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The Wings Over America Radio Program

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One of the era's most inspirational posters for aspiring Army Air Corps flyers.
One of the era's most inspirational posters for aspiring Army Air Corps flyers.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee's grandson shows interest in becoming a Flying Cadet (from February 23rd 1941)
Confederate General Robert E. Lee's grandson shows interest in becoming a Flying Cadet (from February 23rd 1941)

Background

Programs in the public interest were a prominent feature of Radio programming throughout its Golden Age. The major networks of the era not only adhered to the FCC's various Communications Act mandates to set aside a significant portion of their broadcasting schedules, but provided that time free of any broadcast costs. During the run up to World War II all of the major networks went even further by volunteering no cost or minimal cost production resources to public service or information programming in partnership with the numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations of the era.

American citizens born after the 1970s and raised during an increasingly commercialized, corporatized, unregulated, and 'free market' telecommunications environment. The Reagan Administration's FCC elminated PSAs altogether, essentially bringing an era of widespread PSAs and informational programs in the public interest to an end--over the major networks and cable systems. It has since fallen to National Public Radio, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS to bring such public interest programming to Radio, Cable and Television. Unfortunately, continued pressure on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has dramatically reduced the frequent safety reminders, health alerts, and patriotically neutral Radio and Television bumpers that the 'Greatest Generation' grew up with.

PSAs in Wartime

The run up to World War II in the U.S. was a very contentious period in American history. From about 1937 forward, the raging 'Great Debate' across America was comprised of isolationists versus what was referred to as 'one-worlders' of the era. That debate raged equally contentiously throughout the British Empire of the era.

On the American Homefront the debate over whether to get involved in another world war spurred a great deal of military, civilian and industrial preparation for the possibility of war. While naval preparations were routinely reviewed, it was the aviation industry and evolving aeronautical technologies that garnered the greatest interest and debate prior to Pearl Harbor.

Series Derivatives:

Wings Over the West Coast
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Patriotic Docudramas
Network(s): NBC [WEAF]
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 40-06-23 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 40-06-23 to
Syndication:
Sponsors:
Director(s):
Principal Actors:
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Jim Ray [Technical Advisor]
Burr Cook
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): John McIntyre [Narrator]
Bill Lytell [Announcer]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
34
Episodes in Circulation: 4
Total Episodes in Collection: 4
Provenances:

Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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The Wings Over America Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
40-06-16
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40-05-16 New York Times
12:30-WEAF--Talk--Dr. Norman V. Peale
40-06-23
1
Title Unknown
N
40-06-23 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama: Robert A. Hinckley, Chairman, CAA; Major Gen. Henry A. Arnold, Chief, U.S.A. Air Corps; Rear Admiral John H. Towers, Chief, Navy Aeronautics, and others.
40-06-30
2
The Fastest Flight Ever Made
Y
40-06-30 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama: Comdr. Gerald M. Bogen, U.S.N.; Lieut. Col. Harold L. George, U.S.A.; H.L. Child, Test Pilot.

Announces
Aviation and the United States Navy as next
40-07-07
3
Aviation and the United States Navy
N
40-07-07 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama
40-07-14
4
The Gyroscopic Compass
N
40-07-14 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama: Groscopic Compass.
40-07-21
5
Title Unknown
N
40-07-21 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama: Mayor La Guardia; Major Elmer Haslett, Dir., La Guardia Airport.
40-07-28
6
Pan American Airways
N
40-07-28 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Pan American Airways.
40-08-04
7
Title Unknown
N
40-08-04 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Col. Douglas B. Netherwood, Commander, Mitchel Field; Others.
40-08-11
8
The Career of Amelia Earhart
N
40-08-11 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Career of Amelia Earhart; Mrs. Betty Gillies, Ruth Nichols, Cecile Hamilton, Speakers.
40-08-18
9
Title Unknown
N
40-08-18 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama: Glenn L. Martin, Aviator, and Mother, Mrs. Minta Martin.
40-08-25
10
Title Unknown
N
40-08-25 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama: Capt. Harold R. Harris, Vice Pres., Pan American Airways, Speaker.
40-09-01
11
United Airlines
N
40-09-01 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
United Airlines Speakers.
40-09-08
12
Title Unknown
N
40-09-08 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Al Bennett, Central Jersey Airport Owner; Midge Ash, Instructor.
40-09-15
13
The Story of the U.S. Army's Flying Cadets
Y
[Gift offer announcement for the booklet, 'Flying Cadets' ]

40-09-15 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Brig. Gen. Jacob E. Fickel; Lieut. R.F. Schirmer, Guests.

Announces
Flivver Planes as next
40-09-22
14
Flivver Planes
N
40-09-22 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
William T. Piper, Airplane Maker.
40-09-29
15
Title Unknown
N
40-09-29 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Comdr. M.K. Doyle, Guest.
40-10-06
16
Title Unknown
N
40-10-06 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Winthrop Rockefeller, Thomas Beck, W.A. Patterson, Speakers.
40-10-13
17
Title Unknown
N
40-10-13 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
D.W. Tomlinson, Guest.
40-10-20
18
Title Unknown
N
40-10-20 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Capt. R.O.D. Sullivan, Pilot.
40-10-27
19
Airport Operations
N
40-10-27 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Frank MacKenzie, Airport Chief.
40-11-03
20
Title Unknown
N
40-11-03 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Eugene Wilson, Airline Head.
40-11-10
21
Title Unknown
N
40-11-10 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Flight Superintendent Wm. H. Miller, Guest.
40-11-17
22
Female Army Air Corps Ferry Pilots
N
40-11-17 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Jacqueline Cochran, Guest.
40-11-24
23
Firefighters From the Sky
Y
40-11-24 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Roy Headley, U.S. Forest Service.

Announces The Air Work of the U.S. Coast Guard as next
40-12-01
24
The Air Work of the U.S. Coast Guard
N
40-12-01 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Rear Admiral R. R. Waesche, Coast Guard Commandant; Others.
40-12-08
25
U. S. Coast Guard Aviation Patrols
N
40-12-08 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Rear Admiral R. R. Waesche, Coast Guard Commandant; Others.
40-12-15
26
Marine Corps Aviation
N
40-12-15 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Colonel Ralph J. Mitchell, Director, U.S. Marine Corps. Aviation.
40-12-22
27
Title Unknown
N
40-12-22 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Rear Admiral R. R. Waesche, Coast Guard, Commandant, from Wash.
40-12-29
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Pre-Empted
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40-12-29 New York Times 12:00
EAF--Headlines of 1940: Ten Leading News Events, Dramatized.
41-01-05
28
Title Unknown
N
41-01-05 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama and Guest Speaker.
41-01-12
29
Title Unknown
N
41-01-12 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama and Guest Speaker.
41-01-19
30
Title Unknown
N
41-01-19 New York Times
12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Robert Lovett, Assistant to Secretary of War, Speaker.
41-01-26
31
Title Unknown
N
41-01-26 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama
41-02-02
32
Title Unknown
N
41-02-02 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama
41-02-09
33
Title Unknown
N
41-02-08 New York Times
Sunday brings:
WEAF-NBC —11:30
Wings Over America, Eddie Rickenbacker

41-02-09 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama:
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, Guest.
41-02-16
34
Summary and Questions and Answers
Y
[Announces the "33rd and last program" ]

41-02-15 Bismarck Tribune
Leading representatives from all fields of aeronautics will answer questions which have been submitted by listeners during the thirty-five weeks "Wings Over America" has been broadcast as a Sunday feature, on the concluding program of this series. The final program is to be heard February 16 at 11:30 p. m. (CST).

41-02-15 Clearfield Progress
Sunday brings:
NBC-Red—12:30 Wings over America finale: 4:o0

41-02-16 New York Times
Wings Over America - 12:30-WEAF--Wings Over America--Drama
41-02-23
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41-02-23 New York Times
12:30-WEAF--Pageant of Art--Marco Polo.









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