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Stars for Defense

created by Federal Civil Defense Administration as a public service program to be broadcast by participating radio stations throughout the country with music and practical advice for Americans fearful of an impending attack during the Cold War.

13 old time radio show recordings
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"Gordon Macrae Luboff Choir"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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In Case of Attack

"You know, a visit to Stars for Defense is quite an honor for a young performer. And, an invitation to return kind of makes a fellow feel he’s... well, he’s made it." –Johnny Nash

Gordon MacRaeStars of Defense was a series of recordings made between 1956 and 1967 for the United States Federal Civil Defense Administration as a public service program to be broadcast by participating radio stations throughout the country. The intent was to keep Americans prepared for threats from the Cold War. As an early episode states, "Real family preparedness is a big contribution to world peace, for if our defense is strong, no enemy would dare attack us."

It speaks to a time pre-internet and twenty-four hour news, when the possibility of attack from a foreign enemy was seen as so genuine that family preparedness was treated as a very real priority. Radio stations were provided an album to be broadcast on a designated date. Fifteen minutes in running time, the show provided practical advice to Americans, along with musical entertainment and interviews. M.C’d by Jay Jackson (Tic Tac Dough, The Honeymooners), each album also featured performances by Ray Bloch and his orchestra, in addition to the featured guest.

The radio station’s guest star would introduce the program, at which point Jay Jackson would take over hosting duties. Abe BurrowsGuests would perform in front of a studio audience and have the opportunity to advertise their current production. Interspersed between performances by The Three Suns, Abe Burrows and others would be advice and information from the Federal Civil Defense Administration. These pieces would range from segments about fallout shelters and preparedness cards to warnings of enemy infiltration through Canada and methods the government was taking to keep inflation down.

Guests included such luminaries as Victor Borge, Andy Griffith, Don Cherry, Eartha Kitt and many more. Spanning more than 400 episodes, much of the wisdom touted on the show still holds water today. As Bing Crosby advised on the show in 1959, "…be ready for emergency action; make sure that your car is in tip top mechanical condition. Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times, and see that your tires are in good condition, too."

The collection is more than just a piece of radio history treasure. It’s a unique insight into American life during the Cold War.

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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.



    13 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 10 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 3 hours 10 minutes
      1. Stars for Defense Cda #1 Gordon Macrae Luboff Choir.mp3
      2. Stars for Defense Cda #2 Jo Stafford.mp3
      3. Stars For Defense Cda 570811 45 Judy Johnson.mp3
      4. Stars For Defense Cda 570818 46 Alan Dale.mp3
      5. Stars For Defense Cda 580112 67 Abe Burrows.mp3
      6. Stars For Defense Cda 580119 68 Three Suns.mp3
      7. Stars For Defense Cda 610606 From This Moment On.mp3
      8. Stars For Defense Cda 611224 273 Xmas Show Merrill Staton.mp3
      9. Stars For Defense Cda 611231 274 Nobody But Me.mp3
      10. Stars For Defense Ops 520316 01 Its Grand Night For Singing.mp3
      11. Stars For Defense Ops 520323 02 Gentleman Is Dope.mp3
      12. Stars For Defense Ops 520330 03 I Want To Be Happy.mp3
      13. Stars For Defense Ops 520407 04 Its Most Unusual Day.mp3
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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 10 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 3 hours 10 minutes
      1. Stars for Defense Cda #1 Gordon Macrae Luboff Choir.mp3
      2. Stars for Defense Cda #2 Jo Stafford.mp3
      3. Stars For Defense Cda 570811 45 Judy Johnson.mp3
      4. Stars For Defense Cda 570818 46 Alan Dale.mp3
      5. Stars For Defense Cda 580112 67 Abe Burrows.mp3
      6. Stars For Defense Cda 580119 68 Three Suns.mp3
      7. Stars For Defense Cda 610606 From This Moment On.mp3
      8. Stars For Defense Cda 611224 273 Xmas Show Merrill Staton.mp3
      9. Stars For Defense Cda 611231 274 Nobody But Me.mp3
      10. Stars For Defense Ops 520316 01 Its Grand Night For Singing.mp3
      11. Stars For Defense Ops 520323 02 Gentleman Is Dope.mp3
      12. Stars For Defense Ops 520330 03 I Want To Be Happy.mp3
      13. Stars For Defense Ops 520407 04 Its Most Unusual Day.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



    13 recordings on 4 Audio CDs
    total playtime 3 hours, 10 min

    Disc A001

    1. Stars for Defense Cda #1 Gordon Macrae Luboff Choir
    2. Stars for Defense Cda #2 Jo Stafford
    3. Stars For Defense Ops 520316 01 Its Grand Night For Singing
    4. Stars For Defense Ops 520323 02 Gentleman Is Dope

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    Disc A002

    1. Stars For Defense Ops 520330 03 I Want To Be Happy
    2. Stars For Defense Ops 520407 04 Its Most Unusual Day
    3. Stars For Defense Cda 570811 45 Judy Johnson
    4. Stars For Defense Cda 570818 46 Alan Dale

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    Disc A003

    1. Stars For Defense Cda 580112 67 Abe Burrows
    2. Stars For Defense Cda 580119 68 Three Suns
    3. Stars For Defense Cda 610606 From This Moment On
    4. Stars For Defense Cda 611224 273 Xmas Show Merrill Staton

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    Disc A004

    1. Stars For Defense Cda 611231 274 Nobody But Me

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