George William Cushing Papers and Sound Recordings

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George William Cushing papers and sound recordings

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger George William Cushing papers and sound recordings collection held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

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News editor and vice president of Detroit, Michigan, radio station, WJR, moderator of radio program, "In Our Opinion". Correspondence, radio transcripts, scrapbooks, broadcast discs, and audio-tapes of discs; include material concerning career of Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, the senatorial campaign of 1942 between Prentiss Brown and Homer Ferguson, and radio broadcasting in general.

George W. Cushing, was born in Brighton, Michigan on November 25, 1888. In his career, he was both an advertising executive and a newsman. In 1909 he became a reporter on the Detroit News, also working while there in various editorial capacities. In 1912, he joined the Detroit office of the Taylor-Critchfield Advertising Agency; in 1914 he became first editor of the weekly publication of the Detroit Board of Commerce, The Detroiter.

In late 1915, Cushing was made advertising manager of the Federal Motor Truck Company, leaving here to join the Hudson Motor Car Company as advertising manager. He next helped to form the advertising agency of McKinney, Marsh and Cushing which handled advertising for the Ford Motor Company. After this he became first advertising director for the Graham-Paige Motors Corporation. He left this to become Detroit manager of Cosmopolitan Magazine for six years, and after that he was selected chief of information of the National Highway's Users Conference.

Cushing returned to Detroit in 1941 to join WJR as news editor and vice president. In 1942, he became moderator of "In Our Opinion" a weekly radio news program. He was assisted on many of the programs by regular panelists Detroit Free Press staff writers and columnists Adrian Fuller, Royce Howes, and William Coughlin. The program aired from 1942 to 1955 when Cushing retired. All together, he moderated 641 broadcasts, interviewing such guests as Senators Arthur Vandenberg and Homer Ferguson, Detroit Mayor Edward Jeffries.

In November 1954, Cushing began another series of program entitled "World Neighbors" which overlapped with "In Our Opinion" for a year.

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Copyright is not held by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Access to digitized sound recordings may be limited to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library, located on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan.

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