The Big Story is an American radio and television crime drama which dramatized the true stories
of real-life newspaper reporters. The only continuing character was the narrator, Bob Sloane. Sponsored by Pall Mall cigarettes,
the program began on NBC Radio on April 2, 1947. With Lucky Strike cigarettes sponsoring the last two seasons, it was broadcast
until March 23, 1955. The radio series was top rated, rivaling Bing Crosby's Philco Radio Time. Produced by Barnard J. Prockter,
the shows were scripted by Gail Ingram, Arnold Pearl and Max Ehrlich. Tom Victor and Harry Ingram directed the series. Gail and
Harry Ingram were husband and wife. The theme was taken from Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life"), a tone poem by Richard Strauss.
Prockter was inspired to create the program after hearing about a man who was freed from a life sentence in jail by the work of
two newspaper reporters in Chicago. Most of the stories in the show dealt with stories about closed cases. Ross Eaman, in his
book, Historical Dictionary of Journalism, wrote that the program was "originally intended to honor reporters ignored by Pulitzer
committees ...." Jim Cox also cited that plan in his book, Radio Crime Fighters: More Than 300 Programs from the Golden Age.