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TWTD Archive – June 18th, 1994

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D-DAY, the SIXTH OF JUNE, 1944
Part 3

Originally broadcast on WNIB
Saturday, June 18, 1994

PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT (6-6-44) 10 p.m. EWT. The president addresses the nation on the evening of the D-Day invasion and asks the nation to join him in prayer.  His address is followed by a special presentation from Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians who offer “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  NBC (and all networks)

BOB HOPE SHOW (6-6-44) 10:15 p.m. EWT. “Nobody feels like being funny tonight,” says Bob Hope in this special abbreviated broadcast from the Van Nuys Aerodome in California. “God bless those kids across the English Channel.”  Frances Langford sings “Ave Maria” and Stan Kenton and the orchestra present a medley of service tunes. This is Hope’s last show of the 1943-44 season.  NBC.

FRED WARING’S PENNSYLVANIANS (6-6-44) 10:30 p.m. EWT. Another special Invasion Day program of inspirational and patriotic music to “help ease the tension we are all feeling.” Selections include “We’re Going In, We’re Coming Back,” “The Navy Hymn” and “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.” NBC.

RED SKELTON SHOW (6-6-44) 10:50 p.m. EWT. Red’s last radio broadcast before entering military service tomorrow is a much-abbreviated show, with Harriet Hilliard, Ozzie Nelson and the Orchestra and announcer Marvin Miller. Red, as Junior, the mean little kid, in a touching D-Day sketch.  Ozzie and Harriet sing “What Do We Do in the Infantry?” NBC.

D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44) 11:30 p.m. EWT. NBC News attempts to pick up a short wave broadcast from London, a wire recording of correspondent George Hicks now famous account of the D-Day landing on the beach. There are many technical difficulties and while waiting for the report, NBC switches to Chicago for some dance music by Roy Shields and the orchestra.  Finally, we hear George Hicks’ dramatic description of the D-Day landing and invasion on a French beachhead. NBC.

INVASION NEWS SPECIAL (6-7-44) 11:45 a.m. EWT. The daytime drama “David Harum” begins, but is interrupted after only a few seconds for a short wave broadcast from London.  Tom Traynor, war correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, has an eyewitness account of the beachhead at France. NBC.

KATE SMITH SPEAKS (6-7-44) 12 Noon EWT. “Invasion Day has come and gone,” Kate says to her listeners and tells of the reaction of the people in the United States. Ted Collins has latest news reports and Kate recites “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  CBS.

LIFE CAN BE BEAUTIFUL (6-7-44) 1 p.m. EWT. Papa David has an invasion prayer and comments.  Then on to the continuing storyline. CBS.

CRISCO’S RADIO NEWSPAPER (6-7-44) 1:30 p.m. EWT. Bernardine Flynn and Ed Roberts from Chicago; Allan Jackson reports on the invasion from CBS World News in New York; Richard C. Hottelet in London.  Bernardine Flynn talks about reaction on the home front in Chicago.  CBS.

GUIDING LIGHT (6-7-44) 2 p.m. EWT. In an Invasion Day sermon, Dr. Gaylord tells his neighbors what D-Day means to the town of Five Points.  War Bond messages in place of regular commercials. NBC.

INVASION NEWS SPECIAL (6-7-44) 5:30 p.m. EWT.  W. W. Chaplain reports from London. BBC reporter Robin Duss describes the landing, indicates that Allied casualties will be heavy. SHAFE issues D-Day Communique #4: “Allied troops have cleared all the beaches of enemy.”