Radio: Riddle Ruckus

Back in radio's early crystal-set era, gloomy prophets spooked telephone stockholders, predicting that the wireless voice would make wire lines relics of an obsolete communications system. Few prophets foresaw that radio would vastly increase the use of wire services as radio pipelines, and nobody would have guessed the telephonic congestion caused by two radio riddle programs last week.

Easy Money is a two-and-a-half-hour afternoon broadcast over WPG (Atlantic City). Presenting riddles at five-minute intervals, the station pays $1 to the listener who is first to telephone the correct answer. Innumerable wise contestants were jumping the starting gun by dialing the first four...

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