'Odyssey in prime time'

Bob Shayon talks about his 60 years in radio and television

Robert Lewis (Bob) Shayon spent 14 years writing, directing, and producing programs for WOR-Mutual in New Your and for the CBS Radio Network (where he worked closely in the 1940s with Edward R. Murrow). He pioneered television shows promoting grass-roots democracy, such as The Whole Town's Talking (similar to today's town meetings on television). He was the first television critic for The Christian Science Monitor, and spent more than 20 years as media critic for Saturday Review magazine. His book Television and our Children in the early 1950s was the first analysis of the subject. For 25 years he taught graduate students at the Annenberg school for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

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Recently, he talked with us about his multilayered careers in the media, and about some of his toughest challenges—challenges he got through by finding God's everavailable guidance. "God the divine Mind, was my mentor and inspirer," says Mr. Shayon, "guiding and directing me through every twist and turn.

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