Radio: Hit

Radiomen, who vie viciously with one another to decorate their Christmas programs with boughs of Hollywood, admit that they have all been outvied this season by a boyish Roman Catholic priest. The Rev. Patrick Peyton had under his Christmas tree two of radio's choicest sugarplums: his popular, weekly Family Theater (Thurs. 10 p.m., Mutual), with a performance of Anatole France's Our Lady's Juggler, and a special, Peyton-inspired, star-studded dramatization of the Nativity, The Joyful Hour, aired last week.

Father Peyton attributes his sudden success in radio to a simple faith. Some think his Irish stubbornness helped, too. A big, bulky, bashful man...

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