Shake Hands With Your Air Raid Warden

Sunday, January 04, 1942

World War II air-raid warden I.D. card. (A. Lanset collection.)

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Begins with a war news report: Chinese high command announce 30,000 Japanese were killed. Japanese reign of terror against white residents of Manila. Navy denies Japanese claims that destroyers, submarines and air craft carrier were trapped in Manila Bay. Japanese bombers blast Manila Bay; four planes were shot down by anti-aircraft forces.

Clifton Fadiman hosts the program, dedicated to "what we're fighting for, and why."

Morton Gould and His Orchestra perform "I Know That You Know."

Frederick R. Hazard, pioneer director of Observation Posts for the State of Rhode Island, answers questions about amateur aircraft spotters.

Irving Cesar's safety songs for war time, "Shake Hands With Your Air Raid Warden."

Raymond Massey, Otto Preminger and a "notable Broadway cast" perform "This Precious Freedom." (incomplete)

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69688
Municipal archives id: LT717

Hosted by:

Clifton Fadiman


Morton Gould and Raymond Massey


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About Keep 'em Rolling

Office of Emergency Management-sponsored variety show to boost patriotism during the war.

This patriotic review (1942) includes dramatic radio plays, musical numbers, and practical information about how the listening public can aid in the war effort.


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