Along with its reporter-sleuths on detective series and reporter-superheroes on adventure series, radio presented the lives of real journalists in series designed to showcase historical figures or contemporary journalists.

Pages about these series, radio portrayals of individual journalists, and themes in radio’s presentation of journalism history are listed on the “Real Life” menu.

Pages are marked “protected” while they are in development; if you have special interest in a series or issue, feel free to contact “rstepno (at) Radford dot edu.”




Some historical figures appeared in more than a single radio episode or series, and have their own sections here…

2 Responses to Real-Life

  1. gordo says:

    did the character of sabra cravat in the movie “cimarron” really exist and did she go on to serve in congress as portrayed in 1931 version??

    • Bob Stepno says:

      While the Cravats were fictional and Ferber said she had several sources, Sabra’s career has several similarities with the life of Elva Shartel Ferguson, newspaperwoman and governor’s wife. I will add some references about her to the page about Cimarron. Thanks for asking.

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