Broadcasting: Voice of Crisis

"The night attack has started, and I am with a fire brigade in a sandbag crow's nest on top of a tall building near the Thames." So somberly, portentously, Edward R. Murrow began an evening broadcast of the London blitz in the early days of World War II. To listeners in the U.S., his resonant, sepulchral voice came to convey the grim reality of war. Murrow followed Londoners on their way to air-raid shelters and caught their measured footsteps on his mike; he joined R.A.F. bomber pilots on their raids over Germany and...

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