NHK Announcement, Cab Calloway and his Orchestra (fragments), interrupted by Mutual news bulletins, CBS Surrender News Bulletin with Robert Trout, President Truman’s Statement from the White House, NBC Mobile Unit live with crowds in Times Square, New York, Ben Grauer, announcer 




Wednesday, August 15, 1945 

12:45 – 1:00 am EWT 

Hotel Astor Roof 

New York 

(Mutual) (WOR) (Partial)


Playlist: Program Open, I’d Do It Again (Anita O’Day, vocal), These Foolish Things (Charlie Ventura, extended solo), I’m Gonna Love That Gal (Buddy Stewart, vocal), Stompin’ At the Savoy, Program Close 



AFRS H-9-125 


Recorded July and August 1945 

CBS Studios Hollywood 

Released for broadcast Wednesday, August 15, 1945 

(Parts 1A-B broadcast by ABC, CBS, NBC and Mutual)  

(Full recording broadcast by AFRS) (Complete) 

Ken Carpenter, announcer 

Bing Crosby, host 

Major Meredith Willson AFRS Orchestra 


Guests included: Col. Thomas H. A. Lewis (Commanding Officer, AFRS), Ronald Coleman, Rise Stevens, Dinah Shore, Jose Iturbi, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Marlene Dietrich, Burgess Meredith, Ginny Simms, Lionel Barrymore, Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, Desi Arnaz, Ernest “Bubbles” Whitman, Ida Lupino, Ginger Rogers, Ruth Hussey, Claire Trevor, Don Wilson, Bill Mauldin, George Montgomery, John Conte, Jinx Falkenburg, Diana Lewis, Janet Blair, William Powell, Harry Von Zell, Lucille Ball, The King Sisters, Cary Grant, Robert Montgomery, Loretta Young, Lena Horne, G. I. Jill” Martha Wilkerson, Johnny Mercer, Edward G. Robinson, Orson Welles, Lina Romay, Danny Kaye, Marilyn Maxwell, Herbert Marshall, Carmen Miranda, Claudette Colbert, Ed “Archie” Gardner, Greer Garson   


AFRS H-9-125 Playlist: 


Opening Prayer (Ronald Coleman), Over There Fanfare, Program Open (Bing Crosby), Schubert’s Ave Maria (Rise Stevens), I’ll Walk Alone (Dinah Shore), Comedy Skit (Jimmy Durante and Bette Davis), Chopin’s Polonaise (Jose Iturbi), Tribute to Ernie Pyle (Marlene Dietrich and Burgess Meredith), You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (Ginny Simms), Medley: You Are My Sunshine, Sonny Boy, You’re the Top (Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra), The House I Live In (Frank Sinatra), AFRS Victory Medley (Various Voices), What Is This Thing Called Love (Janet Blair), San Fernando Valley (Bing Crosby), Memorable Sounds of Command Performance, Shoo Shoo Baby (The King Sisters), Words of FDR (Robert Montgomery), Over There Fanfare, AFRS Station Break; Opening Remarks (Bing Crosby), Prayer For Tomorrow (Loretta Young), The Man I Love (Lena Horne), Comments about AFRS, the Broadcasting and Entertainment Industries by Col. Thomas H. A. Lewis, G. I. Jive (Johnny Mercer), Famous Wartime Words (Edward G. Robinson and Orson Welles), Chiu Chiu (Lina Romay), Hello, Fresno, Goodbye (Danny Kaye), I Got Rhythm (Marilyn Maxwell), Wartime Poem (Herbert Marshall), Tico Tico (Carmen Miranda), Comedy Skit (Claudette Colbert, Ed “Archie” Gardner), White Christmas (Bing Crosby), Victory Prayer (Orson Welles), The Star Spangled Banner (Maj. Meredith Willson and the AFRS Orchestra) 



(Preceded by Mutual News Bulletin) 


Wednesday, August 15, 1945 

1:00 – 1: 15 am EWT 

Opening Night 

Frank Dailey’s Meadowbrook 

Cedar Grove, New Jersey 

(Mutual) (WOR) (Partial) 


Playlist: There’s No You (Buddy DeVito, vocal), 11:60 pm (Kitty Kallen, vocal), Sentimental Journey 




Kollege of Musical Knowledge 

Wednesday, August 15, 1945 

7:00 – 8:00 pm PWT 

Hollywood Canteen 

(NBC) (Partial) 


Playlist: Program Open, That’s for Me (Michael Douglas and the Town Criers, vocal), On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe (Phil Harris and the Town Criers, vocal) 




CBS World News Tonight with Robert Trout: Japanese Surrenders underway across Asia (September 1, 1945); pool network coverage of surrender ceremony, Webley Edwards of CBS and Merrill Mueller of NBC (September 2, 1945), Supreme Commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur conducts surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay (from the Leonard A. Spragg Collection original SCAP (Supreme Command Allied Powers) network pool master recorded on the deck of the battleship with Jack Harris) (September 2, 1945)