Eyes on the Sky Number 4

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Opens with song that proclaims "Vigilance is the Price of Freedom Today" and encourages all to join the "ground observer corp."

The United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra provides background music.

The Singing Sergeants sing "Hi Neighbor."

Eyes on the Skies then introduces listeners to a few citizens doing there part by volunteering for the Ground Observer Corps (GOC). First, is a sales girl, Porschia LaMarca, from Trenton, New Jersey. She is a supervisor at the Trenton Filter Center, and describes why she is working to defend the country, and how much she enjoys it. Next, Mr. E J Tangerman, executive editor of American Machinists Magazine speaks about volunteering with the GOC. He is a plane spotter, a job he did during World War II. He notes that while he works during the week, but squeezing in time during the weekends. He admonishes women for not volunteering their time during the weekdays.
Finally, "Mr. X" speaks. His family remains behind the Iron Curtain, and therefore must remain anonymous in case of reprisals. Mr. X talks about the hardships of living "over there."

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71711
Municipal archives id: LT5226


E. J. Tangerman, The Singing Sergeants and The United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra


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