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Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcast News

Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcast News

Sunday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, Oct. 13, at midnight

Also airs on Fusion on Friday, Oct. 11, at 10 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.

Although you may not know his name, if you watch, listen to or download the news these days, you are benefiting from the pioneering work of Lowell Thomas.

As host of the first national Radio Newscast carried on both NBC and CBS, as well as the Fox Movietone newsreels shown in every movie theater, Thomas invented what we now call traditional journalism and dominated American journalism in the 1930s and 1940s as no one else has before or since.

Thomas was also famous as an adventurer and world traveler. It was he who discovered T. E. Lawrence in Arabia during WWI and crafted the legend of “Lawrence of Arabia” into a multimedia stage production shown around the world. In the late 1940s, Thomas led a mule caravan into forbidden Tibet just before the Chinese invaded.

VOICE OF AMERICA features interviews with Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Bob Edwards, David Folkenflik and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as key historians and biographers.



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