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15 April: A presidential farewell and an exposition of horror

FDR's radio friendliness is repaid abundantly upon his death and interment. (Photo: The National Archives.)

FDR’s radio friendliness is repaid abundantly upon his death and interment. (Photo: The National Archives.)

Until Franklin D. Roosevelt, network broadcasting has yet to address the death of a sitting President of the United States. As Edward R. Murrow would say of the United States a decade later, radio comes into its full inheritance at a tender age as it is, but World War II and the death of FDR have combined to tax that inheritance powerfully. It’s to radio’s credit that it has responded to both as powerfully, as effectively, and as memorably as few might have expected when network radio began taking its full shape a decade earlier.

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25 November: One Black Friday, seven executions

Julie Stevens incurs her final catastrophe as too-long-beleaguered Helen Trent. (Photo: CBS.)

Julie Stevens incurs her final catastrophe over the too-long-beleaguered Romance of Helen Trent. (Photo: CBS.)

In 21st Century America, Black Friday will be the annual day of retail hell. In the America that knows the world doesn’t begin or end at the mall, of course, Black Friday is a day of mourning for old-time radio lovers. Fifty-three years later, it will still seem surreal, thinking of the day on which aired the final first-run programs of a once-venerated, once-groundbreaking comedy duo and six once-venerated (depending upon yourpoint of view) soap operas.

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