Norman Corwin has died at 101. Public Radio fans may remember him from a series of radio programs he developed in the ’90s, but his iconic status on the media landscape goes back to the Golden Age of Radio when he wrote and directed radio dramas.
His classic, On a Note of Triumph, marked the end of World War II.
NPR profiled Corwin in a 1995 segment of its Lost and Found sound. Emblematic of how changing technology is stripping us of our history, few people will be able to hear it here, since it’s in the RealMedia format, the preferred online audio format of its day.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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