Radio: Debased Child

Lee De Forest, 73, who fathered modern radio with his 1907 invention of the audion tube, wrote a 40th anniversary letter to the National Association of Broadcasters:

"What have you gentlemen done with my child? He was conceived as a potent instrumentality for culture, fine music, the uplifting of America's mass intelligence. You have debased this child, you have sent him out on the streets . . . to collect money from all and sundry. . . .

"You have made him a laughing stock of intelligence, surely a stench in the nostrils of the gods of the ionosphere; you have cut...

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