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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/12/2020, 10:58 am

More not very subtle editing by AFRS.
Starts out OK but no idea how they came up with the rest of this obviously assembled show.

Hour Of Charm 1945-11-11 AFRS 136 Victor Herbert Tribute - Every Day Is Lady's Day With Me
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/12/2020, 11:07 am

I actually have the disc for this one. The date 11-18-45 is clearly etched on the vinyl and some of the numbers in the papers are actually included. However, there are too many numbers that are not introduced, indicating to me it's yet another assembled program. Grrr. I wish there was a network version to compare.

Hour Of Charm 1945-11-18 AFRS 137 Operatic Hits - Torreador Song
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/13/2020, 10:43 am

I have the disc for this one and it matches the paper listing perfectly. Go figure.

Hour Of Charm 1945-12-02 AFRS 139 Songs To Remember - Temptation
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/13/2020, 10:45 am

Not much to verify against for this one.

Hour Of Charm 1945-12-23 AFRS 142 Christmas Program - Jolly Old St Nick
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Post by JazzMan on 2/13/2020, 9:53 pm

Where did they find the time to assemble programs and maybe more importantly - why?

Thank you for the programs and research

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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/14/2020, 10:43 am

In AFRS produced shows like GI Journal, Command Performance, To The Rear March etc., they did it quite often, especially at the end of the run where they would take clips from previous shows and perhaps update with a new singer or new songs. It prolonged the run when new material might not be available. That would not be true with network shows where new material was available all the time except for summer breaks, which would be an obvious time for AFRS assembly to take place. None of the shows I've posted so far would be due to that. Another possibility is that there was a problem with the network transcription, so AFRS had to conjure something up. Either a quickly assembled show, a filler show if they had one on hand, or perhaps even a replacement show from another series, which was another often used tactic.
Why this might have been done with Hour Of Charm shows, I have no idea.

I have the discs for both of today's shows. They both have the date etched and they both seem close to the program content reported in the papers.

Hour Of Charm 1946-01-27 AFRS 147 Jerome Kern Music - Medley from Showboat
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/14/2020, 10:45 am

Hour Of Charm 1946-06-02 AFRS 165 Favorite Melodies - Stars And Stripes Forever
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/15/2020, 12:49 pm

To anyone who might have the slightest interest, it appears the 10th anniversary program at the start of the 10th year was measured from the first time the program came under the sponsorship of GE, which I suppose makes sense.

Hour Of Charm 1946-07-07 AFRS 170 Tales from the Vienna Woods
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/15/2020, 12:58 pm

Then, on September 1, 1946, the 10 year run on NBC ended and the girls took their first break in 6 years. The break only lasted for four weeks however, and on September 29, 1946 the Hour Of Charm resurfaced, this time on Sunday afternoons on CBS, but still sponsored by GE. Not only had the group not had a break, they had played concerts across the country, appeared in two feature films and made numerous 'shorts'.

The dedication at the end of the shows has now switched to girls schools across the country.

The next one I have follows. I do not know the AFRS # since AFRS may have used fillers or assembled programs during the break and I don't have the disc.

Hour Of Charm 1946-10-20 AFRS xxx Motion Picture Hits - It's A Grand Night For Singing
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Post by kschriever on 2/15/2020, 6:58 pm

CompleteDayMan wrote:In AFRS produced shows like GI Journal, Command Performance, To The Rear March etc., they did it quite often, especially at the end of the run where they would take clips from previous shows and perhaps update with a new singer or new songs. It prolonged the run when new material might not be available. That would not be true with network shows where new material was available all the time except for summer breaks, which would be an obvious time for AFRS assembly to take place. None of the shows I've posted so far would be due to that. Another possibility is that there was a problem with the network transcription, so AFRS had to conjure something up. Either a quickly assembled show, a filler show if they had one on hand, or perhaps even a replacement show from another series, which was another often used tactic.
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Just to throw in another two cents... I've observed situations where on the network broadcasts the commercial material might run into or right up against the next program element such that they could not be cleanly separated for AFRS release and the entire bit had to be excised. No clue how common that may have been but recall noting it on several occasions when I was trying to track AFRS shows to items in the "Tobacco Scripts" archive...
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Post by JazzMan on 2/16/2020, 11:55 am

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I really appreciate your posting this series. I don't think any other series quite conveys the emotional feel of early 1942 quite like this series (Though many of the recordings I have heard come from later in the war). At that period of the war France was occupied, Britain and Russia were reeling from the German assault and the Japanese were expanding everywhere in the pacific. The outcome of the war was very much in doubt.

Hour of Charm 41 44-03-26 (War Department - Special Service Division)


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Post by JazzMan on 2/16/2020, 12:57 pm

And here is an undated episode that I don't believe you've posted:

Hour of Charm 116 (AFRS)

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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/16/2020, 2:57 pm

Thanks Jazzman. Do you actually have the disc for #41? If so, what is the date etched on the outside of the disc?
I posted what I thought was #41 earlier in the thread. I have it as 1944-01-23 and the program matches the paper description for that date. See below.

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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/16/2020, 3:05 pm

JazzMan wrote:And here is an undated episode that I don't believe you've posted:

Hour of Charm 116 (AFRS)

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This is I believe the episode from June 24, 1945 and is a fill. Thank you.
I'll be back to post two more later in the day.

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Post by JazzMan on 2/16/2020, 6:14 pm

CDM,

You're welcome. I just happened to have a little more time today. Thank you again for putting in the effort to post this series.

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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/16/2020, 9:03 pm

Hour Of Charm 1947-01-12 AFRS 196 Request Program - Tales from the Vienna Woods
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/16/2020, 9:08 pm

The next show I have after that one is an actual network show rather than AFRS.

Hour Of Charm 1947-09-21 Electric Hour - Brigadoon
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/17/2020, 11:45 am

More network shows follow.

Hour Of Charm 1947-10-19 Electric Hour - Pan Americana
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/17/2020, 11:47 am

Hour Of Charm 1947-11-02 Electric Hour - Song of the Vagabonds
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/18/2020, 12:05 pm

Hour Of Charm 1947-11-09 Electric Hour - Allegro
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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/18/2020, 12:07 pm

Hour Of Charm 1947-11-16 Electric Hour - Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Post by lasombra on 2/18/2020, 2:54 pm

I've been going through my copies of this series to see if there is anything you need. Rather than post stuff which may have the wrong dates, etc. I'll just ask first. I have one labeled #32 with the first song Tonight We Love.

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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/18/2020, 8:19 pm

I do have it but for some unknown reason I didn't post it.
Please go ahead. Date should be 1943-11-21.
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Post by lasombra on 2/18/2020, 8:46 pm

OK, here's#32: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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Post by CompleteDayMan on 2/19/2020, 9:21 am

Hour Of Charm 1947-11-23 Electric Hour - Old McDonald Had a Farm
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