12-29-17 / 8:25 AM / I’LL SEE YOU ON THE RADIO.


The Osgood File. This is Charles Osgood from the Dell Small Business Studios.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately as to what was the most memorable piece I’ve done over the years.

Well, one contender is something that I did in response to complaints about my TV signoff, “I’ll see you on the radio.”

As you’ll hear after this…

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< "See you on the radio" - I say that every week. A peculiar phrase, some people think, for anyone to speak. I've got a piece of mail or two up on my office shelf, complaining that this sentence seems to contradict itself. "Dear Mr. Osgood," someone wrote, "That sentence is absurd. Radio is for the ear, the song or spoken word. The medium for seeing is without a doubt TV. That's why we call it 'video' - which is Latin for 'I see.' So, please don't say that anymore - you really should know better." That's a gentle paraphrase of what was in this viewer's letter. "Dear Sir," I wrote back to him - and this was my reply, "I do believe that you are wrong, and let me tell you why. I've worked some years in radio - and television, too. And though it's paradoxical, it nonetheless is true that radio is visual - much more so than TV. And there's plenty of good reason why that paradox should be. No television set that's made, no screen that you can find can compare with that of radio, the theater of the mind, where the pictures are more subtle - yet more powerful, somehow. One-on-one is how it's done - and that is still true now. TV screens have gotten bigger, but they still cannot compare. We can whisper in the listeners' ear - and take you anywhere. I'm there inside the radio, the one beside the bed, and it's me you hear when it goes off - 'Come on now, sleepyhead!' You may think you are alone, but I can see you coast-to-coast as you sip your glass of orange juice and bite into your toast. I'm with you as you drive to work - right there inside your car - to keep you company and tell you how I think things are. You and I have known each other for a good long time, and you're willing to put up with me when I resort to rhyme. A true friend will stick with you, though your poems may not scan. I'll see you on the radio - I can, you see, I can." The Osgood File. This is Charles Osgood.