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Don Mozley, KCBS radio newsman was 90

Monday, October 31, 2011

imageAt KCBS Radio, they’re remembering longtime KCBS and CBS News reporter Don Mozley, who died of a heart attack last Thursday at age 90, as one of a kind. Assigned to cover World War II after joining CBS Radio in 1941, he was the first reporter to break the news of Japan’s unconditional surrender in 1945. He died at London’s Heathrow Airport during a solo trip to Europe.

Add: CBS San Francisco posted an audio tribute to Mozley along with its obit, including a 1981 anecdote when he was with the late Senator S. I. Hayakawa during a gas leak evacuation in the Financial District:

“As we progressed, the Embarcadero Center loudspeakers offered conflicting advice,” Mozley reported. “First they shouted ‘use the stairway.’ Well, we were already on the stairway. But as the steps became more and more jammed with newcomers at every floor, the loudspeaker yelled ‘use the elevators.’ Fat chance, all the doors in the corridor were locked.”


“I’m sitting right here and thinking of how I almost asked an elderly U.S. senator to carry me the rest of the way,” Mozley said in his report. “This is Don Mozley, looking across the street at my office.”

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