Radio: Angry Small Fry

Back in 1932, in the course of a reallocation, the old radio commission assigned stations WWRL, WCNW, and WMBQ, a trio of aerial small fry from Queens and Brooklyn, to the same spot on New York's crowded band. It suggested that they split up their time as fairly as possible. Promptly the trio began to squabble, resorting to any device to make their chunk of time more profitable than their rivals'. Jam-packed with advertising, loaded with corny stuff, their programs brought little pleasure to the listening public.

When FCC succeeded the old radio commission,...

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