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RADIO AND WORLD WAR II
A LONG WEEKEND OF WAITING
Originally broadcast on WNIB
Saturday, August 5, 1995
PRSIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN (8-9-45; Thursday afternoon) Upon his return from Berlin, the President of the United States reports to the American people on the Potsdam Conference. “War has indeed come home to Germany and to the German people.” In this important speech, Truman says, “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base.”
NEWS OF THE DAY (8-10-45; Friday morning) H. V. Kaltenborn and Caesar Saerchinger report: “We are here in the NBC newsroom with the bulletins coming in constantly on Japan’s surrender offer. With every minute that passes it seems more certain that the offer is definite and that there is a nine out of ten chance that it will be accepted.”
NEWS REPORT (8-10-45; Friday morning) Newsmen Don Goddard, James Stevenson and Henry Cassidy with the latest. “The events of the last two crowded hours have moved with lightning swiftness since we heard the Jap radio say that Japan would quit if she could keep her Emperor. These reports are still unconfirmed but they have set a whole world in motion. This is not V-J Day.”
NEWS AT NOON (8-10-45; Friday afternoon) Don Goddard relates the events of the morning. “The war is not over. No offer of surrender has been received by the responsible heads of any Allied government… we’re still fighting in Japan in spite of confirmed reports of this morning that the Japanese had transmitted an offer to surrender. This is not yet V-J Day.”
FROM THE PACIFIC (8-10-45; Friday afternoon) NBC Pacific correspondent reports from Guam and Manilla. “This is a period of world-wide high blood pressure. At 5:37 this morning, Pacific time, Tokyo announced that the Japanese government had decided to accept the Potsdam Declaration with one stipulation – that Hirohito be allowed to remain.”
NEWS OF THE WORLD (8-10-45; Friday afternoon) W. W. Chaplin and Morgan Beatty report. “The International News Service has just reported from Stockholm that Sweden’s government issued an official communique saying the Japanese surrender offer has been received. This is a day of wild speculation, of high hope, of reaching for a world peace which seems to be no more than just beyond our fingertips.”
SIX O’CLOCK REPORT (8-10-45; Friday evening) Lyle Van with the latest news. “The Allies are discussing Japan’s offer of surrender provided they can keep their Emperor. No indication from official sources whether Hirohito must go. Premature celebrations around the world greet the first word of Japan’s decision.”
SPORTS HEADLINES (8-10-45; Friday evening) Sportscaster Bill Stern with late sports headlines and a brief discussion about the effect of the Japanese surrender on the sports scene.
LOWELL THOMAS (8-10-45; Friday night) “The White House announces that there will be no new statement until tomorrow. This means that discussions by radio-telephone are being held, discussions concerning Japan’s offer to surrender. Washington, London, Moscow and Chun King now forming their decision. When this decision will be communicated to Tokyo –via the governments of Switzerland and Sweden—we are not told. This takes time.” Thomas tells how the Japan offer for surrender came across news wires.
ALEX DRIER (8-11-45; Saturday evening) The news analyst speaks about the pending surrender of Japan and Japan’s insistence on maintaining Hirohito as sovieign ruler. “History has come to a momentary standstill… as the most formidable concentration of military power ever assembled ponders a condition made by an enemy no longer capable of making his resistance a decisive factor with regard to the war’s outcome.
WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-12-45; Sunday afternoon) Robert Trout and CBS correspondents. “It was exactly 192 weeks ago that the American people learned that war had come to the United States. And now it’s three years and eight months later. Almost four years of work and struggle, grief and failure, and later, success. Whether Sunday, August 12, 1945 is to be written into world records as the day the Second World War ended, we do not yet know.”
GABRIEL HEATTER (8-13-45; Monday evening) The famous commentator talks about the expected surrender of Japan and the acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration and what it means to Japan and the Emperor. “Even civil war in Japan isn’t ruled out as a possibility now. Their people know nothing even now regarding their surrender offer.”