Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Radio Legend Norman Corwin
Every year for the past decade, I've tried to convince someone to let me profile radi legend Norman Corwin -- one obvious tie-in is VE-Day, when he and an all-star cast delivered one of the most stirring, thoughtful and prescient broadcasts in history (though the war was still raging and Nazi Germany barely subdued, Corwin struck just the right note with words that haven't dated a smidgen). He worked with virtually every major star and wrote absolutely terrific pieces. I've failed every time in getting to do that story, even after a documentary short about Corwin won the Oscar. He's a brilliant talent in a long-fading genre of radio. I've got a number of CDs of his broadcasts, a few books with transcripts of his work and whatever else I can find. But sadly I've never spoken to him. Some lucky bastard at the LA Times did.