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Lowell Thomas

Journalist, Commentator, Adventurer, and Radio Pioneer -- Lowell Thomas was once America's most trusted voice on the radio.

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Lowell Thomas

14 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 3 hours, 17 min)
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"The man who can speak acceptably is usually given credit
for an ability out of all proportion to what he really possesses."

- Lowell Thomas

Lowell Thomas"Good Evening Everybody", was the standard opening for Lowell Thomas' evening news broadcasts.

Lowell Thomas of course deserves credit for his many accomplishments. Many of them could be dismissed as simply being in the right place at the right time, but that will not account for a lifetime of being America's most trusted voice on the radio.

Thomas did have a gift for self promotion. Soon after leaving school he convince the railroads to give him free passage in exchange for articles he would write extolling the adventures of rail travel. When he made it to Alaska, he hit upon the idea of combining his travels with the emerging media of film making, to create the first travelogues.

Soon after America's entry into the First World War, he was among a party commissioned by President Wilson to make a record of the war. Although the mission was supposed to be academic, it was purely propaganda to bolster America's support for the unpopular war. Thomas was determined to not only report on the war, but to film it as well.

He and his camera man began on the Western Front, but found the imagery of trench warfare far too depressing for their needs. Hoping to find more inspirational material, Thomas began covering General Allenby's campaign against the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East. While there he met a dashing British Army Captain, T.E. Lawrence. Soon achieving fame as "Lawrence of Arabia" the pair rose in fame together and because of each other. Lawrence won fame and influence thanks to Thomas' promotional talents, and his coverage of Lawrence was Thomas' key to fame as well. Although Lawrence would later eschew the trappings of fame, Thomas would continue to defend Lawrence even though relations between the two had cooled.

In 1930 Thomas began a nightly news and commentary program on CBS, moving to NBC two years later, and eventually returning to CBS as part of the Paley Talent raids. Interestingly, Thomas was never an employee of either network. In the early years he was in the employ of the program's sponsor, Lowell ThomasSunoco, and because his return to CBS was based on a favorable capital gains tax situation, he formed a production company that sold his programs to the network. Although he dabble briefly in very early television news, radio was his medium of choice, and he had a four decade long career.

Thomas became one of America's foremost globetrotters, and often took his news show on the road. Once on the Spanish Steps in Rome, a fellow American greeted him "Lowell Thomas, don't you ever go home?" The nature of live radio makes on air gaffes inevitable, and some of Thomas' were legendary, including the one featured in our collection when he is brought to laughter by his report on the people who make chocolate "both with and without nuts."

Throughout his life, both on and off the air, Thomas sought adventure, and had a marvelous ability to share it with his many listeners.

Lowell Thomas is honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one at 6433 Hollywood Blvd for Motion Pictures, and at 1752 Vine St for his work in radio.

Thomas closed his nightly broadcasts: "So long, until tomorrow."


Lowell Thomas

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  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    14 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.00. Total playtime 3 hours, 17 min
    14 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 17 min
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    1. 14 shows - total playtime 3 hours 17 minutes
    2. Americas Famous Fathers 12 Lowell Thomas.mp3
    3. Bloopers Lowell Thomas.mp3
    4. Fox Movietone News 350000 Lowell Thomas.mp3
    5. Fred Allen Show 461006 W Lowell Thomas.mp3
    6. GAR 19700000 87 J.Benny L.Thomas A.Elstner.mp3
    7. News 360110 Lowell Thomas Big Stories Of 1935.mp3
    8. News 411208 Lowell Thomas.mp3
    9. News 440606 Nbc Lowell Thomas News Of Day.mp3
    10. News 450810 Nbc Weaf Lowell Thomas.mp3
    11. News 461219 Uncle Sam Has Not Yet Achieved Peace.mp3
    12. News 470703 Lowell Thomas.mp3
    13. News 490302 Around the World Flight.mp3
    14. News 730430 Watergate Wageprice.mp3
    15. News 730507 Nixon Denys All Wrongdoing.MP3
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    14 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.00. Total playtime 3 hours, 17 min
    14 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 17 min
    Add MP3 CD Collection to Cart

    1. 14 shows - total playtime 3 hours 17 minutes
    2. Americas Famous Fathers 12 Lowell Thomas.mp3
    3. Bloopers Lowell Thomas.mp3
    4. Fox Movietone News 350000 Lowell Thomas.mp3
    5. Fred Allen Show 461006 W Lowell Thomas.mp3
    6. GAR 19700000 87 J.Benny L.Thomas A.Elstner.mp3
    7. News 360110 Lowell Thomas Big Stories Of 1935.mp3
    8. News 411208 Lowell Thomas.mp3
    9. News 440606 Nbc Lowell Thomas News Of Day.mp3
    10. News 450810 Nbc Weaf Lowell Thomas.mp3
    11. News 461219 Uncle Sam Has Not Yet Achieved Peace.mp3
    12. News 470703 Lowell Thomas.mp3
    13. News 490302 Around the World Flight.mp3
    14. News 730430 Watergate Wageprice.mp3
    15. News 730507 Nixon Denys All Wrongdoing.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



    14 recordings on 4 Audio CDs. Total playtime 3 hours, 17 min
    14 recordings on 4 Audio CDs
    total playtime 3 hours, 17 min

    Lowell Thomas Disc A001

    1. Americas Famous Fathers 12 Lowell Thomas
    2. Bloopers Lowell Thomas
    3. GAR 19700000 87 J.Benny L.Thomas A.Elstner

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    Lowell Thomas Disc A002

    1. Fox Movietone News 350000 Lowell Thomas
    2. News 360110 Lowell Thomas Big Stories Of 1935
    3. News 411208 Lowell Thomas
    4. News 440606 Nbc Lowell Thomas News Of Day
    5. News 450810 Nbc Weaf Lowell Thomas

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Lowell Thomas Disc A003

    1. Fred Allen Show 461006 W Lowell Thomas
    2. News 461219 Uncle Sam Has Not Yet Achieved Peace
    3. News 470703 Lowell Thomas
    4. News 490302 Around the World Flight
    5. News 730430 Watergate Wageprice

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Lowell Thomas Disc A004

    1. News 730507 Nixon Denys All Wrongdoing

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