Robert Trout on covering the 1936 presidential conventions

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television
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Correspondent Robert Trout, nicknamed "the iron man of radio," discusses covering the 1936 political conventions for radio, making special mention of the innovations and novelties that CBS employed in order to one-up NBC’s election coverage:

“[T]here was a still camera…a big camera on a tripod and he fixed the microphone just under the camera so our technician could carry the tripod down through the aisle and put a delegate on the air and take his photograph at the same time and then mail it to him later…if you want to know about the beginning of the television and conventions, it wasn’t exactly television, they were still pictures, but that’s really how it began, in a way.”

Watch Robert Trout’s full interview , which spans his full career from introducing FDR’s fireside chats to covering the turbulent events of the 1960’s

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