Radio: Music in the Night

General Manager Ted Cott, of Manhattan's station WNBC, is a man who abhors a vacuum. In February the Civil Defense authorities asked him to keep WNBC on the air from midnight until 6 a.m. so that the station would be ready to function instantly in case of an emergency. All the Civil Defense required was a constant tone signal. Instead, Cott decided to fill the six hours with classical music and see what would happen.

In three days, Music Through the Night drew 1,000 enthusiastic letters. In three months the mail had reached 20,000, and scores of listeners still call in every...

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