Radio: Out of Whack

For an article which it published six years ago, the Reader's Digest investigated 19 radio repairmen in Manhattan, found 17 dishonest. Has the situation improved?

After conducting similar tests, the trade sheet Radio Daily reported that the situation in Manhattan is now simplified: 20 out of 20 repairmen investigated proved to be dishonest.

Reporter Irwin Rosten confronted each repairman with a portable radio "in perfect operating condition" except for a simple short circuit "in plain view." Some shops recommended repairs ("practically no two alike"): "a new condenser," "a short in the transformer," "a realignment job," "the oscillator is out of whack." Range of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!