Sunday, December 29, 2013

1943 Christmas Show

This was perhaps the most fun and gratification I've ever had in working on a project. Our librarian, Paul McCardell, found a box on a shelf that contained recordings of a Christmas Day radio broadcast produced in England by The Sun's World War II correspondents in 1943. The show featured holiday greetings and music from area soldiers sent to loved ones back home. We rebroadcast the show for the first time in 70 years on Dec. 20, 2013 on Dan Rodricks' "Midday" show on WYPR FM and the response was phenomenal. The videos below include the show in its entirety (with photos of and information about soldiers and Red Cross workers who were on the show), interviews with a couple of people who were on the broadcast 70 years ago, and families of others who were on the program. Also included is an interview with a woman we heard from the day after the rebroadcast. Her father was killed in action a couple of weeks following the original broadcast. She was a year and a half old when he died and is now 71. She had never heard his voice until now.

1943 Sunpapers Christmas Radio Show - Part 1 of 3 from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

1943 Sunpapers Christmas Radio Show - Part 2 of 3 from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

1943 Sunpapers Christmas Radio Show - Part 3 of 3 from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Charles Irwin talks about singing on the 1943 Sunpapers Christmas Day Radio Show from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Sarah Sadler Woods, 97, talks about the 1943 Sunpapers Christmas Day Radio Show and the Red Cross in World War II from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Hears her father's voice for first time from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Daughters remember Martin Willen from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Sons remember Walter Ives from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Nephew remembers Katherine Heuisler from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Grandsons remember correspondent Lee McCardell from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.