Radio & TV: Hoover Is Disgruntled

Elder Statesman Herbert Hoover knows just how the Italians feel about radio (see above). At a dinner in Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria honoring his boyhood friend, Lee De Forest, whose three-element tube made radio possible, Hoover lamented that the invention had also made possible the broadcasting of "the worst music on earth—and political speeches." Said the ex-President: "Perhaps the worst of his results is the singing commercial . . . And then there is the fellow who cannot sponsor a program without periodic interruption of huckster chatter into the midst of a great drama." Hoover urged De Forest to redeem himself with another...

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