Radio: No Chance

In Washington, the Federal Communications Commission threw its Sunday punch at radio's gaudy giveaway shows which have been showering the U.S. with more than $185,000 in prizes every week (and thereby holding an audience estimated at over 30 million). After a year's study, FCC voted 3 to 1 last week to ban giveaways from the air, effective Oct. 1.

FCC found its justification in Section 1,304 of the Criminal Code, which makes unlawful the broadcast of "any lottery, gift enterprise or similar scheme." But what, precisely, was a lottery? To FCC it was any program on which a prize "of money or...

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