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News Recordings 1949

This year is both the end of the WWII decade and a prelude to the consumer culture of the 1950s.

35 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 19 hours, 43 min)
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"Comic Book Seduction"



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Truth About Comic BooksSolviet Atomic Bomb 1949Savings Bonds 1949Norman Corwin 1949

1949 is both the end of the WWII decade and a prelude to the consumer culture of the 1950s. Radio news from the time shows the difference between news and history. There are a number of significant advances in science, technology and military hardware during 1949, several we recognize today as being significant, but because of Cold War secrecy were little reported at the time.

On Jan 21, a report on “Seduction of the Innocent”, the power of comic books to influence Juvenile Delinquency. (A book by the same title will be published in 1954. Its influence will lead to the Comics Code of America.)

On January 30, NBC's Living turns to none other than Fred Allen to discuss the State of American Humor.

Bob Hope and company have a sketch on the first program of the late season which has an imagined visit by Joe Stalin the the USA.

Mel Allen talks about the state of baseball on the March 12 edition of his Saturday Sports Special.

On April 4, the Veterans of Foreign Wars celebrates its Golden Jubilee. On the same day, the North Atlantic Treaty is signed. The treaty, which was intended as a mutual defense pact against a Soviet attack on Western Europe, lead to the formation of NATO.

Ponder comes from behind to win the Kentucky Derby on May 7th. The Berlin Airlift ends as the Soviets lift the blockade of the city (on August 29, “Joe 1”, the first Soviet atomic bomb, is detonated in a test).

Opportunity USA was a special variety show to promote US Savings Bonds on May 19.

The Armed Forces Radio produced a half hour program in 1949 which told the story of AFRS. The largest radio network in the world, AFRS didn't even exist at the beginning of the decade, or even at the beginning on the War. As American servicemen were still assigned to important overseas posts in peacetime, AFRS was there, a vital weapon of the Cold War.

The July 1 edition of Wendy Warren and the News reports the end of closing arguments in the first Alger Hiss perjury trial. Hiss had been accused of being a Communist while in government service, which he denied. The allegation was later proved to be factual.

Norman Corwin explores what it means to be Citizen of the World on July 10.

In October a “subway series” was held as the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees played for the top spot in baseball. Game five made history as the Ebbets Field lights were turned on, making it the first World Series game to finish under artificial lights.

On November 18, We The People imagines an interplanetary football game and speaks to the astronomer who discovered the planet Pluto in 1930.

An Army of Stars Salutes the Salvation Army at Christmas 1949 was a funding appeal by the Salvation Army on Christmas day, broadcast from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, New York and Hollywood.

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    total playtime 19 hours, 43 min
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      35 shows - total playtime 19 hours 43 minutes
      1. News 490121 CBC Comic Books Seduction Of The Innocent.mp3
      2. News 490128 CAN Bob Hope March Dimes Special Philadephia.mp3
      3. News 490130 NBC Living 1949 State American Humor Fred Allen.mp3
      4. News 490208 NBC The Bob Hope Show Stalin Visits America.mp3
      5. News 4902xx Harry S Truman The Creation of NATO.mp3
      6. News 490312 BBCTV Princess Elizabeth at Coventry and Oxford.mp3
      7. News 490312 MBS Mel Allen Saturday Sports Special.mp3
      8. News 490327 ABC Walter Winchell Bert Parks Wife Has A Baby.mp3
      9. News 490404 AFRS VFW Golden Jubilee Show.mp3
      10. News 490404 CBC Creation of NATO.mp3
      11. News 490410 KBMY Lew White Organ Program 324.mp3
      12. News 490507 WHAS Kentucky Derby Clem McCarthy.mp3
      13. News 490519 ABC Opportunity USA Alan Ladd Bing Crosby et al.mp3
      14. News 490627 BBCTV Channel Islands Welcome Royal Visitors.mp3
      15. News 490701 CBS Wendy Warren And The News.mp3
      16. News 490703 NBC Special George Murphy.mp3
      17. News 490710 CBS Citizen World Lee J Cobb Norman Corwin.mp3
      18. News 491006 BBC Foundation Health Service Aneurin Bevan.mp3
      19. News 491007 MBS World Series Game 3 Yankees vs Dodgers.mp3
      20. News 491008 MBS World Series Game 4 Yankees vs Dodgers.mp3
      21. News 491009 MBS World Series Game 5 Yankees vs Dodgers.mp3
      22. News 491021 CBC Discovering The Dead Sea Scrolls.mp3
      23. News 491024 KSTP News.mp3
      24. News 491102 Winston Churchill On Writing.mp3
      25. News 491118 CBS We The People Live From Mars.mp3
      26. News 491225 SYN Army Stars Salutes Salvation Army Xmas 1949.mp3
      27. News 49xxxx AFRS Armed Forces Radio Story.mp3
      28. News 49xxxx AFRS How Sleep the Brave Memorial Day.mp3
      29. News 49xxxx Cold War Blood Crisis.mp3
      30. News 49xxxx NBC The Passing Parade Empire State Crash.mp3
      31. News 49xxxx Truman script describes end Berlin Blockade.mp3
      32. News 49xxxx USO On With The Show.mp3
      33. News 49xxxx WCCO People and Events of 1949.mp3
      34. News 49xxxx WJLS 10th Anniversary Program PARTIAL.mp3
      35. News 94xxxx SYNTV Year by Year Univ Newsreels Top Stories.mp3
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      35 shows - total playtime 19 hours 43 minutes
      1. News 490121 CBC Comic Books Seduction Of The Innocent.mp3
      2. News 490128 CAN Bob Hope March Dimes Special Philadephia.mp3
      3. News 490130 NBC Living 1949 State American Humor Fred Allen.mp3
      4. News 490208 NBC The Bob Hope Show Stalin Visits America.mp3
      5. News 4902xx Harry S Truman The Creation of NATO.mp3
      6. News 490312 BBCTV Princess Elizabeth at Coventry and Oxford.mp3
      7. News 490312 MBS Mel Allen Saturday Sports Special.mp3
      8. News 490327 ABC Walter Winchell Bert Parks Wife Has A Baby.mp3
      9. News 490404 AFRS VFW Golden Jubilee Show.mp3
      10. News 490404 CBC Creation of NATO.mp3
      11. News 490410 KBMY Lew White Organ Program 324.mp3
      12. News 490507 WHAS Kentucky Derby Clem McCarthy.mp3
      13. News 490519 ABC Opportunity USA Alan Ladd Bing Crosby et al.mp3
      14. News 490627 BBCTV Channel Islands Welcome Royal Visitors.mp3
      15. News 490701 CBS Wendy Warren And The News.mp3
      16. News 490703 NBC Special George Murphy.mp3
      17. News 490710 CBS Citizen World Lee J Cobb Norman Corwin.mp3
      18. News 491006 BBC Foundation Health Service Aneurin Bevan.mp3
      19. News 491007 MBS World Series Game 3 Yankees vs Dodgers.mp3
      20. News 491008 MBS World Series Game 4 Yankees vs Dodgers.mp3
      21. News 491009 MBS World Series Game 5 Yankees vs Dodgers.mp3
      22. News 491021 CBC Discovering The Dead Sea Scrolls.mp3
      23. News 491024 KSTP News.mp3
      24. News 491102 Winston Churchill On Writing.mp3
      25. News 491118 CBS We The People Live From Mars.mp3
      26. News 491225 SYN Army Stars Salutes Salvation Army Xmas 1949.mp3
      27. News 49xxxx AFRS Armed Forces Radio Story.mp3
      28. News 49xxxx AFRS How Sleep the Brave Memorial Day.mp3
      29. News 49xxxx Cold War Blood Crisis.mp3
      30. News 49xxxx NBC The Passing Parade Empire State Crash.mp3
      31. News 49xxxx Truman script describes end Berlin Blockade.mp3
      32. News 49xxxx USO On With The Show.mp3
      33. News 49xxxx WCCO People and Events of 1949.mp3
      34. News 49xxxx WJLS 10th Anniversary Program PARTIAL.mp3
      35. News 94xxxx SYNTV Year by Year Univ Newsreels Top Stories.mp3
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    35 recordings on 12 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 57 min

    News Recordings 1949 Disc A001

    1. News 4902xx Harry S Truman The Creation of NATO
    2. News 49xxxx AFRS Armed Forces Radio Story

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A002

    1. News 49xxxx AFRS How Sleep the Brave Memorial Day
    2. News 49xxxx Cold War Blood Crisis
    3. News 49xxxx NBC The Passing Parade Empire State Crash
    4. News 49xxxx Truman script describes end Berlin Blockade

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A003

    1. News 49xxxx USO On With The Show
    2. News 49xxxx WCCO People and Events of 1949
    3. News 49xxxx WJLS 10th Anniversary Program PARTIAL

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A004

    1. News 94xxxx SYNTV Year by Year Univ Newsreels Top Stories
    2. News 490121 CBC Comic Books Seduction Of The Innocent

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A005

    1. News 490128 CAN Bob Hope March Dimes Special Philadephia
    2. News 490130 NBC Living 1949 State American Humor Fred Allen
    3. News 490208 NBC The Bob Hope Show Stalin Visits America

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A006

    1. News 490312 BBCTV Princess Elizabeth at Coventry and Oxford
    2. News 490312 MBS Mel Allen Saturday Sports Special
    3. News 490327 ABC Walter Winchell Bert Parks Wife Has A Baby
    4. News 490404 AFRS VFW Golden Jubilee Show
    5. News 490404 CBC Creation of NATO

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A007

    1. News 490410 KBMY Lew White Organ Program 324
    2. News 490507 WHAS Kentucky Derby Clem McCarthy

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A008

    1. News 490519 ABC Opportunity USA Alan Ladd Bing Crosby et al
    2. News 490627 BBCTV Channel Islands Welcome Royal Visitors

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A009

    1. News 490701 CBS Wendy Warren And The News

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A010

    1. News 490703 NBC Special George Murphy

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A011

    1. News 490710 CBS Citizen World Lee J Cobb Norman Corwin
    2. News 491006 BBC Foundation Health Service Aneurin Bevan
    3. News 491021 CBC Discovering The Dead Sea Scrolls
    4. News 491024 KSTP News

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    News Recordings 1949 Disc A012

    1. News 491102 Winston Churchill On Writing
    2. News 491118 CBS We The People Live From Mars
    3. News 491225 SYN Army Stars Salutes Salvation Army Xmas 1949

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