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Jill's All-Time Jukebox

The Allied counterpart of the infamous Tokyo Rose, GI Jill was played by girl next door Martha Wilkerson. Update: additional broadcast

21 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 10 hours, 2 min)
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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Jill's JukeboxJane WymanBy February 1945, the Armed Forces Radio Service had 122 different programs in production, all of which were produced, recorded, pressed onto transcription disks, and shipped to the different theaters of the War, all on a weekly or more frequent basis. That the programs were an incredible boost to Allied troops on every front cannot be denied, but of all 122 shows, it should be noted that more than a quarter of the fan mail that came to the AFRS Studios in Hollywood was for one show, a simple 15-minute disc jockey show called G.I. Jive.

The program started with a simple concept. Five days a week (eventually six), someone would sit in the studio and play a selection of popular recordings. The original idea was to bring in a guest disc jockey for each episode. Several of the platter spinners were pin-up girls from the pages of Yank magazine, the show’s sponsor. Pin-up DJs included Jane Wyman, Ann Rutherford, Ethel Smith, Donna Reed, and more. For some episodes, servicemen taking time off from their Southern California bases were pressed into DJ duty. After 600 episodes, the show had a format change. Instead of hearing a pin-up girl or a G.I. behind the mic, the troops heard the welcoming girl-next-door voice of G.I, Jill, played by Martha Wilkerson.

Martha was a young mother and housewife who was working in the Office of War Information. Before taking the duties on G.I. Jive, she and husband Mort Werner had a morning program on KFRC San Francisco called Hi Neighbor, with the Werner’s performing as Jack ‘n’ Jill. When the War started, Werner ran the Office of War Information in the Taft Building in Hollywood, on the corner of Hollywood and Vine.

As G.I. Jill, Wilkerson became an Allied counterpart of the infamous Tokyo Rose. Wrote one sergeant serving in the Pacific: “Your cheerful voice does wonders to our morale. Tokyo Rose is also on the air. It’s as if two women of enemy countries were battling for men’s minds. I’m glad you’re winning, Jill.”

The patter on G.I. Jive was more “girl next door” personal than Pin-up girl glamorous, and it touched a chord with the troops. It was obvious that Jill had a genuine affection for her listeners which they returned. Judging by the amount of mail (Wilkerson reputedly tried to answer each letter with at least a short note and a picture), it was obvious that the troops couldn’t get enough of G.I. Jill, so they gave them more on Jill’s All-Time Juke Box.

The setup was that the discs on All-Time Juke Box came from Jill’s personal collection, which accounted for the sometimes poor quality or the recordings (“Believe me, they’ve lived!” enthused Jill). The new show was expanded to a half-hour, in contrast to the quarter hour of G.I. Jive. Jill had no problem whatsoever holding the men’s attention for that long.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
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    21 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 10 hours, 2 min
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      21 shows - total playtime 10 hours 2 minutes
      1. Jills All Time Jukebox 001 440926 Premiere Broadcast.mp3
      2. Jills All Time Jukebox 017 Compton Turnpike.mp3
      3. Jills All Time Jukebox 029 Lullaby In Rhythm.mp3
      4. Jills All Time Jukebox 035 Lets Dance.mp3
      5. Jills All Time Jukebox 036 Temptation Afrs.mp3
      6. Jills All Time Jukebox 040 Loch Lomond.mp3
      7. Jills All Time Jukebox 048 Boogie Woogie.mp3
      8. Jills All Time Jukebox 050 Mission To Moscow.mp3
      9. Jills All Time Jukebox 051 Rollem Afrs.mp3
      10. Jills All Time Jukebox 104 I Got Rhythm Benny Goodman Part 1.mp3
      11. Jills All Time Jukebox 107 Muscrat Ramble Sindney Bechet Pt1.mp3
      12. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 001 Woodchoppers Ball W.Herman.mp3
      13. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 101 Caravan Bunny Berigan.mp3
      14. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 102 Down South Camp B.Goodman.mp3
      15. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 103 Study Brown Bunny Berigan.mp3
      16. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 104 I Got Rhythm Benny Goodman.mp3
      17. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 107 Muskrat Ramble Dixieland.mp3
      18. Jills All Time Jukebox 450000 36 Temptation.mp3
      19. Jills All Time Jukebox 450814 030 Chattanooga Choo Choo.mp3
      20. Jills All Time Jukebox 450821 31 Buckle Down Winsocki.mp3
      21. Jills All Time Jukebox 461225 Christmas Special.mp3
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    21 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 10 hours, 2 min
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      21 shows - total playtime 10 hours 2 minutes
      1. Jills All Time Jukebox 001 440926 Premiere Broadcast.mp3
      2. Jills All Time Jukebox 017 Compton Turnpike.mp3
      3. Jills All Time Jukebox 029 Lullaby In Rhythm.mp3
      4. Jills All Time Jukebox 035 Lets Dance.mp3
      5. Jills All Time Jukebox 036 Temptation Afrs.mp3
      6. Jills All Time Jukebox 040 Loch Lomond.mp3
      7. Jills All Time Jukebox 048 Boogie Woogie.mp3
      8. Jills All Time Jukebox 050 Mission To Moscow.mp3
      9. Jills All Time Jukebox 051 Rollem Afrs.mp3
      10. Jills All Time Jukebox 104 I Got Rhythm Benny Goodman Part 1.mp3
      11. Jills All Time Jukebox 107 Muscrat Ramble Sindney Bechet Pt1.mp3
      12. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 001 Woodchoppers Ball W.Herman.mp3
      13. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 101 Caravan Bunny Berigan.mp3
      14. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 102 Down South Camp B.Goodman.mp3
      15. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 103 Study Brown Bunny Berigan.mp3
      16. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 104 I Got Rhythm Benny Goodman.mp3
      17. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 107 Muskrat Ramble Dixieland.mp3
      18. Jills All Time Jukebox 450000 36 Temptation.mp3
      19. Jills All Time Jukebox 450814 030 Chattanooga Choo Choo.mp3
      20. Jills All Time Jukebox 450821 31 Buckle Down Winsocki.mp3
      21. Jills All Time Jukebox 461225 Christmas Special.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    21 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 2 min

    Jills All-Time Jukebox Disc A001

    1. Jills All Time Jukebox 017 Compton Turnpike
    2. Jills All Time Jukebox 029 Lullaby In Rhythm

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    Jills All-Time Jukebox Disc A002

    1. Jills All Time Jukebox 035 Lets Dance
    2. Jills All Time Jukebox 036 Temptation Afrs

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    Jills All-Time Jukebox Disc A003

    1. Jills All Time Jukebox 040 Loch Lomond
    2. Jills All Time Jukebox 048 Boogie Woogie

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    Jills All-Time Jukebox Disc A004

    1. Jills All Time Jukebox 050 Mission To Moscow
    2. Jills All Time Jukebox 051 Rollem Afrs

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    Jills All-Time Jukebox Disc A005

    1. Jills All Time Jukebox 104 I Got Rhythm Benny Goodman Part 1
    2. Jills All Time Jukebox 107 Muscrat Ramble Sindney Bechet Pt1
    3. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 001 Woodchoppers Ball W.Herman

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    Jills All-Time Jukebox Disc A006

    1. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 101 Caravan Bunny Berigan
    2. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 102 Down South Camp B.Goodman

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    Jills All-Time Jukebox Disc A007

    1. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 103 Study Brown Bunny Berigan
    2. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 104 I Got Rhythm Benny Goodman

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    Jills All-Time Jukebox Disc A008

    1. Jills All Time Jukebox 400000 107 Muskrat Ramble Dixieland
    2. Jills All Time Jukebox 001 440926 Premiere Broadcast

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    Jills All-Time Jukebox Disc A009

    1. Jills All Time Jukebox 450000 36 Temptation
    2. Jills All Time Jukebox 450814 030 Chattanooga Choo Choo

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    Jills All-Time Jukebox Disc A010

    1. Jills All Time Jukebox 450821 31 Buckle Down Winsocki
    2. Jills All Time Jukebox 461225 Christmas Special

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