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D-Day 34 Hours of CBS Coverage


 
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D-Day
34 Hours of CBS Coverage

 
 
It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted -- and radio was there to cover it.

D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the world. Radio Archives is pleased and proud to offer the complete and continuous CBS network coverage of the events of June 6 and 7, 1944.
 
Hear President Roosevelt, the BBC feed of Communique #1, General Eisenhower from SHAEF headquarters, King George VI speaking from London via the BBC. Bill Henry in Washington interviews Congressmen Moss, McCormick, Rogers, Voorhees, Mundt, Herbert, and Gore.
 
Regular CBS shows were included in the broadcast, “The Passing Parade”, “Columbia Presents Corwin”, “Burns & Allen”, “1st show of “The Doctor Fights”, “Perry Mason”, “Valiant Lady,” “Light of the World,” “The Open Door,” “Bachelor’s Children”, “Kate Smith Speaks”, “Big Sister”, “The Romance of Helen Trent”, “Life Can Be Beautiful”, “Ma Perkins”, “The Goldbergs” among them.
 
Hear the events of the day as reported by Irwin Darlington, Robert Trout, Maj. George Fielding Elliott, Ned Calmer, Quentin Reynolds, Alan Jackson, Merrill Mueller, Douglas Edwards, Quincy Howe, William Shirer, John Daly, and Edwin C. Hill with “The Human Side of the News”. Reporting from London are Edward R. Murrow, Wright Bryan, John W. Vandercook, David Anderson, Arthur Mann, and Charles Shaw reports from the BBC in London.
 
Herbert Clark reports from the invasion fleet off the coast of England, an eyewitness account of the first parachute drop, James Willard from SHAEF headquarters in London describes the invasion fleet from the air. Richard C. Hottelet describes the invasion from a plane over the beaches, French Colonel Morrison who describes the area of the invasion landings, Stanley Richardson eyewitness account of the invasion fleet, Charles Collingwood aboard an LST in the invasion fleet, and George Hicks from the invasion fleet, describing the shore bombardment before the landing.
 
These are recordings that many historians believe to be among the most valuable audio documents ever preserved. The CBS broadcasts — containing 34 hours of continuous programming of news, music, drama, comedy, and entertainment — are history as it happened, in a special collection that is sure to occupy a special place in your radio collection.
 

 
On June 6, 2004, in remembrance of the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, the ABC Radio program Perspective featured a fascinating story detailing radio's coverage of D-Day as it happened in 1944. Written, edited, and narrated by ABC reporter Chuck Sivertsen, the feature utilized clips from the Radio Archives D-Day collection. We think this in-depth and well-presented piece provides an excellent overview of the historic content of this collection.
 

CBS D-Day Coverage

June 6, 1944
 
2:00-3:42 AM
Irwin Darlington with German reports, Robert Trout with German reports, Robert Trout tours the Columbia newsroom (beginning of continuous programming), Maj. George Fielding Elliott, Jesse Zousmer, Ned Calmer fills in briefly, BBC feed of Communique #1 is read from London (first Allied news of the invasion), George Fielding Elliot, Edward R. Murrow in London reads Eisenhower's Order of the Day (upcut as transmitted), George Fielding Elliot comments, Herbert Clark reports from the invasion fleet off the coast of England
 
3:42-4:45 AM
Robert Trout recaps news, General Eisenhower from SHAEF headquarters, Robert Trout, station ID, Wright Bryan reports from London, an eyewitness account of the first parachute drop, Robert Trout and George Fielding Elliot, commentary by Quentin Reynolds, John W. Vandercook reports from London, Quentin Reynolds, James Willard from SHAEF headquarters in London describes the invasion fleet from the air
 
4:45-5:52 AM
Robert Trout recaps events of the day, analysis by George Fielding Elliot, Richard C. Hottelet from London describes the invasion from a plane over the beaches, David Anderson reporting from London that "Hitler has been caught with his pants down," description of the air invasion, Arthur Mann reports from London, system cue and station ID, Paul White and Edward R. Murrow (in London) discuss CBS D-Day coverage, Quentin Reynolds describes Eisenhower’s speech to occupied Europe, Bill Henry reports from Washington, Joe McCaffrey reports from the Pentagon, Robert Trout and Major George Fielding Elliot
 
5:52-6:52 AM
Robert Trout recap, Charles Shaw reports from BBC in London with man-in-the-street reaction to the invasion, Robert Trout recap, system cue, station I D, Ned Calmer, Robert Trout summarizes Churchill's address to Commons, Ned Calmer, Don Pryor in Washington introduces French Colonel Morrison who describes the area of the invasion landings
 
6:52-8:00 AM
Analysis by Major George Fielding Elliot, Robert Trout update, Joe McCaffery reports from the Pentagon, Joe King reads Richard C. Hottelet's earlier report, Major George Fielding Elliot, Robert Trout promotes upcoming events, system cue and station ID, analysis by Ned Calmer, analysis by Quentin Reynolds, system cue and station ID, Alan Jackson news, Richard C. Hottelet from London
 
8:00-9:00 AM
Alan Jackson news, Stanley Richardson eyewitness account of the invasion fleet, Alan Jackson reviews overnight D-Day coverage, Merrill Mueller reports from SHAEF HQ on Eisenhower's last hours before the invasion, analysis by Quentin Reynolds, Robert Trout recap, Major George Fielding Elliot comments
 
9:00-10:00 AM
Alan Jackson and Robert Trout news and updates, Charles Shaw in London plays a recording that Charles Collingwood made aboard an LST in the invasion fleet including interviews with the soldiers, Charles Shaw (from London) and Paul White discuss D-Day coverage, Joe McCaffrey in Washington, Bill Henry in Washington, Major George Fielding Elliot, analysis by Quentin Reynolds, analysis by Ned Calmer, Alan Jackson updates, Robert Trout announces that CBS will resume normal programming
 
10:00-11:00 AM
“Valiant Lady,” “Light of the World,” “The Open Door,” “Bachelor’s Children”
 
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
“Amanda of Honeymoon Hill ,” “Second Husband,” “CBS News Summary,” “Aunt Jenny’s True Life Stories”
 
12:00-1:00 PM
“Kate Smith Speaks,” “Big Sister,” “The Romance of Helen Trent,” CBS D-Day Coverage: Edward R. Murrow reports from London, Douglas Edwards recaps CBS coverage and reports a summary of the news, Quincy Howe analysis
 
1:00-2:00 PM
John Daly reviews the day’s news, “Crisco Radio Newspaper” with Alan Jackson and Bernadine Flynn, recorded military music, Albert Leach news from Washington D.C.
 
2:00-3:00 PM
Recorded music, Quincy Howe news, William Shirer analysis, recorded music, news and reports by Merrill Mueller, recorded music
 
3:00-4:00 PM
King George VI speaks from London via the BBC, Alan Jackson news, Merrill Mueller reporting from SHAEF headquarters in London, Bill Henry in Washington interviews Congressmen Moss, McCormick, Rogers, Voorhees, Mundt, Herbert, and Gore. John Daly interviews a resident of Caen. BBC reporter Howard Marshall reports from London with an eyewitness account of the beachhead
 
4:00-4:49 PM
Recorded music, report from London, Joseph C. Harsch news, Bill Costello news, recorded music
 
5:00-6:00 PM
News with John Daly, Quincy Howe, William Shirer analysis, Archie Bleyer & his Orchestra, news reports (waiting for communique #2)
 
6:00-7:00 PM
News with Quincy Howe, Edwin C. Hill with “The Human Side of the News” (communique #2 arrives), “Jeri Sullivan’s Dream House,” “The World Today” with Douglas Edwards includes reports from Edward R. Murrow, Farnsworth Powell, and Bill Henry, “The Meaning of the News”
 
7:00-8:00 PM
John Daly news, commentary by Quentin Reynolds, analysis by Major George Fielding Elliot, “The Passing Parade,” “The American Melody Hour,” interrupted by bulletin from the BBC’s Kent Stevenson, Ward Smith from London, Chester Wilmut’s report is read
 
8:00-9:00 PM
“Columbia Presents Corwin: An American Trilogy-Carl Sandberg, Part 1 (#14)”, news with John Daly, commentary by Quentin Reynolds analysis by Major George Fielding Elliot, Charles Shaw reporting from London, John Pryor from Washington, Bill Henry with "Johns Manville News"
 
9:00-10:00 PM
“Burns & Allen,” “The Doctor Fights” (first show)
 
10:00-11:00 PM
Speech and prayer by President Roosevelt, Edward R. Murrow from London, Robert Trout, Quentin Reynolds discusses General Montgomery, William L. Shirer discusses German propaganda and the German leaders, Major George Fielding Elliot discusses German defenses, U.S. Navy Band Concert
 
11:00 PM-12:00 AM
News and analysis with Irwin Darlington, Ned Calmer, Quincy Howe, “Words and Music by Joan Brooks,” Robert Trout news, George Hicks from London (the famous actuality recording from the invasion fleet, describing the shore bombardment before the landing)
 
June 7, 1944
 
12:00-1:00 AM
News and analysis with Robert Trout, Joseph C. Harsh in Washington compares attitudes in Washington and Berlin, Ned Calmer, William L. Shirer discusses the German generals, Major George Fielding Elliot analyzes German defenses, followed by Harry James & his Orchestra remote from Hotel Astor, New York City
 
1:00-2:00 AM
News coverage continues, followed by a live remote of Bill Snyder, his piano & orchestra
 
2:00-3:00 AM
Robert Trout news, BBC news report (8:00 AM UK time), commentary by Quentin Reynolds, a Howard Whitman dispatch is read by Robert Trout, followed by Ralph Morrison & his Orchestra from Chicago, Manny Strand  & his Orchestra from Hollywood, and Dale Jones & Company
 
3:00-5:15 AM
News with Douglas Edwards, followed by Henry King, his Piano & orchestra, concluded with 5:00 AM news with Douglas Edwards
 
5:15-9:00 AM
Douglas Edwards news (reads communique #3), Stanley Richardson reporting from London (pool report), 6:00 AM news with Alan Jackson, 7:00 AM news with Alan Jackson, 7:28 AM news with Irwin Darlington, 7:45 AM news with Irwin Darlington including a report from Richard C. Hottelet in London, 8:00 AM news with Alan Jackson including reports from Winston Burdette in Rome, Richard C. Hottelet in London, Tris Coffin in Washington, William J. Dunn frm Australia, Merrill Mueller from London (pool report), George Wheeler reporting from the invasion fleet command ship
 
9:00-10:00 AM
News with Harry Marble, including reports from Richard C. Hottelet in London, followed by “Sing Along with the Landt Trio” and “This Life is Mine”
 
10:00-11:00 AM
News with  Harry Marble, followed by “Light of the World,” “The Open Door,” and “Bachelor’s Children”
 
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
News, including “BBC Radio Newsreel” (#143), followed by “Second Husband,”  “Bright Horizon,” and “Aunt Jenny’s True Life Stories”
 
12:00-1:00 PM
“Kate Smith Speaks,” “Big Sister,” “The Romance of Helen Trent,” and “Our Gal Sunday”
 
1:00-2:00 PM
“Life Can Be Beautiful,” “Ma Perkins,” “Crisco Radio Newspaper” with news from Alan Jackson and a report from Richard C. Hottelet in London, followed by “The Goldbergs”
 
2:00-3:00 PM
“Portia Faces Life,” “Joyce Jordan, M.D.,” news with Harry Marble, including John Daly reading a dispatch describing the beach-head landing, William L. Shirer discussing German propaganda and describing the area of combat, and Joe McCafferty reporting from the Pentagon, followed by “Perry Mason: The Puzzled Suitor”
 
3:00-4:00 PM
“The Story of Mary Marlin,” U.S. Navy Band Concert, news with Robert Trout with a report from Charles Shaw in London, followed by “The Jubilaires”
 
4:00-4:45 PM
“Broadway Matinee,” “The Wayfaring Stranger” with Burl Ives, news with John Daly including Bill Henry in Washington interviewing a Dutch sailor experienced in mine sweeping and Quincy Howe analyzing the invasion's political implications, followed by  “What Are We Fighting For,” #1 of six broadcasts from West Point with guest Edward R. Murrow


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ESSENTIAL! June 5, 2014
Reviewer: andy wood from west yorkshire, ENGLAND United Kingdom  
Of course, I am very familiar with this material but I purchased the much improved quality (what ELSE would one expect?) Radio Archives version yesterday and am running it continuously all today - the 70th anniversary of D-Day. I recently obtained the NBC version here - but the news coverage is far superior on the CBS version. No one should be without this living piece of history in the making!

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