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J. Howard Pyle Radio Broadcasts, 1944-1952


A collection of thirty seven brief interviews and news stories primarily regarding actions of the United States military in the Philippines during World War II.

Interviewees include General Douglas MacArthur and Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger and radio personalities Fred MacPherson, Frank McCall, Ben Grauer and Mucio Delgado. Hometowner programs include interviews with several soldiers, nurses and WACS from Arizona serving in the vicinity of Manila and Luzon. Pyle's 1952 Republican National Convention speech "What is Right For America?" is presented, along with coverage of the 1945 United Nations conference in San Francisco. Pyle's coverage of the General Yamashita surrender ceremony of September 1945 may be the only such audio recording in existence. Detailed descriptions of each recording are also included.

The collection of interviews were digitized from vinyl audio transcription discs in 2010-2011 and 2015 with the generous support of the Luhrs Family Endowment. These recordings are a part of the Howard Pyle Collection described at Arizona Archives Online.


Date Range
1944 2012


Howard Pyle's radio broadcast of the surrender ceremony at Baguio City, Philippines on September 2, 1945. Known as the "Tiger of Malaya", Yamashita surrendered in the presence of Generals Jonathan Wainwright and Arthur Percival, who were previously imprisoned by the Japanese in Manchuria. Pyle said he was the only news correspondent to cover the Japanese surrender on board the USS Missouri and Yamashita's surrender at Baguio City.

Created Date
1945-09-02

Descriptions of each broadcast by track number, from notes compiled by Arizona Collection Curator Robert Spindler.

Created Date
2011

Index of individuals interviewed by Pyle with track numbers.

Created Date
2012-09-30

Commentary on US military and naval strategy.

Created Date
1944

Arrival at Hamilton Air Force Base, California. Commentary re: 158th Infantry from Arizona.

Created Date
1945

C-54 flight to Hawaii. Passenger safety briefing incl. “Mae West” life preserver.

Created Date
1945

“Broadcast #3 in new series for KTAR”. Interviews with soldiers from 32nd Division” at Luzon, Philippines: James Burchett, Eloy AZ; Faustino Estrada, Williams AZ; Billy J. Hill, Miami AZ; Homer Cummings, Jerome AZ.

Created Date
1945

“Broadcast #4 in new series for KTAR” Interviews with African-American soldiers from “856th Aviation Engineers” near Manila, Philippines: Edward E. Davis, Scottsdale AZ; Robert Foley, Tucson AZ; Sylvester Ware, Phoenix; Willie Hill, Tucson

Created Date
1945