Radio: American Charter

How would radio showmanship in the U.S. rise to the occasion of war? Mindful of radio's potency over the public mind, radiomen had given this question anxious thought. They (and everyone else) got an answer of a sort last week from the Bill of Rights anniversary program. Heard by more people than any other U.S. radio "show" in history, it might serve as a touchstone for future patriotic programs.

Its "talent" was the best Hollywood has (James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Brennan, et al.) and the best radio voice in Washington (Franklin D. Roosevelt). Its writing, timing and direction (by Norman Corwin)...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!