Radio: Home & Bar

In many a U.S. city, the local amusement tax (on movies, baseball games, circuses, etc.) adds up to a sizable part of the community's annual revenue. TV, like its older sister, radio, is a form of amusement that pays no local amusement tax.

Last week Cleveland's License Commissioner Stanley P. Nemec grumbled that his city's amusement tax receipts for the first six months of 1950 had dropped 16.6% (from 1949-8 $259,700.38 to $216,507.25). Said Nemec: "Theater owners . . . say the steady customers they used to have are staying home or going to corner bars . . ."

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