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6 June: D-Day On the Air—73 Years Later

Morgan Beatty. (Photo: NBC.)

Morgan Beatty. (Photo: NBC.)

Whether these were old-time radio’s finest hours should be left to those who are there to hear it—surely there remain many among us who were—and to those who will hear, remarkably enough, 73 years to the day later.

It would be remarkable, too, if I could present every last hour of broadcast on this day to that century that came, but the time and space constraints make it impossible at minimum. The entire broadcast days of NBC—6 and 7 June, 1944 (at least, from 0200 hours in NBC’s case)—will survive, miraculously, for the 21st Century listener. So will CBS’s complete coverage of the invasion.

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From Overlord to Mencken: Old-time radio listening, 7-8 June

The CBS Radio Workshop: Bring On the Angels (CBS, 8 June 1956)

H.L. Mencken himself before a radio microphone during the height of his career. (Photo: NBC.)

H.L. Mencken himself before a radio microphone during the height of his career. (Photo: NBC.)

In which H.L. Mencken’s “maddest, gladdest, damnedest existence ever enjoyed by a model youth”—his early professional life as a newspaper reporter having “a grand and gaudy time of it, with no call to envy any man”—is lent as effective a radio treatment as could be lent, even to the early days of the man once known as the Great Debunker.

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Fateful hours: Old-time radio listening, 6 June

Morgan Beatty. (Photo: NBC.)

Whether these were old-time radio’s finest hours should be left to those who are there to hear it—surely there are many among us who were—and to those who will hear, remarkably enough, in the century to follow.

It would be remarkable, too, if I could present every last hour of broadcast on this day to that century that came, but the time and space constraints make it impossible at minimum. The entire broadcast days of NBC—6 and 7 June, 1944 (at least, from 0200 hours in NBC’s case)—will survive, miraculously, for the 21st Century listener. So will CBS’s complete coverage of the invasion.

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