Radio: Broth Spoiled

For its first decade (1924-34), Manhattan's municipal WNYC existed largely as a sort of rehearsal hall for singing firemen, whitewing bands, etc., a public address system for Tammany functions. But in 1934, when Fusion, LaGuardia & Reform took over, WNYC got a thorough house cleaning. It went in for more symphonic music, civics, education programs that now reach some 350 public-school classes, a daily market guide compiled by a staff that tours the markets from 2 to 7 a.m.

Until 1938, serious, civic-minded WNYC had no time for comedy. But that January, New York City's new City Council replaced its old Board...

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