Skip to comments.CBS News' Christopher Glenn Dies
Posted on 10/17/2006 3:15:14 PM PDT by lunarbicep
Veteran CBS News correspondent Christopher Glenn, who retired earlier this year, has died, CBS News reports. He was 68.
Glenn, who suffered from liver cancer, died suddenly in a hospital in Norwalk, Conn.
After a 35 years as an integral part of CBS News, Glenn shut off his microphone in February.
Most recently the anchor of CBS Radio's flagship newscast, The World News Round-Up, the longest-running news program in broadcasting, Glenn, 67, had "done just about everything there is to do, from producing to writing to reporting in the field and anchoring and writing inside."
He began anchoring WNR in April 1999, after 11 years as the anchor of The World Tonight, the original CBS News evening broadcast and now called World News Round-Up Late Edition.
Glenn and WNR producer Paul Farry won a Radio Television News Directors Association award last year for "best newscast."
What was his favorite role at CBS News?
"I would be hard-pressed to say. I've had a great deal of enjoyment from the jobs that took me into the field as a reporter, but I've also very much enjoyed being an anchor the last 10-15 years of my career," he told CBSNews.com upon his retirement.
In addition to two editions of the Round-Up, Glenn also wrote and anchored several hourly newscasts each day.
Glenn produced, wrote and narrated the daily CBS Radio Network broadcast What's in the News since its inception in 1995. He also anchored and reported coverage of dozens of space shuttle missions, national political conventions and many other major news stories.
One of those space shuttle missions was the highlight of his career, he said.
"Definitely being there when Challenger blew up in front of my face in 1986. I had to get back on the air real fast to describe that, and had a very difficult time doing that," he recalled. "It was a very, very emotional moment probably the most emotional of my career. It was tough to keep it under control while I was doing the broadcast."
On a happier note, another highlight was the 1984 Democratic national convention, when Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman vice presidential candidate. "People standing up, locking arms and rocking back and forth, and singing and cheering and clapping...."
He also handled numerous assignments for CBS Television. He was the reporter/narrator for the Emmy Award-winning In The News series of current-event broadcasts for young viewers throughout its 15years (1971-1986). He also anchored several editions of What's It All About? an award-winning television series for young people in the early 1970s. From 1978-1982, Glenn was a reporter and co-anchor on another award-winning TV series for young people, 30 Minutes.
He was co-anchor and interviewer for CBS News Nightwatch, an overnight four-hour news and information broadcast on CBS-TV from its debut in 1982 until 1984.
Which did he like better, radio or television?
"My personal preference would be radio, I think," he said. "That's where I started, and I've always thought that the medium was especially good for communicating with audiences because you don't just have to sit there and stare at the pictures. You have to tell them the story and make them understand, and I think that that's much more of a challenge for a journalist, and it makes it more interesting in the long run."
Prior to joining CBS News, Glenn was managing editor of the Metromedia Radio News Network in Washington, DC (1970-1971) and a reporter/editor/documentary producer for WNEW Radio in New York from 1964 to 1970. He also worked for the news departments of WICC Radio in Bridgeport, Conn., Radio Press International in New York and Armed Forces Broadcasting in Korea and New York City.
"I've been doing it, in the business, at least, for about 50 years, 35 here. Done it all, seen a lot, had a very good time, very few disappointments, very few bad days if you want to put it that way, and I'm sorry to go, but it's time now," he told CBSNews.com.
A native New Yorker, Glenn received a BA degree from the University of Colorado in 1959.
His advice for young broadcast journalists just starting their careers was:
"Get a job, want to do it real bad, do it real good, and stick with it. Practice, practice, practice same old story," Glenn said.
What a voice. CBS radio will never be the same. Prayers for the family.
I loved his voice. God bless him.
In The News was the Saturday morning news nugget for kids. I think Cristopher Glenn's voice is what made me a news junky.
Yes, that voice. Godspeed, sir and our prayers for your family.
The guy who did news in between the saturday cartoons on CBS.
I was more of a "Schoolhouse Rock" kid myself.
Christopher Glenn had great pipes.
>>On a happier note, another highlight was the 1984 Democratic national convention, when Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman vice presidential candidate. "People standing up, locking arms and rocking back and forth, and singing and cheering and clapping...."<<
I would call that a lowlight, but that's just me.
Sounds more like the Wellstone funeral.
First heard his voice during Saturday morning cartoons-- made a huge impression on me and made the segments very watchable.
Good work, sir. Take your rest.
Then you should like these....
Pretty pathetic when songs for a kids show back then is a 1000 times better than the shiet you hear today from the pros who get multiple awards seemingly every week.
Also remember this, the Jackson Five?
The greatest album ever made is the Jackson Fives greatest hits... I begged my mother for months to buy it for me in the early `70`s, I was ten years old at the time and when she finally did it blew my mind. I played the grooves down on that record into oblivion.
Last weekend I took my kids to the "Schoolhouse Rock" musical. And since then I can't get that darned "Interplanet Janet" song out of my head.
And yes due to popular demand from the kids, I already found and downloaded all the Schoolhouse Rock songs I could find from YouTube.
It just goes to show what music is all about; The music. It doesn`t matter what the image is, how many times Madonna "shocks" or what video they make, or how many grammy awards they throw at it, if it isn`t good it won`t last. A good song always lives, a song that is "real" (to quote Stevie Ray Vaughn). There is one song in that school rock that always blew my mind "Figure eight" which I can`t find...The last time I saw it must have been 30 years ago, and it showed a girl skating a figure 8 on ice, and I couldn`t believe how incredible the melody was in that thing. It started out in this Mozart type classical thing then went into this pop groove, just incredible stuff.
I "knew" his voice.
Rest in peace.
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