Radio: Shrinking Oasis

TV's children's hour is largely a desert of western films and spaceship serials. But for the past four years, Burr Tillstrom's Kukla, Fran & Ollie (weekdays 7 p.m., NBC) has flourished in this desert as an oasis of intelligent fantasy. Last week the oasis was still there, but it was growing smaller: NBC had cut the show from half an hour to 15 minutes.

NBC gave a complicated explanation for its hatchet-work. The simplest and weightiest reason was that Kukla had recently lost two of its four sponsors (Procter & Gamble, and LIFE). What NBC...