The CBS World News Roundup
is a radio newscast that airs weekday mornings and evenings on the CBS Radio Network
It first went on-air on March 13, 1938 at 8 p.m. Eastern time as a one-time special in response to growing tensions in Europe
-- specifically the Anschluss
, during which Adolf Hitler
The early years
When the show first went on the air it was hosted by veteran radio personality Robert Trout
. The first show gave the world the voices of Edward R. Murrow
and William L. Shirer
. In fact, it was the first time Murrow had ever delivered a news report. During the early years of the war, Murrow's reports from London
and Shirer's reports from Berlin
were essential listening to anyone trying to keep informed on events unfolding in Europe.
The program was a 35-minute special report from multiple locations around the world as the pre-war crisis mounts. It was the first time that on-the-scene European field correspondents were linked with a central anchor in New York for a national broadcast.
Most broadcast references credit either CBS President William S. Paley
or News Director Paul White
as coming up with the idea for the show, as a way to trump Max Jordan
coverage of the Anschluss. The previous day, Shirer had fled from Vienna to London at the request of Murrow (the CBS European chief) to give the first uncensored eyewitness account of Germany's takeover of Austria.
It was White who relayed the order to Murrow and Shirer for the first Roundup
. The two,... Read More