“Good Night, and Good Luck” were words made famous by radio news pioneer Edward R. Murrow as he closed-out his evening broadcasts from London during the terrible early days of the Second World War. But, there was no “luck” involved in Murrow’s work. He was consciously and deliberately part of a team that were “serious people at a serious job“, and along the way they changed the definition of their profession, the company that they were a part of, and the way their craft was practiced.
In doing all of this, they also created a rising generation of individuals who grew up to lead their industry into an entirely new future [television]. “They” were Edward R. Murrow’s team of radio news reporters who “invented broadcast journalism” as the war swept across Europe, or Murrow’s Boys as they have been popularly referred to ever-since, and they were: young, brash, incredibly talented and allowed to exhibit their talent in the pursuit of their job. Their story illustrates the innovative power of teams, of allowing bright young people to fulfill their talent, and of the importance of the role of the visionary leader.