Walter Winchell was an American newspaper and television and radio gossip commentator.
Using connections in the entertainment, social, and governmental realms, he would expose exciting or embarrassing information about celebrities in those industries. This caused him to become very feared, as a journalist, because he would routinely impact the lives of famous or powerful people, exposing alleged information and rumors about them, using this as ammunition to attack his enemies, and to blackmail influential people. Winchell used this power, trading positive mention in his column (and later, his radio show) for more rumors and secrets. He made his radio debut over WABC in New York, a CBS affiliate, on 12 May 1930.
Winchellís newspaper column was syndicated in over 2,000 newspapers worldwide, and he was read by 50 million people a day from the1920s until the early 1960s. Each Sunday night Winchellís radio broadcast was heard by another 20 million people from 1930 to the late 1950s.
During the 1950ís, NBC had given him the opportunity to host a variety show, which lasted only thirteen weeks. His readership gradually dropped, and when his home paper, the New York Daily Mirror, where he'd worked for thirty-four years, closed in 1963, he faded from the public eye.
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WALTER WINCHELL NEWS BROADCAST (1954)
Winchell broadcasting the news of the day (1954) in his well-known style and sound effects
WALTER WINCHELL VARIETY SHOW (12/31/1956)
Trying to duplicate the success that CBS had with Ed Sullivan, NBC hires fellow newman Walter WInchell to star in this short-lived variety show. This series lasted only 13 weeks. This is the New Year's Eve show featuring Frankie Laine, Russ Tamblyn and Jack Carter
Both episodes recorded at the 1hr per disc for the best possible quality
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These episodes was transferred from the original film print many years ago (film to VHS to DVD as each media became available). This does not mean the episodes are pristine, just that they are complete and as originally broadcast in 1959. The quality varies episode to episode due to the age and condition of the original films. Many of these old films of short run shows were not properly stored since they had no future commercial value..
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