Eschen obtained his journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 1932 and was able to quickly get a job at WIL based in part on his broadcast experience at KFRU while a student.
In 1934 he went to KSD, where he spent the rest of his broadcast career. He left for military service in World War II, returning in 1945. In 1946, he personally accompanied St. Louis Archbishop John Glennon to Rome for his installation as a Cardinal.
While in Europe, he also covered the Nuremberg trials and the sudden death of Glennon in Ireland.
Co-workers spoke fondly of Eschen’s willingness to take young announcers under his wing and give them professional guidance and critiques. He also was a regular on the dramatic productions of “The Land We Live In” when it was carried on KSD.