"The Golden Age of Radio"
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Program 70 - January, 1976 - William N. Robson

William N. Robson with his sons
William N. Robson was one of the premier directors in radio; first among the shows he's most identified with is "Suspense." "Suspense" advertised itself as "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and was heard in one form or another from 1942 through 1962. There were approximately 945 episodes broadcast during its long run.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 8, 1906, Robson received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University. He had a distinguished career in radio as a writer, producer, and director of dramas. Robson was on the production staff at CBS from the 1930s to the 1950s, and directed programs such as Suspense, Big Town, The Columbia Workshop, Man Behind the Gun, Escape, A Man Called X, The Prudential Family Hour, and The Radio Reader's Digest. From 1954 to 1961, he wrote for television. Robson lectured at New York University in 1938 and at UCLA from 1957 to 1959. In the early 1960s, Robson was a consultant for the United States Information Agency. He spent the latter part of his career at Voice of America. Robson died on October 4, 1995, in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Program 70 - January, 1976 - William N. Robson

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