Radio: Around the Corner, Now

"Television is now ready for the American public." This cheery huzza last week from Jack Poppele, president of the Television Broadcasters Association, was premature—by about six months, at the very least. Television had certainly not yet arrived for the general public. But the industry had good reason for optimism. Washington, finally admitting that the baby was big enough for pants of its own, gave television a preliminary set of rules & regulations.

The Federal Communications Commission allocated 400 U.S. television stations, doled them out to cities on a basis of population and area served.-This order heartened television pioneers who feared a free-for-all...

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