Broadcasting: Man of Convictions

Most of the accolades accorded Edward R. Murrow on his death last April skipped over the fact that there was another man who had made a historic and earlier contribution to broadcasting journalism. People had forgotten the clipped, high-pitched, precisely accentuated tones of H. V. Kaltenborn, who died at 86 last week of a heart attack. In his prime in the '30s, Kaltenborn had roamed a sick Europe, producing fascinating, ominous interviews with Hitler and Mussolini, and his brilliant marathon coverage of the Munich crisis jarred American homes into a chilling awareness of the war to come.

Kaltenborn had more...

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