NBC D-Day Invasion Coverage

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NBC D-Day Coverage Vol. 1

NBC D-Day Coverage Vol. 2

NBC D-Day Coverage Vol. 3

NBC D-Day Coverage Vol. 1-3

NBC D-Day Invasion Coverage  Vol. 1
01-01  (2:00-3:45am) 6/6/44
       First bulletin, updates, piano fill, Awaiting Allied confirmation,
       Richard Harkness from Wash., Morgan Beatty analysis,  Robert St. John
       from NY, music fill, fourchime sequence,  Robert St. John, BBC feed of
       Communique #1 (3:32am),Murrow reads “Order of the Day”, H.V. Kaltenborn,
       Herbert M. Clark from London, Robert St. John

02-01  (3:45-4:45am) 6/6/44
       Eisenhower from SHAEF, King Haakon VII,  Premier Gerbandy, Premier
       Pierdot, Wright Bryan from London (eyewitness account of 1 parachute
       drop), National Anthem, John Vandercook from London, report from
       Pentagon, Richard Harkness

03-01  (4:45-5:52am) 6/6/44
       Report from London, James Willard, Robert St. John, Richard Harkness,
       Morgan Beatty, Richard Harkness interviews an  official of the French
       Govt. in exile, David Anderson from London, H.V. Kaltenborn, Communique
       #1 replayed, Stars and Strips Forever, WEAF ID, Robert St. John,
       Richard Harkness.

04-01  (5:52-6:52am) 6/6/44
       Richard Harkness, Don Goddard in NY, Louis P. Lockner from Hollywood
       (analysis), Morgan Beatty reads “The First Thousand Yards”, Robert St.

05-01  (6:52-7:45am) 6/6/44
       Robert St. John,  Alex Dryer in Chicago, H.V. Kaltenborn, Ringing of
       the Liberty Bell, Robert St. John, WEAF  ID,  Gruen Watch Spot, Norman
       Vincent Peale, Don Goddard

06-01  (7:45-8:45am) 6/6/44
       Rabbi Poole, Morgan Beatty, Larry Smith in San Francisco, Father Shea,
       Stanley Richardson (eyewitness account of  the invasion fleet…the are
       several failed attempts to reach him) , Elmer Peterson in NY, Charles
       McCarthy from New York, Merrill Mueller from SHAEF HQ on Eisenhower’s
       last hours before invasion…interrupted by a reading of Roosevelt’s

07-01  (8:45-9:45am) 6/6/44
       David Anderson, Ed Hocker, John W. Vandercook, Ralph Howard from Rome,
       H.V. Kaltenborn, Richard Harkness, NBC Orchestra plays martial music,
       H.V. Kaltenborn, more martial music.

08-01  (9:45-11:30am) 6/6/44
       Martial music cont., Elmer Peterson, Nancy Osgood interviews the wives
       of Admiral Stark, General Spaatz, Admiral Kirk, General Doolittle, Don
       Goddard, H.V. Kaltenborn, Tommy Taylor Sings

09-01  (11:30-12:30am) 6/6/44
       Tommy Taylor sings (cont.), Elmer Peterson, rebroadcast of Eisenhower’s
       4am speech, NBC Orchestra, Prayer by Mr. Davidson, Don Goddard, W.W.
       Chaplain from London, WEAF ID, News Behind the News w/Cesar Saerchinger

10-01  (12:30-1:30am) 6/6/44
       Morgan Beatty interviews senators: Bennett Clar, Claire Booth Luce,
       Alben Barkley, White, & Lester Hill, Don Goddard in NY, WEAF ID,
       Remotes from Chicago (Alex Dryer), Denver, Hollywood & San Francisco,
       Don Goddard, H.V, Kaltenborn, Lt. Col. James Stevenson (military
       analysis), re-broadcast of Merrilll Mueller’s report, re-broadcast of
       Communique #1, Tommy Taylor Sings w.Irving Miller and his Orchestra

11-01  (1:30-2:30pm)  6/6/44
       WEAF Station ID Don Hollenbeck: Italian landings vs. d-day
       BBC Report,Morgan Beatty in Washington, Report from the Pentagon;
       Interviews with two colonels.  Time check, Station ID WEAF, Elmer
       Peterson, Piano Fill, re-broadcast of Stanley Richardson report, Don
       Goddard with news bulletins.

12-01  (2:30-3:30pm)  6/6/44
       Time check, Station ID WEAF Prayer by Archbishop Spellman, Organ Fill,
       news bulletins; H.V. Kaltenborn, Don Goddard news, musical interlude,
       Prayer by Bishop Manning, BBC reporter John McGinn; Howard Marshall with
       an eyewitness account of the beach-head.

NBC D-Day Invasion Coverage  Vol. 2
13-01  (4:00-5:00pm)  6/6/44
       Prayer by Dr. Barnes, NBC International Division (shortwave service to
       Europe), Eisenhower’s messages in eight languages, news bulletins, Cmdr.
       Anthony Kimmons from London, Netherlands Ambassador to the U.S., Cesar
       Saerchinger analysis, time check, Don Hollenbeck, Morgan Beatty from
       White House on Roosevelt press conf., Don Hollenbeck, Don Goddard, Pres.
       prayer at dictation speed; news bulletins.

14-01  (5:00-6:00pm)  6/6/44
       time check/Station ID, Prayer by Dr, Horton, NBC Orchestra, Morgan
       Beatty recap of Roosevelt's press conf., Louis Lockner from Hollywood,
       news bulletins, time check/station ID, news bulletins, re-broadcast of
       Eisenhower's first speech, Elmer Peterson; NBC Orchestra

15-01  news bulletins, Don Hollenbeck with Communique #2
15-02  Serenade to America" with Winifred Hite, Nora Sterling, M.C.
           Milton Katims and his Orch.,
15-03  Lowell Thomas with summary of day's events;  U.S. Army Chaplain
          Arnold offers a prayer.

       (7:00-8:00p)  6/6/44
16-01  News of the World, Robert St. John reporting, John W. Vandercook
       from London (loses a page of his script), Robert McCormick from
       Honolulu, Morgan Beatty and Richard Harkness from Wash., WEAF ID
16-02  A Poem and Prayer for an Invading Army w/ Ronald Coleman (reading
       poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay plus organ fill
16-03  H.V. Kaltenborn with the news.

       (8:00-9:00pm)  6/6/44
17-01  WEAF ID, Prayer by Dr. Goldstein, special program, Ginny Simms
       sings, a wounded G.I. with a message to his wife, a U.S.
       NavyCommander describes how the wounded are treated, a navy
       chaplain speaks.
17-02  Roy Shield and his Orchestra from Chicago

       (9:00-10:00)  6/6/44
18-01  WEAF ID, Cross-country reaction to the Invasion:  remotes from
       WTIC (Hartford, CT), WSYR (Syracuse, NY), WTAR (Norfolk, VA), WSPD
       (Toledo, OH), late news bulletins, WLW (Cincinnati, OH), WMC
       (Memphis, TN), KSTP (St. Paul, MN), WKY (Oklahoma City, OK),
       Ben Grauer announcing.
18-02  Fibber McGee & Molly:  special d-day all music program w/Billy
       Mills and his Orch., The King's Men, Harlow Wilcox.  inc. news

       (10:00-10:50pm)  6/6/44
19-01  WEAF ID, Prayer of Pres. Roosevelt and address to nation, recital
       by Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, WEAF ID
19-02  Bob Hope:  special d-day shows from Van Nuys Aerodome w/Frances
       Langford, Stan Kenton and his Orch., Wendell Niles announcing.
19-03  Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians: preceded by a prayer, followed
       by WEAF ID
19-04  Red Skelton:  Red’s last show as a civilian

       (10:50-12:00am)  6/6/44
20-01  Robert St. John news and reports from overseas, W.W. Chaplain from
       London, report from Australia, Robert McCormick from Honolulu,
       summary from Washington.
20-02  Roy Shield and his Orchestra:  from Chicago, famous George Hicks
       beach-head actuality, Roy Shield  Orch. (con.)

       (12:00-1:00am)  6/7/44
21-01  WEAF ID, Lyle Van News
21-02  Roy Shield and his Orch. From Chicago
21-03  WEAF ID, Robert St. John news.

       (1:00-2:00am)  6/7/44
22-01  Moment for Meditation
22-02  Don Hollenbeck news
22-03  Strings for Meditation
22-04  News bulletins

       (2:00-3:00am)  6/7/44
23-01  Joe Reichman and his Orchestra:   from Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
23-02  Pancho and his Orchestra:  from Mural Room of the Hotel St.
       Francis  (w/news bulletins)

24-01  (3:00-4:00am)  6/7/44
       NBC Orchestra: (semi-classical music)
       At 3:32am Don Godard re-reads Communique #1 exactly 24 hours after
       it’s issue.

NBC D-Day Invasion Coverage  Vol. 3
            (4:00-5:00am)  6/7/44
25-01  Organ Interlude by George Schacley, Rebroadcast of Roosevelt’s
            prayer, NBC Orchestra
25-02  Don Goddard news, re-broadcast of King George VI’s address to
           Commonwealth, organ music by George Schacley

26-01  (5:00-6:00am)  6/7/44
           Don Goddard news, Frank McCal from London, NBC Concert Orchestra,
           Stanley Richardson reads Communique #3 from London, organ music by
          George Schacley, Stanley Richardson from London, NBC Concert Orchestra,
          George Schacley at the organ

            (6:00-7:00am)  6/7/44
27-01  News bulletins, NBC Concert Orchestra and George Schacley at the
           organ, news bulletins
27-02  Modern Farming Program

            (7:00-8:00am)  6/7/44
28-01  News Bulletins
28-02  Morning in Manhattan (local morning show)
28-03  Don Goddard news
28-04  Reveille Round-up (live country music)

           (8:00-9:00am)  6/7/44
29-01  Morning News Round-up
29-01  C.F. McCarthy and the news (local)
29-01  Modern Romances

           (9:00-10:00am)  6/7/44
30-01  Mirth & Madness:  Aladdin and his Lamp skit
30-02  Adelaide Hawley Program
30-03  Alice Cornell Show, Elmer Peterson news bulletins

           (10:00-11:00am)  6/7/44
31-01  Laura Lofton
31-02  News and the People in the News, Robert St. John
31-03  Helpmate, “The Story of  Linda Harper”
31-04  Tommy Taylor (pop tunes), news bulletins

            (11:00am-12:00pm)  6/7/44
32-01  Road of Life
32-02  Vic & Sade
32-03  Brave Tomorrow
32-04  Dave Harum  (show only lasts 1 min.), Tom Traynor w/an eyewitness
           Report from the beach-head , piano fill

            (12:00-1:00pm)  6/7/44
33-01  News at Noon (includes a report from London by W.W. Chaplain
33-02  Recorded music show
33-03  Elmer Peterson news, BBC actuality recordings, George Wheeler
          aboard the cruiser “Augsta” 3 hours before “H” hour, Tommy Traynor
          from SHAEF, Hollenbeck summary

           (1:00-2:00pm)  6/7/44
34-01  Mary Margaret McBride  w/Ben Ames Williams
34-02  Morgan Beatty News and Analysis

       (2:00-3:00pm)  6/7/44
35-01  Guiding Light (Part 1 of the General Mills Hour)
35-02  Today’s Children (Part 2 of the General Mills Hour)
35-03  The Woman in White  (Part 3 of the General Mills Hour)
35-04  Hymns of All Churches  (Part 4 of the General Mills Hour)

       (3:00-4:00pm)  6/7/44
36-01  A Woman of America
36-02  Ma Perkins
36-03  Pepper Young’s Family
36-04  H.V. Kaltenborn

       (4:00-5:00pm)  6/7/44
37-01  Mary Noble, Backstage Wife
37-02  Stella Dallas
37-03  Lorenzo Jones
37-04  Young Widder Brown

       (5:00-6:00pm)  6/7/44
38-01  When A Girl Marries
38-02  We Love and Learn
38-03  W.W. Chaplain from London, Robert Duff (BBC), Communique #4 is
       read, Robert St. John
38-04  Front Page Farrell

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