CBS News Radio’s World News Roundup will celebrate 80 years on the air with special programming on Tuesday, March 13. The programming will explore the first broadcast in 1938, its significance to the history of radio at the time, and how World News Roundup has evolved to remain relevant today. CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News With Jeff Glor, CBSN, and CBSNews.com will all feature reports on the milestone.
“People have lots of choices for news, so achieving 80 years on the air is an incredible landmark,” said Craig Swagler, General Manager of CBS News Radio. “We are proud that millions of Americans rely on the reporting of CBS News every day. We continue to provide our affiliates and their listeners with the most accurate and relevant information they can trust. From shortwave and the Murrow Boys to smartphones and our stellar correspondents, World News Roundup is still the leader setting the standard in quality journalism.”
CBS News Radio made broadcasting history on March 13, 1938 when it aired a 38-minute program anchored by Robert Trout that reported the Nazi invasion of Austria. World News Roundup gave listeners access to live reports from multiple correspondents in the field, including a young CBS executive making his on-air debut in Vienna that night, Edward R. Murrow.
World News Roundup has won six Radio Television Digital News Association’s Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Newscast in the past eight years, including the past four years in a row. The program was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.