One of the giants of radio is gone. Norman Corwin died at the age of 101.
You can read details of his death at http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2011/10/radio_pioneer_norman_corwin_de.html
I was fortunate to interview Mr. Corwin for a piece on the 70th anniversary of "The War of the Worlds" broadcast. Here are his recollections:
While Welles's Martians laid waste to Manhattan, Norman Corwin, a former reporter for the Springfield Republican, was busy in another CBS studio a floor above.
"I was rehearsing a documentary program, and was completely unaware that Orson had emptied the living rooms of America," Corwin, now 98, recalled recently from his Los Angeles home.
Corwin, a major figure during radio's golden age, said that the "War of the Worlds" broadcast "first demonstrated the up-to-then unrealized ubiquity of radio and its power to affect people - in this case to scare them out of their wits, and, in many cases, their homes.
"The fact that this effect was unintended and accidental only increased the surprise, shock, and dismay that it engendered," he added.
Corwin worked with Welles in later years. He told me he found to him to be a gentleman, professional and cooperative.