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G.I. Jive AFRS
MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN COLLECTING OLD TIME RADIO SHOWS FOR A LONG TIME NOW. HE LISTENS TO THEM WHILE HE IS WORKING IN THE DARKROOM.
WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SHARE THEM WITH OTHERS SO THEY COULD ENJOY THEM ALSO.
The Armed Forces Radio Services (AFRS) has its origins in the War Department's quest to improve troop morale. It began with short-wave broadcasts of educational and information programs to troops in 1940. In 1941, the War Department gave out "Buddy Kits" (B-Kits) to departing troops. They kits consisted of radios, 78 RPM shellac records, and electrical transcription disks of radio shows. With the United States entrance into World War II, however, the War Department decided that it needed to improve the package. Thus, began the broadcasting of its own original variety programs. Command Performance was the first when it was produced for the first time on March 1, 1942.
On May 26, 1942, the Armed Forces Radio Services was formally established. Initially, programming was comprised of network radio shows with the commercials removed. Soon however, it began producing other original programming, such as Mail Call, G.I. Journal, Jubilee, and G.I. Jive. At its peak in 1945, the Service produced around twenty hours of original programming each week.
After the war, the AFRS continued providing programming to troops in Europe. In addition, it also provided programming for future wars that the United States was involved in. It survives today as a component of the American Forces Network.
To broadcast to troops overseas the shows aired by the AFRS were recorded onto electrical transcription disks and shipped to stations. Those in the United States rarely ever heard programming from the AFRS. However, AFRS recordings of Golden Age network shows were occasionally broadcast on some domestic stations beginning in the 1950s.
THERE ARE 78 Episodes ON 1 CD AND THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT. THEY WILL PLAY ON ANY COMPUTER AND SOME CD PLAYERS THAT ARE MARKED PLAYS MP3s. YOU CAN EASILY BURN THEM TO A CD SO YOU CAN PLAY ON YOUR CAR SYSTEM. I HAVE THEM ON MY ZUNE AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS THEM ON HIS I-POD. REMEMBER THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT AND WILL NOT PLAY ON MOST CD PLAYERS.
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