Radio: Greener Pastures

In the U. S., radio listeners have to endure quantities of commercial announcements, but the fat fees paid by advertisers keep radio's No. 1 musicians and singers at the microphone. Not so in England.

BBC's popular favorites receive plushy publicity, heavy fan mail, much kudos, little cash. Unwatered by freshets of advertising appropriations, British radio pays its stars out of a sustaining budget, and radio listeners often lose their best performers to the prosperous music halls.

Most recent BBC deserter is Organist Reginald Foort, whose fan-letter pile towers highest in British radio. Foort left...

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