Radio: Bughum

To Arch Oboler, the nicest thing about winning a prize is making the acceptance speech. In his twelve years of radio writing, he has done plenty of both. But unlike his writing (Alter Ego, Free World Theater, etc.), Oboler's speeches seldom please radio. In Oklahoma City, in a talk he titled "Bughum" ("humbug, backwards"), Arch paid his respects to radio:

"An amazing assortment of evasions, half-truths and untruths activate the kilocycles. Radio actresses whose only acquaintance with hose washing is an occasional rinsing of ... nylons in a hotel bedroom . . . stand before microphones and read 'authentic testimonials' about...

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