Vernon Smith (m.c.). & Friends

Hi!! My how time does fly!!! It has been too long since my last post. This one will be short and sweet except for the video which is probably at least 20 mins long. A friend of mine on Facebook, named Bill, sent me the link to this Jubilee Radio Program from 1944 because I sent him a picture of Ernie Whitman, Lena Horne and my father Eddie Green. He could not find a copy of a video with my father so he sent this one with Eddie “Rochester” Anderson (who was actually a good friend of our family). And he introduced me to the announcer at the beginning of this video, Mr. Vern Smith.

AFRS Jubilee Radio Program was a show that was an all-Black broadcast of music and comedy skits sent to the Black American forces serving in WWII. Vern Smith was the Black announcer who appears at the beginning of each show. I tried to find this gentleman on the internet but so far I have not been able to. I did find a Vern Smith who announced the Ozzie and Harriet radio and television show but he was White. I believe in finding something out about people I write about so I will keep researching the Jubilee Vern Smith. Vern made announcements like this:  Hi-diddle-diddle, hi-diddle-dee, hang on to your socks, pal, it’s JUBILEE!!!

Here’s a visual record of the opening of Jubilee.….You’ll see and hear (first) Vern Smith, then Ernie Whitman………and two other familiar folks. I hope you like “Rochester”‘s singing!! Thanx for stopping by 🙂


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