Saturday, October 19, the “Star Spangled Radio Hour” will complete its third week of programs featuring the Army Air Forces Training Command Orchestra directed by Capt. Glenn Miller from the AAFTC Training Center at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. They continue the 70th anniversary visit with the NBC “I Sustain the Wings” broadcasts of November 20, 1943 and November 27, 1943 from the NBC Vanderbilt Theatre Studio, New York.
Speaking of song titles, this week’s selections include the aforementioned Jerry Gray composition played with great enthusiasm and style by the legendary AAF Orchestra. This week’s dramatic sketch describing the mission of the AAF is dedicated to the Air WACs serving as Air Traffic Controllers, Weather Observers, Dispatchers and a multitude of assignments; a quote, “come what may, Johnnie, we’ll win this war together.”
Listen following for a beautiful and crystal clear rendition of “Star Eyes” by Pvt. Johnny Desmond, the unusual presentation by Capt. Glenn Miller, Lt. Don Briggs, Cpl. Paul Dubov and the men of “An American Prayer,” the jazzy AAF version of “String of Pearls” and a moody “St. Louis Blues” (not the march). The ace rhythm section led by Cpl. Ray McKinley is prominent throughout. So please consider joining Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. MDT (GMT-6) at KEZW Studio 1430, Denver, online at www.kezw.com and www.studio1430.com.
“This program has been written and produced entirely by soldiers of the AAF and came to you from New York City. This is the National Broadcasting Company (chimes).”