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Lois knows… until she talks to her editor

https://archive.org/download/Superman_page13/471024_1601_The_Ruler_Of_Darkness_Pt_01.mp3 For today, a very short blog post with a link to some newsroom banter between Lois, Clark and editor Perry White when Lois has a brainstorm about — silly idea — Kent being Superman’s secret identity. “Oh stop this … Continue reading

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Associated Press on the air

“Behind the Mic,” a radio series whose message was to demystify the medium itself, devoted its June 29, 1941, episode to the Associated Press, the newspaper co-op that had gradually come around to the idea of radio news. https://archive.org/download/Behind_The_Mike/Behind_The_Mike_41-06-29_ep41_The_Associated_Press.mp3 The … Continue reading

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Shocking! Presidents do lie to and about reporters

The various radio series that dramatized historical events sometimes sacrificed historical accuracy to tell a story, especially in the common 30-minute format. In this broadcast, at least a newspaper reporter gets a happier ending out of the revisionist history. http://otrrlibrary.org/OTRRLib/Library%20Files/M%20Series/Mr%20President/Mr%20President%2047-07-03%20Grover%20Cleveland.mp3Continue reading

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Mann of the Press at Bay

https://archive.org/download/OTRR_Suspense_Singles_By_Year_1952/Suspense_521124_488_Man_Alive_128-44_28478_29m41s.mp3 From November 1952, this is no Thanksgiving story… A San Francisco newspaper columnist gets involved with bad Italian accents, puns on his name (“Mann”), a picture postcard and a mystery. Supposedly based on a true story, this episode of … Continue reading

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Love is News for Valentine’s Day

https://archive.org/download/OTRR_Lux_Radio_Theater_Singles/Lux_Radio_Theatre_40-09-16_273_Love_Is_News.mp3 “He’s a newspaperman, he’ll ruin his career,” the leading lady observes, when Bob Hope, playing a reporter, threatens to go into show business. “Love Is News” was a 1937 romantic-comedy film starring Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, and Don Ameche. … Continue reading

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Soaps and Circulation

An editor and “ace reporter” debated the news value and audience interest in a sensational murder case — versus coverage of the Korean War — in this December 1950 episode of “The Guiding Light” soap opera. http://otrrlibrary.org/OTRRLib/Library%20Files/G%20Series/Guiding%20Light/The%20Guiding%20Light%2050-12-19%20Newspaper%20Has%20Story%20About%20Murder.MP3 If you need … Continue reading

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Newspaper legwork, 70 years ago on radio

In the continuing story “Pennies for Plunder,” the Daily Planet and Superman waged a month-long battle against a punchboard lottery racket, throughout December 1947, in the era when Superman was a daily 15 minute cliffhanger radio serial (and seller of … Continue reading

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