In observance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, WCOR AM 1490 will broadcast 24 hours of original programming Friday and Saturday as fed by the Columbia Broadcasting System to its affiliates from June 6, 1944.
The programming is from the collection of Bill Barry and was last broadcast on WAMB radio in Nashville in 1994, the 50th anniversary of D-Day. The programming is a complete day in the life of wartime America as heard on the radio 70 years ago.
It features recordings of the actual radio shows broadcast on D-Day, such as the soap operas “Big Sister” and “The Romance of Helen Trent,” dramas, such as “The New Adventures of Perry Mason,” comedies, such as the “George Burns and Gracie Allen Show,” as well as variety, musical and news programs.
Throughout the day the shows are interrupted and pre-empted with news reports from the Allied Invasion of Europe with Edward R. Murrow, Memil Muller, Robert Trout, John Daly, Douglas Edwards and others.
The news reports feature interviews with Allied commanders and government officials, and reports from oversees on the progress of the invasion. Speeches and statements by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Congressman Albert Gore Sr., of Tennessee, and others are also included.
WCOR AM 1490 will begin broadcasting the recordings Friday at 8 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m., with the next 12 hours of programming set to start Saturday at 8 a.m.