Radio: Shaking Down

To entertain people, to bring the truth home to them, and to sell them consumers' goods are three functions of U.S. radio that are properly kept distinct. At its worst, radio confuses these functions in an appalling manner; at its best, it performs each with remarkable brilliance. The war taxed radiomen with a bigger job of straight communication than they ever had before. It evoked some inspired work, but it also made new incongruities, new confusions and waste effort inevitable. Last week signs were at hand that the situation was shaking down....

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