Radio: Harry Truman, Radiorator

In the language of show business, Harry Truman was following a great act. Franklin Roosevelt had been a radio nonpareil. Could his successor hold this vast audience? Two broadcasts last week seemed to indicate that the answer was a qualified yes.

Right off the bat, Harry Truman proved himself a radio speaker who meant to be clearly understood. His manner was so deliberate that it was sometimes dull, and he spoke so slowly it was sometimes exasperating. Lacking anything approaching the Rooseveltian "magic," either in voice or style, he made a virtue out of making himself plain—and that made it easy to...

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