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  • Jan 26, 2010
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When "CBS News Sunday Morning" debuted on January 28, 1979 I instantly became a big fan.  I had always enjoyed the work of Charles Kuralt and producer Robert Northshield promised a show unlike anything else on television.  Kuralt and Northshield made good on that promise and now more than  three decades later "CBS News Sunday Morning" remains one of the classiest and most unique programs on network television. 

The creator of "Sunday Morning" Robert Northshield had a vision for this show that defied all conventional wisdom.  Who in the world was going to tune into a show that featured human interest stories, book reviews, and features on such arcane topics as architecture, painting, ballet, opera, and classical music which were not generally covered on network television?  Make no mistake about it.  "CBS News Sunday Morning" was going to be groundbreaking television.  It is amazing to me that this show ever got on the air but evidently some of the head honchos at CBS News believed in the concept and decided to roll the dice and give it a shot.  I think it is fair to say that not too many people expected it to last.  But a funny thing happened.  The program slowly began to build an extremely loyal following.  Much to everyone's surprise there actually was an audience for this type of programming.  Now more than three decades later "CBS News Sunday Morning" continues to draw respectable ratings as an alternative to hard news programming like "Meet The Press" and "This Week".   

Over the years an impressive array of talent has contributed to the success of "CBS News Sunday Morning".  Few would argue that it was the founding host of the program Charles Kuralt who set the tone for the show.  Kuralt hosted the show until 1994 and handed the reins over to current host Charles Osgood.  Seems like it was a pretty seamless transition.  The present stable of correspondents and contributors to the program include a good many who have been with the show for a very long time.   Classical music correspondent Eugenia Zuckerman has been with "Sunday Morning"  since 1980 while Billy Taylor, who reports on jazz and modern music, joined the show in 1981.  Personally, I have very little interest in either classical or jazz but I have enjoyed their features immensely over the years.  CBS News correspondent Marcia Teichner has been with the show from its very inception while Rita Braver has been a major contributor since 1998.   The weird and the offbeat seem to be the purvue of Bill Geist whose video essays have been making us chuckle for over two decades now.  And these days incisive commentary is provided by both Ben Stein and Nancy Giles.  

In recent years I have not had the opportunity to catch "CBS News Sunday Morning" as much as I did in years gone by.  But if I do find myself at home at 9:00 A.M. on a Sunday I do try to catch the show.  I find that the quality has not diminished one little bit.   I am very pleased that the folks who produce the program today have not tampered with Robert Northshield's vision of so many years ago.  This is still a high quality viewing experience.  I always seem to learn something new.   Very highly recommended!     
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CBS News Sunday Morning is an American television news magazine program created by Robert Northshield and original presenter Charles Kuralt, and appearing continuously since January 28, 1979 on the CBS Television Network, airing in the Eastern US on Sunday from 9:00 to 10:30 am. The current host of the show is Charles Osgood, who took over from Kuralt upon his retirement in April 3, 1994. The program was originally conceived to be a sort of broadcast version of a Sunday newspaper rotogravure section, most typified by the Sunday New York Times Magazine. The format of the show was briefly copied by the weekday CBS Morning News broadcast anchored by Bob Schieffer as Morning (Kuralt eventually took over the daily role, and was for a short time joined by Diane Sawyer as co-host). However, the show's then-limited 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. ET air time (the long-running Captain Kangaroo was entrenched in the 8 o'clock hour) hampered its ability to compete with NBC and ABC's rival two-hour morning shows, though it expanded to an hour and a half in 1981. The CBS weekday program, now a full two hours on the East Coast, is now known as The Early Show. On Sunday, May 17, 2009, the program began airing in high-definition.

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