Arthur Godfrey Reports from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Funeral—April 14, 1945
August 18th, 2018
President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away on April 12, 1945. Two days later at his funeral, roaming CBS announcer Arthur Godfrey was added to the CBS news team for the special coverage. Choking back tears, he described…
On the Korean War Front Line with Soldiers Talking About Their Experience—1952
August 17th, 2018
During the Korean War, NBC sent reporters to talk to the soldiers on the front lines during the conflict. This is some of what they said.
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis with Guest Marilyn Monroe—02.24.1953
August 16th, 2018
On February 24th, 1953 Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis played host on their radio show to Marilyn Monroe. All three of the entertainers were on the rise. Martin introduced the play she'd perform in as, "Tonight's play is t…
Columbia Presents Corwin: Fourteen August—08.14.1945
August 15th, 2018
Seventy-three years ago this day Japan accepted the United States' terms of surrender, officially ending World War II.
That evening, Norman Corwin produced a special broadcast commemorating this event. It was a self-awa…
I Love Lucy: Breaking The Lease—2.26.1952
August 12th, 2018
One of the most successful television shows of all-time, I Love Lucy, starring husband and wife team Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuted on CBS television on October 15, 1951.
179 episodes would be produced over the …
NBC Announcer Ben Grauer On Fast News Relays During World War II
August 10th, 2018
For Westinghouse's 50th Anniversary in 1970, Long-time NBC radio announcer Ben Grauer spoke about being on his toes with news relays during World War II.
Douglas Edwards & Charles Osgood On Live Radio Flubs of the 1940s
August 8th, 2018
For CBS's 50th anniversary celebration in 1977, CBS anchors Doug Edwards and Charles Osgood spoke about on-air flubs. Mr. Edwards told a great story about a time he got Edward R. Murrow to lose his composure.
The Story Behind The 1933 Press-Radio War
August 6th, 2018
Back In 1933, in part because of President Roosevelt’s fireside chats, the newspaper publishers decided that radio had scooped the press once too often. They closed their wire services to the networks and demanded the no…
An Interview With Best-Selling Author David Shields
August 4th, 2018
I've been fortunate enough to interview David Shields (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Shields) for Breaking Walls twice before, The first interview took place in November 2015 and covered his book War Is Beautiful, …
The Story Behind Bing Crosby's Lawsuit and Jump From NBC to ABC
August 2nd, 2018
In 1945 as World War II ended, Bing Crosby decided that he wanted to pre-record his Kraft Music Hall program on NBC. There’d been disc-transcriptions since the late 1920s, and while the Mutual Broadcasting System had no …