The longest-running news/talk program on U.S. radio today? It’s “The Osgood File With Charles Osgood.”
Westwood One is noting the 40th anniversary of the show, currently heard four times each day on some 350 stations. Osgood may host “CBS Sunday Morning” but radio has long considered “Charlie” one of our own.
In a statement released by the company, he said, “To this day, I believe radio connects with people in a way that no other media has been able to duplicate. It’s where I began my career in journalism and I am delighted to still be a part of the daily lives of so many radio listeners.”
Osgood, literate, warm and poetic, holds numerous journalism awards and is in several halls of fame.
We’d love to write a poem about Osgood; but deferring to the master, here’s one about excellence, as posted on the radio show’s website:
By Charles Osgood
There once was a pretty good student.
Who sat in a pretty good class
And was taught by a pretty good teacher.
Who always let pretty good pass.
He wasn’t terrific at reading;
He wasn’t a whiz-bang at math;
But for him education was leading
Straight down a pretty good path.
He didn’t find school too exciting,
But he wanted to do pretty well.
And he did have some trouble with writing,
And nobody had taught him to spell.
When doing arithmetic problems,
Pretty good was regarded as fine;
Five and five needn’t always add up to be ten.
A pretty good answer was nine.
The pretty good student was happy
With the standards that were in effect.
And nobody thought it was sappy
If his answers were not quite correct.
The pretty good class that he sat in
Was part of a pretty good school.
And the student was not an exception;
On the contrary, he was the rule.
The pretty good school that he went to
Was right there in a pretty good town.
And nobody there ever noticed
He could not tell a verb from a noun.
The pretty good student, in fact, was
A part of a pretty good mob,
And the first time he knew what he lacked was
When he looked for a pretty good job.
It was then, when he sought a position,
He discovered that life can be tough,
And he soon had a sneaky suspicion
Pretty good might not be good enough.
The pretty good town in our story
Was part of a pretty good state
Which had pretty good aspirations
and prayed for a pretty good fate.
There was once a pretty good nation.
Pretty proud of the greatness it had.
But which learned much too late.
If you want to be great,
Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad.