Armed Forces Radio Service entertained during World War II
by Associated Press
During World War II, the Armed Forces Radio Service kept the troops entertained with the "Command Performance" and "Mail Call" radio shows. These musical-variety broadcasts were produced for American men and women serving in the war and were only heard by the general public.
Years later thanks to tape, CDs, the Internet and even apps for phone and iPad. "Command Performance," which aired on Armed Forces Radio Network via a direct shortwave transmission, featured guests suggested by soldiers including Jack Benny, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers and Fred Allen. "Mail Call" boasted such stars as Groucho Marx, Garland, Dick Powell, Bing Crosby, Norma Shearer, Nelson Eddy and Betty Grable.
It might not seem a lot to listeners today, but those broadcasts meant an awful lot to the soldiers overseas during World War II and the Korean War...