Lowell Thomas made his first network newscast on Sept. 29, 1930, and did not retire until May 14, 1976.
Radio gave Thomas his widest audience, but he was already a wealthy international celebrity before his first broadcast. A 1919 lecture tour in which he narrated motion pictures he had taken of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia ran for more than two years to capacity crowds. The tour reportedly earned him $1 million.
His first book, "With Lawrence in Arabia," published in 1924, went through more than 100 printings, and more bestsellers followed.
Thomas' opening "Good evening, everybody," and closing, "So long until tomorrow," were to become familiar to radio listeners throughout the English-speaking world.
The Thomas style became so distinctive that the news actually received second billing. His show was titled "Lowell Thomas and the News."