THE VOICE OF INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT
Thomas H. A. Lewis, a prominent advertising and radio audience research executive, became Chief of the Radio Section, Information and Orientation Branch, Morale Services Division of the Army in May 1942. The office became the Special Services Division (SSD) in July 1942. Lewis entered the Army as a Major, was promoted to Colonel, and build the largest worldwide radio programming service and network distribution system ever created. The Radio Section of the SSD was renamed the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) in November 1943.
The Glenn Miller Archive preserves many thousands of SSD and AFRS original programs and network rebroadcasts, including virtually all programs presented by AFRS from its inception through the Korean War. Many of these programs are presented regularly on the weekly Star Spangled Radio Hour series of broadcasts prodsuced by the GMA. Learn more: