Broadcasting: If Ever a Devil . . .

As the owner-operator of Radio Station WBOX in Bogalusa, La., Ralph Blumberg felt it was his civic duty to help explain the meaning of the new civil rights law to his community. The local Ku Klux Klan disagreed. And to bolster its argument, its members threw bricks through Blumberg's car windows, spread tacks in his driveway, fired six shots into his transmitter, forced the station's transfer from rented quarters to a trailer. So convincingly did Klansmen threaten the lives of his wife and children that Blumberg moved them to St. Louis.

Blumberg stayed...

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