“First Broadcast of CBS’s World News Roundup: March 13, 1938” 

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On the evening of March 13, 1938, legendary CBS radio newsman Robert Trout reported from New York that the Nazis were “driving with all their might to bring Austria under complete Nazi domination.”

Moments later, in a watershed broadcast moment, Trout stopped talking so listeners could hear the live dispatches of correspondents throughout Europe. Reporting from Vienna was a CBS executive making his on-air debut: Edward R. Murrow.

“Everything is quiet in Vienna tonight,” Murrow reported. “There is a certain air of expectancy about the city, everyone waiting and wondering where and at what time Herr Hitler will arrive.”

Seventy-five years after that ground-breaking broadcast, CBS World News Roundup remains on the air waves, making it America’s longest-running news program on radio or TV. In those early days, millions of Americans listened to Murrow’s radio dispatches from London, including a report on the Allies’ D-Day invasion of Normandy. William…

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