The Death Of President Roosevelt

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.


97782. The Death Of President Roosevelt. April 12, 1945. Blue net, KQV, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sustaining. 7:00 P.M. (approximately). Albert Leach and Jack Schumacher report from Washington, D.C. with reaction to the death. Martin Agronsky describes the scene in Washington, followed by a news summary from New York City. Albert Leach, Jack Schumacher, Martin Agronsky. 12:18. Audio condition: Excellent. Part of continuing coverage.

97781. The Death Of President Roosevelt. April 12, 1945. CBS net, WJAS, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sustaining. 5:30 P.M. (approximately). Ned Calmer summarizes the president's last moments and events thereafter. Bill Henry comments, followed by an orchestra playing, "Ave Maria." Ned Calmer, Bill Henry. 12:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

97779. The Death Of President Roosevelt. April 12, 1945. Mutul net, WCAE, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sustaining. 7:10 P.M. (approximately). Station I.D. (possibly at 7:15 P.M.). Walter Compton is heard from the White House press room...and is chased off the air. Russ Hodges covers (from WOL, Washington, D.C.) and does a fine job ad libbing. He continues at 7:41 P.M. then switches back to Walter Compton at the White House. At 8:10 P.M., Frank Singiser is most eloquent and quotes Roosevelt's, "The only thing we have to fear, etc." Walter Compton interviews several Congressmen. Fulton Lewis Jr., Walter Compton, Russ Hodges, Frank Singiser, Joseph O'Mahoney (Senator, Wyoming), Alben Barkley (Senator, Kentucky), Wallace White (Senator, Maine), Francis Biddle (Attorney General), Thomas Connally (Senator, Texas), Royal Arch Gunnison (from New York City). 51:42. Audio condition: Excellent. Part of continuing coverage.

97778. The Death Of President Roosevelt. April 12, 1945. NBC net, KDKA, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sustaining. 5:00 P.M. (approximately). A switch to the White House press office yields only room noise. A second switch to the White House for a reading of the official announcement by press secretary Stephen Early. Ralph Howard Peterson describes the president's last moments...as a telephone rings in the background. Lowell Thomas reports from Luxembourg (poor shortwave circuit), W.W. Chaplin reports from Paris. Don Hollenbeck reports that Truman has not yet been sworn in. Berlin Radio has announced Roosevelt's death, "with a snear." Bulletin: Mr. Truman took the oath of office two minutes ago. After a station I.D., Robert St. John continues. Richard Harkness analyzes the new president's policies, station I.D. Morgan Beatty is followed by H.V. Kaltenborn describing the president's last moments, then W.W. Chaplin follows. Stephen Early, Ralph Howard Peterson, Lowell Thomas, W. W. Chaplin, H. V. Kaltenborn, Don Hollenbeck, Hugh Gibson (former U.S. ambassador to Holland, other countries), Tom Reynolds, Kenneth Banghart, Robert St. John, Richard Harkness, Morgan Beatty, H. V. Kaltenborn. 46:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Part of continuing coverage.

69804. The Death Of President Roosevelt. April 12, 1945. CBS net. Sustaining. Don Fisher (from Warm Springs, Georgia) interviews Fred Botts (Registrar of Warms Springs) and Merriman Smith (journalist for United Press). They describe the barbecue the president never got to attend. Harold Oliver (Associated Press) recalls coverin campaigns with Roosevelt and plans for the funeral. Bob Nixon (? of INS) describes the president's physical condition from the Yalta meeting until his death. Dr. Phillip C. Nash (President of Toledo University) speaks about the president and what he would say to Americans if he were still with us. Clark M. Eichelberger (director of the "Commission To Study The Organization Of Peace") speaks about the president's desire to form a "United Nations." Organ music is heard and an announcement is made that all entertainment programs have been cancelled. John Daly reports late news: Harry Truman has taken the oath two hours, thirty four minutes after President Roosevelt's death. Daly relates the president's last minutes and final words, followed by the first words and actions of President Truman. Allied forces are closing in on Berlin. Robert Trout comments, Ned Calmer reports one hour after Roosevelt's death, summarizing recent events and a description of G.I. reactions. Bill Henry reports from Washington, D.C. that Truman was sworn in at 7:08 P.M., one minute ago. Music fill for three minutes. NBC coverage: an attempt to reach Warm Springs fails. Back to CBS: Robert Trout reports that funeral services are to be held Saturday; biographical notes about Mr. Roosevelt. Don Fisher, Fred Botts, Merriman Smith, Harold Oliver, Bob Nixon, Lewis W. Douglas (former director of the budger), Phillip C. Nash, Clark Eichelberger, John Daly, Robert Trout, Ned Calmer, Bill Henry. 59:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Part of continuing coverage.

14482. The Death Of President Roosevelt. April 12, 1945. Mutual net. Sustaining. Mutual net coverage starting 6:35 P.M., two hours after his death. Fulton Lewis, Jr. breaks up and almost cries during his commentary. Walter Compton, reporting from the White House, is chased off the air by a government official. A remote from Warm Springs, Georgia, Arthur Hale ("Your Richfield Reporter"), Cecil Brown reads the news, Frank Singiser News ("Sinclair Headliner"), reaction by Alben Barkley, Tom Connally, other senators, Royal Arch Gunnison. Mayor La Guardia gives an excellent extemporaneous talk, Seymour Korman reports from Germany with reactions of G.I's, Paul Manning reports from Paris, Jack Mann reports from Guam, Gabriel Heatter commentary, Cedric Foster interviews one of Roosevelt's teachers, a report from Okinawa. "Home On The Range" is played (Roosevelt's favorite song), General Carlos Romulo speaks from the Philippines, Basil O'Connor (of "The March Of Dimes") speaks, Upton Close (who was a friend of Roosevelt), Owen Cunningham reports from Hawaii, AFL-CIO officials speak, Preston Sellers (organist from Chicago), reactions from around the country, editorials are read (including grudging praise from Tokyo!). The first eight minutes of the recording are in poor condition. Paul Manning (London), Preston Sellers, Royal Arch Gunnison, Seymour Korman, Frank Singiser, Fred VanDeventer, Fulton Lewis Jr., Gabriel Heatter, Fiorello La Guardia, The Longines Symphonette, Walter Compton (moderator), Alben Barkley (Senator, Kentucky), Carlos Romulo, Cecil Brown, Cecil Brown, Cedric Foster, Francis Spellman, Wallace White (Senator, Maine), Tom Connally (Senator, Texas), Arthur Hale, Charles Hodges, Dave Driscoll, Francis Biddle (U. S. Attorney General), Jack Mahon (announcer), Russ Hodges (announcer), Joseph O'Mahoney (Senator, Wyoming), Stan Lomax (host), The All Angels Choir, Upton Close, Leo Cherne, Owen Cunningham (host). 6:35:38. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

6421. The Death Of President Roosevelt. April 12, 1945. CBS net. Sustaining. A broadcast heard on the day President Roosevelt died. A low key but powerful description of his life and works from a naval point of view. The program features a speaker and a choir from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. The story of the "Sailor President." The program is also referred to as, "Special Program In Memory Of President Roosevelt. The Great Lakes Naval Training Center Choir. 24:04. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

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