Walter Winchell (1897-1972) was an American newspaper and radio gossip commentator. He joined the New York Daily Mirror in 1929, where his syndicated gossip column, On-Broadway, exposed scandalous tittle-tattle about celebrities and politicians. He wasn’t above blackmail, and would happily trade positive mention in his column for rumours and secrets about someone else.
His newspaper column was syndicated in over 2,000 newspapers worldwide, and he was read by 50 million people a day from the 1920s until the early 1960s. His Sunday night radio broadcast was heard by another 20 million people from 1930 to the late 1950s.