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National Association of Manufacturers Radio Division scrapbook

1941-1942
 Collection
Accession: 2491

Abstract

John Drake Fitzgerald (1902-1969) was the chief of the Radio Division at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in the early 1940s. While at NAM, Fitzgerald oversaw the “Defense for America” radio series that aired on NBC Red Network and “Your Defense Reporter” series which aired on Mutual Network. This scrapbook (digital copy), created by Fitzgerald, documents some of the work the Radio Division of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) did in 1941. Particular emphasis is on two radio programs: "Defense for America" and "Your Defense Reporter." Fitzgerald was the chief of the Radio Division.

Dates

  • 1941-1942

Creator

Extent

1 digital_files

Physical Description

1 PDF. [ID: DA_NAM Radio_2491_001]

Biographical Note

John Drake Fitzgerald (1902-1969) was the chief of the Radio Division at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in the early 1940s. While at NAM, Fitzgerald oversaw the “Defense for America” radio series that aired on NBC Red Network and “Your Defense Reporter” series which aired on Mutual Network.

Fitzgerald was born May 10, 1902 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to William Norman Fitzgerald (1862-1934) and Helen Drake Fitzgerald (1869-1944). He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin in 1924. In 1938, Fitzgerald married Ruth E. Riegel (1913-1989); the couple had two children. Fitzgerald died February 27, 1969 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Fitzgerald made a career as a public relations executive. After graduation, he worked in sales promotion for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company in Milwaukee. From 1935 to 1940, he worked at CBS as a director of sports and special events, first in Chicago and then New York City. While with CBS Broadcasting, he covered the America’s Cup races and collaborated on other broadcasts with the likes of Edward R. Murrow, William Shirer, Jim Backus, Elmer Davis, Bob Trout, H.V. Kaltenborn, and Fulton Lewis Jr., among others. Fitzgerald then worked at NAM for the bulk of World War II in the Radio Division, producing programs that highlighted industries and factories related to national defense. In 1944, he was hired by Compton Advertising in New York. After a brief return to CBS, he went to work for Alley and Richards (later Humphrey, Alley, and Richards) in 1949, and by 1952 was the director of radio-TV for the company in Boston. In 1954, Fitzgerald became the public relations director for Willis S. Martin Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook was created by John D. Fitzgerald (1902-1969), chief of the Radio Division, documenting work of the division in 1941. It includes radio programs, coverage of annual convention, limited performances, special programs, and NAM radio and war censorship.

Two of the programs highlighted are “Defense for America” radio series that aired Saturday nights on NBC Red Network and “Your Defense Reporter” series which aired on Mutual Network. Both programs featured visits to plants where items for national defense were being manufactured. “Defense for America” was originally scheduled to air for thirteen-weeks but was extended due to its popularity. It premiered February 22, 1941. “Your Defense Reporter” was a fifteen-minute weekly program which presented its material in a factual, informal, and on-the-scene manner. It debuted on May 1, 1941 with Fulton Lewis Jr. (1903-1966) as the host. He visited over twenty factories and plants typical of industries providing for national defense.

The scrapbook features clippings, information sheets, photographs, and Fitzgerald’s typewritten notes.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original scrapbook retained by private owner.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
National Association of Manufacturers Radio Division scrapbook
Status:
Author:
Ashley Williams
Date:
2020
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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