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» Sunday, December 07, 2008
What About That John Charles Daly Announcement?
History tells us that thousands of Americans were listening to a concert when the voice of future What's My Line host and then CBS newsman John Charles Daly broke in with "We interrupt this program..."

Well, that's not quite how it went. Here, from a 1999 NPR broadcast, is Robert Trout's recollection of that day:

Pearl Harbor Anniversary

(Trout says it seems surprising that all broadcasting was not cancelled and full coverage given to Pearl Harbor. That's because at that point there was very little known, what news there was was being filtered or censored, and radio newsmen didn't get on the air like they do today and blather the same thing over and over. They reported when they had news.)

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