Mon January 12, 2009
TV legend Roger Mudd, the veteran journalist and reporter.
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On this installment of StudioTulsa, which first aired back in September, we chat with Roger Mudd. Mudd joined CBS in 1961, and as the network's congressional correspondent, he famously covered the historic Senate debate over the 1964 Civil Rights Act. From there, his career took off --- Mudd was one of a handful of major CBS News broadcasters at a time when that network's standing as a news source was at its zenith. Mudd's work in TV has thus been the stuff of legend, and his recently published memoir --- "The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News" --- makes for very interesting reading. Moreover, his book, as one review in The Wall Street Journal has noted, is also "a cautionary tale . . . [about] Mudd's own honorable career and by implication about the way network TV news has devolved into today's mix of frantic cable blather." So, we hear from Mudd about the early days, also known as they glory days, of TV news. Mudd explains both his work as a reporter and the lamentable state of television journalism in our own time. Also, commentator Connie Cronley profiles two fascinating new books concerning how nightfall have been regarded throughout human history.