This I Believe (1951-1955)
This I Believe
This I Believe was a five-minute CBS Radio Network program hosted by journalist Edward R. Murrow from 1951 to 1955. A half-hour European version of This I Believe ran from 1956 to 1958 over Radio Luxembourg.
The idea for this program flowed from both the World War II broadcasting experiences of Edward R. Murrow (who had spent the late 1930's and most of 1940's in the United Kingdom and continental Europe), and the emerging Cold War hostility with the Soviet Union.
The original five-minute series began at WCAU in Philadelphia and was aired over the CBS Radio Network and 196 affiliated stations between 1951 and 1955.
This I Believe was also relayed by U.S. government funding over the Voice of America and the U.S. Armed Forces Network to listeners in 97 foreign countries. The BBC World Service, funded by the British Foreign Office, relayed the program to Australia.
Listen to the voices and words of the people whose beliefs are explained in each episode as Edward R. Murrow presents "This I Believe" as "the living philosophies of thoughtful men and women, presented in the hope that they may strengthen your beliefs so that your life may be richer, fuller, happier".