ITALY: Radio Aunt

Italy's Graham McNamee is Maria Luisa Boncompagni. "Why," she asked last week, "does Italy have only women radio announcers, three in Rome, one in Naples, two in Milan, one in Genoa, and one in Bolzano?"

"The reason is because," continued Signorina Boncompagni, "women's voices carry better than men's.

"Besides, women don't get tired of talking. I am on duty here in Rome five hours or more seven days a week. Each day I read news for an hour and 40 minutes without a break, and later I announce additional news. This is quite...

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