|World War II was rich inspiration for popular music. There were songs about missed loved ones, of loneliness and pledges of faithfulness. There were songs about heroes and songs that derided the enemy. There were songs that made fun of military life and about the challenges of the home front.
What songs was sometimes referred to as the "British 'White Christmas'"? What German songs became a hit with the Allied troops as well as with the German troops for whom it was intended? What official song of an American military branch was a result of a public competition?
We will look at songs, their composers and performers. We'll look at the stories behind the songs. We will listen to many songs and there will be an opportunity for participants to take recordings home for listening.
Presenter: Earl Grow is a retired professor who taught for 30 years at UW-Milwaukee where he created the History of Broadcasting course.