Radio: Plaques and Hopes

Variety gave out last week its annual plaques for good work in radio. Made after a survey of radio "showmanagement," the 1941 awards were acute, opinionated, and hopeful.

In 1940 Variety gave no award for radio criticism, grimly announcing that "there is no such thing in the U.S. as serious radio criticism except in this and one or two other business publications." This year it tendered a tentative laurel to the New York Times radio department and its editor of the past six months, shy, slight John K. Hutchens, for "a promising type of...

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