Norman Corwin is often called Radios poet laureate.
Born in Boston in 1910, Corwin began his radio career as a local
commentator. He moved to New York City in 1938 and produced Norman
Corwins Words Without Music for CBS. Two of Corwins
masterworks, The Plot to Overthrow Christmas and They
Fly Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease, debuted on
In 1941, CBS Columbia Workshop gave Corwin a 26-week
series; he responded with stories ranging from the whimsical to
the darkly serious to the inspirational. A similar approach was
taken on 1944s Columbia Presents Corwin.
In December of 1941, Corwin wrote and produced We Hold These
Truths, an all-star celebration of the Bill of Rights
150th anniversary. This landmark program aired over all four networks
Corwin created the special V-E Day broadcast On a Note of Triumph,
which Carl Sandburg called one of the all-time great American
poems. Three months later, he wrote 14 August, a V-J
Day documentary narrated by Orson Welles.
Corwin left CBS in 1948 and produced a series of programs for United
Nations Radio. In 2001, National Public Radio aired six new Corwin
plays under the title More By Corwin.
Norman Corwin died on October 18, 2011.
Norman Corwin was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993.
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