The American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank

WLS Radio [Chicago]

Reports on the Hindenburg Disaster for WLS Radio [Chicago] This website includes Herbert Morrison’s famous radio account of the Hindenberg disaster. To listen to Morrison, open the link marked “Audio mp3 of Radio Coverage.” Note that the radio broadcast was delayed for two days: at this time, radio stations did not ordinarily broadcast news instantaneously, to avoid competing with newspapers. Morrison was, in fact, not broadcasting, but practicing. When the radio station recognized what he had created, it aired his account the next day.


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