Radio: The Clew of the Busted Hose

In Chicago, nine minutes before the close of WBBM's Ellery Queen program, a water hose burst in the transmitter cooling system, and WBBM had to go off the air. Almost immediately WBBM's switchboard was swamped with calls, all asking, "Who was the murderer?" The phone girl had to call CBS in Manhattan, whence the program had been coming, to find out. The next hour she spent replying: "The murderer was Mr. Wiggins. . . . The murderer was Mr. Wiggins. . . ." Next day WBBM called back another thousand who had left their numbers, reporting Mr. Wiggins' crime with trimmings.


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