Georgetown University Forum

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Georgetown University Forum
Presented by Frank Blair (1950s)
Lillian Brown (1970s-2009)
Carole Sargent (2009-present)
Country of origin United States
Running time 28 mins.
Original channel DuMont (1951-1953)
NPR (1970s-present)
Armed Forces Radio
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run July 3, 1951 (1951-07-03) – October 11, 1953 (1953-10-11) (television) Ongoing since 1953 as a radio program

Georgetown University Forum is an American radio talk show broadcast as free content for National Public Radio member stations, for Armed Forces Radio, and for Voice of America. It has existed since the 1940s, and in the 1950s was a television program on now-defunct DuMont Television Network.

Radio history[edit]

The first airdate was in the 1940s. Beginning in the mid-1970s it was hosted by Lillian Brown, a presidential makeup artist who had worked with every president from Eisenhower to Clinton. Since 2009 it has been hosted by Carole Sargent.

Television broadcast history[edit]

The series aired on Thursdays at 8pm ET from July 3, 1951. Beginning with the 1952 season, the series aired Sundays at 7pm ET. The show was a public affairs program hosted by Frank Blair, later a newscaster on NBC. The last show aired October 11, 1953.

The show, produced at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and distributed by DuMont, aired weekly. Most of the topics were political or related to current news events.[1] When he series was cancelled in 1953, DuMont replaced the series with local (non-network) programming.

Radio episode status[edit]

The radio archive is at the Gelardin New Media Center of Lauinger Library at Georgetown University, where the radio show is currently produced.

Television episode status[edit]

A single kinescope of the series survives at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1964). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1


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