Category Archives: World War II

Strawberry Shortcake at War

Alas, the liberation story shown in this Google newspaper archive clip never made it to the radio, as far as I know, but it hints at the first-person style of husband-and-wife United Press correspondents Reynolds and Eleanor Packard.  The “Soldiers of the … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Superman, 1945

“Christmas today is very extra-special,” the Man of Steel announced to listeners seventy years ago, at the start of the “Adventures of Superman” episode broadcast on the first Christmas Day after the end of World War II. With Germany and … Continue reading

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Hate mongers vs. refugees and minorities

In the wake of World War II, radio’s fictional journalists were defenders of immigrants and religious and ethnic minorities. A Big Town Christmas episode about a Polish refugee newspaper editor, and Superman and The Daily Planet’s fight against “The Klan … Continue reading

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Custer’s stand in the Pacific: An injured Soldier of the Press

https://archive.org/download/OTRR_Soldiers_Of_The_Press_Singles/SoldiersOfThePress42-11-30004JoeJamesCuster-WithBattleFleet.mp3 This episode of the United Press World War II radio series Soldiers of the Press covers reporter Joe James Custer’s service from Pearl Harbor through the sinking of a U.S. Navy cruiser he was assigned to in the Solomon Islands … Continue reading

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Clark Kent’s Nuclear Meltdown

There isn’t a lot of journalism in the epic 39-part Atom Man vs. Superman radio story, but it did provide a glimpse of employee relations at the Daily Planet — when Clark Kent was twice suspected of having a mental … Continue reading

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Covering a war, start to finish, with a Soldier of the Press

The Old Time Radio Researchers Group collection of the United Press radio drama “Soldiers of the Press” at the Internet Archive contains fewer than half the episodes of this World War II series, but so far the reporter best represented … Continue reading

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A Risky Resolution to Start a Big Town New Year

Begin with a murderous hood named “Silky,” add a stripper named “Bubbles,” and introduce crusading newspaper editor trying to help a cleaning woman’s son, and you have just a few of the cliches in this “Big Town” story, “The Dangerous … Continue reading

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