Father Charles E. Coughlin began
broadcasting in 1926 over WJR in Detroit, MI.
The Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, MI was where CBS
carried the programs beginning 10/03/30, on Sunday afternoons.
Known as "The Fighting Priest," he was very controversial
with his anti-Semitic, pro-Fascist broadcasts.
It wasn't until April of 1931 before CBS, after trying to
pre-censor him, finally succeeded in getting him off their airwaves.
When NBC wouldn't carried his broadcasts, Father Coughlin bought
time on independent stations from 10/04/31 until well into 1942.
Many listeners will find these broadcasts offensive, and we offer
them only as historical recordings and do not endorse them in any manner.
C00810 02/14/37 "Christianity Versus
Communism, Part Two." A staged "Discussion"
Between Coughlin And Father Cassian Of The Franciscan Order
In Which Cassian Takes The "Devil's Advocate" Position In
"Discussion" Is Heavily Weighted To Coughlin's
Point Of View, With Cassian Presenting Specious Arguments For
Coughlin's Refutation. Cassian
Is Clearly Reading From
A Script, Coughlin's Responses Seem To Be More Extemporaneous.
Followed By A "Thought For
The Week" By Coughlin On
"Democracy And The Supreme Court."
(Sound problems with a little wow).
C00811 03/23/37 New Book & Easter Story.
"The Meaning Of Easter."
A Non-Political Address On The Meaning Of Easter Sunday.
Also, An Announcement Of Coughlin's New Book, Available
Free To Anyone Who Writes In To Request A Copy
. (30 Minute Program)
Which Failed To Relieve." A Denunciation By Coughlin
Of New Deal Relief Efforts. He
Rails Against The "Wave Of
Filth" Who Have Come Forward With Unconventional
Proposals For Ending The Depression, And Insists That Christianity
Does Not Support The Cause Of "Collectivism."
Final Program Of
The Season. (30 Minute
"The Jew, The Christian, And Persecution"
The First In A Series Of
Increasingly Inflammatory Speeches By Coughlin Concerning
The Ongoing Persecution Of Jews In Germany.
Is Followed By An Strongly Worded Disclaimer From Station
WMCA Stating That Coughlin Has Made "Many Errors Of
And The Station Terminated Its Contract With Coughlin As A
Result Of This Program. Coughlin
Himself Was Censured
By His Archbishop For This Broadcast, And For That Of 12/11/38.
Aircheck Of WMCA, New York. All
programs from this point
forward are airchecks of WHBI, Newark, NJ.
"Let Us Consider The Record" Coughlin Responds To
Of Previous Week's Talk By Playing A Transcription Of That
Presentation And Reiterating His Claims Of Ties Between
"International Bankers" And Soviet
"Not Anti-Semitism But Anti-Communism"
Press Coverage Of His Recent Addresses, Accuses The Detroit
Free Press Of Falsifying Remarks Attributed To Henry Ford
Regarding The Situation In Germany, And Responds To
Recent Comments By Alexander Kerensky And Leon Trotsky.
"Persecution And Christianity" Coughlin Continues His
With The Detroit Press, And Attacks "Secularization" As
The Root Of Communism.
"Christian And Jewish Concepts Of The Messiah."
Considers The Question Of "Messiahship" In Light Of
"Father Coughlin's Christmas Message."
Five Brief Reflections
On The Meaning Of
The Christmas Story And The Mystery
Of The Incarnation, Interspersed With Christmas Music.
"Americanism -- Neither Nazism Or Communism."
Reviews The Spread Of Totalitarian Governments Over The Past
Twenty Years, Differentiating Between The
Of Communism And The "Supernationalism" Of Nazism, And
Germany's Position In The Czechoslovak Crisis,
Accusing The Press Of Warmongering In Its Coverage Of
Those Events. He
Reiterates Support For The International Arms
Embargo As Proposed In The Pending May Bill.
"Response To The President's Address To Congress"
Replies To FDR's State Of The Union Message With A
Of His Arguments Against "International
Policemanship," And Claims That America Is "Decaying
From Within." Comparisons
Are Also Drawn Between
Remarks And Those Of President Wilson In 1916-17.
"The Rightists Go Into Action" Coughlin Attacks The
Left For Its Support Of The Spanish Loyalists And Their
Of The "Christian Humanitarian" General Franco,
And Urges His Fellow "Rightists" To Send Telegrams To
Congress Urging Passage Of The Neutrality Act.
"Ten Million Unemployed"
Coughlin Issues A Veiled Warning To
"Internationalists" And "Anti-Christians" Even
As He Denies
Any Effort Is Underway To Organize His Followers Into A
Regimented Movement, And Accuses The Roosevelt
Administration And "International Bankers" Of
Manipulation" Of Economic Conditions.
Followed By A
Local Statement From WHBI Management Responding To
Boycott Threats Generated By The Station's Decision To
Carry The Coughlin Broadcasts.
The Station Defends Its
Airing Of The Programs On The Basis Of Free Speech.
"Why Leave Your Own?"
A Very Inflammatory Address In
Which Coughlin Comments On The Fall Of Barcelona -
Franco's Victory As A Defeat For The "Loyalist
Further Accuses American Jewish
Leaders Of Propagandizing For US Intervention In Europe,
Those Leaders Of Being More Loyal To Judaism
Than They Are To "Americanism," And Asks If
Want To Go To War For The Jews?"
"Bond Financing And The Neutrality Act."
Contends That A Financial Collapse Is Imminent, Caused
By The Proliferation Of "Tax Exempt, Non-Negotiable
Interest Bearing Debt Bonds," And Argues That The Neutrality
Act Due To Expire May 1st Must Be Rewritten To Prevent
"Secret Commitments" Between The US And European Powers.
C05275 03/19/39 "Social
And Economic Reforms" A
Discussion Of Lingering
Depression Economic Woes, With Coughlin Denouncing The
"Proponents Of Modern Capitalism," And Arguing That
Cannot Occur Without Reform Of The
Economic System That Creates The Problems.
He Also Casts
A Jaundiced Eye On The Relief Efforts Of The United States
Authority, And On The Practice Of "Private Bond
Coughlin Announces A Nationwide Contest
Promising $16,000 Cash Prizes For The 135 Best Essays By
"Social Justice" Readers On The Subject "Keep Out Of
"Our Problem Is In America"
A Aggressively Pro-German Address
In Which Coughlin Discusses The Nazi Incursion Into What He
Calls The "Synthetic Republic" Of Czechoslovakia, Another
Called Democracy," And Claims The Cry Of "Save
Is Being Raised By Those More Interested In "Destroying
Than In "Saving Democracy."
He Condemns Those "So Full Of
Hate For Hitler That They Have No Time To Hate Stalin."
"The History of Holy Week" A Dramatic Recitation Of
From The Last Week Of Christ's Life.
No Overt Political
Content, But Much Innuendo About "Scribes And Pharisees,"
"Cowardly Leaders Of The Jews," And
"Exploiters Of Mankind."
"The Resurrection" Coughlin
Prefaces A Special Easter Lecture
On The Meaning Of Christ's Resurrection With Remarks On The
Situation. "No Country
In Europe Wants War," He
Claims, And Offers Thinly Veiled Justification For Germany's
Repudiations Of The Treaty Of Versailles.
"There Can Be No
Peace Without Justice," He Contends, "And No Justice
"Unjust Aggressors" A Hard-Edged Anti-British Treatise
Condemning The "Unjust Aggression" Of "British
And Seeking To Justify German Demands For More "Living
On The European Continent. "Britain
Will Defend Her Imperialistic
Until The Last American Doughboy Is Dead!" Coughlin
Also Denounces The Treaty Of Versailles As Having "Lashed The
German People To The Pillar Of Oppression," And Claims That
Treaty Will Go Down As The "Most Brutal Aggression Ever
Brought Against A Civilized People In The History Of The
"Recap Of Last Week's Broadcast," Followed By Additional
From Coughlin On The "Treaty Of Versailles And The League Of
Wars Have Never Settled Anything And Never
Settle Anything - As Long As They Are Conducted On The
Basis Of Exploitation And Upholding The Status Quo" Proclaims
Coughlin, Condemning The "Ogilarchs In London, Paris, Berlin,
Rome, And Moscow" Who Use The Youth Of The Nations As
"Cannon Fodder." He
Also Mocks The "Santa Claus Story" Of
Why America Fought In The World War, Arguing That The Real
Reason Was To "Save The Profits Of The International
"So This Is Democracy / Quo Vadis, Where Goth Thou"
Claims That America Is Being Assaulted By "Unseen Forces"
That Are Prolonging The Economic Miseries Of The Depression
And Propagandizing For War, Thus Aiding "The Hidden Hands
Of Destruction." Also,
In Thought For The Week Entitled "Quo
Vadis? -- Whither Thou Goest?"
Coughlin Rails Against The
"Exclusion Of God" From Everyday Life And Condemns Modern
And The "Carnal Puppets Of Hollywood" For Their
"Assault Against The Morals Of Young America."
"Propaganda At Work / The Meaning Of Max Lichtvinov's
Condemns "Foreign War Propaganda" And
Demands A Clause Banning It Be Included In Any Pending
Neutrality Legislation. He
Quotes From A "Handbook Distributed
A Selected Few In The Inner Circles Of British Diplomatic Life"
Which, He Claims, Contains The British Master Plan For
Propagandizing For The Next World War.
"Great Britain Has
Cast Her Evil Eye Upon Us!" He Asserts. "The Meaning Of
Maxim Lichtvinov's Resignation" Coughlin Offers His
Of Recent Political Developments In The Soviet Union.
Coughlin Offers A Meditation On The Importance Of Mothers' Day.