Herbert Morrison, the radio announcer from Chicago’s WLS radio station, was on assignment in Lakehurst, New Jersey when the majestic airship Hindenburg approached the air station. Commentary turned to horror as the ship exploded in a ball of flame and crashed to the ground. People listened across the United States with amazement as Morrison painted a colorful picture for his listeners. This event instantly became a classic of audio history and his phrase “Oh, the humanity” has become a cultural idiom.

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