NBC radio reports live from Test Baker, 25 July 1946. (Courtesy of Hoover Archives. Run time 14:38)
Aboard the USS Fall River (CA-131), Bikini Lagoon, 25 Jul 1946, Test Baker – At 0835 on 25 July by the Bikini calendar (24 July in New York), the 23 kiloton Baker atomic bomb was detonated underwater in the Bikini Lagoon. Though both the Able and Baker bombs were 23 kilotons, the Baker blast was far more dramatic and turned out to be much more hazardous than the Able blast.
Postscript: The Late Don Mozley
L to R: Don Mozley, Sandra McGee, Bill McGee. Command Productions, Sausalito, CA, December 2009 (Author Collection)
One of the on-air voices on NBC Radio’s live broadcast from Bikini on 25 July 1946 was Don Mozley (1:05-1:26).
Fast forward to 2009. Don Mozley and Bill McGee’s paths crossed at a Broadcast Legends luncheon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Don was by then a renowned broadcast journalist having spent 62 years with CBS Radio and KCBS/74 in San Francisco. Bill had worked for NBC Radio in 1960 in the Spot Sales Division in New York City. The two had a lot to talk about.
Bill had just published his personal story of Learning To Cope With Sight Loss. The book was available in paperback and eBook formats. However, given the subject matter, it made sense to produce an audio format. Don Mozley graciously agreed to be the narrator. The late television producer Ed Dudkowski was Bill’s voice and ABC’s Emmy-winning news anchor Cheryl Jennings recorded the women’s voices. The paperback and audio formats sold out and there are currently no plans to re-issue. Sadly, Ed Dudkowski, my pick to record an audio version of The Divorce Seekers and Montana Memoir passed away too early a few years ago.
Excerpted from Operation Crossroads, Lest We Forget! An Eyewitness Account, Bikini Atomic Bomb Tests 1946 by William L. McGee with Sandra V. McGee.