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Author: Don Keith
Don Keith is a best-selling author and award-winning broadcast journalist. He writes both fiction and nonfiction, including extensively about World War II history. Award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith has lived in the South all his life and is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Broadcast and Film. As a broadcast journalist, he won awards from the Associated Press and United Press International for news writing and reporting and was also the first winner of Troy University’s Hector Award for innovation in broadcast journalism. As an on-the-air broadcaster, Don was twice named Billboard Magazine "Radio Personality of the Year." His first novel, THE FOREVER SEASON, received the Alabama Library Association’s "Fiction of the Year" award. He has since published forty books, fiction and non-fiction, including several nationally best-selling thrillers. One of those, FIRING POINT, was the basis for the hit motion picture HUNTER KILLER, starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman.
The world of 1943 was so simple. Most homes had a radio receiver as their only communications media. Getting news about WWII boiled down to radio broadcasts and “Movietone Film News” if you were a movie-goer. On Christmas eve of 1943, the USO in conjunction with armed forces radio decided to bring the Bob Hope, Bing Crosby USO show to families across the United States. These special radio broadcasts united Americans with their loved ones deployed around the world. The night before Christmas 1943, millions of Americans are sitting before their radios, their dial lamps offering a bit of cheer,…