"Edward R. Murrow was in London broadcasting back to New York, and Paul White was talking privately to Ed between broadcasts. Paul didn't like something that day they'd done and he was remonstrating Murrow on the private line saying, 'Ed you should have done this or that,' and Ed broke out immediately and forgot himself so much as to use profanity. Murrow said, 'Hell, Paul, I'm no Bob Trout!' I think that was the high point of my career."
About This Interview
In his four-hour Archive interview, Robert Trout (1909-2000) talks about his career as a reporter, starting in 1932 at WTOP-AM in Washington, D.C. He discusses, introducing Franklin D. Roosevelt's now-famous fireside chats. He recalls leaving CBS for NBC in 1948 and moderating the quiz show Who Said That? He outlines returning to CBS in 1952 to cover the political conventions for radio, and moderating the public affairs show Presidential Timber. Trout speaks of teaming with Roger Mudd to cover the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Trout outlines covering several other news events, including the 1939 Worlds Fair, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War. Dr. Ralph Engelman conducted the interview on June 21, 1999 in New York, NY.