OAB Hall of Fame
Douglas Edwards retired in May of 1988 after a record 46 years at CBS. Among network newscasters, he was a dean. Born in Ada, Oklahoma, Edwards started as a $2.50-a-week radio announcer while in high school. Doug entered the University of Alabama with the intention of becoming a doctor. After two years he left for Emory University, the Georgia State. It was there he began preparing newscasts for WSB-AM. Soon he was airing the news himself.
In 1938, he went to WXYZ-AM Detroit, after two years he left Detroit and returned to WSB in Atlanta for “more seasoning.” He was 23 at this time.
He skippped announcing, becoming anchor for “The World Today” ih 1943 and then the celebrated “World News Roundup” in 1944 at CBS. He covered the first televised political convention and the attempt on the life of President Truman in 1950. He is proud of his part in the award winning television series “For Our Times” and the equally distinguished program “The World Times” and “The World Tonight” on radio.
Edwards addressing the RTNDA convention in San Antonio said that the word communication has a religious association, that it is related to communicant and that it means to make common, to share. “If we think of it that way,” he said, “we naturally will be more selective in what we say and share with one another what is significant, what is from the heart, what is honest...we will, in truth communicate.”
Douglas Edwards has been called “the gentle man with the magnificent voice, a voice of authority and compassion.”
Man and voice. After 56 years of broadcasting, they still match.