The pilot episode of Knoxville Chronicles tells the story of Adolph Ochs, a kid who was scared of a graveyard while he learned the ropes of newspaper publishing here in Knoxville as a Printer’s Devil. The lad went on to become the founder of a major American institution, a cultural leader who changed a whole profession, established a landmark, and introduced a new way of celebrating a holiday. The story connects Knoxville in post-Civil War Tennessee to booming, electric New York in the 20th century.
Written and narrated by Jack Neely.
Produced by the Knoxville History Project. Sound design and editing by Pete Carty.
Knoxville Chronicles is brought to you by the nonprofit Knoxville History Project.
This episode is made available that to funding by federal award number 21.027 awarded to the City of Knoxville by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance.
Learn more at KnoxvilleHistoryProject.org