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D-Day Remembered

June 6, 2014

 “Under the command of General Eisenhower, allied naval forces, supported by strong air forces began landing allied armies this morning on the northern coast of France”. This was the complete text of Communiqué #1 as read by Col. R. Ernest DuPuy from SHAEF at 3:30 a.m. Eastern War Time Tuesday, June 6, 1944.

The Star Spangled Radio Hour remembers D-Day, June 6, 1944 on Saturday, June 7, 2014 with a special three-hour broadcast. The Glenn Miller Archive (GMA) of the University of Colorado Boulder American Music Research Center and KEZW, Denver will depart somewhat from our regular entertainment programming to present this important documentary and slice of world history. Host Rick Crandall of KEZW will present the memories he has recorded over the years with Colorado D-Day veterans, many of whom are no longer with us. Co-host and producer Dennis M. Spragg of the GMA has assembled and edited original 1944 broadcasts. The combination of the veteran interviews and the chronology of the actual events is a gripping and not to be missed.

The June 7, 2014 presentation is really part of a three-week series of programs focusing on this major moment 70 years ago when the massive Operation Overlord, the invasion of Western Europe, was launched by Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF).  May 31, 2014 and June 14, 2014, the Star Spangled Radio Hour presents broadcasts made by the Army Air Forces Training Command Orchestra directed by Capt. Glenn Miller the weekends before and following D-Day. This organization was about to be sent to the European Theatre of Operations at the request of SHAEF and Supreme Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. The D-Day special includes a panorama of radio news and features as broadcast by the BBC, CBS and NBC from Sunday, June 4, 1944 through Thursday, June 8, 1944, with particular emphasis on the minute-by-minute coverage of CBS news anchor Robert Trout, London bureau chief Edward R. Murrow, military analyst Maj. George Fielding Elliott, commentators William R. Shirer, Quentin Reynolds and many others. Restored actualities from the operation include the famous pool feed by Blue Network London bureau chief George Hicks from Omaha Beach. The D-Day addresses by Gen. Eisenhower, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, King George VI and Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery are presented in the exact sequence in which they were transmitted. Among the others appearing in this special presentation are Gracie Allen, George Burns, Bing Crosby, Cecil B. De Mille, Bill Goodwin, Bob Hope, Frances Langford, Harry James, Stan Kenton, Phil Harris, Dinah Shore and Don Wilson.

The D-Day special broadcast of the Star Spangled Radio Hour will begin at 4:00 p.m. MDT (GMT-6). The normal time for the Star Spangled Radio Hour is 6:00 p.m. MDT (GMT-6). KEZW Studio 1430 is streamed online at www.kezw.com and www.studio1430.com. The programs are available on demand online at the KEZW website following the broadcasts for the convenience of listeners around the world. Please join us Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the earlier time to hear this unique and moving historic document, and at our regular times Saturday, May 31, 2014 and June 14, 2014, for the Glenn Miller D-Day features.