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Originally broadcast on WNIB
Saturday, December 25, 1993
COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-24-43) An all-star Christmas greeting to our WW II fighting men from the biggest names in the entertainment world. Bob Hope emcees this 90-minute extravaganza featuring Kay Kyser and the orchestra, Ed “Archie” Gardner, Nelson eddy, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, Ginny Simms, Ish Kabibble, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny and Fred Allen.
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (12-24-43) The President reports to the nation on Christmas Eve in another of his famous WW II Fireside Chats. “On this Christmas Eve there are over ten million men in the Armed Forces of the United States alone…”
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-26-43) Turning the clock back, it’s Christmas night at Jack’s house and the whole gang shows up for a party.
WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-26-43) WW II news on the day after Christmas. “In the Pacific, American heavy and medium bombers have made four attacks on the Jap base at Cape Glouster, New Britain Island.” Also: news of the appointment of Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery to lead the invasion into Germany.
CHRISTMAS PACKAGE (12-25-43) Actress Linda Darnell is hostess for a WW II program of patriotism and Christmas sentiment for the boys overseas. Featured are Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Fibber McGee and Molly, the Andrews Sisters, Ginny Simms. Howard Duff announces.
NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER substitutes for Chuck Schaden on this broadcast.