Born in Chicago in 1901, William S. Paley entered radio in 1928,
when he became President of the struggling United Independent Broadcasters
and its Columbia Network of Stations. Paley renamed this enterprise
the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and guided the network as
President and Chairman for over 50 years.
Under Paleys guidance, CBS broke ground and established practices
which eventually became standard for radio. In the 1930s, CBS became
the first network with its own full-time newsgathering service.
It was quickly recognized as one of the finest news organizations
in the world, providing regularly scheduled reports and analysis
from Edward R. Murrow, H. V. Kaltenborn, William L. Shirer and others.
CBS radio also served as a breeding ground for young talent. Shows
like The Mercury Theatre on the Air and Columbia Workshop
brought exposure to Orson Welles, Norman Corwin, Arthur Miller,
William N. Robson and many other writers and directors. In the late
1940s, Paley launched network radios first programming department.
The result was the creation of several hit shows, including Our
Miss Brooks, My Favorite Husband and Gunsmoke.
William S. Paley died on October 26, 1990.
William S. Paley was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
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