Sound Salvation

Ah, the ‘40s—a time when radio was the lifeline for Americans, providing news, music and entertainment, much like television does today. But most importantly, it was a convenient outlet for government propaganda and brain washing. For their own sick and twisted delight, the heads of state utilized the radio waves to lull the masses into complacency through the use of big band music featuring the voices of sweet gals all dolled up in ways you could only imagine. Then, when everyone was distracted, they went out and won World War II behind our backs. It’s true, we heard about it on Coast to Coast. We believe the masons had something to do with it.
So, if you’re in the mood to revisit those strange days, why not take in some big band hits like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Strike Up the Band,” and “I’ll Never Smile Again” this week during Irvine Valley College’s 1940’s Radio Hour? The production focuses on a New York radio station in 1942 and its efforts to broadcast its musical variety hour in front of a live studio audience, giving the audience a back stage glimpse at the vagaries of radio production. Perhaps you’ll be able to see a cleverly placed government official whispering subliminal on-air messages about buying war bonds.

Fri., Nov. 14, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 16, 2 p.m., 2008

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