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GI Journal (G.I. Journal)

(update) with more than twice as many episodes: Armed Forces Radio Service was been created by the War Department as a means to entertain and inform the troops during WWII. The service was run "by G.I.s for G.I.s" and broadcasts included performances by Glenn Miller, Kay Kyser, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Bob Hope and many more!

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(WWII Era Musical - Variety Program)

Jean ParkerThe Armed Forces Radio Service had been created by the War Department as a means to entertain and inform the Troops. The service was run "by G.I.s for G.I.s."

Loosr Talk Can Cost Lives WWII PosterAFRS was centered in Hollywood, not only close to the resources of the entertainment industry, but there was also a lot of military training and staging in the area during the early days of the Second World War. AFRS programming was developed for "Local" broadcast in the various theaters of the war. On Jul 4, 1943 the first AFRS broadcast in Europe was played over borrowed equipment. As the Allies moved East after D-Day AFRS stations were set up in most liberated cities.

Programing from the States was sometimes send by shortwave but this was unreliable. The preferred method was to prerecord programming on transcription disks then mail them to the various stations.

A very popular show from Hollywood was G.I. Journal, a combination situation comedy and variety show. The premise of the sit com was Celebrity Guest editors putting out a weekly news paper. Guest Editors included Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, George Murphy, Groucho Marx, Edgar Bergen, Frank Sinatra and many others. They would have guest staff and reporters with a comedy or "Pin-up" tie in; Lucille Ball, Linda Darnell, Roy Rogers, Fibber McGee and Molly, Jane Wyman, Connie Haines, Ann Miller, Ginger Rogers, the list goes on...

Mel BlancLike many shows of the era the Big Band Sound was important to G.I. Journal. Many Service Orchestras appeared, including the Army Air Force Training Command Orchestra with Capt Glenn Miller. Kay Kyser and His Orchestra (of Kay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical Knowledge) were frequently featured. Other Musical guests included Mel Torme and the MelTones, John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra, and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Many episodes featured an original song written by a G.I. Overseas which would be sent to Hollywood and performed by a pretty girl in the studio- what a treat for the G.I. Song writer!

Another regular feature was Mel Blanc playing Private Sad Sack, bringing the pantomime cartoon to the radio.

Be sure to enjoy other AFRS programs like G.I. Jive, Command Performance, and Mail Call.

 

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    63 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 31 hours, 34 min
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    Volume 1 - 32 shows - total playtime 15 hours 56 minutes
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    1. Gi Journal 430821 006 Guest Kay Kyser St James Infirmary.mp3
    2. Gi Journal 430910 009 Wait For Me Mary.mp3
    3. Gi Journal 430924 011 Macnamara’s Band.mp3
    4. Gi Journal 431009 012 Thank Your Lucky Stars.mp3
    5. Gi Journal 431022 014 Stealin’ Apples.mp3
    6. Gi Journal 431119 020 Suwannee.mp3
    7. Gi Journal 431126 018 Pushing Sand.mp3
    8. Gi Journal 431211 020 Paper Doll.mp3
    9. Gi Journal 431231 026 Moon Of Mansukka.mp3
    10. Gi Journal 440114 028 Pagan Love Song.mp3
    11. Gi Journal 440122 029 You Were So Right.mp3
    12. Gi Journal 440211 031 I Know That You Know.mp3
    13. Gi Journal 440218 033 Iowa.mp3
    14. Gi Journal 440303 033 Shoo Shoo Baby.mp3
    15. Gi Journal 440310 034 Yearin.mp3
    16. Gi Journal 440421 042 Guest Bob Hope.mp3
    17. Gi Journal 440428 041 Sunday.mp3
    18. Gi Journal 440505 042 Love Love Love.mp3
    19. Gi Journal 440519 044 Great Day.mp3
    20. Gi Journal 440526 045 Bugle Call Rag.mp3
    21. Gi Journal 440602 048 Fine And Dandy.mp3
    22. Gi Journal 440616 048 Bless Em All.mp3
    23. Gi Journal 440707 051 Guest Jack Carson.mp3
    24. Gi Journal 440714 052 Snoqualmie Joe.mp3
    25. Gi Journal 440721 053 Bombardiers Song.mp3
    26. Gi Journal 440728 054 South Of Border.mp3
    27. Gi Journal 440804 055 Chichicastenanga.mp3
    28. Gi Journal 440825 058 How Many Hearts Have You Broken.mp3
    29. Gi Journal 440901 059 Take Night Train To Memphis.mp3
    30. Gi Journal 440908 060 Trolley Song.mp3
    31. Gi Journal 440915 061 Exactly Like You.mp3
    32. Gi Journal 440922 062 Straighten Up And Flly Right.mp3
    Volume 2 - 31 shows - total playtime 15 hours 37 minutes
    MP3 CD
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    1. Gi Journal 441013 065 Guest Ed Sullivan.mp3
    2. Gi Journal 441027 066 Lili Marlene.mp3
    3. Gi Journal 441117 069 Is You Is Or Is You Aint.mp3
    4. Gi Journal 441124 071 Blue Room.mp3
    5. Gi Journal 441201 072 Guest Robert Benchley.mp3
    6. Gi Journal 441215 074 When He Comes Home.mp3
    7. Gi Journal 441222 075 Young Man With A Horn.mp3
    8. Gi Journal 441229 076 Sweet Georgia Brown.mp3
    9. Gi Journal 450105 077 Guest Jack Carson.mp3
    10. Gi Journal 450112 078 My Ideal.mp3
    11. Gi Journal 450118 078 There Goes That Song Again.mp3
    12. Gi Journal 450126 080 Guest William Bendix Arthur Treacher.mp3
    13. Gi Journal 450309 086 Jeepers Creepers.mp3
    14. Gi Journal 450316 087 Guest Jack Benny Paulette Goddard.mp3
    15. Gi Journal 450323 087 Atcheson Topeka And Sante Fe.mp3
    16. Gi Journal 450330 088 Nobodys Sweetheart.mp3
    17. Gi Journal 450406 090 Guest Robert Benchley Linda Darnell.mp3
    18. Gi Journal 450413 091 Guest Monte Wooley William Bendix.mp3
    19. Gi Journal 450420 092 Guest Jack Benny Connie Haines.mp3
    20. Gi Journal 450427 093 Guest Bob Hope Lucille Ball Rochester.mp3
    21. Gi Journal 450518 095 Wanna Eat Juanita.mp3
    22. Gi Journal 450608 098 Guest Joan Blondell.mp3
    23. Gi Journal 450615 099 Jeepers Creepers.mp3
    24. Gi Journal 450622 100 Topic Burlesque.mp3
    25. Gi Journal 450629 101 Choo Choo Polka.mp3
    26. Gi Journal 450713 103 Without A Song.mp3
    27. GI Journal 450831 110 Snoqualomie Jo Jo.mp3
    28. Gi Journal 451005 113 St James Infirmary.mp3
    29. Gi Journal 451117 078 There Goes That Song Again.mp3
    30. Gi Journal 451124 120 Her Tears Flowed Like Rain.mp3
    31. Gi Journal 460112 127 Baby Wont You Please Come Home.mp3
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    63 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 31 hours, 34 min
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    Volume 1 - 32 shows - total playtime 15 hours 56 minutes
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    1. Gi Journal 430821 006 Guest Kay Kyser St James Infirmary.mp3
    2. Gi Journal 430910 009 Wait For Me Mary.mp3
    3. Gi Journal 430924 011 Macnamara’s Band.mp3
    4. Gi Journal 431009 012 Thank Your Lucky Stars.mp3
    5. Gi Journal 431022 014 Stealin’ Apples.mp3
    6. Gi Journal 431119 020 Suwannee.mp3
    7. Gi Journal 431126 018 Pushing Sand.mp3
    8. Gi Journal 431211 020 Paper Doll.mp3
    9. Gi Journal 431231 026 Moon Of Mansukka.mp3
    10. Gi Journal 440114 028 Pagan Love Song.mp3
    11. Gi Journal 440122 029 You Were So Right.mp3
    12. Gi Journal 440211 031 I Know That You Know.mp3
    13. Gi Journal 440218 033 Iowa.mp3
    14. Gi Journal 440303 033 Shoo Shoo Baby.mp3
    15. Gi Journal 440310 034 Yearin.mp3
    16. Gi Journal 440421 042 Guest Bob Hope.mp3
    17. Gi Journal 440428 041 Sunday.mp3
    18. Gi Journal 440505 042 Love Love Love.mp3
    19. Gi Journal 440519 044 Great Day.mp3
    20. Gi Journal 440526 045 Bugle Call Rag.mp3
    21. Gi Journal 440602 048 Fine And Dandy.mp3
    22. Gi Journal 440616 048 Bless Em All.mp3
    23. Gi Journal 440707 051 Guest Jack Carson.mp3
    24. Gi Journal 440714 052 Snoqualmie Joe.mp3
    25. Gi Journal 440721 053 Bombardiers Song.mp3
    26. Gi Journal 440728 054 South Of Border.mp3
    27. Gi Journal 440804 055 Chichicastenanga.mp3
    28. Gi Journal 440825 058 How Many Hearts Have You Broken.mp3
    29. Gi Journal 440901 059 Take Night Train To Memphis.mp3
    30. Gi Journal 440908 060 Trolley Song.mp3
    31. Gi Journal 440915 061 Exactly Like You.mp3
    32. Gi Journal 440922 062 Straighten Up And Flly Right.mp3
    Volume 2 - 31 shows - total playtime 15 hours 37 minutes
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    Volume 2: $5.00
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    1. Gi Journal 441013 065 Guest Ed Sullivan.mp3
    2. Gi Journal 441027 066 Lili Marlene.mp3
    3. Gi Journal 441117 069 Is You Is Or Is You Aint.mp3
    4. Gi Journal 441124 071 Blue Room.mp3
    5. Gi Journal 441201 072 Guest Robert Benchley.mp3
    6. Gi Journal 441215 074 When He Comes Home.mp3
    7. Gi Journal 441222 075 Young Man With A Horn.mp3
    8. Gi Journal 441229 076 Sweet Georgia Brown.mp3
    9. Gi Journal 450105 077 Guest Jack Carson.mp3
    10. Gi Journal 450112 078 My Ideal.mp3
    11. Gi Journal 450118 078 There Goes That Song Again.mp3
    12. Gi Journal 450126 080 Guest William Bendix Arthur Treacher.mp3
    13. Gi Journal 450309 086 Jeepers Creepers.mp3
    14. Gi Journal 450316 087 Guest Jack Benny Paulette Goddard.mp3
    15. Gi Journal 450323 087 Atcheson Topeka And Sante Fe.mp3
    16. Gi Journal 450330 088 Nobodys Sweetheart.mp3
    17. Gi Journal 450406 090 Guest Robert Benchley Linda Darnell.mp3
    18. Gi Journal 450413 091 Guest Monte Wooley William Bendix.mp3
    19. Gi Journal 450420 092 Guest Jack Benny Connie Haines.mp3
    20. Gi Journal 450427 093 Guest Bob Hope Lucille Ball Rochester.mp3
    21. Gi Journal 450518 095 Wanna Eat Juanita.mp3
    22. Gi Journal 450608 098 Guest Joan Blondell.mp3
    23. Gi Journal 450615 099 Jeepers Creepers.mp3
    24. Gi Journal 450622 100 Topic Burlesque.mp3
    25. Gi Journal 450629 101 Choo Choo Polka.mp3
    26. Gi Journal 450713 103 Without A Song.mp3
    27. GI Journal 450831 110 Snoqualomie Jo Jo.mp3
    28. Gi Journal 451005 113 St James Infirmary.mp3
    29. Gi Journal 451117 078 There Goes That Song Again.mp3
    30. Gi Journal 451124 120 Her Tears Flowed Like Rain.mp3
    31. Gi Journal 460112 127 Baby Wont You Please Come Home.mp3
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    63 recordings on 32 Audio CDs
    total playtime 31 hours, 34 min

    Disc A001

    1. Gi Journal 430821 006 Guest Kay Kyser St James Infirmary
    2. Gi Journal 430910 009 Wait For Me Mary

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    Disc A002

    1. Gi Journal 430924 011 Macnamara’s Band
    2. Gi Journal 431009 012 Thank Your Lucky Stars

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    Disc A003

    1. Gi Journal 431022 014 Stealin’ Apples
    2. Gi Journal 431119 020 Suwannee

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    Disc A004

    1. Gi Journal 431126 018 Pushing Sand
    2. Gi Journal 431211 020 Paper Doll

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    Disc A005

    1. Gi Journal 431231 026 Moon Of Mansukka
    2. Gi Journal 440114 028 Pagan Love Song

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    Disc A006

    1. Gi Journal 440122 029 You Were So Right
    2. Gi Journal 440211 031 I Know That You Know

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    Disc A007

    1. Gi Journal 440218 033 Iowa
    2. Gi Journal 440303 033 Shoo Shoo Baby

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    Disc A008

    1. Gi Journal 440310 034 Yearin
    2. Gi Journal 440421 042 Guest Bob Hope

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    Disc A009

    1. Gi Journal 440428 041 Sunday
    2. Gi Journal 440505 042 Love Love Love

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    Disc A010

    1. Gi Journal 440519 044 Great Day
    2. Gi Journal 440526 045 Bugle Call Rag

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    Disc A011

    1. Gi Journal 440602 048 Fine And Dandy
    2. Gi Journal 440616 048 Bless Em All

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    Disc A012

    1. Gi Journal 440707 051 Guest Jack Carson
    2. Gi Journal 440714 052 Snoqualmie Joe

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    Disc A013

    1. Gi Journal 440721 053 Bombardiers Song
    2. Gi Journal 440728 054 South Of Border

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    Disc A014

    1. Gi Journal 440804 055 Chichicastenanga
    2. Gi Journal 440825 058 How Many Hearts Have You Broken

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    Disc A015

    1. Gi Journal 440901 059 Take Night Train To Memphis
    2. Gi Journal 440908 060 Trolley Song

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    Disc A016

    1. Gi Journal 440915 061 Exactly Like You
    2. Gi Journal 440922 062 Straighten Up And Flly Right

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    Disc A017

    1. Gi Journal 441013 065 Guest Ed Sullivan
    2. Gi Journal 441027 066 Lili Marlene

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    Disc A018

    1. Gi Journal 441117 069 Is You Is Or Is You Aint
    2. Gi Journal 441124 071 Blue Room

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    Disc A019

    1. Gi Journal 441201 072 Guest Robert Benchley
    2. Gi Journal 441215 074 When He Comes Home

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    Disc A020

    1. Gi Journal 441222 075 Young Man With A Horn
    2. Gi Journal 441229 076 Sweet Georgia Brown

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    Disc A021

    1. Gi Journal 450105 077 Guest Jack Carson
    2. Gi Journal 450112 078 My Ideal

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    Disc A022

    1. Gi Journal 450118 078 There Goes That Song Again
    2. Gi Journal 450126 080 Guest William Bendix Arthur Treacher

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    Disc A023

    1. Gi Journal 450309 086 Jeepers Creepers
    2. Gi Journal 450316 087 Guest Jack Benny Paulette Goddard

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    Disc A024

    1. Gi Journal 450323 087 Atcheson Topeka And Sante Fe
    2. Gi Journal 450330 088 Nobodys Sweetheart

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    Disc A025

    1. Gi Journal 450406 090 Guest Robert Benchley Linda Darnell
    2. Gi Journal 450413 091 Guest Monte Wooley William Bendix

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    Disc A026

    1. Gi Journal 450420 092 Guest Jack Benny Connie Haines
    2. Gi Journal 450427 093 Guest Bob Hope Lucille Ball Rochester

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    Disc A027

    1. Gi Journal 450518 095 Wanna Eat Juanita
    2. Gi Journal 450608 098 Guest Joan Blondell

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    Disc A028

    1. Gi Journal 450615 099 Jeepers Creepers
    2. Gi Journal 450622 100 Topic Burlesque

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    Disc A029

    1. Gi Journal 450629 101 Choo Choo Polka
    2. Gi Journal 450713 103 Without A Song

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    Disc A030

    1. GI Journal 450831 110 Snoqualomie Jo Jo
    2. Gi Journal 451005 113 St James Infirmary

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    Disc A031

    1. Gi Journal 451117 078 There Goes That Song Again
    2. Gi Journal 451124 120 Her Tears Flowed Like Rain

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    Disc A032

    1. Gi Journal 460112 127 Baby Wont You Please Come Home

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