Bryson B. Rash, 79, a pioneer broadcaster in both radio and TV who helped persuade President Harry Truman to deliver the first televised presidential address to the nation, died Nov. 10 of emphysema at home in Washington, D.C.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in St. Louis, Rash moved to Washington in 1936 as a broadcaster for CBS and WJSV-AM, Washington.
He then moved to ABC and WMAL-AM, Washington, and later worked from 1956-77 for NBC and WRC-AM, Washington.
Rash covered the signing of the U.S.-Japanese peace treaty after World War II , which was the first coast-to-coast TV broadcast on ABC.
While working for WMAL in 1954, he carried the only gavel-to-gavel coverage of Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s hearings regarding allegations of Communists in the U.S. military.
In the last 1950s, Rash broadcast the program “NBC News on the Hour.”
During his career, Rash received a George Foster Peabody Award and was inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame of Sigma Delta Chi.
He was a past president of the National Press Club.
Survived by his wife, two daughters and two grandchildren.