The broadcast journalist’s television career captured several key moments during NBC News’ early years.
Newman covered some heavy topics during his tenure, including the night of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. He also had a knack for the softer side, running a special on the 1964 World’s Fair.
Listen above for that Flushing Meadows take, or head over to Tuned In for James Poniewozik’s full appreciation, which includes the Kennedy commentary.
(More on TIME.com: A 1968 story on Newman’s au courant presence)