[Elmer Davis and newscasting]

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Seldes speaks of Elmer Davis as a journalist - he describes Davis as a satirist, and impartial yet opinionated newsman.

Seldes then moves on to a photograph of Sir Winston Churchill and Marshal Tito, Seldes dislikes when people in photographs face the camera while shaking hands instead of each other. He describes the image in which Churchill and Tito appear.

Seldes moves on to discuss jazz music (or the lack of) behind the Iron Curtain.

Followed by a discussion of the television version of "Cakes and Ale" by Somerset Maugham, which Seldes views as an inaccurate portrayal of the book. Seldes goes on to describe how Maugham would have never allowed an editor to change any of his work.

Finally, Seldes speaks of the "Godfrey case" - a scandal involving Arthur Godfrey stating that a member of the radio "family," Julius LaRosa, would no longer be performing on the show. It was only the milk strike that pushed this scandal out of the newspapers.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70335
Municipal archives id: LT3662