View Full Version : "GI Jive" real life Disc Jockey "Jean Ruth Hay"

12-22-2007, 10:34 PM
I believe the Author of "GI Jive", a music mod that's part of "Armed Forces Radio Service" is fred8615 ( if not I apologize and give credit to the real author ).

This was the lady Disc Jockey: Her radio name was "Beverly"
This top pic was before she was Disc Jockey at Los Angeles with GI Jive.



I have this mod of many 1940's songs ( not sure just how many ) and this lady is the voice you hear at the AFRS in Los Angeles,Calif. as she does identify in the mod AFRS in L.A. at times. you will always hear her just before a new song is played. I think she has a very smooth kind of sexy voice.

Here is a story of her but it was also about her death Oct. 2004 at 87 so that would make her about 24/25 at the time of the broadcasts ( music ) we hear.


The GI's voted her "The girl we'd most like to be trapped in the turret of a B-17 with."

I thought it was kind of nice to know what the disc jockey looked like especially since shes a lady. :yep:

12-24-2007, 02:56 PM
Hmmmmnn, guess no-one listens to fred8615's "GI Jive" music mod.

Oh well can't win them all. :)


Rockin Robbins
12-24-2007, 05:37 PM
But that's why I read these threads. I love Fred's stuff but there's no way I seem to keep up with it all. Nice to know that we had someone to give Tokyo Rose a run for her money. Think I'll load her up and take her for a spin!:up:

Edit: By the way, next time post a link and some of us will download it and contribute to the thread.:yep: I'll pull your cookies out of the fire this time http://hosted.filefront.com/fred8615/2029156. Pile on everybody with a bit over a gig of empty real estate!:rock:

Capt Jack Russell
12-24-2007, 06:02 PM
G.I. Jive is my favorite! I can't play without it. Thanks for the Pic I wondered what she looked like ... great voice.

Rockin Robbins
12-24-2007, 06:31 PM
Is the mod I posted a link to the one you're using? You might be using a smaller one that people would be more interested in. My Christmas Eve is going to be spent downloading a gig and a half of great stuff. Break out the nog!!!!!!

12-24-2007, 07:05 PM
RR I don't know what happened? Somewhere in his pot of gold music I d/l "GI Jive" folder at 82.2 mb of MP3 records ( a great many songs ). I remember yesterday I was looking at his stuff and saw "GI Jive" as part of "AFRS" ( Armed Forces Radio Service) mod, but I did not d/l that. I always save these mods to disc and somewhere along the line I forgot to save it. What happened I think is that I d/l a long one and broke it apart just keeping "GI Jive" and dumping the rest.
Yeah I know.........Go stand in a corner.


HOLD the phone, it's in this CBS mod:

Fred states that one of the folders is "GI Jive" ( well he said 'CBS radio station KNX in Los Angeles') and thats her. Problem is you have to d/l all six.
Thats what I did and I dumped the rest after picking her out.

Fred seems to be off line right now and for good reason no doubt ( Ole Saint Nick is VERY near. lol ) Probably be best to ask him when he's back and maybe he can give us a shorter route?

12-24-2007, 07:39 PM
Capt Jack Russell how did you d/l "GI Jive"? Was it in the CBS mod?

12-24-2007, 08:07 PM
RR I'm totally confused now for I downloaded the first part of the CBS mod and the folder was 'CBS radio station KNX in Los Angeles' which is where she broadcasted GI Jive but this folder is all news and events while hers is just solid music with her the disc jockey.

Guess its in the "Armed Forces Radio Service" mod after all. Somewhere down the line I think he changed some stuff around?

If you see a folder in the mod named GI Jive that's it.

Oh well I need my shot.

OH nurse! http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y116/oleman/nurse11.gif

Let me know Rockin Robbins what you find out.

12-25-2007, 09:08 AM
My G.I. Jive is in the AFRS mod. I didn't know anyone else had some of the shows too. If it is in a different CBS radio mod, that's historically incorrect. The program was AFRS only.

12-25-2007, 10:37 AM
<o to a woman that fulfilled her duty when needed!


Capt Jack Russell
12-25-2007, 11:27 AM
Honestly, I can't remember where I got J.I Jive initially. You see, I edit all my stuff before I put it in the radio file. I prefer just girl singers of the 40's so I've got stuff from many sources in there. Always puts me in good mood. They sure made some great music back then.

12-26-2007, 01:57 PM
I don't know if this is Fred's website or not ... but this is where I downloaded G.I. Jive:


Rockin Robbins
12-27-2007, 08:49 AM
After a grueling day that left both Elder and myself gasping for breath as we both discovered that we had no recordings of Beverly from "Reveille with Beverly." The initial article in the thread looks like Jean Ruth Hay was responsible for Reveille and GI Jive. The more we looked, the less likely that seemed.

Now it can be revealed that both these swingin' sweeties were separate people, confirmed by photos and sound samples of their broadcasts. To my relatively modern ears, Jill sounds like the more pulchritudinous* of the two, but I imagine if I were on a submarine for a month with no sight of anything female my resistance to either might be futile:up:.

So here they are: from "Reveille with Beverly," Jean Ruth Hay:
her voice:http://files.filefront.com/Beverly+from+Reveillemp3/;9330898;/fileinfo.html

And Martha Wilkerson, GI Jill of "GI Jive":
her voice:http://files.filefront.com/GI+Jill+from+GI+Jivemp3/;9330899;/fileinfo.html

I'll take Jill, but I understand that Beverly aged better. Both are gone now, but their contribution to the war effort was not trivial. When death looks you in the eye and winks at you it's time to remember why you fight. Listening to these two would remove all doubt: bootie and wenches!:arrgh!: America the beautiful indeed!:sunny:

Note: Now Fred needs to see if he can come up with some "Reveille with Beverly" shows and plug them into the right radio station.

*how's that for a $200 word? If you can't think of a good word make one up!

12-27-2007, 09:18 AM
Unfortunately, Archive.org doesn't have any episodes, and a quick Google search came up empty too. I'll keep my eyes open though, and also try a more thorough seach later.

To Munchausen:
That's not my site. It's someone else's radio mod.

Rockin Robbins
12-27-2007, 10:06 AM
Unfortunately, Archive.org doesn't have any episodes, and a quick Google search came up empty too. I'll keep my eyes open though, and also try a more thorough seach later.

To Munchausen:
That's not my site. It's someone else's radio mod.

Elder and I both just flamed out in exhaustion last night without posting our findings because it was just so darn difficult to find an inarguably real recording of Jean Ruth Hay. The one I had turned out to be Martha Wilkerson (Jill). Finally I found one where she identified herself by name (good enough for me!) during a promotional broadcast. Looks like a lot of people confused these two, or maybe they just didn't want to have to choose between them!;)

12-27-2007, 12:10 PM
In my leading post I really did think Jean Ruth hay aka Beverly was the GI Jive disc jockey that we ( the ones that listen to the GI Jive folder ) listen to. I guess the main reason I thought this is that this paragraph near the end of her article states....Quote: After being featured in Time and Life magazines in 1942, she was offered a job in Hollywood at a CBS affiliate. Armed Forces Radio Service broadcast her show overseas after America entered the war, along with a shorter program of hers called "GI Jive." Unquote.

I was listening to the "GI Jive" folder ( copied to Windows Media Player from SH4 as I can hear it much better ) while cruising subsim.com when all of a sudden I heard her say...."Hi Guys this is GI Jill"....I thought this isn't right it's supposed to be Beverly. I notified Rockin Robbins and the search began ( I think there was smoke coming out of both mine and Rockin Robbins computer as we were both burning up the web trying to find out all the goods on these two ladies.

So far as RR and I know "GI Jill" ( Martha Wilkerson ) is the DJ of fred8615 music folder "GI Jive".

Beverly (Jean Ruth Hay ) had a show for the service men and women of WWII and was broadcast on a CBS affiliate station KNX Los Angeles which at the time was used by AFRS 1942. So I think she may have started before GI Jill and maybe ( just maybe :lol: ) it was the "GI Jive programs "???

Another thing about "Beverly" is a movie was made of her in 1943 called "Reveille with Beverly" staring "Ann Miller" playing the roll of Jean Hay. Also "Frank Sinatra" got his start here as his first movie roll. He was making $100.00 per week at some nightclub before the movie started his and Ann Miller's career.

I sincerely respect what Rockin Robbins has done here as I thank him very much. :up:

12-27-2007, 02:01 PM
G.I. Jive was originally hosted by a man. The first episodes in my AFRS mod are with him. In June of 1943 G.I. Jill took over the hosting duties. IIRCC, after the war, one, if not two other women played the part of Jill eventually, before the program was finally ended in the '50s or '60s.

12-27-2007, 03:01 PM
G.I. Jive was originally hosted by a man. The first episodes in my AFRS mod are with him. In June of 1943 G.I. Jill took over the hosting duties. IIRCC, after the war, one, if not two other women played the part of Jill eventually, before the program was finally ended in the '50s or '60s.

Yep, I think his name was "Jack briggs".
Sorry Fred for the folder that I have is just labeled "GI Jive" and has 221 MP3's or 11.8 hours long ( 82.2 MB ) and are strictly DJ'ed by 'GI Jill' ( Martha Wilkerson" ) so in my old age memory I guess I downloaded GI Jive from http://sh.xset.co.uk/ as among others it is an album by itself with no events, just music.
I'm not sure just whose site that is but that's where I probably got GI Jive. Your AFRS Mod fred8615 has got to be just as good if not better so you still get a lot of credit as far as I'm concerned. :up:

Here is another list of AFRS which has "Jack Briggs" with episode # 10E 1943 then "Beverly" with episode #10F. There are several ladies doing the DJ work through out this list but "GI Jill" ( Martha Wilkerson ) has got the vote, man shes all over the page. :lol:


Rockin Robbins
12-27-2007, 04:00 PM
Here is a website, the one that cracked the case wide open with an actual Jean Ruth Hay recording. http://www.digitaldeliftp.com/LookAround/la_networkspot_afrts.htm It also sports a picture of her from 1999, five years before her death.
Why do I have trouble believing that this one is real? Sure would love to track down some of her radio programs!