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1940s Radio

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Tune into 1940s Radio BroadcastsComing your way on 1940s Radio

1940s Radio was formed by a group of enthusiasts who enjoyed the music and began an online stream so they could listen to great tunes and share a mutual hobby in the process. As many of you know things have become somewhat busier and we have had a lot of learning to do maintaining a service that people now regularly listen to and depend on.

More Spit and Polish

Although not yet apparent we have been cleaning up our act behind the scenes and some of you may have noticed little changes like regular time checks. The general auditing of the music archives is also an on-going process but this now allows us to stream track data showing title and artist (With the odd mistake perhaps).

How to tune into 1940s Radio Broadcasts

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On Air from November

The 1940s schedule is having a makeover and we have two exclusive new shows coming your way from November giving you even more variety and a fresh look at the 1940s from 2017.

Sounds of the 40s with Dave DawesDave Dawes

Dave Dawes makes his radio debut on 1940’s Radio with “Sounds of the 40s with Dave Dawes"

Friday and Sunday: 01:00am |10:00am | 5:00pm GMT. Dave maybe new to radio but he is a seasoned professional 1930s and 40s specialist DJ so strap yourself in.

Roaring Forties PresentsRoaring Forties Presents

Exclusive to 1940s Radio's our very own "Roaring Forties Presents"

Wednesday and Saturday: 01:00am |10:00am | 5:00pm GMT. Rory’s 1940s music archive has taken him years to put together and he will be hand picking them just for you.

1940s Radio Has Room To Grow

Our server upgrades are now in place and we now have twice the capacity for more of you to enjoy 1940s Radio. We will be monitoring this closely and the process to increase capacity is now seamless.

A Huge Thank You

We have been quite overwhelmed with your response to 1940s Radio and the support many of you have shown for the station. We try very hard to offer you a balanced listening pleasure across all the 97 countries that now tune in and you all make it very worthwhile.

The 1940s Radio Team

Bouncing bomb highball being lowered on deckWW2 Bouncing Bombs Recovered

Two of Sir Barnes Wallis’s “Highball” bouncing bombs have been recovered 70 years after being used during secret tests at Loch Striven, Scotland. Specialist Royal Navy clearance divers from the Northern Diving Group recently recovered the WW2 relics from the bottom of Loch Striven for preservation.

Bouncing bomb highballA number of prototypes were tried during the development of the “Bouncing Bomb”. The "Upkeep" bouncing bomb was used in the RAF's Operation Chastise of May 1943 which is a drum shape. These images are of the “Highball”, the smaller version of bouncing bomb designed for an anti-shipping role and to be dropped by fighter bombers specifically the mosquito.

Roaring Forties Presents

Published in 1940s Radio DJs Monday, 02 October 2017 13:09

Roaring Forties 1940s Radio Station Presenter

**Coming Your Way  November 1st**

Exclusive to 1940s Radio's
"Roaring Forties Presents"

Wednesday and Saturday: 1:00am | 10:00am | 5:00pm GMT

1940s Radio Presents Roaring FortiesAn hour of "Tip Top Tunes" from the 40s presented by "The Roaring Forties"

Many of our weekly hourly broadcasts are produced from our “free request a set service”. Requests for a single track however go straight to our own “Roaring Forties” for his special attention and with a bit of a lean to the Big Bands you can be assured of an hour of “full on” listeners favourites.

Wednesday and Saturday: 1:00am | 10:00am | 5:00pm GMT

Sounds of the 40s with Dave Dawes

Published in 1940s Radio DJs Monday, 02 October 2017 11:28

1940s Radio Presenter Dave Dawes with Sounds of the 40's** Exclusive From November **

"Sounds of the 40s with Dave Dawes"

Friday and Sunday: 1:00am | 10:00am | 5:00pm GMT

Strap yourselves in ......

Chocks away for a cracking hour of spiffing tunes ......

1940s Radio Presenter Dave DawesDJ Dave Dawes joins 1940s Radio for an hour of topical 40’s chat with a host of great 40’s classics thrown in for good measure. Dave is no stranger to the music scene, coming from an established career as live 1930s and 40s specialist DJ.

Not a Stranger to the 40s Music Scene

We are pretty sure many of our UK listeners will have bumped into Dave at one of the many 1940s events Dave has performed at across the country and are well aware he knows how to pick a great tune.

Friday and Sunday: 1:00am | 10:00am | 5:00pm GMT

 

Find Dave on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dawdawes/

US Army non-commissioned insignia layoutA Simple Guide to WW2 Insignias

USA WW2 Insignias - Non-Commissioned

It is a sad fact we live in a copy and paste society and one wrongly altered caption changes the context of an image.

We may know a little about our 1940’s tunes but, if like us you are a novice to WW2 history, understanding rank insignias is certainly a great starting point to identify and verify information. We have put together a simplistic guide to rank insignias with the first in our series being non-commissioned US Army insignias.

Please note there were colour variations of the insignia dependent on the type of uniform/season and the images shown are representative.

1940s Radio Station BroadcastYour Personal 1940s Music Set Request

The age of the Internet makes a mockery of time zones and we know by your emails 1940s Radio has circumvented the globe. You can imagine scheduling becomes an issue so we are extending the olive branch.

Online Music Set Request

From a single track to a complete set, you can now listen to what you like when you like, more or less. We have put together a simple form where you can submit a single track or a complete set list. A set list would need to cover 5, 10 or 20 songs along with the artists name and track title. This gives us 15, 30 and hour long slots which we can patch together for continuity.

Refer Madness during the 40'sA “Trip” through the "Naughty Forties"

You thought the 1940’s music scene was all about “Tea Dances”

1940's Radio brings you an hour of sounds that shook the 40's

Listen Online: http://1940sradio.com/
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1940sRadioShack/app/402411266453495/ Tune in: http://tunein.com/radio/1940s-Radio-s284305/

Set List:

The Ink Spots - That Cat Is High
Trixie Smith ft Sidney Bechet - Jack Im Mellow
Bea Foote - Weed
Memphis Jug Band - Cocaine Habit Blues

Orson Welles terrifies nation with broadcastThe Power of Radio Broadcasting

The Media Machine during WW2

Radio was hugely popular in the 1930’s and with sets readily available to the masses through mass production listening figures were high. Its influences were unmistakable after the famous Orson Welles’s broadcast, “War of the Worlds”, Halloween, 1938.

Late Tuners did not Hear the Disclaimer!

Orson Welles introduced an original adaptation of the classic science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, alien invasion “War of the Worlds”. The adaptation started as normal but was interrupted by news reports of an alien invasion as per Orson Welles script. Unfortunately for those listeners that had tuned in late and did not listen to the disclaimer the reality was somewhat different and consequently mayhem ensued.

George Orwell BBC PresenterPsychological Warfare and Radio Broadcasting WW2

It was no secret radio was going to play a major part in communicating with the general public during the ensuing conflict. On the flip side, there were misinformation broadcasts by the German Propaganda Machine which began on 18th September, 1939 and hosted by Lord Haw Haw.

We were entering a new age of Media Psychological Warfare, one that all sides would abuse to its maximum potential. Listening to BBC broadcast in occupied countries carried the death penalty and owning a radio in Poland was outlawed although a special Morse Code Service was transmitted for localised printed distribution.

ARP Warden setting daily blackout timesDarkness falls over Great Britain

BIG Ben plunges into Darkness

It will be 5 years and 123 days before Big Ben lit up again. Everybody was prepared for the worst, but turning the countries lights out finally drove home the reality of war with sweeping blackout restrictions which would be enforced rigorously.

Blackout Big Ben in DarknessAir Raids Were Inevitable

With proven advancements in technology the Air Ministry had warned the risk of air raids was inevitable with high civilian casualties and indiscriminate bombing. This triggered the need to introduce blackout controls with heavy curtains or shutters required on all private residences and commercial premises.

1940’s Tunes with a Twist of Something?

Cocaine Tooth Powder AdvertismentAs we listened 1940’s Radio Broadcasts it became alarmingly apparent how many recordings made casual references to illegal substances.

These references were made not just by unknown bands, but also by some of the periods most prominent artists with Fats Waller and Cab Callaway included in the line-up.

Artistic Licence

Some artist were more subtle than others with references made in the lyrics, with others being more blatant going straight for the jugular saying "Just what’s on the tin".

We will leave it for you to decide if this practice was a deliberate poke at the authorities or a public relations stunt to promote record sales. Regardless, I am sure we can still all agree the music remains timeless and times have changed very little in that regard.

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