Radio: The Local Touch

On the well-founded theory that people are most interested in people and places they know, the West Virginia Network tried an experiment in "country journalism." Last week the Washington news bureau of the network* celebrated its first birthday, and could congratulate itself on proving that its kind of radio coverage had paid off.

The bureau consists of two reporters: Ray Henle and Malvina Stephenson. Henle handles the "heavy" news, energetic Miss Stephenson does the chitchat items and the legwork. On Sunday nights they feed West Virginia a program of intimate, homey details about what...

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