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Command Performance WWII

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Media, Vintage Style, WW2 | 1 comment

Command Performance is a radio program that began in 1942 as a way for popular entertainers to show their support of the United States military during WWII. The program was originally broadcast only over the Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRS) with a direct shortwave transmission to troops overseas. It wasn’t broadcast over domestic radio stations.

The shows were so popular among GIs that Command Performance continued to be broadcast until 1949 over the AFRS. My favorite so far is Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow”.

Command Performance Radio WW2

Command Performance Radio WW2

In the 40s, troops sent requests for particular performers, sometimes for particular performances. All the performers and all those working to produce the shows donated their services. Grateful audiences spanned the globe. Stars who appeared on Command Performance include: Fred Allen, Jack Benny, George and Gracie Allen, the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, July Garland, Bob Hope, Fibber McGee and Molly, Ann Miller, Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton.

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