Chet Huntley remembered, Part II

12/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Chet Huntley is one of the all-time most famous anchors in broadcast news history.

The Huntley-Brinkely report on NBC became the top-rated newscast in the late 1950s and ruled the Nielsen ratings until Walter Cronkite and CBS took over in 1967.

In 1970, Chet Huntley retired to his home in Montana. He died in 1974 at 62.

A new biography on Huntley, called, ”Chet Huntley: Newscaster from the West: A New Kind of Book”, written by local author Mark Weisenmiller has just been published by Alka Press International.

Weisenmiller, who also writes for the Economist and Agence France Press, writes in his book that it was the coverage of the civil rights movement in Arkansas that catapulted the Huntley-Brinkeley report to become must see TV in 1957. He spoke about this during an interview with WMNF.

The book is available online at

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