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NBC D-Day Coverage

     This is the NBC coverage of the D-Day Allied landings on the European Continent during World War II.
Each of the following broadcasts were aired in the various time lengths.
To order, select the following CD number(s) of your choice:
June 6, 1944
CD 1/38 (2:00-3:45 a.m.) 6/6/44
  First Bulletin, Updates
  Piano Fill
  Awaiting Allied confirmation
  Richard Harkness From Wash.
  Morgan Beatty Analysis
  Robert St. John From NY
  Music Fill
  Four Chime Sequence
  Robert St. John
  BBC Feed Of Communiqué #1 (3:32 a.m.)
  Murrow Reads “Order Of The Day”
  H.V. Kaltenborn
  Herbert M. Clark From London
  Robert St. John
CD 2/38 (3:45-4:45 a.m.) 06/06/44
  Eisenhower From SHAEF
  King Haakon VII
  Premier Gerbandy
  Premier Pierdot
  Wright Bryan From London (Eyewitness Account Of One Parachute Drop)
  National Anthem
  John Vandercook From London
  Report From Pentagon
  Richard Harkness
CD 3/38 (4:45-5:52 a.m.) 06/06/44
  Report From London
  James Willard
  Robert St. John
  Richard Harkness
  Morgan Beatty
  Richard Harkness Interviews An  Official Of The French Government. In Exile
  David Anderson From London
  H.V. Kaltenborn
  Communiqué #1 Replayed
  Stars And Strips Forever
  Robert St. John
  Richard Harkness.

CD 4/38 (5:52-6:52 a.m.) 06/06/44
  Richard Harkness
  Don Goddard In NY
  Louis P. Lockner From Hollywood (Analysis)
  Morgan Beatty Rreads “The First Thousand Yards”
  Robert St. John
CD 5/38 (6:52-7:45 a.m.) 06/06/44
  Robert St. John
  Alex Dryer In Chicago
  H.V. Kaltenborn
  Ringing Of The Liberty Bell
  Robert St. John
  Gruen Watch Spot
  Norman Vincent Peale
  Don Goddard
CD 6/38 (7:45-8:45 a.m.) 06/06/44
  Rabbi Poole
  Morgan Beatty
  Larry Smith In San Francisco
  Father Shea
  Stanley Richardson (Eyewitness Account Of The Invasion Fleet…There Are Several Failed
     Attempts To Reach Him)
  Elmer Peterson In NY
  Charles McCarthy From New York
  Merrill Mueller From SHAEF HQ On Eisenhower’s Last Hours Before Invasion
       …Interrupted By A Reading Of Roosevelt’s Prayer.
CD 7/38 (8:45-9:45 a.m.) 06/06/44
  David Anderson
  Ed Haaker
  John W. Vandercook
  Ralph Howard From Rome
  H.V. Kaltenborn
  Richard Harkness
  NBC Orchestra Plays Martial Music
  H.V. Kaltenborn
  More Martial Music
CD 8/38 (9:45-11:30 a.m.) 06/06/44
  Martial Music Continued
  Elmer Peterson
  Nancy Osgood Interviews The Wives Of Admiral Stark
  General Spaatz
  Admiral Kirk
  General Doolittle
  Don Goddard
  H.V. Kaltenborn
  Tommy Taylor Sings

CD 9/38 (11:30-12:30 a.m.) 06/06/44
  Tommy Taylor Sings (Continued)
  Elmer Peterson
  Rebroadcast Of Eisenhower’s 4 a.m. Speech
  NBC Orchestra
  Prayer By Mr. Davidson
  Don Goddard
  W.W. Chaplain From London
  News Behind The News w/Cesar Saerchinger
CD 10/10 (12:30-1:30 a.m.) 06/06/44
  Morgan Beatty Interviews Senators: Bennett Clark, Claire Booth Luce, Alben W. Barkley,
     White, & Lester Hill
  Don Goddard In NY
  Remotes From Chicago (Alex Dryer), Denver, Hollywood & San Francisco
  Don Goddard
  H.V, Kaltenborn
  Lt. Col. James Stevenson (Military Analysis)
  Re-broadcast Of Merrilll Mueller’s Report
  Re-broadcast Of Communiqué #1
  Tommy Taylor Sings w/Irving Miller And His Orchestra
CD 11/38 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) 06/06/44
  WEAF Station ID
  Don Hollenbeck: Italian Landings vs. D-Day
  BBC Report
  Morgan Beatty In Washington
  Report From The Pentagon
  Interviews With Two Colonels
  Time Check
  Station ID WEAF
  Elmer Peterson
  Piano Fill
  Re-broadcast Of Stanley Richardson Report
  Don Goddard With News Bulletins.
CD 12/38 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) 06/06/44
  Time Check
  Station ID WEAF
  Prayer By Archbishop Spellman
  Organ Fill
  News Bulletins
  H.V. Kaltenborn
  Don Goddard News
  Musical Interlude
  Prayer By Bishop Manning
  BBC Reporter John McGinn
  Howard Marshall With An Eyewitness Account Of The Beachhead.
CD 13/38 (4:00-5:00 p.m.) 06/06/44
  Prayer By Dr. Barnes
  NBC International Division (Short-wave Service To Europe)
  Eisenhower’s Messages In Eight Languages
  News Bulletins
  Cmdr. Anthony Kimmons From London
  Netherlands Ambassador To The U.S.
  Cesar Saerchinger Analysis
  Time Check
  Don Hollenbeck
  Morgan Beatty From White House On Roosevelt Press Conference
  Don Hollenbeck
  Don Goddard
  Presidential Prayer Read At Dictation Speed
  News Bulletins
CD 14/38 (5:00-6:00 p.m.) 06/06/44
  Time Check / Station ID
  Prayer By Dr, Horton
  NBC Orchestra
  Morgan Beatty Recap Of Roosevelt's Press Conference
  Louis Lockner From Hollywood
  News Bulletins
  Time Check / Station ID
  News Bulletins
  Re-broadcast Of Eisenhower's First Speech
  Elmer Peterson
  NBC Orchestra
CD 15/38 (6:00-7:00 p.m.) 06/06/44
  News Bulletins
  Don Hollenbeck With Communiqué #2
  “Serenade To America" With Winifred Hite, Nora Sterling, M.C.
  Milton Katims And His Orchestra
  Lowell Thomas With Summary Of The Day's Events
  U.S. Army Chaplain Arnold Offers A Prayer
CD 16/38 (7:00-8:00 p.m.) 06/06/44
  News Of The World
  Robert St. John Reporting
  John W. Vandercook From London (Loses A Page Of His Script)
  Robert McCormick From Honolulu
  Morgan Beatty And Richard Harkness From Washington
  A Poem And Prayer For An Invading Army w/Ronald Coleman (Reading
       Poem By Edna St. Vincent Millay Plus Organ Fill
  H.V. Kaltenborn With The News
CD 17/38 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) 06/06/44
  Prayer By Dr. Goldstein
  Special Program
  Ginny Simms Sings
  A Wounded G.I. With A Message To His Wife
  A U.S. Navy Commander Describes How The Wounded Are Treated
  A Navy Chaplain Speaks
  Roy Shield And His Orchestra From Chicago
CD 18/38 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) 06/06/44
  Cross-Country Reaction To The Invasion: Remotes From WTIC (Hartford, CT),
     WSYR (Syracuse, NY), WTAR (Norfolk, VA), WSPD (Toledo, OH),
     Late News Bulletins, WLW (Cincinnati, OH), WMC (Memphis, TN),
     KSTP (St. Paul, MN), WKY (Oklahoma City, OK), Ben Grauer Announcing.
  Fibber McGee & Molly: Special D-Day All Music Program w/Billy Mills
     And His Orchestra, The King's Men, Harlow Wilcox Including News Bulletins
CD 19/38 (10:00-10:50 p.m.) 06/06/44
  Prayer Of President Roosevelt And Address To Nation
  Recital By Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians
  Bob Hope: Special D-Day Shows From Van Nuys Aerodome w/Frances
     Langford, Stan Kenton And His Orchestra, Wendell Niles Announcing
  Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians: Preceded By A Prayer, followed By WEAF ID
  Red Skelton: Red’s Last Show As A Civilian
CD 20/38 (10:50-12:00 a.m.) 06/06/44
  Robert St. John News And Reports From Overseas
  W.W. Chaplain From London
  report from Australia
  Robert McCormick From Honolulu
  Summary From Washington
  Roy Shield And His Orchestra: From Chicago
  Famous George Hicks Beach-head Actuality
  Roy Shield Orchestra (Continued)
June 7, 1944
CD 21/38 (12:00-1:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  Lyle Van News
  Roy Shield And His Orchestra From Chicago
  Robert St. John News
CD 22/38 (1:00-2:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  Moment For Meditation
  Don Hollenbeck News
  Strings For Meditation
  News Bulletins
CD 23/38 (2:00-3:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  Joe Reichman And His Orchestra: From Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
  Pancho And His Orchestra: From Mural Room Of The Hotel St. Francis (w/News Bulletins)
CD 24/38 (3:00-4:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  NBC Orchestra: (Semi-Classical Music)
  At 3:32am Don Goddard Re-Reads Communiqué #1 Exactly 24 Hours After It’s Issued
CD 25/38 (4:00-5:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  Organ Interlude By George Schacley
  Rebroadcast Of Roosevelt’s Prayer
  NBC Orchestra
  Don Goddard News
  Re-broadcast Of King George VI’s Address To Commonwealth
  Organ Music By George Schacley
CD 26/38 (5:00-6:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  Don Goddard News
  Frank McCal From London
  NBC Concert Orchestra
  Stanley Richardson Reads Communiqué #3 From London
  Organ Music By George Schacley
  Stanley Richardson From London
  NBC Concert Orchestra
  George Schacley At The Organ
CD 27/38 (6:00-7:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  News Bulletins
  NBC Concert Orchestra And George Schacley At The Organ
  News Bulletins
  Modern Farming Program
CD 28/38 (7:00-8:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  News Bulletins
  Morning In Manhattan (Local Morning Show)
  Don Goddard News
  Reveille Round-up (Live Country Music)
CD 29/38 (8:00-9:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  Morning News Round-up
  C.F. McCarthy And The News (Local)
  Modern Romances
CD 30/38 (9:00-10:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  Mirth & Madness: Aladdin And His Lamp Skit
  Adelaide Hawley Program
  Alice Cornell Show
  Elmer Peterson News Bulletins

CD 31/38 (10:00-11:00 a.m.) 06/07/44
  Laura Lofton
  News And The People In The News
  Robert St. John
  Helpmate “The Story Of  Linda Harper”
  Tommy Taylor (Pop Tunes)
  News Bulletins
CD 32/38 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) 06/07/44
  Road Of Life
  Vic & Sade
  Brave Tomorrow
  Dave Harum (Show Only Lasts 1 Min.)
  Tom Traynor w/An Eyewitness
  Report From The Beach-head
  Piano Fill
CD 33/38 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) 06/07/44
  News At Noon (Includes A Report From London By W.W. Chaplain
  Recorded Music Show
  Elmer Peterson News
  BBC Actuality Recordings
  George Wheeler Aboard The Cruiser “Augusta” 3 hours Before “H” Hour
  Tommy Traynor From SHAEF
  Hollenbeck Summary
CD 34/38 (1:00-2:00 p.m.) 06/07/44
  Mary Margaret McBride w/Ben Ames Williams
  Morgan Beatty News And Analysis
CD 35/38 (2:00-3:00 p.m.) 06/07/44
  Guiding Light (Part 1 Of The General Mills Hour)
  Today’s Children (Part 2 Of The General Mills Hour)
  The Woman In White (Part 3 Of The General Mills Hour)
  Hymns Of All Churches (Part 4 Of The General Mills Hour)
CD 36/38 (3:00-4:00 p.m.) 06/07/44
  A Woman Of America
  Ma Perkins
  Pepper Young’s Family
  H.V. Kaltenborn
CD 37/38 (4:00-5:00 p.m.) 06/07/44
  Mary Noble, Backstage Wife
  Stella Dallas
  Lorenzo Jones
  Young Widder Brown
CD 38/38 (5:00-6:00 p.m.) 06/07/44
  When A Girl Marries
  We Love And Learn
  W.W. Chaplain From London
  Robert Duff (BBC)
  Communiqué #4 Is Read
  Robert St. John
  Front Page Farrell

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