Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is launching An American Story, a nationally syndicated radio show to feature veteran newsman and author Tom Brokaw. Segments will feature Brokaw offering his insight and perspectives on current events, historic figures and notable moments in history which impact the lives of Americans today. The show will air three times daily during the week across select Clear Channel stations. Brokaw said: “I am grateful to Clear Channel for the opportunity to offer observations on the dynamic changes in America as well as the lessons from our past. Radio is where I began and it’s good to add it once again to my television duties.”
UPDATE, 8:32 AM: Brokaw tweets that “All is well.” He says that this morning “I mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien and made less sense than usual. Made a better comeback than Giants.”
PREVIOUS, 7:09 AM: The long-time NBC newsman felt light-headed after appearing this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and was taken to the hospital “out of an abundance of caution,” the network told website TV Newser. Brokaw, 72, has kept a busy schedule during the Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions. Over the last few days he was interviewed by Sean Hannity on Fox News, on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and on CNN. In addition to discussing politics, Brokaw is promoting the paperback publication of his book The Time Of Our Lives.
The host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart posed the question — “When did fact checking and journalism separate?” — to the longtime NBC newsman last night in a discussion about the coverage of the political conventions. Brokaw gamely defends the news networks, who he says have to operate at “warp speed” but still find opportunities to call out politicians whose factual claims “overreach.” Stewart’s response: “‘Overreach’ seems to be the nicest way to say ‘lie’.”
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The rumors of Tom Brokaw‘s disappearance from the public stage have been greatly exaggerated, if not outright wrong. Brokaw departed the NBC Nightly News anchor chair in 2004 but has remained plenty active, making four TV documentaries, writing a pair of books and continuing to cover special projects and the political landscape (including election season) for NBC News. And as Brokaw detailed at TCA in a discussion conducted via satellite from the site of the Summer Olympics in London, he’s now in business with Discovery Networks’ Military Channel with the new series The Brokaw Files that has its premiere on the channel October 16. The series promises to revisit pivotal moments in history through the esteemed newsman’s eyes, supplying first-hand accounts from the breadth of Brokaw’s career. But he cautioned this afternoon that this doesn’t represent his coming out of retirement, since Brokaw never in fact retired and has no plans to. “The idea was that I would shift gears and not retire,” he said. “I was very active in the last election cycle and now this one as well. So it isn’t as if I went and stepped onto the beach and went for a long walk and now decided to be on cable.” Brokaw said he was in …