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Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering Broadcaster Pauline Frederick
Unformatted Document Text:  18 Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering Broadcaster Pauline Frederick up the column, however, she lost this weekly stipend and was forced to take a job as an assistant editor at the Federal Register. 30 But she kept her freelance jobs and eventually expanded into radio, much as her male role models had done. Frederick had the same drive, skills and, now, experience as the men in print who went into radio. What she did not have was the inborn advantage they had: they were male. On the Air By 1939, Frederick was using income from the desk job on the Federal Register to subsidize the job she loved -- freelance newspaper work. Her idea to interview diplomats’ wives was one that would pay off in many ways: in 1939, Martha Cuthbert, who was in charge of “women’s programming” at the NBC Red network (later NBC Radio) read her interviews with diplomats’ wives and came up with an idea for a short radio show on a similar topic – women in the news. She asked Frederick to host a fifteen-minute radio show available to NBC Red affiliates where she would interview women in the news – many, but not all, were wives of men in the news. “I had never been inside a radio studio,” she recalled much later. “Television was still a gleam in [NBC founder] David Sarnoff’s eye.” Her first radio interview, she recalled much later, was with the wife of the Czech foreign minister who refused to give up his legation when Hitler prepared to move in. Frederick might have been

Authors: Greenwald, Marilyn.
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Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering 
Broadcaster Pauline Frederick               
up the column, however, she lost this weekly stipend and was forced 
to take a job as an assistant editor at the Federal Register.
 But 
she kept her freelance jobs and eventually expanded into radio, 
much as her male role models had done. Frederick had the same 
drive, skills and, now, experience as the men in print who went 
into radio. What she did not have was the inborn advantage they 
had: they were male.
On the Air
    By 1939, Frederick was using income from the desk job on the 
Federal Register to subsidize the job she loved -- freelance 
newspaper work. Her idea to interview diplomats’ wives was one that 
would pay off in many ways: in 1939, Martha Cuthbert, who was in 
charge of “women’s programming” at the NBC Red network (later NBC 
Radio) read her interviews with diplomats’ wives and came up with 
an idea for a short radio show on a similar topic – women in the 
news. She asked Frederick to host a fifteen-minute radio show 
available to NBC Red affiliates where she would interview women in 
the news – many, but not all, were wives of men in the news. “I had 
never been inside a radio studio,” she recalled much later. 
“Television was still a gleam in [NBC founder] David Sarnoff’s 
eye.” Her first radio interview, she recalled much later, was with 
the wife of the Czech foreign minister who refused to give up his 
legation when Hitler prepared to move in. Frederick might have been 


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