The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame has announced this year’s inductees. Legendary CBS journalist Fred Friendly is on the list.
Friendly, who passed away in 1998, got his start in broadcast journalism in Rhode Island. After graduating from Hope High School in Providence, he went on to work at radio station WEAN.
Friendly moved onto television at CBS, where he created the news documentary program with Edward R. Murrow, See It Now. Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame spokeswoman Debbie Rich said the show was groundbreaking.
"As a producer of See It Now on CBS TV, he and anchor Edward R. Murrow did much to expose the emptiness behind the witch hunting of Senator Joseph McCarthy back in the early 50’s," said Rich.
Friendly eventually became president of CBS news. But He resigned in protest when the network chose to air an ‘I Love Lucy’ rerun instead of Senate hearings on the Vietnam War. An event to honor Friendly and the other inductees will be held later this year.
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