D-Day Special on XM Satellite
XM Satellite radio is borrowing an idea Wednesday from the old WVXU to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of D-Day.
Starting at 12:41 a.m., XM's 1940s channel (XM 4) will re-create NBC 's radio coverage of the D-Day invasion of the Normandy coast of France. XM will broadcast the original bulletins (currently housed in the National Archives), and adhere to the original NBC broadcast schedule (as found in the Library of Congress). The marathon will feature music of the era and news reports until 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
WVXU-FM won a Peabody Award for its 1994 broadcast, "D-Day Plus 50," in which D-Day radio news bulletins were condensed into a 12-hour broadcast. Some of those old network news reports will be heard along with 1940s big band tunes on Tom Sandman's "Sandman's Standards" radio show 8-10 p.m. Thursday (a repeat from Saturday night) on WMKV-FM (89.3), the nostalgia station run by former 'VXU staffer George Zahn. He helped produce "D-Day Plus 50."