Music of the Second World War

Today’s pro­gramme is sand­wiched between Armistice Day — yes­ter­day’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the sign­ing of the Armistice that end­ed the First World War in 1918 — and Remem­brance Sun­day (as it is known in the UK) tomor­row. As a result, I decid­ed to present a pro­gramme of music of all kinds from the Sec­ond World War (1939–45) peri­od, with a lit­tle lee­way either side of those years. Some clas­si­cal pieces asso­ci­at­ed with the peri­od are includ­ed, but the main bulk of today’s con­tent is pop­u­lar dance music and bal­lads from the era.

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time, that’s 19:00 and 03:00 GMT, for two more award-win­ning dra­ma install­ments from our friends at ZBS Foun­da­tion, in the ZBS Radio Hour. At the top of the hour, we con­tin­ue the adven­tures of Jack Flan­ders in Trav­el­ing Jack; then at the bot­tom of the hour it’s anoth­er series of short sto­ries from the lit­tle town of Sarato­ga Springs.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

Image by John Benis­ton 

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