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News Recordings 1948

America was getting back to normal a couple of years after WWII. Newsworthy events include the New Years Eve Blizzard, Russians in Korea, Atom Bomb Tests, Arab-Israeli War, and the beginnings of the Red Scare."

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John Cameron
1948 BlizzardAfter two full years of peace,  there is an expectation that things are finally "getting back to normal" by the time calendars turn to 1948. As we hear in John Cameron Swayze's NBC news report on the morning of January 1, the modern world moves too fast for there to be such a thing as normal.


Most of the country is in the grips of the New Years Eve Blizzard, which has disrupted travel, electricity and the distribution of fuel oil along the eastern seaboard and parts of the Midwest.

WEEI in Boston sponsors the Job Center of the Air on Sunday mornings to match veterans with available jobs. On January 11, Walter Winchell reports, among other things that the Russians offered to leave the Korean Peninsula, but implies that should they do so a Communist revolution will sweep Korea.

The USO Camp Shows come to a close with a star-studded farewell program on Jan 22, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Frances Langford and many others.

On Jan 30, NBC News reports the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi. On February 8, John Fisher reports to Canada of the depressing conditions in post-War Europe.

Tony ZaleOn April 3, broadcasters try to answer concerns over the atom bomb when a listener writes in asking if the test bombs could be related to changes in the weather. A team of Hollywood celebrities led by Al Jolson on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal present Operation Nightmare to publicize the plight of displaced persons after the War.

Citation wins the Kentucky Derby on May 1, on his way to winning the Triple Crown (citation is the last Triple Crown winner until Secretariat in 1973).

Israel declares independence at the end of the British Mandate over Palestine on May 14. The Arab-Israeli War starts almost immediately.

On May 17, the Multnomah County Republican Committee sponsors the first audio recorded Presidential debate between Governor Dewey and Governor Stassen. The body of the discussion centers on whether the Communist Party should be outlawed.

On June 10, Tony Zale and Rocky Graciano met for the third time in 21 months to dispute the middleweight crown in a boxing match., Zale wins by decisive knockout in the 11th round. Another repeat bout came between Joe Louis and Jersey Joe Walcott on June 22. Louis kept the heavyweight title after an 11th round knockout.

TrumanThe German capital of Berlin was deep in Soviet occupied territory, but the capital itself was occupied by the four Allied powers. The Soviets blocked rail and canal access to Berlin, supposedly dooming those in the US, British and French zones to starvation. Instead, the Western powers began a massive airlift, beginning on June 24, to bring needed supplies to the besieged city. The Berlin Airlift is considered the opening battle of the Cold War.

On July 20, President Truman institutes a peacetime draft (on July 26, he signs an Executive Order ending racial segregation of the Armed Services).

The 1948 Olympic Games open in London on July 29. The London Games, which had been rescheduled twice due to the War, were nearly moved to an alternate site because of rationing and financial problems in Great Britain, But King George  VI insisted the games go on to restore British prestige.

Labor unrest and strikes in the late summer fuel the beginnings of a "Red Scare" due to supposed communist ties amongst the leadership.

On October 30, President Truman makes a speech at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis near the end of a long and bitter campaign for reelection. He has victory comments from Independence, MO, on November 3. The British broadcasting reports the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Charles from Buckingham Palace on Nov 14.

On December 5, Walter Winchell reports that street fighting could break out in Berlin at any time. The same day, the NBC University of Chicago Round Table addresses  the problem of race relations in the post-War world, specifically the relationship between white Europeans and the colored peoples of the World. The discussion comes on the eve of the UN General Assembly's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On Christmas, Bob Hope and his gang flew to Berlin to entertain the boys working on the Berlin Airlift.

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      66 shows - total playtime 21 hours 10 minutes
      1. News 480101 NBC News.mp3
      2. News 480103 NBC News Of World.mp3
      3. News 480111 ABC Jergens Journal Walter Winchell $40k.mp3
      4. News 480111 WEEI Job Center Jobs For Vets.mp3
      5. News 480121 WXYZ Sandlotter Unusual Sportsmen War Exp.mp3
      6. News 480122 NBC USO Camp Tour USO Farewell Program.mp3
      7. News 480128 BBC B.Russell Fr Fr.Copleston Debate Exist God.mp3
      8. News 480130 NBC News Of World Gandhi Special.mp3
      9. News 480206 NBC News Of World.mp3
      10. News 480208 CBC Post War Europe John Fisher.mp3
      11. News 480307 ABC Walter Winchell 7 Crashed Airmen Rescued.mp3
      12. News 480321 CBS Peoples Platform Should Draft be Restored.mp3
      13. News 480403 CBC Atom Bomb.mp3
      14. News 480403 CBS Operation Nightmare 01 Displaced Persons.mp3
      15. News 480409 CBS Operation Nightmare 02 Nightmare Chapter 2.mp3
      16. News 480410 CBS Cross Section USA.mp3
      17. News 480417 CBS Play Ball Pee Wee Reese 15 minutes missing.mp3
      18. News 480427 CBS Wendy Warren News.mp3
      19. News 480501 WHAS Kentucky Derby Clem McCarthy.mp3
      20. News 480517 NBC Dewey Stassen Debate.mp3
      21. News 480529 KFI Tillamook Kitchen of Air Hot Potato Salad.mp3
      22. News 480531 CBS KNX Midnight Merry Go Round.mp3
      23. News 4805xx NBC Clifton Utley Commentary Palestine.mp3
      24. News 480610 MBS KBMY Tony Zale Vs Rocky Graziano.mp3
      25. News 480625 ABC Gillette Cav Sports Joe Louis v Joe Walcott.mp3
      26. News 480628 BBC Hon Clement Attlee Welcomes Olympic Athletes.mp3
      27. News 480704 BBC Attlee New Social Services and Citizen.mp3
      28. News 480712 SYN Adventure Inc Pappy Boyington.mp3
      29. News 480716 MBS Alvin Helfer News.mp3
      30. News 480722 ABC Voice of Nation.mp3
      31. News 480725 NBC Lets Talk Hollywood George Murphy E.Bracken.mp3
      32. News 4808xx BBC Olympic Teams Visit Buckingham Palace.mp3
      33. News 480905 ABC Jergens Journal Walter Winchell.mp3
      34. News 480912 ABC Louella Parsons Farley Granger Edith Head.mp3
      35. News 480914 KGHL NBC News.mp3
      36. News 480926 CBS Louella Parsons George Raft.mp3
      37. News 480927 Radio New Zealand Ext Service Inaugural.mp3
      38. News 481021 General Lucius Clay on Berlin Airlift.mp3
      39. News 481030 AFRS Truman Address at Kiel Auditorium St Louis.mp3
      40. News 481031 KGHL or KBMY Beale Reformation Sunday.mp3
      41. News 481031 WQXR Halloween Nightmare.mp3
      42. News 481103 CBS Report Nation Sgt Ben Kuroki M.Sullivan.mp3
      43. News 481103 NBC Truman Remarks Victory Celebration.mp3
      44. News 481114 BBC Birth of HRH Prince Charles.mp3
      45. News 481205 ABC Jergens Journal Walter Winchell.mp3
      46. News 481205 CBS Louella Parsons Ethel Barrymore.mp3
      47. News 481205 NBC University Chicago Rndtble Race World Peace.mp3
      48. News 481219 ABC Walter Winchell Geography Books Are Wrong.mp3
      49. News 481225 AFRS Command Perf Christmas 1948 Cass Daley.mp3
      50. News 481225 AFRS Command Perf Christmas Special Part 1.mp3
      51. News 481225 AFRS Command Perf Christmas Special Part 2.mp3
      52. News 481225 NBC Mary Lee Taylor Christmas Story.mp3
      53. News 481226 ABC Walter Winchell Final Broadcast Jergens.mp3
      54. News 481228 AFRS Bob Hope Show Christmas Show Berlin.mp3
      55. News 481231 NBC Bill Sterns 479 George Raft Year Review.mp3
      56. News 4812xx MBS Top Tunes Of 48.mp3
      57. News 4812xx SYN Cavalcade of 1948 United Press.mp3
      58. News 48xxxx CBS Edward R Murrow I Can Hear It Now 1933 1945.mp3
      59. News 48xxxx CBS UN Radio Btwn Dark Daylight Edward R Murrow.mp3
      60. News 48xxxx David Ben Gurion Israel.mp3
      61. News 48xxxx Election Song Truman Im Just Wild About Harry.mp3
      62. News 48xxxx Election Song Wallace Ive Got a Ballot.mp3
      63. News 48xxxx RIAS Berlin Interval Signal ID.mp3
      64. News xxxxxx DW Beginn der Berlin Blockade 24 June 1948.mp3
      65. News xxxxxx Harry S Truman on 1948 Berlin Airlift.mp3
      66. News xxxxxx Truman Describes 1948 Soviet Blockade Berlin.mp3
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    total playtime 21 hours, 10 min
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      66 shows - total playtime 21 hours 10 minutes
      1. News 480101 NBC News.mp3
      2. News 480103 NBC News Of World.mp3
      3. News 480111 ABC Jergens Journal Walter Winchell $40k.mp3
      4. News 480111 WEEI Job Center Jobs For Vets.mp3
      5. News 480121 WXYZ Sandlotter Unusual Sportsmen War Exp.mp3
      6. News 480122 NBC USO Camp Tour USO Farewell Program.mp3
      7. News 480128 BBC B.Russell Fr Fr.Copleston Debate Exist God.mp3
      8. News 480130 NBC News Of World Gandhi Special.mp3
      9. News 480206 NBC News Of World.mp3
      10. News 480208 CBC Post War Europe John Fisher.mp3
      11. News 480307 ABC Walter Winchell 7 Crashed Airmen Rescued.mp3
      12. News 480321 CBS Peoples Platform Should Draft be Restored.mp3
      13. News 480403 CBC Atom Bomb.mp3
      14. News 480403 CBS Operation Nightmare 01 Displaced Persons.mp3
      15. News 480409 CBS Operation Nightmare 02 Nightmare Chapter 2.mp3
      16. News 480410 CBS Cross Section USA.mp3
      17. News 480417 CBS Play Ball Pee Wee Reese 15 minutes missing.mp3
      18. News 480427 CBS Wendy Warren News.mp3
      19. News 480501 WHAS Kentucky Derby Clem McCarthy.mp3
      20. News 480517 NBC Dewey Stassen Debate.mp3
      21. News 480529 KFI Tillamook Kitchen of Air Hot Potato Salad.mp3
      22. News 480531 CBS KNX Midnight Merry Go Round.mp3
      23. News 4805xx NBC Clifton Utley Commentary Palestine.mp3
      24. News 480610 MBS KBMY Tony Zale Vs Rocky Graziano.mp3
      25. News 480625 ABC Gillette Cav Sports Joe Louis v Joe Walcott.mp3
      26. News 480628 BBC Hon Clement Attlee Welcomes Olympic Athletes.mp3
      27. News 480704 BBC Attlee New Social Services and Citizen.mp3
      28. News 480712 SYN Adventure Inc Pappy Boyington.mp3
      29. News 480716 MBS Alvin Helfer News.mp3
      30. News 480722 ABC Voice of Nation.mp3
      31. News 480725 NBC Lets Talk Hollywood George Murphy E.Bracken.mp3
      32. News 4808xx BBC Olympic Teams Visit Buckingham Palace.mp3
      33. News 480905 ABC Jergens Journal Walter Winchell.mp3
      34. News 480912 ABC Louella Parsons Farley Granger Edith Head.mp3
      35. News 480914 KGHL NBC News.mp3
      36. News 480926 CBS Louella Parsons George Raft.mp3
      37. News 480927 Radio New Zealand Ext Service Inaugural.mp3
      38. News 481021 General Lucius Clay on Berlin Airlift.mp3
      39. News 481030 AFRS Truman Address at Kiel Auditorium St Louis.mp3
      40. News 481031 KGHL or KBMY Beale Reformation Sunday.mp3
      41. News 481031 WQXR Halloween Nightmare.mp3
      42. News 481103 CBS Report Nation Sgt Ben Kuroki M.Sullivan.mp3
      43. News 481103 NBC Truman Remarks Victory Celebration.mp3
      44. News 481114 BBC Birth of HRH Prince Charles.mp3
      45. News 481205 ABC Jergens Journal Walter Winchell.mp3
      46. News 481205 CBS Louella Parsons Ethel Barrymore.mp3
      47. News 481205 NBC University Chicago Rndtble Race World Peace.mp3
      48. News 481219 ABC Walter Winchell Geography Books Are Wrong.mp3
      49. News 481225 AFRS Command Perf Christmas 1948 Cass Daley.mp3
      50. News 481225 AFRS Command Perf Christmas Special Part 1.mp3
      51. News 481225 AFRS Command Perf Christmas Special Part 2.mp3
      52. News 481225 NBC Mary Lee Taylor Christmas Story.mp3
      53. News 481226 ABC Walter Winchell Final Broadcast Jergens.mp3
      54. News 481228 AFRS Bob Hope Show Christmas Show Berlin.mp3
      55. News 481231 NBC Bill Sterns 479 George Raft Year Review.mp3
      56. News 4812xx MBS Top Tunes Of 48.mp3
      57. News 4812xx SYN Cavalcade of 1948 United Press.mp3
      58. News 48xxxx CBS Edward R Murrow I Can Hear It Now 1933 1945.mp3
      59. News 48xxxx CBS UN Radio Btwn Dark Daylight Edward R Murrow.mp3
      60. News 48xxxx David Ben Gurion Israel.mp3
      61. News 48xxxx Election Song Truman Im Just Wild About Harry.mp3
      62. News 48xxxx Election Song Wallace Ive Got a Ballot.mp3
      63. News 48xxxx RIAS Berlin Interval Signal ID.mp3
      64. News xxxxxx DW Beginn der Berlin Blockade 24 June 1948.mp3
      65. News xxxxxx Harry S Truman on 1948 Berlin Airlift.mp3
      66. News xxxxxx Truman Describes 1948 Soviet Blockade Berlin.mp3
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    66 recordings on 24 Audio CDs
    total playtime 21 hours, 10 min

    Disc A001

    1. News 4805xx NBC Clifton Utley Commentary Palestine
    2. News 4808xx BBC Olympic Teams Visit Buckingham Palace
    3. News 4812xx MBS Top Tunes Of 48

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    Disc A002

    1. News 4812xx SYN Cavalcade of 1948 United Press

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    Disc A003

    1. News 48xxxx CBS Edward R Murrow I Can Hear It Now 1933 1945

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    Disc A004

    1. News 48xxxx CBS UN Radio Btwn Dark Daylight Edward R Murrow
    2. News 48xxxx David Ben Gurion Israel
    3. News 48xxxx Election Song Truman Im Just Wild About Harry
    4. News 48xxxx Election Song Wallace Ive Got a Ballot
    5. News 48xxxx RIAS Berlin Interval Signal ID
    6. News xxxxxx DW Beginn der Berlin Blockade 24 June 1948
    7. News xxxxxx Harry S Truman on 1948 Berlin Airlift
    8. News xxxxxx Truman Describes 1948 Soviet Blockade Berlin
    9. News 480101 NBC News
    10. News 480103 NBC News Of World
    11. News 480111 ABC Jergens Journal Walter Winchell $40k

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    Disc A005

    1. News 480111 WEEI Job Center Jobs For Vets
    2. News 480121 WXYZ Sandlotter Unusual Sportsmen War Exp
    3. News 480122 NBC USO Camp Tour USO Farewell Program

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    Disc A006

    1. News 480128 BBC B.Russell Fr Fr.Copleston Debate Exist God
    2. News 480130 NBC News Of World Gandhi Special
    3. News 480206 NBC News Of World

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    Disc A007

    1. News 480208 CBC Post War Europe John Fisher
    2. News 480307 ABC Walter Winchell 7 Crashed Airmen Rescued
    3. News 480321 CBS Peoples Platform Should Draft be Restored
    4. News 480403 CBC Atom Bomb

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    Disc A008

    1. News 480403 CBS Operation Nightmare 01 Displaced Persons
    2. News 480409 CBS Operation Nightmare 02 Nightmare Chapter 2

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    Disc A009

    1. News 480410 CBS Cross Section USA

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    Disc A010

    1. News 480417 CBS Play Ball Pee Wee Reese 15 minutes missing
    2. News 480427 CBS Wendy Warren News
    3. News 480501 WHAS Kentucky Derby Clem McCarthy

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    Disc A011

    1. News 480517 NBC Dewey Stassen Debate

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    Disc A012

    1. News 480529 KFI Tillamook Kitchen of Air Hot Potato Salad
    2. News 480531 CBS KNX Midnight Merry Go Round
    3. News 480610 MBS KBMY Tony Zale Vs Rocky Graziano

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    Disc A013

    1. News 480625 ABC Gillette Cav Sports Joe Louis v Joe Walcott
    2. News 480628 BBC Hon Clement Attlee Welcomes Olympic Athletes

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    Disc A014

    1. News 480704 BBC Attlee New Social Services and Citizen
    2. News 480712 SYN Adventure Inc Pappy Boyington
    3. News 480716 MBS Alvin Helfer News
    4. News 480722 ABC Voice of Nation

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    Disc A015

    1. News 480725 NBC Lets Talk Hollywood George Murphy E.Bracken
    2. News 480905 ABC Jergens Journal Walter Winchell
    3. News 480912 ABC Louella Parsons Farley Granger Edith Head
    4. News 480914 KGHL NBC News

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    Disc A016

    1. News 480926 CBS Louella Parsons George Raft
    2. News 480927 Radio New Zealand Ext Service Inaugural
    3. News 481021 General Lucius Clay on Berlin Airlift
    4. News 481030 AFRS Truman Address at Kiel Auditorium St Louis

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    Disc A017

    1. News 481031 KGHL or KBMY Beale Reformation Sunday
    2. News 481031 WQXR Halloween Nightmare
    3. News 481103 CBS Report Nation Sgt Ben Kuroki M.Sullivan
    4. News 481103 NBC Truman Remarks Victory Celebration
    5. News 481114 BBC Birth of HRH Prince Charles

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    Disc A018

    1. News 481205 ABC Jergens Journal Walter Winchell
    2. News 481205 CBS Louella Parsons Ethel Barrymore
    3. News 481205 NBC University Chicago Rndtble Race World Peace

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    Disc A019

    1. News 481219 ABC Walter Winchell Geography Books Are Wrong

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    Disc A020

    1. News 481225 AFRS Command Perf Christmas 1948 Cass Daley

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    Disc A021

    1. News 481225 AFRS Command Perf Christmas Special Part 1

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    Disc A022

    1. News 481225 AFRS Command Perf Christmas Special Part 2

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    Disc A023

    1. News 481225 NBC Mary Lee Taylor Christmas Story
    2. News 481226 ABC Walter Winchell Final Broadcast Jergens
    3. News 481228 AFRS Bob Hope Show Christmas Show Berlin

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    Disc A024

    1. News 481231 NBC Bill Sterns 479 George Raft Year Review

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