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The National Hour Radio Program

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Background

From the December 9th 1945 edition of the Waterloo Sunday Courier:

Uranium, on Radio at 3 

     Washington, D.C.--(UP)--Tune in today on the voice of doom.
     It won't be the voice of doom, exactly, but the war department says it will be "the sound generated by uranium."
     Uranium is the stuff which, when its atoms split, destroys cities
 
     The  war department will broadcast sounds emitted by uranium on the NBC national hour, starting at 3 p.m. CST.
 
It will, the department said, be the first time in history that uranium has made a coast-to-coast broadcast.
     A bit of uranium encased in a metal container will be held close to a Geiger-Mueller counter, a device used by scientists to gauge radioactivity.
 
     Uranium, being radioactive, emits infinitesimal bits of atomic matter called protons, electrons, photons, and alpha particles.
 
     As the counter counts them, the sound produced will go on the air.
     It is not expected to be anything like the sound heard at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

And from the June 30th 1946 edition of the Amarillo Sunday News-Globe:

'Operations Crossroads' 

     Complete coverage of the Bikini bomb tests today will be offered by NBC over Station KGNC.  Three NBC commentators, W.W. Chaplin, Ralph Howard Peterson and George Thomas Folster, are in the Marshall Islands for the event.  Chaplin will participate in a four network pool representative aboard the USS Mount McKinley.  Peterson will be stationed on the Mount McKinley during the test.
     In addition to the two pool broadcasts, NBC is preparing its own exclusive coverage.  The National Hour will originate from the Marshalls at 2 o'clock with the on-the-spot commentary and interviews by the three NBC correspondents.  Following the test, views of the scientists and military men who witnessed the explosion will be broadcast.
     "Bikini Bomb Takeoff" will be aired for five minutes somewhere between 1:30 and 2 o'clock this afternoon.  It is a pool broadcast of hte description of the takeoff bombing plane.  Chaplin and Bill Downs from an observation plane are expected to broadcast.
     "Operations Crossroads" will be heard from 4 until conclusion, approximately 4:45 o'clock.  This is the actual dropping of the atom bomb.  Larry Tighe aboard the Applachian will give a picture of what is to come, including view of targets.  Bill Downs on observation plane, Don Bell with interviews with Navy officials.  Clete Roberts interviewing scientists, Chaplin at the operations base and George Folster on McKinley will keep the listeners posted on events from each angle.  At the zero hour the bombardier will talk his way over the target.  Listeners will hear the intercom conversation metronome ticking over the target and then the blast.
     All programs will stand by to go on as usual if the bomb test is cancelled because of weather or such reason.
 

Series Derivatives:

National Hour: Reports on Reconversion; NBC National Hour;
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio National Commentaries
Network(s): NBC
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 45-11-18 01 Food
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 45-11-18 to 46-09-22; NBC ; Forty-five, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: NBC Orthacoustic
Sponsors: Sustaining;
Director(s): Jack Hill, Maurice Robinson [Program Director]
Ed Schneider [Production Supervisor]
Principal Actors: [ Speakers]

Clinton P. Anderson, Andrew Cairnes, Dr. R. E. Dyer, Mr. Robert R. Watson, Mr. Paul M. Hertzog (NLRB), Bob Hope, Earl Wilson, Bill Stern, Lauren D. Lyman, E.W. Engstrom (RCA), Toby, Eleanor Roosevelt, General of the Armies H. H. 'Hap' Arnold, Eugene E. Wilson, W. Stuart Symington, Sen. Joseph O'Mahoney, Len Bradley, Mr. N. D. Hathaway, S. T. Anderson, Mr. Gordon Creighton, Walter Reuther, Warren Kendall, John Pelley
, James F. Forrestal, GEN. Alexander Vandegrift, Judge Anna M. Kroes, Alfred Schindler, ADM William F. Halsey, RADM Forrest P. Herman, LT GEN James Doolittle, GEN Joseph W. Stillwell, MAJ GEN Leslie Groves, MAJ GEN Thomas Farrell, Alfred Schindler, George Thomas Folster, Henry Cassidy, Roy Porter, W. W. Chapin, Gove Hambridge, John MacVane, MAJ GEN Philip B. Fleming, Ralph Howard Peterson, Ingram M. Steinback, Rep Joseph R. Farrington, Henry Cassidy, Richard Harkness, Merrill Mueller, Dr Max Jordan, Roy Porter, Paul Archinard, James V. Bennett, James A. Johnston, Mr and Mrs Edgar Bergen and baby, Kathryn Skeffington's Singing Grandmothers, Robert U. Brown, Kent Fitzgerald, Edward Barrett

[Reporters]

Herbert Matthews, John MacVane, Cleo Cordell
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Tom Gutay, Edward Jurist
Music Direction: Leo Kampinski
Milton Kiggins [Conductor]
Tom Glazer
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): Robert St. John, Robert McCormick [Moderators]
Ed Herlihy [Announcer]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
44
Episodes in Circulation: 12
Total Episodes in Collection: 12
Provenances:
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Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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The National Hour Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
45-11-11
--
--
45-11-11 Chicago Dailiy Tribune
3:00--WMAQ--Army hour presents final broadcast.
45-11-18
1
Food
Y
45-11-18 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--National Hours (WIBA): new program with Robert St. John and Robert McCormick, narrators. Guests, Clinton P. Anderson, secretary of agriculture; Andrew Cairnes, chief of food section of UNRRA, discussing "Problems of Peace."

45-11-18 Chicago Daily Tribune
3:00--WMAQ--The National hour, program concerning problems of reconversion. Speakers: Secretary of Agriculture Anderson and Andrew Cairns, UNRRA food chief, who will discuss "Problems of Food." [Premiere.]

Annnouces '
The Housing Situation' as next.
45-11-25
2
The Housing Situation
N
45-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--National Hours (WIBA): John Blanford, National housing director, "
American Housing."

45-11-24 Geneva Dailiy Times
Sunday NBC 4 National Hour, "
Housing Problem."
45-12-02
3
Army-Navy Merger
N
45-12-01 Evening Leader
The NBC National "Hour" at 4 p. m. Sunday is to discuss the question of a Unified Command, and has scheduled Adm. William F. Halsey and Rear Adm. Forrest P. Sherman to outline the Navy's position and Lt. Gen. James Doolittle and Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell to speak on the Army's side.
Preliminary to devoting its schedule next Saturday to all-day Victory Bond broadcasting with numerous special programs, NBC plans to point to the occasion throughout the week with pickups from various networks stations.

45-12-02 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--National Hours (WIBA): Adm. William F. Halsey and Rear Adm. Forrest P. Herman, Lieut. Gen. James Doolittle and Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, discuss army-Navy merger issue.

45-12-02 Twin Falls Times-News
The NBC national "hour" at 2 p. m. Sunday, to discuss the question of a unified command, and has scheduled Adm. William K Halsey and Rear Adm. Forrest Sherman to outline the navy's position. Gen Joseph W. Stillwell, will speak to the Army's side.
45-12-09
4
Title Unknown
N
45-12-09 New York Times
4:00-WEAF--The National Hour

45-12-09 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--National Hours (WIBA): Col. John C. Stillwell, Maj. Gen. Lesllie Groves, Maj. Gen. Thomas Farrell.

45-12-10 Zanesville Signal

Atom Bomb Plant
Gets Safety Award

WASHINGTON. —WV- The nation's highest wartime safety award was made today for an undertaking which could have produced history's most disastrous accident—the atom bomb project.
The National Safety council's award for distinguished service to safety was presented to the Manhattan district in recognition of the corps of engineers achievement in maintaining "outstandingly low" accident rates in facilities throughout the country.
Maj. Gen. Richard Leslie Groves, the army's top man on the project, gave credit to all the universities and industrial organization; which "cooperated so magnificently," in accepting the award on NBC's "National Hour" program.

45-12-16
5
Title Unknown
N
45-12-16 Chicago Dailiy Tribune
3--WMAQ--The National Hour [N].
45-12-23
6
Title Unknown
N
45-12-23 Chicago Dailiy Tribune
3--WMAQ--The National Hour [N].
45-12-30
7
Predictions for 1946
Y
45-12-30 Chicago Dailiy Tribune
3--WMAQ--The National Hour [N].

45-12-30 New York PM Daily
4:00 WEAF: National Hour--guests: Bob Hope, Earl Wilson, Bill Stern.

Announces
Aviation in Peacetime as next
46-01-06
8
The Future of Aviation
Y
46-01-06 Chicago Dailiy Tribune
3--WMAQ--The National Hour [N].

Announces
The Organization of The United Nations as next
46-01-13
9
The Organization of the United Nations
Y
46-01-13 Chicago Dailiy Tribune
3--WMAQ--The National Hour [N].

46-01-13 New York PM Daily
4:00 WEAF: The National Hour--background on UNO, also a talk by Eleanor Roosevelt from London.

Announces
The Mountain of Surplus War Property as next
46-01-20
10
The Peacetime Problem of Surplus War Property
Y
46-01-20 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--National Hours (WMAQ): report on reconversion, with Robert St. John and Robert McCormick.

46-01-20 New York PM Daily
4:00 WEAF: The National Hour--"
The Enigma of Surplus War Property." W. Stuart Symington, Surplus Property Administrator; Sen. Joseph O'Mahoney, others.

Announces
The Battle to Save America's Wartime Savings as next
46-01-27
11
The Fight To Protect the Money We've Saved
Y
46-01-27 Wisconsin State Journal
3:00 National Hour--WMAQ

46-01-27 New York PM Daily
4:00 WEAF: The National Hour--
methods used by swindlers to mulct the public.

Announces
The Plastics Industry as next
46-02-03
12
What Is the Future of Plastics?
Y
46-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
3:00 National Hour--WMAQ

Announces
Is Inflation Here to Stay? as next
46-02-10
13
The War Against Inflation
Y
[ Dirty Master disc]

46-02-10 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): "
Is Inflation Here to Stay?" Robert St. John and Robert McCormick.

Announces
The United States Marines as next
46-02-17
14
What Now For the Marines?
Y
46-02-17 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ):
observes first anniversary of invasion of Iwo Jima; guests, Gen. Alexander Vandegrift, commander in chief, U.S. marine corps; James F. Forrestal, secretary of navy.

Announces
The Rail Roads of America as next
46-02-24
15
The Railroads of America
Y
[Cracked Master]

46-02-23 Wisconsin State Journal - Sunday 3:00 National Hour--WMAQ

46-02-24 New York PM Daily
4:30 WEAF: The National Hour--
the story of postwar railroads. Warren Kendall, ODT; John Pelley, AA of R.

Announces
A Design for Streamlining Congress as next
46-03-03
16
The Streamlining of Congress
Y
46-03-03 Wisconsin State Journal
3:00 National Hour--WMAQ

Announces
Youth At the Crossroads as next
46-03-10
17
Youth At the Crossroads
Y
[ Dirty Master recording]

46-03-10 Wisconsin State Journal
3:00 National Hour--WMAQ

46-03-10 New York PM Daily
4:00 WEAF: The National Hour--
deals with juvenile delinquency. Guest speaker: Judge Anna M. Kroes.

Announces
The Little Man In Business: Does He Face Success or Failure? as next
46-03-17
18
The Future of Small Business
N
46-03-17 Wisconsin State Journal
3:00 National Hour--WMAQ

46-03-17 New York PM Daily
4:00 WEAF: The National Hour--"
The Future of Small Business." Speaker: Alfred Schindler.
46-03-24
19
President Truman's Health Bill
N
46-03-24 Wisconsin State Journal
3:00 National Hour--WMAQ
46-03-31
20
U. S. Army Operations In Peacetime
N
46-03-31 Wisconsin State Journal
3:00 National Hour--WMAQ
46-04-07
21
Title Unknown
Pre-Empted
N
46-04-07 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--Masters Golf Tournament (WMAQ).

46-04-07 Brooklyn Eagle
4:00--National Hour, Description Masters Golf Tournament, WEAF.

46-04-07 Washington Post
4:00 WRC National Hour

46-04-07 New York Times
4:00-WEAF--The National Hour

46-04-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
3-WMAQ--The National hour [N].

46-04-07 Los Angeles Times
1 P.M.
KFI-Nat'l Hr.

46-04-07 Oakland Tribune
1 P. M.
KPO-Masters Golf Tournament.
46-04-14
22
The War's Important Technological Developments
N
46-04-14 Wisconsin State Journal
3:00 National Hour--WMAQ

46-04-14 New York PM Daily
4:00 WEAF: The National Hour--
first report of one of the war's most important technical developments.
46-04-21
23
The U. S. Army Air Force
N
46-04-21 Wisconsin State Journal
3:00 National Hour--WMAQ
46-04-28
24
The Problems of the U.S. Merchant Marine
N
46-04-28 Wisconsin State Journal
2:00 National Hour--WMAQ

46-04-28 New York PM Daily
4:00 WEAF: The National Hour--a discussion of the problems of the U.S. Merchant Marine.
46-05-05
25
The History of Manhattan
N
46-05-05 Wisconsin State Journal
2:00 National Hour--WMAQ

46-05-05 Brooklyn Eagle
4:00--National Hour, "
History of Manhattan." WEAF
46-05-12
26
The Calendar of Peace
N
46-05-12 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): report on first six months of peace by MBC reporters; "
The Calendar of Peace." George Thomas Folster, from Tokyo; Henry Cassidy, from Paris; Roy Porter, from Germany; W. W. Chaplin, from New York.
46-05-19
27
I Am An American Day
N
46-05-19 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): program dedicated to "
I Am an American Day."
46-05-26
28
Cinderella On Wheels
N
46-05-26 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--National Hour (WIBA): dedicated to 50th anniversary of automobile industry.
46-06-02
29
The Food Problem
N
46-06-02 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): "
The Food Problem," Gove Hambridge, director of food and agriculture, United Nations; John MacVane, substituting for Robert St. John.
46-06-09
30
Title Unknown
N
46-06-09 Wisconsin State Journal
2:00 National Hour--WMAQ
46-06-16
31
The Invisible Hitchhiker
N
46-06-15 New York Sun
SUNDAY
4:00 WEAF--National Hour: Major Gen. Philip B. Fleming, "Highway Safety."

46-06-16 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): presents special broadcast on safe driving; drama, "
The Invisible Hitchhiker;" speaker, Maj. Gen. Philip B. Fleming, chairman of Truman's highway safety conference.
46-06-23
32
Prologue to A-Day
N
46-06-23 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): description and complete rehearsal at Bikini atoll for atomic bomb tests.

46-06-23 Port Arthur News
All networks are completing arrangemnents for full coverage of the atom bomb test at Bikini this weekend and on next Sunday when the bomb will be dropped. Twenty-four hours before the scheduled dropping of the bomb NBC will broadcast a round table of the test in a pool broadcast from Adm Blandy's Joint Task Foice No 1 on Satmday at 5 30 p m. On Sunday during the National Hour W W Chaplin, George Folstcr and Ralph Howard Peterson NBC commentators will be on hand to report of the test.
46-06-30
33
Bikini Bomb Takeoff
N
46-06-30 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): reports of atom bomb test at Bikini by W.W. Chaplin, George Thomas Folster, and Ralph Howard Peterson from the test area.

46-07-07
34
Operation Dream Come True
N
46-07-07 Wisconsin State Journal
2:00 National Hour--WMAQ
46-07-14
35
Forestry and the Future
N
46-07-14 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): Lyle Watts, chief of department of agriculture's forestry service, "
Forestry and the Future;" dramatization of causes for present lumber crisis.
46-07-21
36
A Star For Paradise--Statehood For Hawaii
N
46-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal - 2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): "A Star for Paradise--Statehood for Hawaii," Ingram M. Steinback, governor of Hawaii, from Honolulu; and Rep. Joseph R. Farrington, Hawaiian delegate to congress.
46-07-28
37
The Paris Peace Conference
N
46-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal - 2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): discussion of Paris Peace Conference by Henry Cassidy, Richard Harkness, Merrill Mueller, Dr. Max Jordan, Roy Porter, and Paul Archinard, all speaking from Paris.
46-08-04
38
The Prisons We Deserve
N
46-08-04 Wisconsin State Journal - 2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): "The Prisons We Deserve," James V. Bennett, director of Federal Bureau of Prisons; Warden James A. Johnsoton of Alcatraz.
46-08-11
39
How America Spends Sunday Afternoon
N
46-08-11 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): "
How America Spends Sunday Afternoon;" guests, Mr. And Mrs. Edgar Bergen and their baby; interviews with people at Coney Island; families in Chicago; visitors at San Francisco zoo; and Kathryn Skeffington's Singing Grandmothers, from Lincoln Park, Chicago.
46-08-18
40
A Plane In Every Garage
N
46-08-18 Wisconsin State Journal - 2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): "A Plane in Every Garage."
46-08-25
41
Oil: Our Deepest Frontier
N
46-08-25 Wisconsin State Journal - 2:00 National Hour--WMAQ 46-08-25 Brooklyn Eagle - 4:00--National Hour, "Oil: Our Deepest Frontier."
46-09-01
42
G.I. Joe College
N
46-09-01 Wisconsin State Journal - 2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): "G.I. Joe College." (WIBA at 4 p.m.).
46-09-08
43
Fit To Print
N
46-09-08 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--National Hour (WMAQ): "Fit to Print," story of 50 years of news reporting by New York Times; speaker, Herbert Matthews, chief of Times London bureau, speaking from London.
46-09-15
44
The Vanishing American
N
46-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
2:00 National Hour--WMAQ
46-09-22
45
Report To Date
N
46-09-22 Wisconsin State Journal
2:00 National Hour--WMAQ
46-09-29
--
--
46-09-29 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Carmen Cavallaro (WMAQ): "The Night Is Young," "Who's Sorroy Now," "Begin the Beguine," "Surrender."









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