Lyman Bryson

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Lyman Lloyd Bryson (July 11, 1888 – November 24, 1959) was an American educator, media advisor and author known for his work in educational radio and television programs for CBS from the 1930s through the 1950s.[1]


Born in Valentine, Nebraska, and educated at the University of Michigan, Bryson was a frequent guest on the radio game show Information, Please. Bryson served as a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University from 1934 to 1953.

Bryson chaired the Adult Education Board for CBS Radio, moderating such programs as The American School of the Air and Invitation to Learning. From 1938 to 1946 he hosted the public affairs program, The People's Platform,[2] which was adapted for television (1948–1950).

Bryson died November 24, 1959, at age 71.[3]


  • Bryson, Lyman (1948). Autobiographical essay in Finkelstein, Louis (1948). American Spiritual Autobiographies: Fifteen Self-Portraits. New York: Harper and Brothers. pp. 65–82.


  1. ^ "Lyman Bryson Papers" (PDF). Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-19.
  2. ^ Goodman, David (2011). Radio's Civic Ambition: American Broadcasting and Democracy in the 1930s. New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press. p. 72. ISBN 9780231080385.
  3. ^ "Bryson Memorial Set: Service for Educator to be Held Monday at Columbia". The New York Times, December 4, 1959

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