F. O. B. Detroit: George W. Mason
Music on "F. O. B. Detroit", is of a patriotic and inspiring theme. Every
program includes numbers by the WJR Orchestra and WJR Chorus. Following is a
BY THE PRODUCTION DEPT., WJR, THE GOODWILL STATION, FISHER BLDG.
"F. O. B. Detroit" -- Saturday, April 11, 1942 -- 3:30--4:00 P. M.
ANNOUNCER: F. O. B. DETROIT!
ORCHESTRA: THEME . . . FADE ON CUE FOR . . .
ANNOUNCER: From WJR, The Goodwill Station . . .
GREMMER: Detroit reports!
ANNOUNCER: To Americans everywhere!
GREMMER: From the men on the home front to the men in the front lines . . .
news of action in Detroit's arsenal for VICTORY! A special message on War
Production from George W. Mason, President of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation ...
WE'RE MARCHING FOR VICTORY AND FOR OUR BOYS
ANNOUNCER: IN . . . F. O. B. DETROIT!
ORCHESTRA: FULL TO END
ANNOUNCER: America on the march. America on the alert expressed by orchestra
and chorus . . . "We Must Be Vigilant".
ORCHESTRA: "WE MUST BE VIGILANT"
ANNOUNCER: Now for a Morton Gould arrangement of a past favorite . . . "The
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers".
ORCHESTRA: "PARADE OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS"
ORCHESTRA: FANFARE FOR SALUTE
ANNOUNCER: A Salute to the Auto Industry!
GREMMER: We salute the automotive industry who this week received praise from
Donald M. Nelson, chief of the War Production Board. This industry will be
turning out War Goods at a capacity rate at least two months ahead of the
schedule laid down when the industry's assembly lines were dismantled in
February! This is the speed that proves our mettle, that insures our victory,
that shows the world what Americans can do! Automotive engineers and workers
-- we salute you!
ORCHESTRA: INTRO FOR AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
CHORUS: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
ANNOUNCER: Music for the United Nations marching to VICTORY. John Phillip
Sousa's "Hands Across the Sea".
ORCHESTRA: "HANDS ACROSS THE SEA"
ORCHESTRA: ANDANTE RELIGIOSO . . . FADE ON CUE FOR:
ANNOUNCER: A message to you F. O. B. A report from Detroit!
ORCHESTRA: SURGE AND FADE FOR . . .
GREMMER: (INTRODUCTION) Here to speak to you today is a Detroit business man
who has been building things all his life -- building them quickly and in
large quantities. The greatest part of his business life has been devoted to
the organization and management of mass production manufacturing. It is said
of him that he can operate almost any machine in any of his plants. He is
president of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation -- one of Detroit's largest
industrial concerns . . . builders of Nash automobiles and Kelvinator
household appliances. Now this company has changed over all of its facilities
to the manufacture of products that will help America win the war. Mr. and
Mrs. American Citizen ... we present George W. Mason, President of Nash-
MR. MASON: (SPEECH) "WE are witnessing in America today one of the _greatest_
_transformations_ that has ever taken place in a nation.
"Our thoughts and acts are no longer regulated to serve ourselves as
individuals. _Every_ _man_ and _every_ _group_ _of_ _men_ are dependent upon
one another for their safety, their very existence. As a nation we are trying
our best, to accustom ourselves, to the full realization, that OUR LIVES ARE
IN EACH OTHER'S HANDS.
"We can thank God we are an industrial nation. We can be thankful that the
American system of private enterprise has prepared us so well for the tasks we
are doing and the ones that lie ahead.
"I am proud to be a part of the automobile industry because of what it has
accomplished before and SINCE the declaration of war.
"I believe that this horrible and terrific race for production of engines of
death will be won by America, even against the almost unbelievable lead of the
Axis Powers. I have that faith because of my knowledge of what the automobile
industry has contributed to the strength, the mobility and the capacity of
"America is better able to build for war, better able to produce planes and
battleships, tanks and guns, because of the automobile industry. But I wonder
if we realize the profound influence that this industry has exerted on the
millions of people who own, drive and service the motor cars of America? Mr.
America is a _master_ of machinery _because_ of the automobile.
"It is my belief that the accomplishment of American industry since entering
the war four months ago represents the greatest industrial accomplishment in
the history of civilization -- in its building of plants and machines, in its
engineering, in its pooling of experience and facilities, in its organizing of
personnel and in its actual production of finished war material. No other
nation has equalled or can equal this. Without it our nation would be
"All of the facilities of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation are devoted to war work.
We have eleven separate manufacturing plants, located in four states and a
plant in Canada and one in England engaged in war work. One of these plants,
which grew out of an unused warehouse, is now producing propellers for multi-
"Large and powerful as these propellers are, they require the highest type of
precision manufacture and the top skill of experienced men. Soon there will be
a second and larger plant engaged in this propeller work. In another plant we
are preparing to build the world's most powerful motors. They are designed to
carry American fighting planes faster and higher, than anything known to our
enemies today. We have undertaken to build, in their entirety, huge four-
engined transport planes with new record-carrying capacity and cruising
radius. The propellers and motors are being made under license from United
Aircraft Corporation, America's foremost aircraft propeller and motor
"We are also building secret war products upon which I am not at liberty to
report. Our goal is to produce war material between three and four times as
fast as our _greatest_ _peace_-_time_ _year_ _production_.
"I recount these things, not because Nash-Kelvinator is in any way unique in
the automobile industry, but to report to you a specific example of what is
happening today on the manufacturing front of the war.
"It is my feeling that here in the middlewest, here in our plants, in our
laboratories, here at our machines and production lines, we know America is at
war. We know that OUR LIVES ARE IN EACH OTHER'S HANDS. We know the war can be
won, that it _will_ be won. And we know that _on_ how well and how quickly we
build the tools of war will depend the number of sons and brothers who return
to us after the war. Again I repeat, OUR LIVES ARE IN EACH OTHER'S HANDS".
GREMMER: You have heard George W. Mason, president of Nash-Kelvinator
Corporation, speak to you on War Production . . . This has been a report from
ORCHESTRA: ANDANTE RELIGIOSO FOR TAG
ANNOUNCER: We're keeping 'em rolling . . . keeping 'em flying to assure "An
America for All".
ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS: "AN AMERICA FOR ALL"
ANNOUNCER: From our musicomedy catalogue the orchestra and chorus with
favorites from the "New Moon".
ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS: "NEW MOON MEDLEY"
ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS: "ARMS FOR THE LOVE OF AMERICA" . . . FADE FOR:
ANNOUNCER: From WJR, The Goodwill Station . . .
GREMMER: DETROIT'S REPORT ON WAR PRODUCTION.
ANNOUNCER: A salute from the home front to the men on the front line. Music
and song for America working . . . in F. O. B. Detroit!
ORCHESTRA: FULL FOR FILL
ANNOUNCER: THIS IS THE COLUMBIA BROADCASTING SYSTEM.
ORCHESTRA: FULL FOR FIFTEEN SECOND FILL