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“People of Western Europe:

A landing was made this morning on the coast of France by troops of the Allied Expeditionary Force. This landing is part of the concerted United Nations’ plan for the liberation of Europe, made in conjunction with our great Russian allies. I have this message for all of you. Although the initial assault may not have been made in your own country, the hour of your liberation is approaching.

All patriots, men and women, young and old, have a part to play in the achievement of final victory. To members of resistance movements, I say, “Follow the instructions you have received.” To patriots who are not members of organized resistance groups, I say, “Continue your passive resistance, but do not needlessly endanger your lives until I give you the signal to rise and strike the enemy. The day will come when I shall need your united strength.” Until that day, I call on you for the hard task of discipline and restraint.”

– General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force

The complete NBC broadcast day of D-Day is now on the air at Rat Patrol Radio! Whatever time you tune in, you will be hearing the same thing America heard at that same time on June 6, 1944.


GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) — The next time the American military transport plane known as Whiskey 7 drops its paratroopers over Normandy, France, it will be for a commemoration instead of an invasion.

Seventy years after taking part in D-Day, the plane now housed at the National Warplane Museum in western New York is being prepared to recreate its role in the mission, when it dropped troops behind enemy lines under German fire.

At the invitation of the French government, the restored Douglas C-47 will fly in for 70th-anniversary festivities and again release paratroopers over the original jump zone at Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

“There are very few of these planes still flying, and this plane was very significant on D-Day,” said Erin Vitale, chairwoman of the Return to Normandy Project. “It dropped people that were some of the first into Sainte-Mere-Eglise and liberated that town.”

Museum officials say the twin-prop Whiskey 7, so named because of its W-7 squadron marking, is one of several C-47s scheduled to be part of the D-Day anniversary, with jumpers made up of active and retired military personnel. But it is believed to be the only one flying from the United States.

The plane will fly to France by way of Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and Germany, each leg 5 ½ to 7 hours. Vitale compared it to trying to drive a 70-year-old car across the country without a breakdown. “It’s going to be a huge challenge.”

Among the 21 men it carried in 1944 was 20-year-old Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr., who also will make the return trip to France, his fifth, and be reunited with the craft — once it’s on the ground. He is flying commercially from his Horsham, Pa., home outside Philadelphia.

“With me, it’s almost, sometimes, like yesterday,” Cruise, now 89, said by phone, recalling his first combat mission. “It really never leaves you.”

As I mentioned in my twitter feed, there were some discrepancies found while slicing the CBS D-Day radio files, so I’ve sliced and uploaded the NBC D-Day coverage this year instead. There was a gap in the NBC coverage between 10:15AM and 11:00AM EDT that I filled with the CBS feed. It was soap operas across all networks that time of day, so nothing major is missed.

I’m hoping I haven’t overlooked any more gaps in the NBC coverage in the rush to get everything uploaded and tagged, but if you find any, please let me know for next year! Note that the broadcast time and the real-world time started out synchronized, but will drift more and more as Live 365 inserts commercials.

I just found out last night that my radio station host, Live 365, has banned all recordings over 30 minutes duration. Since the average time per file for the D-Day broadcast is 1 hour and 15 minutes, I have to split each file into pieces, then tag each one. I hope to be done in time, and am going to take the opportunity to replace the duplicated 4:48 – 5:53AM section of the CBS recording with appropriate content from the NBC recording. Some time in the past, the 6AM-7AM section was recorded over the 4:48-5:53AM section, and that section was lost to collectors.

It’s almost June 6, again, and as we’ve done for many years, we will preempt regular programming to present the complete CBS national broadcast day of June 6, 1944. In the pre-dawn hours of D-Day, as the rumors became more and more insistent, a broadcast engineer at CBS headquarters in New York began recording every word that went out over the air, beginning at 2:30 am. Hear the initial rumors, the confirmation from SHAEF in London, the military analysis in the radio studio from experts (which sound spookily like the ones we heard for Desert Storm.)

Later, hear the official announcements, the eyewitness reports of embedded reporters (!) as they return from the beachhead to London, the news alerts breaking into normal programming throughout the day, and King George VI addressing the people of the UK, and President Roosevelt leading the nation in prayer. I have goosebumps right now, just remembering this.

We will have a special encore performance on June 7, starting at 9am, so that more people can hear the earliest reports (because not many people will be getting up at 2:30am on a work night!) Please join us in remembrance of one of the most important events of the last 100 years, the liberation of Europe from the hand of fascist Germany by the free peoples of the world.

Starting at 3am EDT, we are proud and honored to present the annual Complete Broadcast Day of D-Day. This is 24 hours of everything that went out over the air on CBS on June 6, 1944, rebroadcast by Rat Patrol Radio at the same time of day as originally aired!

This is probably as famous among our listeners as our Christmas playlist is, and Rat Patrol Radio was one of the first webcast stations ever to present these historic broadcasts in this format. This year marks our ninth year saluting the men who stormed Fortress Europe to put an end to Nazism. Join me as we relive the electrifying events of one of the most momentous events of the 20th Century.  (I still choke up and get goosebumps at 10pm when FDR leads the nation in prayer.)

I was going back through the D-Day files to tag them so that they were compliant with Live 365 rules, and realized that the third hour of the broadcast was identical to the 5th hour!  I’ve scoured the Net for the correct file, but every source has the wrong file as the third hour.  After overcoming my supreme mortification that I’ve been playing a bad file for the third hour for the last several years, I deleted all the files and am now uploading the NBC D-Day coverage that I recently found.  I apologize in advance if the quality isn’t up to snuff, as I haven’t had time to listen to all 24 hours of programming.   I only hope there isn’t any mistakes in this one!

On the bright side, those of you that have been tuning in over the years get a new perspective on D-Day!

Please tune in this June 6th for our traditional D Day commemorative broadcast.  We will be broadcasting everything that went out over the air from CBS New York, at the same time of day it was originally heard on June 6, 1944.

When the broadcast engineer at the New York studios realized shortly after 2AM on June 6, 1944, that the rumors that were being picked up from German radio were not another false alarm, he began recording everything that was broadcast, and continued for 24 hours.  That remarkable record has been preserved, and Rat Patrol Radio is proud for the last eight years to bring our listeners the chance to relive one of the most momentous days in history.

As is tradition, we will also have an encore performance on June 7th, starting at 9AM Eastern time, so that more people can hear the early reports.