'On a Note of Triumph'

Norman Corwin's Radio Classic, 60 Years Later

Radio writer and director Norman Corwin

hide captionRadio writer, director and producer Norman Corwin

On May 8, 1945, 60 million Americans tuned in to hear On A Note of Triumph, Norman Corwin's radio masterpiece marking the end of World War II in Europe. Lauded by Carl Sandburg as "one of the all-time great American poems," it was the most listened-to radio drama in U.S. history.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the historic broadcast, NPR offers the original presentation as it was first heard and a 1995 documentary produced by Mary Beth Kirchner along with Corwin — now 95 — to commemorate the radio classic.

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