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Osgood Celebrates 50

After half a century, “Theatre of the Mind” continues on “The Osgood File”

He’s got 50 years’ worth of experience on the radio airwaves, and isn’t about to stop now.

Journalist Charles Osgood is celebrating five decades of manning the program “The Osgood File,” and earlier this month announced that he will continue broadcasting programming on his long-time syndication network, Westwood One.

“Thanks to them I’ll continue to ‘see you on the radio,’” said Osgood in a statement.

The year 2017 has been a banner year for Osgood, who was honored with this year’s News and Documentary Emmy Award for lifetime achievement by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in October.

It’s not his first brush with the awards stage. He also received a George Foster Peabody Award for his work on the program “CBS Sunday Morning” in 1997; two additional Peabody Awards in 1985 and 1986 for the weekly CBS Radio public affairs broadcast “Newsmark;” and News and Documentary Emmys for the stories “Net Gain,” “Wyeth at 80” and “Princess Diana.” Osgood has also received a Mercury Radio Award, a Marconi Radio Award and the President’s Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

It was while attending Fordham University in the 1950s that Osgood got his first taste of life behind the mic when he volunteered at the university’s radio station, WFUV(FM). It was there that collaborated with other students, including actor Alan Alda and producer/director Jack Haley, Jr. He went on to work as an announcer at classical music stations in Washington, before moving over to television programs as a reporter at ABC and then CBS.

Osgood went on to serve as host of “CBS News Sunday Morning” for more 22 years. Even after retiring from television in 2016, he will continue his “theatre of the mind storytelling style” on the radio, said Suzanne Grimes, president of Westwood One.

Today, “The Osgood File” is heard four times each weekday morning on hundreds of radio stations across the country. Each “Osgood File” focuses on a single story, from major national news to a human interest stories. According to Westwood One, “The Osgood File” attracts one of the largest audiences of any network radio feature.