25/12/2017 8:32 am  #1

Star Spangled Radio Hour - Christmas With Bing Crosby

Our old friends at Star Spangled Radio Hour have come up with Bing from KMH of 24 December 1942.

Stream it or download for later listening from here.

They follow that up with Command Performance from the same date.

CHRISTMAS WITH BING CROSBY - KRAFT MUSIC HALL - Thursday, December 24, 1942 - 6:00 – 7:00 pm PWT Ken Carpenter, announcer, Bing Crosby, host, Fay Bainter, Jack Carson and Andrew Tombes, guests. With Janet Blair, The Music maids and Hal, The Charioteers and John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra

COMMAND PERFORMANCE  - Christmas Special - Thursday, December 24, 1942 - 8:00 – 9:00 pm PWT Aired simultaneously on (Blue) (CBS) (Mutual) (NBC). 

Ken Carpenter, announcer, Bob Hope, host. Introduction by Elmer Davis, Director, Office of War Information.With Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Red Skelton, Harriet Hilliard, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Charles Laughton, Ethel Waters, Ginny Simms, Harry Babbitt, The Andrews Sisters, the Charioteers, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, Kay Kyser and His Orchestra, and the 20th Century-Fox Studio Orchestra conducted by Alfred Newman

It seems that the Command Performance show was unique in two respects - it was broadcast simultaneously over the main (competing) networks, and it was broadcast to the "home" audience. This and much other information comes from the two hosts of Star Spangled Radio Hour.


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