“Star Spangled Radio Hour” proudly presents a three-week 70th anniversary retrospective featuring the Army Air Forces Training Command Orchestra directed by Capt. Glenn Miller: October 5th, 12th and 19th, 2013. The greatest big band in history will grace the airwaves over KEZW in a magnificent testimonial to their NBC “I Sustain the Wings” broadcasts of October and November 1943. Our listeners (including many collectors) have never heard a great portion of this previously unreleased material. The University of Colorado Boulder American Music Research Center and Glenn Miller Archive charter is to preserve, restore and communicate the legacy of Glenn Miller and his era. This includes our desire and special responsibility to present the complete library of performances by the superb organization that was assembled by Capt. Miller. Coincidental with the forthcoming publication of “Resolved, The Disappearance of Glenn Miller, December 15, 1944,” this retrospective puts into focus the service of Capt. Miller to publicize the wartime mission of the United States Army Air Forces, recruit airmen, set new standards in popular music, light classics and jazz and ultimately to bring “a hunk of home” to our service personnel and allies overseas. To open the proceedings, we will present the original NBC “I Sustain the Wings” 6:00 p.m. broadcasts of Saturday, October 9, 1943 and Saturday, October 23, 1943 this weekend at our usual time and location. More programs will follow during the next two episodes of SSRH. Please join us, coincidentally, at 6:00 p.m. MDT (GMT-6) Saturday, October 5, 2013, for SSRH 174.
October 5, 2013