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Now Hear This

This well written 1951 series from the Navy Recruiting Service shows the Navy in its best and most attractive light.

20 old time radio show recordings
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"Fire At Sea"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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US Navy 1951

The US Navy has been in business since 1798. In the days of sail, the bosun's mate of the watch would use his whistle to pass orders. When ships became electrified, information and orders could be passed over the 1st Main Circuit, the "1MC". By tradition, the bos'n's whistle is still blown at the beginning of an announcement over the 1MC public address system, followed by the words "Now Hear This..."

1951 SailorThe Navy Recruiting Service, in cooperation with the National Broadcasting Company, used these words as the title of a Sunday afternoon radio drama featuring real stories of the modern Navy in 1951. In the early fifties, WWII was still a fresh memory. The Navy and the Nation it serves were becoming more involved in conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

Told from the point of view of the enlisted, working sailor, Now Hear This is unique among Navy dramas. Battles are won, and history is made by the exploits of brave Naval Officers, but their heroism would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the Sailors they lead.

The stories told on Now Here This come to us through the eyes of a rugged old Chief Bos'n's Mate, who has seen it all in his thirty years at sea. Any Navy vet can tell you that the real backbone of the Navy is the old Chief Petty Officers, those senior enlisted personnel who have been around long enough to learn all the lessons there are to learn. A Chief has taken on the job of teaching those lessons to the younger Blue Jackets, as well as teaching the Junior Officers what it means to lead men.

The well written series is a little fantastical at times; we can certainly expect a program from the Recruiting Service to show the Navy in its best and most attractive light. At the same time, Now Here This gets a great deal right about life in the Navy. Listening to the show, the audience can feel the men's frustration over the long days and months at sea, as well as the closeness and dedication they feel for one another, and for their ships. The well written stories feature characters allowed to develop fully. We can feel for the sailor whose kid brother joined the Marines, especially when we find out the Marine has married the sailor's girl back home. Next we find that the Marine is on the same transport as his older brother, and they are on their way to Guadalcanal. In another episode, the crew of a submarine, the USS Baracuda, is cruising to the Philippines on Dec. 7, 1941. We learn that one of the sailors who has named a torpedo after the first girl he ever kissed ("Boy, did she pack a wallop!")

See also: Voice of the Army

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    20 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 52 min
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      20 shows - total playtime 9 hours 52 minutes
      1. NHT 510624 01 Fire At Sea.mp3
      2. NHT 510701 02 Unification Plan.mp3
      3. NHT 510708 03 Operation Submarine.mp3
      4. NHT 510715 04 Hawaiian Rescue.mp3
      5. NHT 510722 05 Marine Landing.mp3
      6. NHT 510729 06 Underwater Demolition Team.mp3
      7. NHT 510805 07 Aleutian Islands.mp3
      8. NHT 510812 08 Pt Boats.mp3
      9. NHT 510819 09 Fog Bound.mp3
      10. NHT 510826 10 Seabees In Action.mp3
      11. NHT 510902 11 Uss Philadelphia.mp3
      12. NHT 510909 12 Ten Day Leave.mp3
      13. NHT 510916 13 What Makes A Hero.mp3
      14. NHT 510923 14 No Blood For Battle.mp3
      15. NHT 510930 15 Retreads.mp3
      16. NHT 511007 16 Lady.mp3
      17. NHT 511014 17 Emperors Bathtub.mp3
      18. NHT 511021 18 Right Cross.mp3
      19. NHT 511028 19 No More Tomorrow.mp3
      20. NHT 511104 20 Too Long Remembered.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    20 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 52 min
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      20 shows - total playtime 9 hours 52 minutes
      1. NHT 510624 01 Fire At Sea.mp3
      2. NHT 510701 02 Unification Plan.mp3
      3. NHT 510708 03 Operation Submarine.mp3
      4. NHT 510715 04 Hawaiian Rescue.mp3
      5. NHT 510722 05 Marine Landing.mp3
      6. NHT 510729 06 Underwater Demolition Team.mp3
      7. NHT 510805 07 Aleutian Islands.mp3
      8. NHT 510812 08 Pt Boats.mp3
      9. NHT 510819 09 Fog Bound.mp3
      10. NHT 510826 10 Seabees In Action.mp3
      11. NHT 510902 11 Uss Philadelphia.mp3
      12. NHT 510909 12 Ten Day Leave.mp3
      13. NHT 510916 13 What Makes A Hero.mp3
      14. NHT 510923 14 No Blood For Battle.mp3
      15. NHT 510930 15 Retreads.mp3
      16. NHT 511007 16 Lady.mp3
      17. NHT 511014 17 Emperors Bathtub.mp3
      18. NHT 511021 18 Right Cross.mp3
      19. NHT 511028 19 No More Tomorrow.mp3
      20. NHT 511104 20 Too Long Remembered.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



    20 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 9 hours, 52 min

    Disc A001

    1. NHT 510624 01 Fire At Sea
    2. NHT 510701 02 Unification Plan

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    Disc A002

    1. NHT 510708 03 Operation Submarine
    2. NHT 510715 04 Hawaiian Rescue

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    Disc A003

    1. NHT 510722 05 Marine Landing
    2. NHT 510729 06 Underwater Demolition Team

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    Disc A004

    1. NHT 510805 07 Aleutian Islands
    2. NHT 510812 08 Pt Boats

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    Disc A005

    1. NHT 510819 09 Fog Bound
    2. NHT 510826 10 Seabees In Action

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    Disc A006

    1. NHT 510902 11 Uss Philadelphia
    2. NHT 510909 12 Ten Day Leave

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    Disc A007

    1. NHT 510916 13 What Makes A Hero
    2. NHT 510923 14 No Blood For Battle

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    Disc A008

    1. NHT 510930 15 Retreads
    2. NHT 511007 16 Lady

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    Disc A009

    1. NHT 511014 17 Emperors Bathtub
    2. NHT 511021 18 Right Cross

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    Disc A010

    1. NHT 511028 19 No More Tomorrow
    2. NHT 511104 20 Too Long Remembered

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