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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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Two portentious anniversaries: Old-time radio listening, 2 May

The Brandenburg Gate after fighting in the Battle of Berlin; Berlin falls at last to the Allies today in 1945 . . . (Photo: Wire services.)

The Brandenburg Gate after fighting in the Battle of Berlin; Berlin falls at last to the Allies today in 1945 . . . (Photo: Wire services.)

As anniversaries go, 2 May will prove a portentious fall for a world at war, and a portentious premiere for a seemingly non-descript master of ceremonies making his first such radio turn, unaware that he’s taken his first step toward becoming a broadcasting institution in his own right.

 

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News Bulletin: “Splendid News from Moscow” (BBC, 1945)

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