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Stars For Defense : Ken Carpenter Announcer with Bing Crosby [1959]

'Stars For Defense' was a long running public service radio program (broadcasts began in approximately 1957 and continued into the mid '60s) produced for the government that featured many well-known performers (and quite a few lesser lights of the show business galaxy) plugging their latest projects and civil defense. Once recorded, the government would then issue records of the programs to participating radio stations. In this excerpt from a 1959 edition of the show, none other than Bing Crosby urges listeners to keep their jalopies in "tip top" condition in case of possible "emergency action."

Ken Carpenter was a veteran radio announcer who, in addition to 'Stars For Defense,' worked on numerous broadcasts including ABC's 'Philco Radio Time' and NBC's 'Kraft Music Hall.'

Note: The instrumental Stars For Defense theme also had a version with lyrics. See the entry for the "The Civil Defense March (Heads Up America) by Sammy Cahn and Paul Weston which is also included on this set.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Stars For Defense : Ken Carpenter Announcer with Bing Crosby [1959]

Ken Carpenter: For her past 15 minutes you’ve been listening to Stars for Defense, a transcribed program devoted to the American tradition, Civil Defense, presented weekly by this station as a public service, in cooperation with the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization. Today, our star was Bing Crosby, to whom we say, “Thanks!” for his usual outstanding performance. Bing, how about a few parting words?

Bing Crosby: Certainly, Ken, sure thing. I’d just like to add a word or two to the advice, uh, given you a few minutes ago by Director Hoegh. To be ready for emergency action, make sure that your car is in tip top mechanical condition. Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times, and see that your tires are in good condition, too. Bye for now.

Ken Carpenter: Thanks Bing, and thanks too to Buddy Cole and the boys. This is Ken Carpenter saying so long, and inviting you to listen in next week for another great star, and another fine orchestra on Stars for Defense.
(Applause and music to fade out)


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