One of the greatest writers of radio’s golden age, Norman Corwin, has died at age 101. During his long career at CBS Radio Corwin wrote and directed many dramas and earned the title “radio’s poet laureate.”
Corwin went on to write for movies and TV. He also wrote books. But his true love was radio – and in the past couple of decades he returned to writing new radio dramas for NPR.
Having never graduated high school (although he became a university lecturer), Corwin began his work life as a newspaper reporter. He joined CBS 1n 1938 and found his niche, producing radio dramas until 1950.
His TV writing credits ranged from the mini-series “F.D.R.” to “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “Falcon Crest.” A 13-episode series titled “Norman Corwin Presents” aired in 1972 on CBC in Canada.
Corwin (pictured in 1973) won two Peabodys, an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a DuPont-Columbia award. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1993.
A TV documentary produced in 1996 focused on Corwin’s career and his influence on CBS. Click here to view it.