The Army Hour

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


13417. The Army Hour. June 10, 1940. NBC net, WFBR, Baltimore origination, WMAL, Washington, D.C.. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The first selection is the march, "On The Square." A well-done army recruiting show. The program features praise for army pay ($21 a month). An unidentified music selection precedes the program. The 67th Infantry Band (Fort Meade, Maryland), Bert Hower (announcer). 30:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

13418. The Army Hour. June 17, 1940. NBC net, WFBR, Baltimore origination. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The fourth show of the series. The 12th Infantry Band (from Fort Howard, Maryland). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

13419. The Army Hour. July 1, 1940. NBC net, WFBR, Baltimore origination. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The Band of the Sixth Field Artillery (a horse drawn regiment!). The band is pretty good; selections range from "Humoresque" to ragtime. The army offers opportunity to travel (especially to the new base in the Hawaiian Islands!) and excellent recreational facilities. The Band Of The Sixth Field Artillery. 29:13. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

13420. The Army Hour. July 8, 1940. NBC net, WFBR, Baltimore origination. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The 67th Infantry Band (from Fort George G. Meade). 29:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

13421. The Army Hour. July 15, 1940. NBC net, WFBR, Baltimore origination. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The program was recorded July 15, 1940 and played back several weeks later, due to the Democratic Convention. The 12th Infantry Band (from Fort Howard, Maryland). 29:57. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

13423. The Army Hour. July 22, 1940. NBC net, WFBR, Baltimore origination. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The program originates from Fort Hoyle, Maryland. The 6th Field Artillery Band. 29:15. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

13422. The Army Hour. July 29, 1940. NBC net, WFBR, Baltimore origination. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The program originates from Fort George Meade, Maryland. The 67th Infantry Band. 29:31. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

14267. The Army Hour. May 5, 1942. NBC net. Sustaining. The last message from Corregidor is rebroadcast. The unedited transcript of the code message sent from "The Rock" is read. Dramatic radio. . 6:24. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Excerpt.

11486. The Army Hour. March 26, 1944. NBC net. Sustaining. The weekly report of the War Department. A well-done and interesting news and feature show about out war progress and Army activities. Ed Herlihy (annoucer). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

81335. The Army Hour. June 18, 1944. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sustaining. Major James Crane describes R and R in New Zealand for combat pilots of the Thirteenth Air Force. A male chorus sings, "Keep 'Em Flying." Colonel Albert Warner speaks from Washington, D.C. about current combat activities in Italy and Japan. A bombing raid on Japan has taken place, a beachhead has been established on Saipan. Hunter Galloway (Teheran): Two U.S. soldiers are interviewed; they won the Russian "Red Star." General Haywood Hansel Jr. talks about the B-29 raid on Japan's largest steel works. A remote from an air base in China. General Wolf is heard interrogating the B-29 pilots after the raid on Japan. Ted Lawson, who took part in the 1942 Doolittle raid, speaks to man of the Twentieth Air Force to congratulate them. A good show! James Crane, Albert Warner, Hunter Galloway, Haywood Hansel Jr., General Wolf, Ted Lawson, Ed Herlihy (announcer). 29:47. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

106838. The Army Hour. August 20, 1944. NBC net. Sustaining. Andy Rooney, a reporter for "Stars and Stripes," does a feature about, "The Frontless Front." A visit to an Army hospital in England. Two soldiers describe their combat experiences. Charles Anderson reports from England. The "Order of the Day" of General Eisenhower. The last 12:12 only. Andy Rooney, Charles Anderson, Ed Herlihy (announcer). 12:12. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

73446. The Army Hour. November 5, 1944. NBC net. The broadcast originates from Fitzsimmons General Hospital, Denver. A wounded soldier is interviewed. He's bed-ridden, but wearing headphones and listening to "Going My Way" through the hospital's system of "Movie-Casting." . 6:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpt.

107743. The Army Hour. November 19, 1944. NBC net. 3:30 P.M. General Eisenhower speaks from Supreme Allied Headquarters. He urges the "Home Front" to produce more ammunition and war goods. A report from MacArthur's headquarters in Leyte is heard; an soldier explains how he killed 17 Japs. A report from the 5th Army in Italy; two soldiers describe the combat. From Murock Army Airfield: a visit to a briefing room for combat crews of B-24's and B-25's. The first 20:48 of the program. Dwight Eisenhower, Ed Herlihy (announcer). 20:48. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

107761. The Army Hour. November 26, 1944. Red net, KDKA, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sustaining. 3:30 P.M. General Hap Arnold gives a mission report about the B-29 attack on Tokyo. A remote from Guam: 4 crew members of the "Tokyo Rose" are interviewed about their bombing run on Tokyo. A report from the 3rd Army near Metz, which fell to the Allies just 4 days. A report from northen Italy: by wire recording, an interview with a rifle company segeant of the 5th Army. He describes the fighting as gun shots are heard. Ed Herlihy (announcer), H. H. Arnold. 20:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

106253. The Army Hour. March 4, 1945. NBC net, KDKA, Pittsburgh aircheck. 4:00 P.M. MacArthur has returned to Coreggidor and the flag is raised on the flagpole from which it was lowered in 1942. Ted Steele (from the Marianas) reports after returning from accompanying a B-29 mission. A recording is played back (at too fast a speed) from over the target of the mission just concluded. Douglas MacArthur, Ted Steele, W. H. Blanchard (a colonel with the 20th Air Force). 12:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

97630. The Army Hour. May 20, 1945. NBC net, KDKA, Pittsburgh aircheck. 2:30 P.M. From Manila: an accomplished fighter pilot (Captain Kurdes ?) is interviewed. He tells how he heroically shot down an American plane! From Marseilles: Charles Anderson with a salute to the Merchant Marine. John Sweets (from Antwerp): A report by wire recording from the "Silent Guys" of Germany. Charles Anderson, John Sweets. 13:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

101713. The Army Hour. October 14, 1945. NBC net, KDKA, Pittsburgh aircheck. 4:00 P.M. A tribute to the entertainers of the U.S.O. The program originates from New York and Hollywood. "Major" Ted Steele is heard (who might be the well-known musician). From Atlantic City, artist John Vickery is drawing portraits for the G.I.'s and sends them to their families. Danny Kaye and Leo Durocher tell jokes with the first U.S.O. troop to reach Japan. Dinah sings, "I'll Be Seing You." The first 21:18 of the program only. Joe Owens (a Pfc.), Dinah Shore, Jacob Denvers (an Army General, speaking from Washington, D.C.), The Armed Forces Radio Service Orchestra, Ted Steele, John Vickery, Ed Smith (announcer), Lauren Burnette, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Robert Patterson (Secretary of War), Danny Kaye, Leo Durocher. 21:18. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

102075. The Army Hour. November 11, 1945. Program #190. NBC net, KDKA, Pittsburgh aircheck. The program is announced as the last show of the series. The Army Hour did return about 1954 on the Mutual net and then was syndicated for years. Joe O'Leary is introduced as "G.I. Joe" and narrates the program. There are remotes from Le Havre, Pearl Harbor, Frankfort (the announcer is identified as Matthew Thomas, who may be the famous NBC announcer) and Tokyo (Bob Delaney interview Al Gerber of "Stars and Stripes." The first 20:30 only. Ed Herlihy (announcer), Joe O'Leary, Matthew Thomas, Bob Delaney, Al Gerber. 20:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

6477. The Army Hour. July 4, 1954. Mutual net. "Only In America". A brief drama about a new American citizen and a "crime against the state." Maria Riva, Robert Trout (writer). 7:31. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpt.

95950. The Army Hour. 1959. Program #T-11. Army syndication. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. From Washington, D.C.: The Secretary of the Army rewards outstanding achievements. From Okinawa: a group of soldiers that live dangerously. The date is approximate. The first tune is, "The General Pershing March." The Jamaicans (guests), The United States Army Band, Hugh Curry (conductor), Wilbur Brucker (Secretary of the Army), The United States Army Field Band and Chorus, Chester E. Whiting (conductor), David B. Eskin (writer), Stanley Field (producer), Don Cosgrove (announcer). 25:09. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

95949. The Army Hour. 1959. Program #T-14. Army syndication. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The program originates from Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The opening performance of, "Rolling Along Of 1959." Performers are from the army traveling talent show. The first tune is, "Those Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine." The date is approximate. The Versatones, Danny Frankel (vocal), Peter Anthony (trumpet), Charles Carlin (vocal, a tenor voiced so high he sounds like a soprano), Jimmy Caesar (imitates Ted Lewis), Margaret Lynn (director), Don Cosgrove (announcer). 25:27. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

95948. The Army Hour. 1959. Program #T-13. Army syndication. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. From Washington, D.C.: one of the few horse soldiers left in the army. From Fort Sill, Oklahoma: the first Lacrosse missile battalion is being trained. The date is approximate. Orville Potter (piano), The United States Army Band, Hugh Curry (conductor), The United States Army Field Band and Chorus, Chester E. Whiting (conductor), David Eskin (writer), Stanley Field (producer), Don Cosgrove (announcer). 25:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

95184. The Army Hour. October 1959. Program #T6. Army syndication. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The first tune is, "Guadalcanal March." From Fort Lewis, Washington: Sergeant Frank Grubbs interviews Brigadier General William Blankwood about conditions in Taiwan. From Taiwan: an interview with Joe Brooks, a writer and broadcaster who has adopted 3 boys. The date is approximate. After the program ends, military music fills to time for a voice-over recruiting announcement. The United States Military Academy Band, William Shemp (conductor), The Fort Dix Chorus, The United States Army Band, Dick Manes (saxophone), William Blackwood, Frank Grubbs, David Eskin (writer), Stanley Field (producer), Rudy Rutherford (technical assistant), Don Cosgrove (announcer). 26:05. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

95183. The Army Hour. October 1959. Program #T5. Army syndication. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The first tune is, "Majesty Of America." From Fort Lewis, Washington: a report on Pakistan by General Truman. From the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland: a ride in the army's new "convertible mule." The date is approximate. The program ends at 24:36 and is filled with military music to time, for a voice-over recruiting announcement. Charlie Applewhite, The United States Army Band, Lewis Truman, Frank Grubbs (reporter), The United States Army Field Band and Chorus, Paul Wyman (? reporter), Woodrow Smith (foreman at the Aberdeen Proving Ground), Hugh Curry (conductor), Chester E. Whiting (field band director), David B. Eskind (? writer), Stanley Field (producer), Minyard Rutherford (technical assistant), Don Cosgrove (announcer). 26:22. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

95951. The Army Hour. December 1959. Program #T-12. Army syndication. "Soldiers Sing Of Christmas". Sponsored by: Army recruiting. A Christmas musical program. The date is approximate. The United States Army Chorus, Samuel Lavoda (conductor), Don Cosgrove (announcer), Johnny Baker (narrator), David B. Eskin (writer), Stanley Field (producer). 24:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

32941. The Army Hour. June 14, 1960. Program #114. Mutual net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. A special show on the 185th anniversary of the United States Army, a history of the "oldest fighting service." A well-done history, told through the diary of a Revolutionary War soldier, a soldier of the war of 1812, a soldier of World War II, etc. . 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

32942. The Army Hour. September 13, 1960. Program #119. Mutual net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The General Pershing Story". A well-done biography of the General's career, told on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The U. S. Army Band and Chorus. 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51940. The Army Hour. 1964. Program #T233. Army syndication. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. A salute to the 162nd anniversary of The U. S. Military Academy at West Point. The United States Army Band. 25:03. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51941. The Army Hour. 1964. Program #T234. Army syndication. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. "Startime Theatre" presents "The Four Lads." The first tune is "Istanbul." The Four Lads, The United States Army Band. 25:04. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51374. The Army Hour. Program #202. Army syndication. Sponsored by: Army recruiting. The first tune is "Blame It On The Bossa Nova." Magazine format, including a report from a helicopter over South Vietnam. Eydie Gorme. 24:57. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51373. The Army Hour. Program #201. Army syndication. "The Man Behind The Missile". Sponsored by: Army recruiting. A sound portrait of the "fire power exercise" held for the president at White Sands, New Mexico. John Kennedy. 25:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

32948. The Army Hour. Audition program. Excerpts from various features heard on the show during the mid '60s. Includes The Limelighters, other music and interviews. The Limelighters. 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

32947. The Army Hour. Program #195. Mutual net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Wolfhound March" was almost lost but has been found again, a report on jungle fighting from Honolulu, the Secretary of the Army from an exhibit showing, "The Soldier of the Future." Private Lawrence sings from Fort Meyer, Virginia. The U. S. Army Band and Chorus, Steve Lawrence, Wilbur Brucker (Secretary Of The Army), The U. S. Military Academy Band, William H. Shemp (conductor), Samuel Laboda (conductor), David Eskin (writer), Stanley Field (producer), Rudy Rutherford (technical assistance), Don Cosgrove (announcer). 23:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

32946. The Army Hour. Program #193. Mutual net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. From Fort Belvoir, Virginia, a demonstration of the infra-red "sniper-scope," a visit to the Army Retreat Center near Seoul, Korea. The U. S. Army Field Band and Chorus, Steve Lawrence (singing from Fort Meyer, Virginia). 23:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

32945. The Army Hour. Program #188. Mutual net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Fort Bragg is captured and liberated during "Dark Cloud Pine Cone II". The U. S. Army Band and Chorus, Steve Lawrence. 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

32944. The Army Hour. Program #184. Mutual net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The canine defense of Nike-Hercules missile site near Baltimore, an interview with a paratrooper who took part in the D-Day landings. The program also originates from Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Meyers, Virginia. The first tune is, "The thirty-First Infantry Regiment March." The U. S. Army Field Band, Steve Lawrence, Chester E. Whiting (conductor), The U. S. Army Band and Chorus, Samuel Laboda (conductor), David B. Eskin (writer), Stanley Field (producer), Rudy Rutherford (technical assistance), Stewart Queen (announcer). 24:58. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

32943. The Army Hour. Program #180. Mutual net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The program originates from Fort Bliss, Texas, Washington, D. C, Fort Meyer, Virginia. An interview with a French officer learning about Nike missiles, an interview with the commander of Nisei combat unit who won DSC. The first tune is, "Egion Of Honor." The U. S. Army Band and Chorus, Steve Lawrence, David B. Eskin (writer), Hugh Curry (conductor), Samuel Laboda (chorus director), Stanley Field (producer), Rudy Rutherford (technical assistance), Don Cosgrove (announcer). 25:03. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

19021. The Army Hour. An American soldier describes a mine-laying operation to blockade the Japs during the War. A description of the death of a Japanese Colonel from Okinawa. . 5:10. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpts.

Report contains 38 programs.