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17 January: Entertaining letters from home

Bing Crosby at an AFRS microphone, a frequent guest on Mail Call and Command Performance. (Photo: American Forces Network.)

Bing Crosby at an AFRS microphone, a frequent guest on Mail Call and Command Performance. (Photo: American Forces Network.)

Invaluable as it has been to American forces during World War II, the Armed Forces Radio Service essentially launched with Mail Call in 1942, the AFRS’s first in-house production. By the time of tonight’s broadcast, the show’s format will have shifted to something more of a conventional variety format along the line of the better-remembered Command Performance—with one twist.

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