Radio prototype: Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly's hear it now

Matthew C. Ehrlich

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Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly's See It Now has long been celebrated as a pioneering television newsmagazine. The radio series that was its prototype has received comparatively little attention. This anide examines Hear It Now, which aired on CBS between December 1950 and June 1951. The radio series combined Friendly's innovative production techniques with Murrow's take on topics ranging from Korea to McCarthyism. As such, it helped establish many of the themes and storytelling devices that See It Now later employed while providing a capstone to Murrow's radio news career.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-456
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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