G.I. Jive

Here we bring you G.I. Jillsome G.I. Jive programs from the Armed Forces Radio services show, starring G.I. Jill, who boosted troop morale and introduced big band sounds and other popular music of the time to soldiers serving in World War 2. Her actual name was Martha Wilkerson and she was a real favorite with the troops worldwide. She made hundreds of broadcasts which were sent by short wave radio to Europe, Africa, Australia and other war zones. Her closing line was: "Good morning to some of you, good afternoon to some more of you, and to the rest of you -- good night." Her goal was to make servicemen feel at home no matter where they were. She supplied lonely troops, both in the U.S. and overseas, with a pretty, female voice from home to lift their spirits.

G.I. Jill provided the allied/AFRS counterpart to the infamous 'Tokyo Rose'Tokyo Rose broadcasts from Japan. The Tokyo Rose programming was performed by approximately a dozen English speaking female broadcasters on shows such as The Zero Hour. Their jobs were to disrupt the morale of Allied forces that happened to be listening.

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G.I. Jive


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