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KCET Paying Tribute to Norman Corwin

KCET will pay tribute to the late radio legend Norman Corwin by airing a pair of specials on Oct. 29.

Corwin, a documentary directed by Les Guthman on the career of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writer, airs at 8 p.m.

Then at 9:20 p.m., the independent public television station will air Norman Corwin’s The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, a televised reading of his 1938 play. It will also feature an interview with Corwin from 2010 on his illustrious career.

Corwin died Tuesday at the age of 101.

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Radio Legend Norman Corwin Dies at 101

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writer and radio star Norman Corwin died in Los Angeles yesterday at the age of 101. Corwin’s career ran across the media spectrum, but he was best known for his work on the radio–in a career that spanned more than 70 years.

From the AP obit:

Corwin, a creative giant of the Golden Age of Radio whose programs chronicling World War II are milestones in broadcasting, died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home of natural causes, according to the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism where Corwin remained a writer in residence until his death. He was 101.

Actor William Shatner, who narrated several of Corwin’s later radio programs, called him a legend and his hero. He is “the poetic soul of discretion and a monument to artistry in America,” Shatner once said.
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Lesley Stahl Calls Being a Giant of Broadcasting ‘Overwhelming’

On Tuesday, 11 media heavyweights were honored as “Giants of Broadcasting.” The event, orchestrated by the Library of American Broadcasting, was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.

CBS News veteran correspondent Lesley Stahl and longtime ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson were among the notables on this year’s list.

Stahl told FishbowlNY that it’s a career highlight.

“It’s kind of a little bit overwhelming. But it’s nice, it feels good.”

Making it even nicer for Stahl is getting to share the honor with Donaldson, her former colleague from covering the White House.

Joining Stahl and Donaldson in the 2010 class of “Giants” is trailblazing radio announcer Hal Jackson. Jackson, 94, still hosts a weekly Sunday afternoon show on WBLS. 

  • Legendary Dick Clark is synonymous for American Bandstand and his annual New Year’s Eve show. He didn’t attend the ceremony.
  • Writer Norman Corwin, often referred to as the “Poet Laureate of Radio,” who turned 100 in May, was also unable to attend. 
  • Soap opera pioneer Agnes Nixon was recognized for creating All My Children and One Life to Live.
  • Edward Fritts is the former president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Four others who were awarded posthumously are listed after the jump.  Read more