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Voice of Authority: 1936

Voice of Authority: 1936

Washington, D.C., circa 1936. "Hard, William." Newsman, radio commentator and, later, Reader's Digest editor. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.


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I see the word "gravitas" most often as a descriptor for journalists and presidential candidates, wherein the very serious journalist questions whether the candidate possesses the right degree seriousness for such a serious role. Mr. Hard has it, and seem to be casting a doubtful look at the rest of us.

I wonder

Could he be outside after sunrise?

Microphone Technology

It's a good thing microphones got a lot smaller. Can you imagine trying to clip that thing on his lapel or some woman reporter's blouse.

Looking at my horse

I asked, Why the long face?

A Face Made for Radio

The world is indeed fortunate that this distinguished journalist and editor made his contribution before television news began to stress form over substance, and so is he. I cannot picture him with a plastic smile, assuring us, "We'll have Kookie Foster's live report on those escaped lobsters right after these messages."

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