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9 May: The world and inner wars of Howard K. Smith

Smith, whose brilliance reporting Berlin's destruction was equaled only by his flair for being his own worst enemy. (Photo: CBS.)

Smith, whose brilliance reporting Berlin’s destruction was equaled only by his flair for being his own worst enemy. (Photo: CBS.)

Edward R. Murrow’s World War II reporting team has earned a reputation for daring, often dangerous reporting. Murrow himself has traipsed the rooftops of London at the height of the Blitz, then accompanied deep bombing runs in the European war theater. Eric Sevareid has found himself lost in the Pacific when a military flight aboard which he flew went down with engine trouble during the Burmese-Chinese phase of the war in the Pacific. And Richard C. Hottelet has spent a few hours in a Nazi concentration camp.

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Prayer and Pacific: Old-time radio listening, 13 May

World News Today: Celebrating in Europe, Pressing On in the Pacific (CBS, 1945)

Robert Trout. (Photo: CBS.)

Robert Trout. (Photo: CBS.)

President Truman in Washington and the King and Queen of England attend services on a mutually declared Day of Prayer commemorating the end of the European war; a carrier attack on Japan and Japanese air forces trying to answer; Marines continuing their plunge toward the Okinawan capital; Australian troops closing in on liberating New Guinea from Japanese forces; rumours of former S.S. Commander-in-chief Heinrich Himmler being seized.

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The wreckage left behind: Old-time radio listening, 9-10 May

Howard K. Smith: “The Most Massive Work of Concentrated Destruction . . .” (Combined American Networks, 9 May 1945)

Smith told an otherwise celebrating America just what was left in Berlin . . . and of the Third Reich. (Photo: CBS.)

Smith told an otherwise celebrating America just what was left in Berlin . . . and of the Third Reich. (Photo: CBS.)

The reporting team Edward R. Murrow assembled to cover World War II has earned a reputation for daring and often dangerous reporting. There was Murrow himself, traipsing the London rooftops at the height of the Blitz, then accompanying deep bombing runs. There was Eric Sevareid, lost in the Pacific when a military flight on which he was aboard during the Burmese-Chinese theater phase of the Pacific war went down with engine trouble, Sevareid parachuting to safety but unable to communicate for three days.

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Requiem for a Duke: Old-time radio listening, 11 April

World News Today: Pinning Rommel (CBS, 1943)

The Duke of Collingwood (right) confers with his mentor Edward R. Murrow. (Photo: CBS.)

Of all the team who come to be known as “Murrow’s Boys,” after the man who hired them for CBS and in honour of their often daring World War II reporting, few cut as singular a figure as does Charles Collingwood.

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Further Pearl aftermath: Old-time radio listening, 10 December

Texaco Star Theater with Fred Allen: Death Valley Takes a Holiday (CBS, 1941)

Mr. Allen wasn’t averse to appearing in wartime hint ads from his Texaco Star Theater sponsor.

As proves so with just about all radio entertainers, Fred Allen yields to the impact of Pearl Harbour on his first show following the atrocity. The classic Texaco Star Theater introduction—the clanging bells and siren, punctuated by the cartoonish car horn, telegraphing a brief fanfare and announcer Jimmy Wallington’s hail (“It’s Texaco time with Fred Allen!”)—is muted for once.

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