CBS News Radio’s WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP, America’s longest-running newscast, will celebrate 80 years on the air with special programming on Tuesday, March 13.
The programming will explore the first broadcast in 1938, its significance to the history of radio at the time, and how the WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP has evolved to remain relevant today.
CBS THIS MORNING, the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH JEFF GLOR, CBSN and CBSNews.com will all feature reports on the milestone.
CBS News Radio made broadcasting history on March 13, 1938 when it aired a riveting 38-minute program anchored by Robert Trout that reported the Nazi invasion of Austria. Revolutionizing news coverage, THE WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP gave listeners access to live reports from multiple correspondents on the field, including a young CBS executive making his on-air debut in Vienna that night, Edward R. Murrow.
In the decades that followed, legendary CBS journalists, including Douglas Edwards, Dallas Townsend and Christopher Glenn, anchored the program. Today, WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP (weekdays at 8:00 AM, ET) is anchored by Steve Kathan and is produced by Paul Farry. Dave Barrett anchors the late edition of the WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP (7:00 PM, ET), which is produced by James Hutton. The program is also available as a daily podcast. CBS News Radio has a weekly audience of more than 16 million listeners and is carried by more than 450 radio stations across the country.
The program was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
The morning edition of the World News Roundup is anchored by Steve Kathan, and produced by Paul Farry. The full show runs for 10 minutes, although many stations - including CBS Radio's own all-news stations - take only the first eight minutes. There is also a local cut-away at four minutes past the hour for the early edition (like the network's other top of the hour newscasts) and five minutes past the hour for the late edition. The late edition was hosted by Bill Whitney, and produced by Greg Armstrong. Bill Whitney left CBS in December 2016 and the late edition is now hosted by Dave Barrett. The morning program was hosted for many years by Christopher Glenn, who died in 2006 and was succeeded by Nick Young and later Steve Kathan.
The longest tenure of one anchor with the Roundup was that of Dallas Townsend, who hosted the morning broadcast for 25 years. Townsend was followed by Reid Collins and then Bill Lynch before Glenn took over. Douglas Edwards also had a long tenure anchoring the evening show in the 1970s and 80s, when it was The World Tonight. Glenn took over as nighttime anchor after Edwards retired.
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