WRAS-FM, the student operated radio station at Georgia State University
will include commentary by author and journalist, Wayne W. Daniel, on various country music songs and themes during
the World War II era as part of the Gate City Radio program that airs
on Thursday nights at midnight to 2:00am, hosted by David Bradley.
Mr. Daniel has recorded 23 spots that will be broadcast between September 10, 2008
and sometime in February.
The station is WRAS-FM (88.5), the Georgia State University student
operated station. The program is called Gate City Radio. (Atlanta was once,
and maybe still, known as the Gate City of the South.) The host
is David Bradley, an under-graduate student majoring in film.
Mr. Daniel's spots will run for five to 10 minutes and will be part of a
series called "Gate City Goes to War." The theme is Atlanta during World War II.
His contribution will be talking about a top country music record in Atlanta
and elsewhere on 23 important dates during the War — December 7, D-Day,
Roosevelt's death, and so on.
After Mr. Daniel's commentary, the host will play the record about which he's discussed.
Don Kennedy, a local former radio and TV personality and authority on pop music
of the era, which of course was big band music, will do the same thing for
that genre. Mr. Kennedy can still be heard on the radio via his syndicated
show entitled, "Big Band Jump".
The theme song that will usher Mr. Daniel's segments on and off the air
is "Steel Guitar Rag" by Leon McAuliffe.
The historic dates, featured song, and artist are as follows:
- December 7, 1941, You Are My Sunshine, Pine Ridge Boys
- February 21, 1942, Tears on My Pillow, Gene Autry
- April 18, 1942, Walking the Floor Over You, Ernest Tubb
- June 6, 1942, Wabash Cannon Ball, Roy Acuff
- August 9, 1942, Tweedle-O-Twill, Gene Autry
- October 18, 1942, There's A Star Spangled Banner ..., Elton Britt
- December 31, 1942, The Honey Song, Louise Massey/Westerners
- February 6, 1943, You Nearly Lose Your Mind, Ernest Tubb
- April 18, 1943, I'll Reap My Harvest in Heaven, Roy Acuff
- June 5, 1943, Home In San Antone, Bob Wills
- August 7, 1943, Pistol Packin' Mama, Al Dexter
- October 2, 1943, Miss Molly, Bob Wills
- December 25, 1943, The Precious Jewel, Roy Acuff
- February 5, 1944, Rosalita, Al Dexter
- April 1, 1944, Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry, Al Dexter
- June 6, 1944, Born to Lose, Ted Daffan
- August 5, 1944, Soldier's Last Letter, Ernest Tubb
- October 7, 1944, Smoke on the Water, Red Foley
- December 25, 1944, G. I. Blues, Floyd Tillman
- February 3, 1945, Each Night at Nine, Floyd Tillman
- April 12, 1945, Shame on You, Spade Cooley
- May 7, 1945, At Mail Call Today, Gene Autry
- August 15, 1945, Oklahoma Hills, Jack Guthrie