Pearl Harbor Day 2011: How Radio Stations Broke The News (AUDIO)

It's been 70 years since Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941.

The aerial attacks killed 2,042 Americans in a day that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said would "live in infamy." That Sunday afternoon, the news shocked the nation, propelled the country into war, and changed the world as most people knew it.

To commemorate the anniversary, the Newseum in Washington, D.C. is looking at how Americans learned about the attack. On the East Coast, sports fans were listening to the New York Giants-Brooklyn Dodgers football game when the news broke. According to the website Radio Days, NBC Blue interrupted its radio broadcast of "The Great Inspector" with an emergency bulletin, but quickly returned to regular programming. CBS was just about to begin its 2:30 p.m. broadcast of "The World Today," and John Daly led the program with news of the attack.

Below, hear how radio stations broke news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and listen to FDR's declaration of war the next day.

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