Rounding out our stroll along the radio dial, we check in with an NBC special Christmas Eve broadcast from Hollywood, Dec. 24, 1943, with reports from service personnel around the world. The host is Bob Hope, with Lionel Barrymore and Bing Crosby.
Hope reads the message from the troops in New Guinea: “Everyone found time to open his presents and read his mail. Other than these activities, Christmas on New Guinea is a case of it being Saturday and another day of war.”
And at the 44:40 mark, FDR has a special Christmas message.
The show was announced as a 90-minute program, but the recording ends at the 1:15 mark, so it’s possible the last 15 minutes of the show are missing.