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Gabriel Heatter

Classic commentary from the optimistic newsman Gabriel Heatter, the broadcaster with the "good news tonight."

6 old time radio show recordings
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2 Audio CDs


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"Latest Nazi Claims"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Gabriel HeatterAll news was good news for Gabriel Heatter, an American radio news commentator famous for his uplifting and positive broadcasts during World War II.  Heatter's sign-on catchphrase, "There's good news tonight" earned him a reputation for optimism that was rare in his field and appreciated by audiences.

Heatter was born in 1890, the son of immigrant parents in New York City.  His rise to radio fame was unconventional: he struggled in school, but a love of reading and an uncommon speaking ability brought him an opportunity as a sidewalk campaigner for William Randolph Hearst.  This experience sparked an interest in journalism, and he became a reporter out of high school, first in the society column of tiny weekly, The East New York Record, then moving on to The Brooklyn Times and then Hearst's New York Evening Journal.

Intriguing articles led to radio appearances, and his performance and style impressed listeners and radio professionals alike.  His big break came in 1935 when he covered "the trial of the century" of Bruno Hauptmann, the man accused of kidnapping the Lindbergh Baby.  His ability to give concise, accurate reports without sensationalism solidified his standing as one of the country's Heattermost influential radio commentators.

Heatter's World War II broadcasts showcase this dignified optimism for which he was famous.  Finding a bright side to every story, debunking propaganda and rumor, and including human interest narratives to his broadcasts, Heatter became a bright light in a dark time for America, and influenced many generations of up and coming journalists.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    6 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 11 min
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      6 shows - total playtime 1 hours 11 minutes
      1. Gabriel Heatter 421207 Report Year After Pearl Harbor-3Min.mp3
      2. Gabriel Heatter 430418 Latest Nazi Claims.mp3
      3. Gabriel Heatter 430701 Frank Singiser substituting.mp3
      4. Gabriel Heatter 450508 The Nazis Have Just Surrendered.mp3
      5. Gabriel Heatter 450813 Discusses the Feelings in Japan.mp3
      6. Voice of New York with Gabriel Heatter for the New York.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    6 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 11 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      6 shows - total playtime 1 hours 11 minutes
      1. Gabriel Heatter 421207 Report Year After Pearl Harbor-3Min.mp3
      2. Gabriel Heatter 430418 Latest Nazi Claims.mp3
      3. Gabriel Heatter 430701 Frank Singiser substituting.mp3
      4. Gabriel Heatter 450508 The Nazis Have Just Surrendered.mp3
      5. Gabriel Heatter 450813 Discusses the Feelings in Japan.mp3
      6. Voice of New York with Gabriel Heatter for the New York.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    6 recordings on 2 Audio CDs
    total playtime 1 hours, 11 min

    Disc A001

    1. Voice of New York with Gabriel Heatter for the New York
    2. Gabriel Heatter 421207 Report Year After Pearl Harbor-3Min
    3. Gabriel Heatter 430418 Latest Nazi Claims
    4. Gabriel Heatter 430701 Frank Singiser substituting
    5. Gabriel Heatter 450508 The Nazis Have Just Surrendered

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A002

    1. Gabriel Heatter 450813 Discusses the Feelings in Japan

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