Atomic Radio Film

This month’s investigation of Atomic Radio has been an eye opener on many levels for us, and we hope for you.  The early days of the Atomic Age were not part of the “Video Age.” But film is very important in the recording of history; even Radio Guys are not so snobbish as to deny that. With that in mind, we hope you will enjoy the short film that we found. If you listen closely, you can almost hear the old 16mm projector chattering in the back of the classroom.

The clip begins with footage of the Jul 1946 Operation Crossroads Atomic Bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. Both Test Able and Test Baker are shown. These tests were dramatized on the radio by Henry Fonda, almost as they were taking place, in the first episode ofThe Fifth Horseman, “Rehearsal.”

The second part of the film presents the Army’s Operation Teapot in the Nevada desert. Part of the test is the building of “Survival Town,” a fake village to demonstrate the effects of an Atomic blast on civilian structures. Also shown are many military personnel who are placed near the blast zone. As they march away from the test area, we are reminded that they represent “America’s determination to keep strong in a restless world.”

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