By the early 1940s, radio had become a fixture in most American
households. The radio correspondents who ventured overseas to broadcast
the war back home became household nameswith Edward R. Murrow
emerging as the most well-known.
With his signature lineThis
brought World War II into Americas living rooms.
Born on April 25, 1908, in Greensboro, North Carolina, Murrow joined
CBS as a manager in 1935 and began to build the CBS News legacy.
Determined that CBSs voice of authority should belong to
a true authority, Murrow assembled a news staff that included Charles
Collingwood, Eric Severeid, William L. Shirer and Howard K. Smith.
Each was selected not because of radio experience, but because of
his knowledge of the European political battlefields.
Murrows on-air reporting often involved great personal risk.
He would broadcast from London rooftops during the 1940 German Blitz.
Returning home to America after the war, Murrow was made a CBS
News Vice President in 1945. In 1948, Murrow narrated I Can Hear
It Now, a record album chronicling World War II. The album was produced
by Fred W. Friendly, with whom Murrow would soon make television
Edward R. Murrow died on April 27, 1965.
Edward R. Murrow was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
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