Radio: Rat Race?

In spite of its big money, commercial radio has not attracted many big-name writers. The restrictions under which they work are irksome. Their work, by the time it goes on the air, is rarely distinguishable as their own. Sponsors insist that words and ideas be tailored to their own standards. Networks, anxious to offend no one, demand conformation to a list of rigid taboos.

One writer, fed up with this situation, last week lashed out in the New York Times. He was Norman Rosten, 31, poet-dramatist who has also written for radio (Cavalcade of America). Said he:

"Most of radio writing is polemic...

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