CBS University of the Air

Murrow’s first involvement with CBS grew out of his NSFA presidency. In 1929, CBS started working with the NSFA to create the CBS University of the Air. The NSFA organized speakers and lessons to appear during the low-rated afternoon hours. In 1930, in his capacity as NSFA president, he also started working with CBS on the show.

Murrow made his first radio appearance in September 1930 and, eventually, took over as the program host. He arranged for both international and American speakers like Mahatma Ghandi from London and former President Paul von Hindenburg from Berlin as well as Albert Einstein, Corliss Lamont and many more.

Though Murrow eventually left the NSFA, he maintained his contact with CBS eventually going to work as the Director of Talks and Education.