"When radio was king in the early days of television, the announcers sounded stuffy and very elegant and unapproachable. When I got into television, which is the norm today, everybody was sort of relaxed and easygoing. When I got into it, I found that was the simplest way to do it."
About This Interview
In 1939, Ray Forrest (1916-1999) became television's very first news anchor, announcer, personality, and political commentator. In his three-hour Archive interview, he speaks at length about the early days of NBC where he announced every show on the air as well as breaking news events. He also talks about working in the television studios with the cumbersome lights and cameras. He recalls how, after the war, he started one of the first children's television shows on Saturday mornings. Jeff Kisseloff conducted the interview in New York, NY on April 12, 1997.