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Author Topic: Walter Cronkite KB2GSD SK  (Read 904 times)
K9FON
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« on: July 17, 2009, 05:28:22 PM »

:-(
Very sad to hear this tonight.
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KF6HHH
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2009, 05:31:29 PM »

Just heard this myself and was going to notify fellow Hams.  Thanks for making sure we knew.

73 Walter.
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KD8ERE
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2009, 06:05:05 PM »

Rest in peace Walter. You've lived an amazing life. 73!
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WB5JEO
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2009, 07:27:16 PM »

The voice and face of every major event of my youth. The single most respected and trusted man in America, to the degree that LBJ measured the majority mood about the war by Cronkite's reaction. The contrast with today's anchors is distinct. Today, when a national anchor does a personal sidebar, they present it as an event, almost as if they were taking a risk. When Walter spoke from the heart, you knew it was the genuine man expressing his profound shock, admiration, disgust, or amazement, without calculation, as if he were sitting at your table talking about it. With all he was a part of, if your life passes before you as you die, Walter must have started the playback a week ago to get it all in.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2009, 03:20:22 PM »

I distincly recall the programs hosted by Walter Concrite back in the days of the mid Fifties of black-and-white TV on our 'Sylvania Halolight'--- "Your Are There" and "Air Power".  His distinctive voice with proper diction and authority was a 'far cry' from the 'machined delivery' of the current 'talking heads' and their 'tailored content selected by the media 'heads' in control. We'll never see the likes of him again.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2009, 05:30:05 PM »

Walter was definitely one of a kind.

There are several countries around the world where news anchor personalities are called "Cronkites" (no fooling), just to demonstrate the influence he had on the planet.

I even ran into that in Bangkok, when meeting with a popular news anchor on local TV...he was proud to be called a "Cronkite."

Amazing influence.

WB2WIK/6
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009, 07:53:22 AM »

The thing I liked about Walter was that he just told you the story as it happend (even the Viet Nam War)and let the viewer decide for themeslves.

UNLIKE the ultra left wing reporters of todays who think they were placed on this earth to create news, not just merely report it.

Walter earned his reputation as the most trusted man.
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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009, 07:07:21 AM »

Does anyone actually know how active a radio amateur Walter Cronkite was?  I realized he did at least one promotional video for ham radio, but just how much time did he spend on the bands?  Growing up watching Walter inspired me to pursue a career in the journalism field.  That didn't happen the way I had hoped, but he was still an inspiration and told it like it was (that's the way it is!).  Going to miss his dulcet tones!  

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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2009, 08:38:49 AM »

Walter Cronkite was a gifted and skilled reporter. He craftily used his position to manipulate public opinion without being labeled as bias. As time went on, his liberal agenda became more apparent. I do not mourn the passing of any socialist.

Since hardly anyone knew he was a ham radio operator, that speaks to his lack of activity and promotion of the hobby.
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K5MBV
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2009, 08:55:54 PM »

Shame on you KI4SDY.

Freedom of speech is good, but that doesn't mean
it's truth being spoken. The loudest ones using
that freedom are the first ones to burn books.

I will miss Walter.

Ken  K5MBV
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KU4UV
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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2009, 02:08:44 PM »

I still remember him on the CBS Evening News as a kid before Dan Rather took over.  The man certainly was witness to a lot of history, that's for sure.  He used to come to the Kentucky Derby from time to time.  One of the anchors that worked at the television station where I used to work interviewed him briefly when he was at the derby.  I am sad that is gone, he is irreplaceable.

73,
Mike KU4UV
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KF6PHV
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2009, 03:30:57 PM »

Most likely he is the last of the "old school" Journalists.
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