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The Something For The Girls Radio Program

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From the July 29th, 1944 edition of the Baton Rouge State Advocate:

44-07-25 Baton Rouge Hdr

     A series of transcribed programs will be broadcast over Station WJBO beginning Monday at 4:30 p.m. in interest of the WAVE recruiting drive.
     The recordings will present outstanding personalities of radio, stage and screen and the programs will last 15 minutes and be held on Mondays and Wednesdays.  There are 14 programs.
     "Something for the Girls" is the title of the series.  Young women interested in joining the Waves are asked to apply at the Navy Recruiting station, Room 217, post-office building.
     The first program will feature Frank Sinatra, the crooner.  The series will be as follows:
     Program 1--Frank Sinatra sings "It Had to Be You," "I'll Be Seeing You," "All the Things You Are."  Axel Stordahl's orchestra and chorus, John Reed King, announcer.  Interview with Isabelle Cane, (Sp(R)2/c. USNWR.
     Program 2--Howard Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney in original comedy sketch.  Lyn Murray's orchestra arrow" and "Eternal Father."  Clifton Fadiman, emcee.
     Program 3--Morton Gould's orchestra plays "Rosalie" and "Beyond the Blue Horizon."  Dorothy Shay sings "Besame Mucho."  Alec Templeton gives his impression of Cab Calloway singing "Figaro."  Frank Gallop announces.
    Program 4--Helen Hayes stars in original radio drama "This Lonely Year."  Lyn Murray conducts original background music.  Cast includes Richard Widmark and Madeleine Pierce.  Script by Jean Holloway.  Tom Shirley announces.
     Program 5--Kate Smith sings "G.I. Jive," "Long Ago and Far Away," and "Some Day I'll Meet You Again."  Ted Collins interviews Isabelle Cane, Sp(R)2/c USNWR.  Ward Wilson announces.
     Program 6--Jeanne Cagney and Jim Ameche star in comedy skit about a WAVE and a sailor.  Ray Block's orchestra plays "Begin the Beguine."  Harry Cool sings "Swinging on a Star."
     Program 7--Barry Wood sings "Have I Been Away Too Long," "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night" and "No Love, No Nothin'."  Al Goodman's Million-Dollar band plays "Poinciana."  WAVE Specialist Isabelle Cane interviewed.  Bret Morrison announces.
     Program 8--Eddie Cantor sings "Alabamy Bound," "Dinah" and "I Wish I Had a Girl."  Comedy cross-fire with Harry Von Zell.  Nora Martin sings "Long Ago and Far Away."  Vince Travers' orchestra and Four Norsemen.
     Program 9--Morton Downey sings "Falling in Love With Love," "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Put Your Arms Around Me."  Jimmy Lytell's orchestra plays "Temptation."  WAVE Specialist Isabelle Cane interviewed.  David Ross announces.
     Program 10--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians play "Love, Love, Love," "Humoresque," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Long Ago and Far Away."  WAVE Specialist Jean Logan interviewed.  Dan Seymour announces.
     Program 11--"Betty Wave"--musical picture composed and conducted by Russell Bennett.  Starlet Carol Thurston, narrator.  Barry Gray announces.
     Program 12--Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians Orchestra and chorus playing and singing "Holiday for Strings," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," and "Falling In Love With Love."  Don Craig announces.
     Program 13--Raymond Scott's orchestra plays "Toto" and "Mr. Basie Goes to Washington."  Benny Goodman and his trio play "Poor Butterfly" and "All the World Is Waiting for the Sunrise."  Columnist Ed Sullivan reports to families of WAVES.  John Allen Wolf announces.
     Program 14--Mark Warnow's Hit Parade orchestra, with Joan Edwards, vocalist.  Mark Warnow's orchestra plays "Just One of Those Things" and "Dark Eyes."  Joan Edwards sings "I'll Get By."  Ted Walters sings "People Will Say."  INterview with WAVE Marcelle Ahern.  Dell Sharbutt announces.

From the August 13th, 1944 edition of the Springfield Republican Article:

44-08-13 Sprinfeild Repub Hdr
     In the seventh of the series of 14 quarter-hour shows produced by the navy department in behalf of WAVE recruiting, Barry Wood will star with Al Goodman's band on tomorrow's "Something for the Girls" program (WMAS, 1:30 p.m.).  The broadcasts, which were initiated on July 25, are heard twice weekly Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. over WMAS.  The programs, all recordings, are also heard on WHYN each Tuesday and Friday at 7:45 p.m.
     Starting out as a swimming star at Yale, Barry Wood took the road to fame by way of the saxophone in Abe Lyman's band.  He next went on a local station as a singer, and soon obtained his first network break and a sponsor.  Among his several radio jobs he has served as emcee on the "Hit Parade," and his own show on NBC Saturday nights with Patsy Kelly.  The polls show him as one of the three top popular vocalists on the air.  In tribute to the WAVES Barry will sing some of the more popular numbers on the "All-time Hit Parade."
     Other headline guests for the remaining broadcasts will include:  Wednesday, Eddie Cantor; Monday, the 21st, Morton Downey; Wednesday, the 23d, Guy Lombardo; Monday, the 28th, "Betty Wave"; Wednesday, the 30th, Fred Waring; Monday, September 4, Raymond Scott's orchestra, and for the last broadcast on Wednesday the 6th, Mark Warnow's Hit Parade orchestra.

Series Derivatives:

Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Patriotic Variety
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 44-07-22 01 Guest, Frank Sinatra
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 44-07-22 to 44-11-xx; All Networks; Twenty-six, 15-minute programs;
Syndication: Women's Reserve of the United States Navy [WAVES];United States Navy Recruiting; Columbia Recording Corporation; NBC Radio Recording Division
Sponsors: United States Navy Recruiting; Union Federal Savings and Loan, Stark Dry Goods, Burden, Smith & Co., Fritchman's Gift Shop, Washington Veneer Co., Van-Smith Building Material Co., Columbus Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Wheeler's, Fox Studio, Kay Jewelry Co., Powell Furniture, Idanha Coffee Shop, Margaret's Beauty Salon, Monica's, Sears, Roebuck and Co., Music Center
Principal Guests: Frank Sinatra, Dorothy Stickney, Howard Lindsay, Alec Templeton, Helen Hayes, Richard Widmark, Madeleine Pierce, Kate Smith, Ted Collins, Jeanne Cagney, Jim Ameche, Harry Cool, Barry Wood, Eddie Cantor, Nora Martin, Harry Von Zell, Morton Downey, Guy Lombardo, Carol Thurston, Fred Waring, Ed Sullivan, Joan Edwards, Ted Walters, Lily Pons, Frank Munn, Margaret Daum, James Melton, Mary Martin, Jane Froman, Celeste Holm, Jack Smith, Bert Lytell, John Charles Thomas, Dick Haymes, Bob Burns, Helen Forrest, Ronald Colman, Ginny Simms, Nelson Eddy, Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford, June Hutton
Recurring Character(s):
Author(s): None
Music Direction: Axel Stordahl's Orchestra and Chorus, Lyn Murray's Orchestra and Chorus, Morton Gould's Orchestra, Jack Miller's Orchestra, Ray Block's Orchestra, Al Goodman's Million-Dollar Band, Vince Travers' Orchestra, The Four Norsemen, Jimmy Lytell's Orchestra, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, Russell Bennett (Composer/Conductor), Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, Raymond Scott's Orchestra, Benny Goodman and His Trio, Mark Warnow's Orchestra, Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra, Phil Spitalny's All Girl Orchestra and Chorus, Sammy Kaye, Gus Haenschen's Orchestra, Raymond Paige's Orchestra, Victor Young's Orchestra, Ken Darby's Chorus, Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra, Meredith Willson's Orchestra, Bombardiers--Vocal Chorus, "Cookie" Fairchild's Orchestra, Robert Armbruster's Orchestra, The Pied Pipers, Paul Weston's Orchestra
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): Clifton Fadiman, Frank Gallop, Tom Shirley, Ward Wilson, Bret Morrison, David Ross, Dan Seymour, Barry Gray, Don Craig, John Allen Wolf, Dell Sharbutt
Estimated Scripts or
Episodes in Circulation: 22
Total Episodes in Collection: 22

Notes on Provenances:

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Something For The Girls Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-07-03 Broadcasting
WAVE Discs on 450
SERIES of 14 quarter-hour transcriptions promoting a WAVE recruiting campaign are expected to be broadcast on about 450 stations starting July 15. Plan is for 3 broadcasts weekly, completing the series in approximately a month. Columbia Recording Corp. and NBC Radio Recording Division made the discs, which are to be distributed to stations by the Navy recruiting offices in each district. Titled Something for the Girls, series features radio, stage and screen stars in variety programs, including a recruiting talk. Series was approved by the AFM, AFRA and the OWI, all cooperating with the Navy.

44-07-21 Augusta Chronicle
Navy Sub-Station To Sponsor Program
The navy sub-station in the federal building will sponsor a radio program over WGAC tomorrow night, Chief Specialist Edwards announced yesterday. The program, Edwards said, will feature Frank Sinatra, who has joined with many other stars in contributing his services to the Women's Reserve of the Navy recruiting division. The program, a transcribed recording, will be heard over WGAC at 10:15 p.m., and is the first of a series "Something for the Girls," to be presented by the U.S. Navy, Chief Edwards explained.

44-07-26 Chicago Daily Tribun
9:30 a.m.
Something for the girls, WAVES show: Clifton Fadiman, with Howard Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney of "Life with Father."

44-08-21 Broadcasting
New WAVES Series NEW transcription series to recruit WAVES, entitled Something for the Girls, has been started on KMOX St. Louis. Prepared by CBS in New York and featuring outstanding radio entertainers, the programs are carried on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. under the direction of Jerry Hoekstra, KMOX War Productions Manager.

Guest Frank Sinatra
44-07-22 Boston Herald
6:30 WNAC--Something for the Girls, WAVE Show

44-07-22 New Orleans Times-Picayune
Sinatra--"The Voice"--Frank Sinatra--with Axel Stordahl's orchestra and chorus, pays tribute to the WAVES with a musical program on "Something for the Girls" at 5:15 p.m. from WDSU. "All the Things You Are," "I'll Be Seeing You" and "It Had to Be You" are done in super-Sinatra style.

Guests Dorothy Stickney, Howard Lindsay
44-07-23 New Orleans Times-Picayune
Waves--Dorothy Stickney and Howard Lindsay appear with Lyn Murray's orchestra and chorus and Clifton Fadiman on "Something for the Girls," WAVE recruiting program at 11:15 a.m. from WDSU. Fadiman handles the announcing duties, Murray takes care of the musical part of the program with salty arrangements of "Anchors Aweigh," "Sailor's Hornpipe," "Make Way for Tomorrow" and "Eternal Father," the navy hymn.

Guest Alec Templeton
44-08-02 New Orleans Times-Picayune
Alec Templeton will appear as guest star on "Something for the Girls" at 9:45 p.m. from WWL. The show is presented in co-operation with the office of naval procurement and is a special salute to the WAVES.

44-08-13 Rockford Morning Star
Alec Templeton and Morton Gould's orchestra will be featured on the WAVES program, Something for the Girls, tonight at 7:30 over WROK.

Frank Gallup

Guest Helen Hayes
44-08-20 Rockford Morning Star
Helen Hayes will be cast in an original drama, "This Lonely Year," on Something for the Girls tonight at 7:30 over WROK. The program is aired in co-operation with the WAVES recruiting drive.

Tom Shirley

Guests Kate Smith, Ted Collins
44-08-26 Rockford Register-Republic - Kate Smith will be the guest star on Something for the Girls," WAVES program, on WROK Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Tom Shirley

Guests Jeanne Cagney, Jim Ameche, Harry Cool
44-09-02 Rockford Register-Republic
Jeanne Cagney and Jim Ameche will co-star on Something for the Girls, WAVES program, over WROK Sunday night at 7:30.

44-09-03 Rockford Morning Star
Something for the Girls, WAVES radio show, will be on WROK at 7:30 tonight. Jeanne Cagney and Jim Ameche will guest star.

Guest Barry Wood
Guests Eddie Cantor, Nora Martin, Harry Von Zell
44-09-01 Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday 1:30 p.m.--Something for the Girls (WMAQ): Eddie Cantor, Nora Martin, Four Norsemen; "Alabamy Bound," "Dinah," "I Want a Girl."

44-09-17 Rockford Morning Star
Eddie Cantor is the guest star on the WAVES program, Something for the Girls, tonight at 7:30 on WROK.

Guest Morton Downey
44-08-18 New Orleans Times-Picayune - Morton Downey will be guest of "Something for the Girls" at 10:45 a.m. over WWL, presented in the interest of WAVE recruiting.

44-09-24 Rockford Morning Star
Morton Downey will be the guest star on the WAVES program, Something for the Girls, tonight at 7:30 on WROK.

Guest Guy Lombardo
Betty Wave Symphonette
Guest Fred Waring
44-08-28 New Orleans Times-Picayune - Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians are special guests of "Something for the Girls" at 10:45 a.m. over WWL. The show is presented in the interest of WAVE recruiting.

44-08-28 Broadcasting
Promotion Kit--TO ASSIST the more than 500 stations which have scheduled Something for the Girls, all-star WAVE recruiting transcription services produced by the Navy for a mid-summer campaign begun in July [BROADCASTING, July 3], the Navy distributed press books including complete stories on each program, mats, thumbnail descriptions of programs and stars, newspaper ads, instruction sheets and provision for glossy photos.
Guest Ed Sullivan
Guests Joan Edwards, Ted Walters

Guest Lily Pons
44-09-18 Broadcasting
WAVE Recruiting Series Adds 12 New Programs NAVY program Something for the Girls, a WAVE recruiting campaign, will be extended to include 12 more shows, following arrangements on the Coast. Recording for a series of 14 has been comopleted. Shows are recorded either as broadcast, as portions of the actual broadcast with the rest of the program rewritten and narrated for the discs, or they are programs made especially for the series. Programs being cut in New York for the lastest series are: Hour of Charm, Stage Door Canteen, Andre Kostelanetz and Lily Pons, Sammy Kaye, U.S.S. Hunter (a special show from a WAVE training center), Allan Jones and Woody Herman. Tentative shows from the West Coast are: Bergen & McCarthy, Ginny Simms, Burns & Allen, Kay Kyser, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer.

44-10-28 Billboard
"Something for the Girls" Expected To Hit Over 700 NEW YORK, Oct. 21--The navy's Something for the Girls, in its second edition, gets national release October 31. The navy expects to exceed the 700 stations which used the WAVE recruiting series during the first drive. Usual line-up of top stars make up the e.t.'s, and a press book complete with mats, prepared releases, ads, glossies and instructions is being sent out.

Hour Of Charm
Sammy Kaye's Serenade
American Album Of Familiar Music
Star Theatre
Stage Door Canteen
John Charles Thomas
Guests Dick Haymes, Bob Burns, Helen Forrest
Guest Ronald Colman
Guest Ginny Simms
Guest Nelson Eddy
Guests Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford, June Hutton

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