Thomas Honsa is an adjunct professor of history at the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Eckerd College, specializing in broadcast history. He has recently finished a research project on American radio’s enthusiasm for the UN in the late 1940s.
Norman Corwin, who wrote scripts for UN Radio starting in the late 1940s. He now lives in Los Angeles.
March 26, 1950, marked an important day in Americans’ relations with the United Nations. No treaty or agreement was signed, no leader named, no commission formed, just a radio broadcast. That night NBC carried Norman Corwin’s “Document A/777,” a dramatization of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Although forgotten today, “Document A/777” was a landmark broadcast, a high point in the career of a great American radio personality, and it exemplifies the vigorous UN presence on contemporary American airwaves and the enthusiastic hope and confidence citizens placed in the UN following World War II.