Business: RKO Primer

Fabulous are the stories of investors who got in on the ground floor of a new company, were lofted to riches by stock splits, stock dividends. Not related so loudly are accounts of the stockholder who got in on the ground floor, soon found himself in the basement, then the subbasement. Such a story could be written around Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corp. in seven chapters.

Chapter 1. RKO was formed in October 1928 as a holding company for Keith-Albee-Orpheum Corp., F. B. O. (Film Booking Office) Productions, Inc. and a half-dozen other subsidiaries engaged in vaudeville and...

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