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BOB ELSON INTERVIEWS

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Robert A. Elson (March 22, 1904 – March 10, 1981) was a pioneering American sportscaster.
Born in Chicago, Elson got into broadcasting by accident. While vacationing in St. Louis in 1928, he took a tour of radio station KWK. A receptionist saw him among 40 men in line for an audition, and thought he was going to audition as well. He became a finalist, and was hired after a vote by listeners. A few days later, officials at Chicago's WGN heard about Elson's victory and wondered what a Chicago native was doing broadcasting for a St. Louis station. They quickly hired him. Starting in 1929, he began calling all the home games of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Such double duty would be impossible today, but in those days the Cubs and White Sox almost never played at home on the same day and most teams "recreated" "away" games in the studio using telegraphed messages from the ballpark rather than sending out their broadcasting crew with the team for road play-by-play, to save money. In 1930, he called his first World Series for the Mutual Broadcasting System, the first of 12 in a row. He also called Chicago Bears football games in the 1930s and early '40s.
An article in Radio and Television Mirror's December 1940 issue called Elson the top football announcer for Mutual.
In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years in World War II—a stint which earned him the nickname "The Ol' Commander." But none other than President and Commander-in-Chief Franklin D. Roosevelt himself had him called home to announce the 1943 World Series.
Also, when Major League Baseball began making annual films of the World Series in 1943, Elson was chosen to narrate them, and narrated the official World Series film from 1943 through 1948.
From 1946 to 1970, Elson broadcast for the White Sox exclusively. He missed out on calling the 1959 World Series—the Chisox' first since 1919 and Elson's first since 1943—on the national NBC broadcast because NBC Sports president Tom Gallery (who'd grown up with him in Chicago) just didn't like him. He was, however, allowed to call the Series on the White Sox' flagship radio station, WCFL. He called games for the Oakland Athletics in 1971 before returning to Chicago, where he teamed with Lloyd Pettit on Chicago Black Hawks NHL broadcasts. (He had previously called Black Hawks games in the late 1930s.)
His style was often described as "relaxed", not easily succumbing to emotion or hyperbole, although he could certainly get excited in describing dramatic plays favorable to the team he was broadcasting for. He was one of the leading play-by-play men in his heyday. He was one of the first broadcasters to do on-field interviews, but in later years he felt uncomfortable with announcers who frequently criticized on-field performances, having grown up in an era where sportscasters were regular drinking buddies of players and managers. His style inspired several other broadcasters who grew up in the Midwest, such as the Cubs' Jack Brickhouse, Earl Gillespie, Bert Wilson, Gene Elston, his Chisox partner Milo Hamilton, the Phillies' Harry Kalas, the Brewers' Bob Uecker, Harry Caray of the Cardinals and later the Cubs, and the Mariners' Dave Niehaus.
Elson received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
Elson's broadcasting achievements went beyond sports. His broadcasts from Chicago's Pump Room brought him recognition "as the interviewer who drew secrets from celebrities in all fields." For five years, he also did Bob Elson on Board the Century, which (in contrast to the title) he broadcast from LaSalle Street Station in Chicago. Elson caught celebrities for spontaneous interviews while they were in the station. Elson was co-host of An Hour With Elson and Anson, a daily variety program that began October 13, 1941, on WGN.
 

EPISODES LIST

Bob Elson Interviews 77-12-04 Dave Feldman Daily News
Bob Elson Interviews 77-12-18 John Pont
Bob Elson Interviews 77-12-25 Joe Goddard
Bob Elson Interviews 77-12-29 Bob Kennedy
Bob Elson Interviews 78-01-01 Bob Verdi
Bob Elson Interviews 78-01-08 Bobby Douglas
Bob Elson Interviews 78-01-15 Ernie Banks
Bob Elson Interviews 78-01-22 Bill Kervin
Bob Elson Interviews 78-01-29 Bobby Orr
Bob Elson Interviews 78-02-12 Dick Dozer Chicago Tribune
Bob Elson Interviews 78-02-19 Ed Kelly and Larry Kane
Bob Elson Interviews 78-02-25 Ron Rappaport
Bob Elson Interviews 78-02-26 Ray Meyer Depaul University
Bob Elson Interviews 78-03-04 Jesse Owens
Bob Elson Interviews 78-03-25 Bob Feller (recorded 071275 and Used in Elsons Absense)
Bob Elson Interviews 78-04-01 Sid Anton
Bob Elson Interviews 78-04-15 Ray Sons
Bob Elson Interviews 78-04-22 Frank Lane
Bob Elson Interviews 78-04-29 Earl Weaver
Bob Elson Interviews 78-05-06 Bob Kennedy
Bob Elson Interviews 78-05-16 Merle Harmon
Bob Elson Interviews 78-05-19 Joe Joyce
Bob Elson Interviews 78-07-22 Ron Rappaport
Bob Elson Interviews 78-07-29 Rick Talley
Bob Elson Interviews 78-08-05 Dick Williams
Bob Elson Interviews 78-08-12 Ernie Harwell
Bob Elson Interviews 78-08-19 Sparky Anderson
Bob Elson Interviews 78-08-26 Ben Bentley Fight Expert
Bob Elson Interviews 78-09-02 Bill Virdon
Bob Elson Interviews 78-09-09 Frank Lane
Bob Elson Interviews 78-09-16 Moose Skowron
Bob Elson Interviews 78-09-23 Don Pierson
Bob Elson Interviews 78-09-30 John Lattner
Bob Elson Interviews 78-10-07 Dr Ted Fox Chicago Bears
Bob Elson Interviews 78-10-21 Ed Stone Tribune Sportwriter
Bob Elson Interviews 78-10-28 David Israel Tribune Sportwriter
Bob Elson Interviews 78-11-04 Sid Luckman Former Bears Quarterback
Bob Elson Interviews 78-11-11 Ziggy Czorobsky
Bob Elson Interviews 78-11-26 Eric Soderholm
Bob Elson Interviews 78-12-02 George Connor
Bob Elson Interviews 78-12-09 Hugh Gallarneau
Bob Elson Interviews 78-12-16 Jerry Holtzman
Bob Elson Interviews 78-12-30 Bobby Douglas
Bob Elson Interviews 79-01-06 Ray Meyer
Bob Elson Interviews 79-01-28 Bucky Dent
Bob Elson Interviews 79-05-06 John Rice
Bob Elson Interviews 79-05-13 Stormy Bidwell
Bob Elson Interviews 79-05-20 Milo Hamilton
Bob Elson Interviews 79-05-28 Bob Feller
Bob Elson Interviews 79-06-03 Sid Anton
Bob Elson Interviews 79-06-10 Tommy Lasorda
Bob Elson Interviews 79-06-16 Bob Luce
Bob Elson Interviews 79-06-23 Jimmy Piersall
Bob Elson Interviews 79-06-30 Ken Holtzman
Bob Elson Interviews 79-07-07 Jim Enright
Bob Elson Interviews 79-09-29 Al Lopez
Bob Elson Interviews 79-10-07 Sid Luckman
Bob Elson Interviews 79-10-20 Don Unfurth
Bob Elson Interviews 79-10-27 Bob Verdi
Bob Elson Interviews 79-11-03 George Langford
Bob Elson Interviews 79-11-10 Carmen Salvino (2)
Bob Elson Interviews 79-12-01 George Halas
Bob Elson Interviews 79-12-15 Rita Easterling
Bob Elson Interviews 79-xx-xx Joe Meegan
Bob Elson Interviews 80-01-12 Bobby Riggs
Bob Elson Interviews 80-01-19 Neil Armstrong
Bob Elson Interviews 80-01-25 Roland Hemond
Bob Elson Interviews 80-02-09 John Lattner
Bob Elson Interviews 80-02-23 Ed Froelich
Bob Elson Interviews 80-03-01 Jerry Holtzman
Bob Elson Interviews 80-03-15 Ray Meyer
Bob Elson Interviews 80-03-22 Frank Parker and Ben Bentley
Bob Elson Interviews 80-03-29 Buster Crabbe
Bob Elson Interviews 80-04-05 Don Pierson
Bob Elson Interviews 80-04-12 Dave Nightengale
Bob Elson Interviews 80-04-19 Bill Buckner
Bob Elson Interviews 80-04-26 Rudie Schaefer
Bob Elson Interviews 80-05-17 Bobby Douglas
Bob Elson Interviews 80-05-24 Neil Armstrong
Bob Elson Interviews 80-06-21 Ed Kelly
Bob Elson Interviews 80-06-28 Ernie Carrol
Bob Elson Interviews 80-07-05 Bill Gleason
Bob Elson Interviews 80-07-17 Bob Luce
Bob Elson Interviews 80-08-02 Carmen Salvino
Bob Elson Interviews 80-08-16 Jerry Holzman
Bob Elson Interviews 80-08-23 John Rice
Bob Elson Interviews 80-09-06 Don Pierson
Bob Elson Interviews 80-09-13 Ron Bull
Bob Elson Interviews 80-09-20 (x) Ed Froelich
Bob Elson Interviews 80-09-20 Ed Froelich
Bob Elson Interviews 80-09-27 George Langford the Sports Writer
Bob Elson Interviews 80-10-04 (x) Jim Fregosi
Bob Elson Interviews 80-10-04 Jim Fregosi
Bob Elson Interviews 80-10-11 Bill Ozmanski
Bob Elson Interviews 80-10-18 Sid Luckman
Bob Elson Interviews 80-10-1810 Sid Luckman
Bob Elson Interviews 80-11-22 John Pont
Bob Elson Interviews 80-11-29 Jim Enright
Bob Elson Interviews 80-12-06 Ziggy Czarobsky Football Hall of Famer
Bob Elson Interviews 80-12-13 Ed Kelly
Bob Elson Interviews 80-12-20 Moose Gawron
Bob Elson Interviews 80-12-27 Lee Stern
Bob Elson Interviews 80-xx-xx Clyde Mc Cullough, Art Houtteman, Peanuts Lowery
Bob Elson Interviews Ed Froelich
Bob Elson Interviews Frank Lane
Bob Elson Interviews Rudy Schaeffer
Bob Elson Interviews Sid Luckman
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - Elson Interviews a College Professor and a Eskimo W B B M-C B S
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - Elson Interviews Jack Benny W B B M-C B S
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - Elson Interviews Stars and Stripes Editor on Postwar Japan
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - From the Lasalle Street Railroad Station in Chicago
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - Herman Cogan
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - Program 47 Interviewing Passengers at the American Airlines Passenger
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - Program 68 Interviewing Harry Black Young at the American Airlines Pass
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - Rin Tin Tin
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - The Century 1940s Various Dates All Unknown E H Gehrman Horace Mason
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - The Century 1946 Program 156 Interviews Hugh Herbert
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - The Century Limited 1947 Program 387 Interviews Victor Mature
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited - The Century Limited Special 1940s Guest Dr I Q
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited 46-01-08 Elson Interviews Milton Berle W B B M-C B S
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited 46-03-16 Elson Interviews Roddy Mc Dowell Margarite Chapman W B B M-C B S
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited 47-02-07 Elson Interviews Gene Tunney and M G M Producer Howard Dietz
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited 47-12-04 Elson Interviews Harry Wisner and Irene Dunne W B B M-C B S
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited 48-02-26 The Century Limited 022648 Special Guest Robert Young
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited 48-03-02 The Century Limited 030248 Special Guest Gregory Peck
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited 48-03-03 The Century Limited 030348 Special Guest Wyoming Senator Joseph O Mahany
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited 48-03-09 The Century Limited 030948 Special Guest Greek Prince Peter
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited 48-03-11 The Century Limited 031148 Special Guest Gertrude Lawrence
Bob Elson On The 20th Century Limited 50-06-03 Minutes of Yankees White Sox Game June 1950

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