Radio: The Smell of a Hit

"If you can't entertain people, give them something," Fred Allen cracked, in his disillusioned way. Vacationing on Cape Cod this week, Fred might well recall that crack: a giveaway program had belted Allen all the way down to No. 38 on the Hooperating, moved all the way up into the No. 2 spot itself.

Stop the Music, a hardy musical hybrid of "Miss Hush" and the Pot o' Gold, is a variation on a well-worked theme. Master of Ceremonies Bert Parks telephones to people chosen at random across the U.S., asks the listener to identify the popular tune then being played. If...

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