Radio: BBC Bombed

One night last November in the sub-basement of London's Broadcasting House, BBC Commentator Bruce Belfrage began to broadcast a summary of the news. Well aware was Newscaster Belfrage that somewhere over his head lay an unexploded bomb. Just as he was finishing his talk, saying "The postscript tonight—" there was a muffled explosion. Its vibrations were still audible when listeners heard an urgent voice whisper, "It's all right," and Belfrage wound up his talk amid ominous background noises. Meanwhile in BBC's overseas department, a broadcast in German went placidly on with only...

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