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CBS News Radio’s Peter King Honored with Press Award

Pictured here is CBS News Radio correspondent Peter King posing with the National Space Club and Foundation’s Press Award (right) he accepted earlier this month at the organization’s 66th annual Dr. Robert H Goddard Memorial Dinner in Washington DC for “his outstanding coverage of the space program while working at CBS News radio. Mr. King has been a voice of the American space program for more than 25 years covering the space shuttle program from 1995 to its conclusion in 2011, multiple robotic in science, missions, the beginning of commercial space flight, and the return of America’s human spaceflight program.” King is the fourth CBS journalist to receive the award, following Edward R Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and Bill Harwood. King is also posing with the prestigious Robert H Goddard Memorial trophy, which was awarded to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the Northrop Grumman industry team.


Telstar and Me: July 23, 1962

By Mark Wainwright
Talk Host/Voice Artist


Radio and television broadcasting were changed forever on a summer afternoon in 1962. Everybody realized it then; hardly anyone cares or remembers today

(This article was originally published in TALKERS and cross-posted to LinkedIn on July 23, 2020. A revised version also ran in TALKERS and was cross-posted to social media in July of 2021. It has been edited and amended prior to posting and publication on the 60th anniversary this week.)


SYRACUSE — Instant, worldwide audio/video communication has become a routine aspect of our lives that we now take for granted. We can hold the technology in our hands and access it anytime. Yet it wasn’t so long ago that this was the stuff of science fiction.

By the early 1960s, live worldwide radio had been around for decades. With a combination of shortwave transmission and some intricate international phone links, you could get a radio broadcast from just about anywhere to just about anyplace. There were limitations, and the audio quality wasn’t great, but it could usually be done. The bandwidth demands of “broadcast-quality” television, however, were a much higher hurdle.