D-Day Anniversary: CBS Radio Network Reports on the Allied Invasion of France – June 6, 1944

In all of world history, there was never a human conflict which caused so much death and destruction. While the actual fighting took place in Europe and in the Pacific, the war was felt all over the world. Unlike other wars, World War 2 was the first to be fully covered by radio. Radio, the first mass media which delivered the news almost as events took place, had a front row seat at the battlefields of France. The reporters were there, microphones in hand in London, as the Battle of Britain was fought by pilots flying Spitfires and Messerschmits and Jukers. Radio was on the front lines when the Allies crossed the Rhine and invaded the heart of Nazi Germany.

This recording, provided under the fair use agreement via Archive.org, documents the first broadcast by the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). The broadcast begins on June 6, 1944 at about 3AM, Eastern “War” Time. Listen for the names of legendary broadcasters, important military and government officials and coverage of the largest amphibious assault in history. Notice the informal nature of this broadcast, which resembles, in many ways, modern day Cable News coverage, with its conversational style. Clearly, the network was very well prepared, but because of the fact that there was no pre-packaged programming, no stagers, music beds, sounders or any of the production elements which listeners hear on TV and Radio, the reporters and anchors ad-lib and re-read all the information they received up to that point. This is not only an historic broadcast because of its importance in World History, it is also some of the most professional and factually correct broadcasting ever heard.

Further descriptions are simply redundant. This recording speaks for itself.

D-Day Normandy WW2 CBS BBC WEAF 660 New York

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