Television: The Cool Hot Line

The hot-line show is one of the most discredited forms of radio programming. What could be more unedifying than know-nothing listeners phoning in their philosophies to know-it-all ex-disk jockeys? But this summer the United Methodist Church is making judicious use of the format. It is sponsoring a radio dialogue between the races that is more compelling than any heard on the sudden multitude of such talk shows, including those produced on TV.

The name of the program is Night Call, and it is carried live (11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., E.D.T.) five evenings a week on...

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