Radio: The Stepchild

"Everybody thinks of radio as NBC," complained talkative, high-strung Bernice Judis. "That's silly. CBS doesn't like it—and neither do we." She was speaking for her own station, Manhattan's successful 10,000-watt WNEW, and for the 734 other radio independents (nearly half of all U.S. stations) who felt that they had been treated as stepchildren by the network-dominated National Association of Broadcasters.

This week, at N.A.B.'s annual convention in Chicago, the independents got together for a meeting of their own—the first in radio history. "Tudie" Judis, one of radio's most remarkable personalities, was not there ("I hate conventions"). But she had planned the strategy...

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