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Trout, Robert

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    • us: Blondheim, Robert Albert
    • us: Trout, Bob
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    • found: Murrow, E. R. Edward R. Murrow--reporting live [SR] 1986 (Robert Trout; longtime friend and fellow newsman of E.R. Murrow)
    • found: The Washington post, 11-15-00: p. B7 (CBS Radio newsman Robert Trout, 91, d. 11-14-00 at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York; b. Robert Albert Blondheim in Wake County, N.C.)
    • found: All star paralysis prg. [SR] 1938: audition (Bob Trout, host)
    • found: The New York Times, via WWW, January 13, 2014 (November 15, 2000 edition; Robert Trout, Known as the 'Iron Man' of Broadcast Journalism, Dies at 91; born Robert Albert Blondheim on October 15, 1909; he took Trout, the last name of a friend, as his professional name in 1932; Mr. Trout, whose career spanned nearly 70 years, was often referred to as one of "'Murrow's Boys,'' a select group of reporters hired by Edward R. Murrow in the mid-1930s; he was hired in 1931 by a small station in Alexandria, Va. that was acquired by CBS the next year; in the 1960s Mr. Trout narrated several documentaries, both for CBS and for WCBS-TV, the CBS outlet in New York; from 1947 to 1952 he appeared on NBC, and in the early 1980s he did some work for ABC; he died November 15, 2000 in Manhattan)
    • found: North Carolina History Porject; via WWW, January 13, 2014 (Robert Trout (1909-2000); an American broadcast journalist who is often considered to have been the first news anchor; in a career spanning nearly seventy years, he is especially noted for his coverage of the D-Day invasion and his announcement of the end of World War II; Robert Albert Blondheim was born in Wake County, but by the time he was three, his family had moved to Washington, D. C.; he was hired by Washington radio station WJSV (now WTOP) as a handy man; one day, when one of the regular newscasters failed to show, Blondheim was pressed into service and he began using the last name of a family friend, Trout; when CBS purchased WJSV the next year, he became part of the network family; he covered the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and is credited with inventing the term “fireside chat” for FDR's radio addresses; he was the only American to broadcast the coronation of King George VI of England in 1937; earlier, he covered the marriage of King Edward VIII to Wallis Warfield Simpson; from 1947 to 1952 he worked at NBC, where he hosted the news-related game show Who Said That?; he then returned to CBS; by the 1960s Trout was anchoring local news in New York and five-minute daytime newscasts on the CBS television network; in 1964 CBS teamed him with a relative newcomer, Roger Mudd, to anchor the Democratic Convention; in the 1970s and 1980s Trout made infrequent reports from Europe for ABC; his last major assignment was as a contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered)
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