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GI Jive

"Good morning to some of you, good afternoon to some more of you, and to the rest of you -- good night." (GI Jill's closing line)

An offering by the Armed Forces Radio Services, GI Jive was a 15-minute broadcast 5 or 6 days a week via short wave radio. The program featured a DJ playing recordings of popular music of the day -- Henry James, Bob Crosby, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and many more. Sometimes, the DJ was a famous civilian, other times an armed forces member. In 1943, Martha Wilkerson, dubbed "GI Jill", became the fulltime DJ.

Like other shows aired by the Armed Forces Radio Services network, GI Jive was meant to boost morale of the troops serving around the world during WWII. The format consisted of Wilkerson chatting between records, and some interviews with famous musicians, such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

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