Radio: U. S. Radio at War

In NBC's Manhattan news room only three men were on duty. WOR-Mutual was busy at the Polo Grounds: professional football, Dodgers v. Giants. CBS could not have been luckier: World News Today, its regular Sunday roundup from foreign points, went on the air at 2 :30 p.m.

At 2:25 the news tickers clanged, hammered out seven words: "White House says Japs attack Pearl Harbor." Within a few moments the networks crackled with the news. CBS picked up Honolulu short wave. By 2:30 World News Today, discarding Geneva and Cairo, was ready to bring in...

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