Walter Winchell

A 1950's photograph of Famed Newscaster, Walter Winchell

Winchell opened his radio broadcasts by pressing randomly on a telegraph key, a sound which created a sense of urgency and importance and the catch phrase
 "Good evening Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press." 
He would then read each of his stories with a staccato delivery at an average rate of 197 words per minute
noticeably faster than the typical pace of American speech.

Walter Winchell shown at the microphone and his Telegraph Keys.

The telegraph Key in the foreground is a VIBROPLEX "LIGHTNING DELUXE".
The key in the background is a VIBROPLEX "ORIGINAL".
These keys were originally acquired by collector Steve Wilson.

These keys were designed to increase the speed at which telegraph operators could send dots in the Morse code...
Pressing the lever to the right activates a vibrating mechanism which produces a long string of dots.
Moving the lever to the left allows the operator to produce dashes manually.

Thank you to...

Prof. Thomas Perera - W1TP - Telegraph Historian / Collector