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NEWS: Daniel Schorr tribute
July 23, 2010  | By Diane Werts
 
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In honor of longtime CBS newsman and recent NPR commentary stalwart Daniel Schorr, who died Friday morning at 93, National Public Radio will air an hourlong tribute hosted by Robert Siegel on Friday night.

It runs at 8 p.m. ET on WNYC, WHYY and many other NPR stations (plus online streams; check local listings).

Schorr's obituary at NPR's web site details his 65-year career, from his post-World War II print writing to his CBS days as one of "Murrow's boys" starting in 1953, on through a stop at CNN on the way to NPR. It's a fascinating story, highlighted by his wrangles with the Nixon administration during the Watergate scandal.

Also included -- links to his radio commentaries and video of Schorr through the years.

 

2 Comments

 

Mac said:

Diane-Thanks for remembering Dan Schorr. I like to think of him as a radio guy (I knew him via NPR) and also quibble a bit with NPR's description of Dan as one of Murrow's Boys. I like to think of that team consisting of the original WWII group. Wikipedia lists Schorr, Cronkike and others as the Second Generation, but I'll still argue. Murrow hired Schorr but even Murrow's greatest days were over. In any event, Dan Schorr is not a journalist to be replaced, as most of that type of electronic media journalist is gone. One commentator on Yahoo noted that even NPR kinda buried him by relegating him to weekends. After Schorr seemed to disappear from Weekend Edition Sunday, I thought he and Susan Stamberg had a falling out, but Susan's touching tribute (now on the NPR website) tells a different story. If NPR's management was leaving Dan out to dry on the weekend, the weekly recap with Scott Simon was anything but punishment for this listener. And one will find a smile or two from the soundbites from NPR featuring Dan. We are less informed with Dan Schorr's passing.

Neil said:

I need to answer Mac's comment above. I had a short exchange with someone at NPR a year or more ago, about the time Dan "disappeared" from WESUN. (He also dropped from two news analyses a week to one on All Things Considered). I came away with the impression that his health was starting to deteriorate, and that the goal was to strip his workload to bare essentials, the (usually) Wednesday ATC analysis and the weekly Scott Simon conversation on WESAT. One only needed to listen carefully - headphones helped a lot - to the growing weakness of his voice and his strained (and occasionally sloppy) enunciation to realize his body was failing him, and he was fighting himself to stay on the air. I give him great props for continuing to fight when most others would have thrown in the towel, and to his colleagues at NPR for continuing to accommodate him when it must have been difficult to watch him weaken.

 
 
 
 
 
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