Radio: 500,000 Watts

Four years ago the Federal Radio Commission (now the Federal Communications Commission) encouraged an experiment. That experiment, and its results so far, have landed FCC in a tough spot. Under a six-month experimental license the Commission gave Powel Crosley Jr. the right to raise the broadcasting power of his Cincinnati station (WLW) from the U. S. maximum of 50,000 watts to 500,000 watts. Reason: to find out how much radio service the listener might gain (from the power boost) and lose (through interference with smaller stations). Enterprising Broadcaster Crosley spent $396,287 on...

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