Radio: Cosmic Editor

In the early '30s, when U. S. press services decided to withhold their news from radio, a short, stocky, ex-Worldman named Abe Schechter,* then in NBC's publicity department, was assigned the job of garnering enough items to provide Lowell Thomas with adequate scripts. Armed with only a telephone, Schechter proceeded to scoop the ears off many a paper. Often while reporters huddled in anterooms, Schechter, in the name of Lowell Thomas, was getting newsworthy statements over his wire. Before the press-radio feud was ended, he had correspondents all over the country. Even such eminents as Maryland's late Governor Ritchie served as...

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