July 30, 1942: Stage Door Canteen aired for the first time on CBS. The show originated from New York City with an aim to entertain American and Allied servicemen every week. The program featured radio stars who generously offered their time for the troops. At the height of World War II , the American Theater Wing created Stage Door Canteen in New York as a recreational center for American servicemen while on leave. The show featured the biggest names in radio entertainment who lent their time to show their support to American troops who served in the war.