Radio: Birth of a Baby

When NBC's Board Chairman Pat Weaver thought up the idea of Wide, Wide World, he planned to put TV cameras in diving bells, on skis and surfboards, atop mountains and deep in caverns. In a creative frenzy, he cried: "Let's get the Sadler's Wells Ballet to do an outside original in an exciting locale, like on a fleet of barges being towed around Manhattan, with the symphony orchestra on the first barge, and cameras with telescopic lenses spotted ashore to zoom in from the Empire State, the Statue of Liberty, the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge on a particular scene and with a...

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