We interrupt our regularly scheduled Villains & Vigilantes character profiles for this news flash:

If you want some great background music for a 1940’s era supers campaign (especially ones set during the war years 1941-1945), you need to check out the GI Jive programs at archive.org

GI Jive

The program was a “jukebox of the air” produced by U.S. Armed Forces broadcasting. Servicemen could mail in their requests and hope to have them played on this daily radio broadcast. (By the way, there are a few other episodes out there on the Interwebs that archive.org doesn’t have, so don’t hesitate to hunt around.) I’ve been listening to these all morning while working on some projects for my full-time employer, and they’re stone awesome!

Also have a listen to these shows, also from the archive.org collection:

Big Band broadcasts – 1930’s to 1950’s

While some of these programs actually post-date the war era, most of them still have that same “period feel”.

And as long as you’re poking around at that site, they have an enormous collection of radio dramas from the Thirties to the Fifties, including The Green Hornet, Superman, and The Green Lama.

Have fun! — Steve

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