It was 75 years ago this week that one of radio's most iconic broadcasts began: The CBS World News Roundup. The program had its beginnings as a special report, when Germany annexed Austria, with reports from around Europe and Washington, DC. It was repeated the following night and the format was maintained for other special reports, eventually evolving into daily newscasts, now heard in the morning and evening on CBS-affiliated stations across the country.
It was on the program that many heard for the first time of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, from anchor John Charles Daly. The broadcast's anchors and correspondents became household names, including Edward R. Murrow, William L. Shirer, Larry LeSueur, Charles Collingwood, Howard K. Smith, Winston Burdett, Bill Downs, Mary Marvin Breckinridge, Cecil Brown, Richard C. Hottelet, Walter Cronkite, Daniel Schorr, Robert Pierpoint, Dallas Townsend, Douglas Edwards, Christopher Glenn and many more.
CBS Radio News Chief Analyst Andrew Cohen put together an outstanding story in The Atlantic, recounting the show's origins.
With deep appreciation to our friends at CBS News, enjoy this treasure trove of audio clips:
First broadcast: Bob Trout anchors the broadcast's inaugural edition, on March 13, 1938.
20th anniversary: In 1958, Edward R. Murrow recounts the Roundup's beginnings.
30th anniversary: In 1968, longtime anchor Dallas Townsend reports on the broadcast's history.
65th anniversary: In 2003, anchor Christopher Glenn reports on highlights from the broadcast.
75th anniversary: This week, Sam Litzinger looks back at three quarters of a century of the World News Roundup.