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A Retrospective Memorial Day: Looking Back At 1945

The sounds and stories of the year that changed everything.

In addition to Night Lights, I host a weekly show at WFIU called Afterglow. It’s a long-running program of jazz, ballads and American popular song that was started by Dick Bishop sometime way back in the misty recesses of the 1970s.

This past weekend I devoted the show to a look back at the year of 1945 in America, a year that saw great losses, great triumph, and significant beginnings and endings. The program includes

  • news clips
  • an interview with historian Jim Madison
  • interivews with American homefront civilians
  • music from Bing Crosby, Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie

and more. Several sides come from a collection I’ll never tire of touting, Allen Lowe‘s That Devilin’ Tune V. 4: 1945-1950.

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The Year We Won the War: 1945

A good Memorial Day to all,


David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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