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Mort Crim is the creator and voice of the award-winning radio series Second Thoughts, which airs on more than 1,200 radio stations worldwide. The ninety-second motivational essays reflect Mort Crim's belief that the world needs a break from the violent and weird news that is exploited in much of mainstream news media. Using humor and personal anecdotes, Second Thoughts emphasizes his belief in the positive aspects of human nature. Mort Crim also hosts the nationally syndicated radio programs, News You Care About.
Mort Crim draws on his knowledge of the human condition gained from more than 35 years of broadcasting. Mort Crim was at the Newark riots and the funeral of Robert Kennedy. He was in Vietnam with President Lyndon Johnson and at Cape Canaveral for many of the Apollo moon voyages. Mort Crim covered the Yom Kippur war in the Middle East, and has reported major events from Russia, Poland, Germany, Italy, and Latin America.
Mort Crim was senior editor and anchor of the evening news at WDIV-TV in Detroit from 1978 to 1997. He is outspoken on the need to elevate the news from the sensational, and believes that human achievement and heroism should be given more airtime to balance the reports of human failures and tragedy. United Press International has twice named his evening broadcasts "Best Local TV Newscast in America."
Second Thoughts is not Mort Crim's first venture into uplifting human-interest radio. His series, One Moment Please, aired on more than 350 radio stations in the 1970's and 80's. This highly successful series was a blend of philosophy, psychology and personal experience fused into Mort Crim's own unique essay style. Mort has been a broadcaster from California to New York City and for five years was a national correspondent for ABC. Mort Crim's voice described Neil Armstrong's landing on the moon for the national ABC radio audience. When Mort Crim was permanent vacation substitute for Paul Harvey (1980 to 1984), he was heard several weeks yearly on more than 1,300 radio stations.
Mort Crim is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and received his master's degree in Journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. He has received awards including more than a dozen Emmys, Northwestern University's Alumni Merit Award, Northwestern's Harrington Award for Outstanding Promise in the Field of Journalism, and UNO's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Mort Crim was among the first distinguished Northwestern alumni inducted into Medill's Hall of Achievement. In 1995 Mort was awarded the Gold World Medal as Best Radio Personality at the New York Festival's International Radio Awards; the following year he received the Festival's Silver Medal for Best Humor Writing. In 1999, Mort Crim's Second Thoughts received The Communicator Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction.
Besides his professional career, Mort Crim is a successful businessman who has founded two production companies. Mort Crim is a licensed commercial pilot and flies his twin-engine plane to meet tight business and speaking schedules. Mort Crim is in demand across America as a motivational speaker on college campuses and at seminars, business forums and conventions.
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