A Christmas Special (Aired December 24, 1942)
Command Performance is a radio program which originally aired between 1942 and 1949. The program was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRS) with a direct shortwave transmission to the troops overseas. It was not broadcast over domestic U.S. radio stations. Troops sent in requests for a particular performer or program to appear, and they also suggested unusual ideas for music and sketches on the program, such as Ann Miller tap dancing in military boots. Top performers of the day appeared, including Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Allen, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland and The Andrew Sisters.
December 24, 1942. AFRS origination, pool feed to all nets. "A Christmas Special"
. The Andrews Sisters sing, "The Pennsylvania Polka." This was one of the few times a program in this series was heard in the United States. Jack Benny and Fred Allen stage another round in their long-running feud. Bob Hope (m. c.), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Elmer Davis, The Andrews Sisters, Harriet Hilliard, Red Skelton, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Ginny Simms, Bing Crosby, Ethel Waters, Charles Laughton, Edgar Bergen, Kay Kyser, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, The Charioteers, The Twentieth Century Fox Studio Orchestra, Alfred Newman (conductor). 2:02:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.