VIDEO. Walter Cronkite, an ARRL member, narrated the 6 minute video Amateur Radio Today. Produced by the ARRL in 2003, the video tells Amateur Radio’s public service story to non-hams, focusing on ham radio’s part in helping various agencies respond to wildfires in the Western US during 2002, ham radio in space and the role Amateur Radio plays in emergency communications. “Dozens of radio amateurs helped the police and fire departments and other emergency services maintain communications in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC,” narrator Cronkite intoned in reference to ham radio’s response on September 11, 2001. “Their country asked, and they responded without reservation.”
Legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD, who held the title of “Most Trusted Man in America,” passed away Friday, July 17 after a long illness. He was 92. The avuncular Cronkite anchored CBS Evening News for 19 years until 1981 when he retired. During that time, he reported on such subjects as the Kennedy assassinations, the Civil Rights movement, the Apollo XI lunar landing, Vietnam and the Vietnam-era protests, the Arab-Israeli Six Day War, Watergate and the Begin-Sadat peace accords.