Friday, February 1, 2013

Broadcasting for Victory and Peace: NBC's Niles Trammell May 1942

National Broadcasting Company President Niles Trammell gave the Commencement Address at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on May 31, 1942.

Mr. Trammell's address was entitled "Broadcasting for Victory and Peace," and it was published later that summer by NBC. Individual pages of the pamphlet are reproduced here. PLEASE NOTE: the final inside page is NOT included because it is blank.

Radio during World War II has been the object of much study and nostalgia, and much has been written about the networks and the correspondents who brought broadcast news into American homes. It's always interesting to come across some random piece of ephemera from that era such as this speech. Incidentally, it was not long before the time of this speech that NBC was forced by the government to divest itself of the Blue Network.