Radio: Spoolers

An unwary dial-twirler in New York is likely to tune in on some strange and wonderful giveaway shows. From an "overstocked surplus warehouse," the listener has been offered "at laughably low prices, sweaters in two styles—turtle or V-neck. Just state what kind of neck you have." Or how about a ten-day course on "How to Become a 97-lb. Weakling"? Or a Handy Burglar Kit, containing jimmies, canvas gloves, crepe-soled shoes and "aliases you can use over and over again —for example, Benjamin Franklin and Mary, Queen of Scots."

Such broad spoofing of radio's best-known institutions is the specialty of Bob & Ray,...

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