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During the Second World War, BBC listeners kept calm and listened to an unlikely star

In Britain, during the first weeks of the Second World War, public entertainment venues closed down. The blackout darkened the streets, and people stuck at home turned to radio as never before. They were seeking news but also diversion — a difficult balance for the BBC to achieve. Many hated what they heard. But the BBC had a seemingly unlikely star: Canadian-born Sandy Macpherson, the BBC’s resident theatre organist.

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Christina Baade is a professor in Communication Studies at McMaster University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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