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#Radio100 Moment 80: Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941)
December 7, 1941

Moment 80: Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941, is a day to never be forgotten as Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and sent America into what would become World War II. During this time, radio was the fastest way to disseminate news. A reporter from KTU in Honolulu reported the happenings as they unfolded from the roof of the station’s office building. He was sent the report via telephone lines to NBC in New York. During the broadcast, explosions can be heard as the reporter describes the extensive damage – including a bomb dropped just 50 feet from the station’s tower. Only because of the radio, citizens heard the news as it unfolded and forever changed the world.

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