Music: Engineers to the Fore

Three and a half years ago when the Philadelphia Orchestra started broadcasting, nothing so incensed Conductor Leopold Stokowski as the thought that mere radio engineers had the power to regulate his music, to tone down his surging crescendos, to increase the volume of his fragile pianissimos. After his first few broadcasts Stokowski determined to operate the controls himself. Radio authorities were beside themselves but Stokowski would hear no arguments. He was finally given a desk fitted with dials which he could twiddle to his heart's content. The wires were not connected....

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