In Canada and the United States, FM and AM rebroadcasts of "old" science fiction and fantasy short stories can be heard. Please identify the following short story:
The radio program ends with a live radio or television reporter at a positive, daytime parade, presumably in Manhattan or some dense urban area in the United States of America. Possibly ticker tape. Happy crowd audible in the background. Male reporter notices something surprising. He seems to recognize an astronaut and reports this to his listeners (or, possibly, television viewers). The astronaut, who does not speak, realizes he may have been recognized, reacts, and attempts to preserve anonymity by evading the reporter. Reporter attempts unplanned interview. Interview never takes place. Sound quality good (specifically, range of sound frequencies, signal-to-noise ratio, absence of audible intermittent, apparently random ticks and pops heard on some vinyl pressings) which suggests first recorded late 1950s or very early 1960s. Obviously, story was written before original broadcast. Not sure time gap (published short story, then first radio broadcast of same story).
Note: I have carefully read the packaging surrounding many compact disc (CD) recordings inside retail stores. Am referring to recordings of old radio programs and new recordings of old science fiction and fantasy tales by celebrities. Have also contacted the radio host who introduced the astronaut-parade-anonymous story. That person was kind enough to write me back. Result: nothing.