Radio Ink Chats With Charles Osgood

"I’ve always thought of myself principally as a radio guy who did a television program."

While Charles Osgood has closed out his legendary run on CBS Sunday Morning, he continues to do radio. With relish.

In the spirit of that side of his career, Radio Ink today shared the first of a three-part interview with Osgood. He jokes in the intro that a radio and TV career fell somewhere in between his dream of playing shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles and being relegated to the role of organ player at a skating rink. Osgood also affirms how the medium of radio is tantamount to the imagination zone:

Rod Serling, who worked in radio for a while before he went to television and did the famous Twilight Zone stories, used to say that in radio you didn’t have a picture, so you had to create one. In radio, if you said, “there was a castle on a hill,” then all of a sudden there were millions of castles built. Each person in his own head created this castle.” …

“In some way or another, in radio, you have to make or find a castle or a picture of one, or set it up so that it will help you to tell the story. But television is so picture-driven that almost nothing else counts. People tend to neglect writing in television because they say a picture is worth a thousand words. The exact opposite is true. A thousand pictures can’t replace the perfect word.”

Osgood creates four “The Osgood File” broadcasts per day for the CBS Radio Network, each running about a minute and a half. Today for example, one of his introduced topics was how the California drought is affecting the island of Catalina.

Editor’s Note:
Here are Part Two (Oct. 18) and Part Three (Oct. 19) of the interview.