The War Writers' Board, created in January 1942, by a group of writers in New York City, was made up of hundreds of authors and artists across the nation who agreed to help the war effort through their writings. The president was Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolf mystery novels. It was not a governmental agency, and, as a private organization, it enjoyed great freedom in its activities.

Nelson later wrote, “During World War II I was an active member of Rex Stout's War Writers' Board, creating many radio scripts designed to promote, aid and finance the war effort.”



“Sharp Practices,” WSLS, 4 Aug 1942; WDBJ, 10 Oct 1942

“Practice Blackout,” WSLS, 12 Aug 1942; WDBJ, 18 Aug 1942.

“Our Enemy,” WDBJ, Aug 1942; WSLS, Oct 1942; WDBJ, Dec 1942.

“Price Control,” WSLS, nd; WDBJ, nd.

“Christmas at Home an Abroad,” WSLS, 21 Dec 1942.

“The Refugees,” WDBJ, 22 Dec 1942.

“The Patriot,” WDBJ, 39 Jun 1943; WSLS, nd., and many oversee stations by OPA

“A Pledge for Peace,” WDBJ, 11 Aug 1944; 17 Aug 1943, and many stations thoughout the nation by WWB.

“Back the Attack,” Virginia radio network, Aug 1943.

“War Chest,” Roanoke radio hook-up, 19 Oct 1943.

“Red Cross - 1944,” WSLS, 6 Mar 1943; WSLS, 1946.

“Red Cross - 1945,” WSLS, 6 Mar 1945.

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