Winner 1994

D-Day + 50 Years


What was it like to be in America in June 1944, anticipating the invasion of Europe? And, what was it like as news of D-Day began to filter into American homes in the wee hours of June 6th? In this compilation of historic broadcasts, Cincinnati radio station WVXU-FM re-created those days, when an uncertain public heard dispatches and commentaries coming across the airwaves in a somewhat halting and piecemeal manner. On June 6, 1994, WXVU-FM abandoned its regular programming between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. to present 12 consecutive and chronologically accurate hours of original, digitally mastered D-Day broadcasts. With only brief introductions at the top of each hour and requisite station identifications, the station presented the actual broadcasts emanating from Europe, the major networks and local stations in Cincinnati on D-Day. For skillfully connecting postwar generations to the sounds from a half-century ago, thereby giving them a richer understanding of the sacrifices of their parents and grandparents, a Peabody to WVXU-FM.