Radio: Oceans of Empathy

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"And here's that man himself," cried the announcer—"Arthur, the-man-with-the-natural-look, Godfrey !" Wearing his earphones, a swept-up shock of copper hair and a winning, country-boy grin that belied his 46 years, the big-shouldered man at the desk shifted a candy wafer in his mouth and asked plaintively: "Now what am I gonna do with the last half of this Life Saver?"

Before Godfrey, such words on a commercial program (sponsored by Toni, Inc., in this case) might have cost a radio performer his job. No one on the network air ever had the...

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