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George Hicks (broadcast journalist)

George Hicks in a 1944 advertisement

George Hicks (August 26, 1905 – March 17, 1965[1]) was an American broadcast journalist. He was a noted war correspondent, first with NBC and then with the Blue Network.[2]


Early yearsEdit

Hicks was born in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated from George Washington University after attending several other colleges.[3]


On December 27, 1934, NBC's Hicks interviewed Charles Apgar, a New Jersey radio amateur who made some of the first recordings of radio broadcasts during 1913–1915, including recordings of German spy messages during World War I.[4]

While based in London during World War II, Hicks recorded an on-the-scene report of the Normandy landings from the USS Ancon. It was broadcast on the night of June 6, 1944 over the American networks via a pool feed.[5][6] During the broadcast there were sounds of heavy bombardment. His voice was described as "modest" and "incapable of false drama" and was considered particularly well suited for covering the landings.[5] The New York World-Telegram called his broadcast "The greatest recording yet to come out of the war." [7]

Personal lifeEdit

George Hicks was born in 1905. He died at the age of 59 and is buried in Flushing Cemetery, New York.[1] His only child, Robert Ivan Hicks, born in 1933 still lives in New York.


He has star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6314 Hollywood Boulevard.[2]


  1. ^ a b George Hicks at Find a Grave
  2. ^ a b "Hollywood Star Walk - George Hicks". Los Angeles Times. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 129.
  4. ^ "DOCUMENTING EARLY RADIO" Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, A Review of Existing Pre-1932 Radio Recordings, by Elizabeth McLeod
  5. ^ a b Erik, Barnouw (1968). A History of Broadcasting in the United States:Volume 2:. Oxford University Press. p. 199. ISBN 0-19-500475-2.
  6. ^ "George Hicks and the network coverage of the Pool Broadcast of D-Day", Radio Days
  7. ^ Broadcasting, Volume 26. Broadcasting Publications. 1944. p. 9.

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