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Hey there, all my GI Joes and GI Jills! The links to the October Patreon rewards have gone out, so check your inbox!

The reward for the $1 through $5 a month tiers is a 50 second 1945 Public Service Announcement asking people to stay on their war job, buy more war bonds, and continue to make do with less, to speed the final victory against Japan.

The $10 a month tier gets the PSA, plus the November 18, 1943 Abbott & Costello Show, with guest stars Bugs Bunny and Lucille Ball.

The $15 and $20 a month tiers get the PSA, the Abbott & Costello Show, AND a complete episode of Jill’s Juke Box, hosted by GI Jill!

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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.

Rat Patrol Radio has now been on the air for eleven years! Thanks to everyone who has supported this living testimonial to the men and women who saved the world for democracy.

You may have noticed the blue button that just appeared the upper right of the front page. That’s right, Rat Patrol Radio now has its own Twitter account! Follow us for station and site updates, and WWII-related news and trivia.

Norton Antivirus and the Adblock Plus plugin (for Firefox) are causing trouble with the Live 365 player.  To fix the Adblock problem, go to and click the little Adblock Plus stopsign in the upper right of your browser, and allow ads for Live 365.

I’ve just uploaded an 18-hour Christmas playlist, set to choose songs randomly.  I am still working on a “hand-crafted” playlist, but have been under the weather the last few days, so it isn’t quite ready yet.  Remember to rate the songs you like (and don’t!), as I will be watching the ratings and swapping songs in and out.

Site customization is almost done.  I’ve added some links on the right hand side under the title “Support RPR”, which you may not see if you have ad blocking software activated for this site.

The first is a link to buying a VIP Membership to Live 365, our hosting service for the station. A VIP Membership will not only let you listen to RPR commercial-free, but also allows access even if the station is at the listener limit. Not only does it work for RPR, but also for every one of the thousands of stations on the Live 365 network!

The second link is for PayPal donations. If you don’t care for PayPal, you can always purchase a Live 365 Gift Certificate for whatever amount you wish, which will go directly towards the bill for the broadcast service. Under “recipient’s email” use the hotmail address “ratpatrolradio.”

The third link is to the Rat Patrol Radio Post Exchange, aka our Cafepress store. Any item purchased gives RPR $2.00.  I have personally ordered the coffee mug, tshirt, notebook, and large poster, and have been extremely pleased with them all.

The only things left to do are to get the RPR Pinup Girl logo on the masthead of the site, and decide whether to actually have an image gallery or not. Speaking of our “mascot”, she is on all the Cafepress items. Here is a close-up of the logo:

Rat Patrol Radio ©2000-2009
Rat Patrol Radio ©2000-2009

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.