Radio: Listeners' Shows

From Columbus until the World War the American people got most of their amusement informally from each other. It was only upon the advent of the Great Boom that the spelling bee and the guitar on the front porch were routed by the billion-dollar entertainment industry of radio and the movies. When, four years ago. "Major" Edward Bowes put on his amateur shows, they were a radio novelty. But this season audience participation in radio has become radio's most pronounced program trend. The high cost of stars, dearth of headline talent and...

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