SiriusXM announced that it will be hosting, “Bob Hope Radio to pay homage to the comedy broadcast legend. The station will go live for four days starting this Friday, May 24th, at 12:01am. The station will be running all Memorial Day weekend, it will be devoted to Bob’s celebrated entertainer skills and his OSU tours during World War II.
Linda Hope, Bob’s daughter and the president of the Bob Hope Legacy spoke up on the station. “I am delighted that during this Memorial Day weekend SiriusXM Radio will honor my dad and the men and women that he entertained by presenting some of the amazing Bob Hope USO radio shows recorded during World War II,” Linda continued “What a treat and what memories! This is a great opportunity for young people to get to know about that war and the courage and humor of that period.”
The twenty six episodes airing, which span from 1942 through 1953, include vintage and rarely heard performances by some of the era’s biggest singers and screen sirens including 1945’s Command Performance starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland. Other notable Hollywood stars featured in “Bob Hope Radio” include Jane Russell, Ava Gardner, Claudette Colbert, Esther Williams, Orson Wells, Babe Ruth, stage, film, and television actress June Allyson and many more. The performances were taped at different military bases throughout the United States. Highlights of “Bob Hope Radio” includes “The Cavalcade Of America,” originally taped on October 11, 1943, featuring Bob Hope’s memories of his trip to England, Algiers, Sicily, and Iceland. The broadcast, which originated from Hollywood, marks the start of the program’s ninth year on the air and includes the participation of Paul Hilton; director and producer Homer Fickett; Gayne Whitman; Georgia Backus; Jim Bannon; Virginia Gordon, Jack Mather; William Johnstone; Robert Armbruster; Edward Marr; Tom Collins; Howard McNear; Beverly Brown, Elliott Reid, Wally Maher; Frank Graham; and Glenn Wheaton.
There is a lot for listeners to be excited about and to look forward to. “Bob Hope Radio” will air on Laugh USA, channel 98 and rocks from Friday, May 24th at 12:01am to Tuesday, May 28th at 12:01am.