NBC goes to war : the diary of radio correspondent James Cassidy from London to the Bulge /

The diary of radio correspondent James Cassidy presents a unique view of World War II as this reporter followed the Allied armies into Nazi Germany.James Joseph Cassidy was one of three-hundred-and sixty-two American journalists accredited to cover the European Theater of Operations between June 7,...

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Author / Creator: Cassidy, James, 1916-2004.
Other Authors / Creators:Sweeney, Michael S., editor.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Edition:First edition.
Imprint: New York : Fordham University Press, 2022.
Series:World War II: the Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension Ser.
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Summary:The diary of radio correspondent James Cassidy presents a unique view of World War II as this reporter followed the Allied armies into Nazi Germany.James Joseph Cassidy was one of three-hundred-and sixty-two American journalists accredited to cover the European Theater of Operations between June 7, 1944 and the war's end. Radio was relatively new, and World War II was its first war. Among the difficulties facing historians examining radio reporters during that period is that many potential primary documents--their live broadcasts--were not recorded. In NBC Goes to War, Cassidy's censored scripts alongside his personal diary captures a front-line view during some of the nastiest fighting in World War II as told by a seasoned NBC reporter.Ambitious and young, James Cassidy's coverage of World War II for the NBC radio network notched some notable firsts, including being the first to broadcast live from German soil and arranging the broadcast of a live Jewish religious service from inside Nazi Germany while incoming mortar and artillery shells fell two hundred yards away. His diary describes how he gathered news, how it was censored, and how it was sent from the battle zone to the United States. As radio had no pictures, reporters quickly developed a descriptive visual style to augment dry facts. All of Cassidy's stories, from the panic he felt while being targeted by German planes to his shock at the deaths of colleagues, he told with grace and a reporter's lean and engaging prose. Providing valuable eyewitness material not previously available to historians, NBC Goes to War tells a "bottom-up" narrative that provides insight into war as fought and chronicled by ordinary men and women. Cassidy skillfully placed listeners alongside him in the ruins of Aachen, on icy back roads crawling with spies, and in a Belgian bar where a little girl wailed "Les Américains partent!" when Allied troops retreated to safety, leaving the town open to German re- occupation. With a journalistic eye for detail, NBC Goes to War unforgettably portrays life in the press corps. This newly uncovered perspective also helps balance the CBS-heavy radio scholarship about the war, which has always focused heavily on Edward R. Murrow and his "Murrow's Boys."
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Item Description:Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 09, 2022).
Physical Description:1 online resource (xi, 213 pages) : map, illustrations
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780823299348
0823299341
Author Notes:Sweeney Michael :

Michael S. Sweeney (1958-2022) was Emeritus Professor in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. His research focused on the history of combat correspondence, and on censorship in particular. His most recent book, which he co-wrote with Natascha Toft Roelsgaard, is Journalism and the Russo-Japanese War: The End of the Golden Age of Combat Correspondence . James Cassidy (Author)
James Cassidy was a war correspondent for NBC News during WWII. He reported from London, Belgium, France, and the front line during the Battle of the Bulge. Among his accomplishments, he secretly transported a rabbi and more than 50 soldiers into the German combat zone and broadcast the first Jewish service on German soil. After the war, Cassidy followed a career in corporate public relations in New York City and Washington D.C. In 1981, he and his wife Rita retired to Connecticut. He died in 2003.

Michael Sweeney (Edited By)
Michael S. Sweeney (1958-2022) was Emeritus Professor in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. His research focused on the history of combat correspondence, and on censorship in particular. His most recent book, which he co-wrote with Natascha Toft Roelsgaard, is Journalism and the Russo-Japanese War: The End of the Golden Age of Combat Correspondence .