United States. Armed Forces Radio Service

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The Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) was an agency created in 1942 by the United States government to produce radio shows for broadcast to troops fighting overseas in World War II. Created mainly by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee, the AFRS produced and aired a wide variety of programs - comedy, informational, and dramatic programs, among others. The AFRS also aired edited versions of popular commercial radio programs.

The service was first centered in New York, but soon moved to Los Angeles, where many of its most famous programs were produced. Some of these were: Yarns for Yanks, Command performance, Mail call, and weekly broadcasts of concerts of many major American symphony orchestras. Many of the shows, such as Command performance and Mail call, relied on the donation of time and effort by major talent in show business, who thought of appearances on the programs as a way to contribute to the war effort.

The Armed Forces Radio Service continued producing shows after the end of World War II, and was restructured under the broader title of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in the late 1940's.

From the guide to the Armed Forces Radio Service collection of broadcast recordings, 1942-1949, (The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.)

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referencedIn Delay, Theodore S., 1915- . An historical study of the Armed Forces Radio Service to 1946, 1951. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection transcription discs, 1940-1968. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Theodore S. DeLay collection of Armed Forces Radio Service memoranda, reports, and other material, 1941-1945 USC Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Kirby, Edward M. (Edward Montague), 1906-1974. Reminiscences, 1964. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Lawrence and Lee papers, 1917-1974 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf DeLay, Theodore S. Theodore S. DeLay collection of Armed Forces Radio Service memoranda, reports, and other material, 1941-1945. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
creatorOf Peterson, Austin. Papers related to service with the Armed Forces Radio Service, 1942-1945. Thousand Oaks Public Library, Grant R. Brimhall Library
creatorOf Armed Forces Radio Service collection of broadcast recordings, 1942-1949 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Denker, Henry. The greatest story ever told [sound recording]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971. Miscellaneous phonorecords [manuscript] 1944-1945. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Eugene Earle Collection, 1939-1980s University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
creatorOf Mansfield, Andy. [Andy Mansfield Show, No. 31, Armed Forces Radio, October 29, 1963] [sound recording] Indiana University, Archives of Traditional Music
referencedIn Freeman, Devery, 1913-2005. The Papers of Devery Freeman, 192?-196? 1945-1960. Brooklyn College
referencedIn Lawrence, Jerome, 1915-2004. Lawrence and Lee papers, 1925-1967. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lawrence and Lee collection of broadcast recordings [sound recording], 1942-1966 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn McClear, Suzi. Armed Forces Radio in Sitka and Kodiak oral history project : transcripts, 1981-1984. UAA/APU Consortium Library, Consortium Library
referencedIn Tunberg, William. William Tunberg, Jacqueline Tunberg, and Karl Alexander papers, 1945-1994. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Johnson, Farnham J., 1924-2001. Oral history interview with Farnham J. Johnson, [sound recording], 1996. Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
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associatedWith Boston Symphony Orchestra corporateBody
associatedWith DeLay, Theodore S. person
associatedWith DeLay, Theodore S. person
associatedWith Delay, Theodore S., 1915- . person
associatedWith Earle, Eugene. person
associatedWith Freeman, Devery, 1913-2005. person
associatedWith Johnson, Farnham J., 1924-2001 person
associatedWith Kirby, Edward M. (Edward Montague), 1906-1974. person
associatedWith Lawrence, Jerome, 1915-2004. person
associatedWith Lee, Robert Edwin, 1918-1994 person
associatedWith NBC Symphony Orchestra corporateBody
associatedWith New York Philharmonic corporateBody
associatedWith Peterson, Austin. person
associatedWith Tunberg, William. person
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Radio programs--United States
Armed Forces--History--Archival resources
Radio--Archival resources
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