Memorial Day

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We wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude and respect for all of the service men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. An important part of that includes our freedom of speech, which directly affects what you are allowed to hear on the radio. The differing points of view and the varied content should not be taken for granted. This is very different than what you find in countries where freedom of speech does not exist. So this Memorial weekend when you’re listening to the radio, take a minute to reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country.

There are many Memorial Day specific programs taking place around the country. You can listen on your terrestrial radio if you are nearby the station, or you can listen on a WiFi radio or online.

WUTC 88.1 FM, the NPR affiliate in Chattanooga, has created a military-themed radio program to air Memorial Day weekend on the American Forces Network. AFN serves more than 400,000 American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families stationed at bases and American Embassies and Consulates in 175 countries and 200 U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command ships at sea.

Listen to old time radio shows  or radio echoes which include historic speeches and recordings as well as parades and other patriotic remembrances.

There’s even a special broadcast for the outdoorsmen.

Whatever your plans, we hope that you enjoy the long weekend. Let us know how you plan to spend Memorial Weekend and if you listen to the radio, let us know what you will be listening to.

 

Happy Memorial Day

For most of us, Memorial Day signifies the unofficial beginning of summer, BBQs, and a long weekend. Here in Humboldt County, we have something called the Kinetic Grand Championship that takes place every year but we know that there is more to the Memorial holiday than this so we set out on a quest to understand what is really being celebrated on Memorial Day. We found a lot of information about the history behind Memorial. The short version: It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. In our search, we also found some radio related options to help honor those people who are risking their lives and sometimes sacrificing them to allow us the freedoms we enjoy today.

Memorial Day Old Time Radio Shows
http://www.otrcat.com/memorial-day-old-time-radio.html

Sirius XM Radio announced that it will launch a four day channel “Bob Hope Radio” devoted to the legendary entertainer and showman’s USO tours of the military during World War II. Begins Friday May 24th.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bob-hope-radio-launches-memorial-164500573.html

Radio Smart Talk will be interviewing combat vets about what Memorial Day means to them.
http://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2013/05/radio-smart-talk-what-memorial-day-means-to-combat-vets.php

Please take a moment this weekend to remember all of the brave men and women who have given their lives while serving our country. If you have a story to share or a particular person you’d like to remember, please send us a comment and we’ll try to get it posted.