Birthday anniversary of Edward R. Murrow to be celebrated in Blanchard on April 28


BLANCHARD - A festival to celebrate the birthday anniversary of broadcasting legend Edward R. Murrow will be held Sunday, April 28, in Blanchard, the small Skagit County community where he grew up.

Activities start at 1 p.m. at Blanchard Chapel with a short film clip and readings about Murrow's early local history. At 2:30 p.m., people will gather at Blanchard's community hall for birthday cake, displays, a maypole and live music. All events are free.

Blanchard is located where Chuckanut Drive drops down to the Skagit flats.

Murrow was well-known for, among other things, his rooftop radio broadcasts during the Nazi air raids on London, and for his TV shows challenging the witch hunt tactics of U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

He was born in North Carolina but his family moved to Blanchard when he was young. He attended high school in Edison before studying at Washington State University, where the communications school bears his name.

Reach Dean Kahn at or call 715-2291.

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