“Good Night, Chet”

A Biography of Chet Huntley


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About the Book

“If a judgment were ever rendered on all the multi-million words I have spoken into microphones, I hope something like this could be said: ‘He [Huntley] had a great respect, almost an awe, of the medium in which he worked. He regarded it as a privilege, not a license…. Perhaps the best I might hope is that by some accident of voice tone or arrangement of words I did, on a few occasions, excite, exhort, annoy or provoke a few of my fellow human beings to think with their heads, not the viscera’”—Chet Huntley.
This biography of NBC newsman Chet Huntley, who, along with David Brinkley, anchored NBC’s “Huntley-Brinkley Report,” covers his youth on a farm in Montana, his education and his graduation from the University of Washington, his development as a radio personality and news reporter for stations in Seattle, Spokane, Portland, and his work for CBS, ABC and NBC radio and television in Los Angeles from 1939 to 1955. It also details his move to New York and his work on the “Huntley-Brinkley Report” from 1956 to 1970, his retirement from the news business, his supervision of the development of the Big Sky Ski resort in Montana, and his death from cancer in 1974 at the age of 62.

About the Author(s)

Lyle Johnston is a retired United Methodist minister living in Jackson, Missouri.

Bibliographic Details

Lyle Johnston
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1502-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Preface      1

Chet Huntley: The Man      3
The Early Years: 1911–1933      7
The Radio (and Early Television) Years: 1934–1955      27
“The Huntley-Brinkley Report”: 1956–1970      45
Political Conventions      65
The 1960s: The Space Program, Vietnam, Assassinations, and Media Problems     77
Tippy      117
Other Events      121
Big Sky      129
Other Interests and Honors      153
Death      159
Epilogue      165

Appendix A. Documentaries and Awards      171
Appendix B. Selected Speeches and Radio Commentaries      179
“A Word for the War”      180
“Resolved That—”      184
“Peace”      186
“Harmony”      188
“The Silent Majority”      189
“Tourism”      191
“The Best of the Democratic Tradition”      194
“Regarding American Youth”      199

Notes      201
Bibliography      223
Index      237