Radio: Home Front

The nation's broadcasters last week found themselves the bearers of a new responsibility. Menaced—so they really believed for the first time—from the air, San Franciscans and Los Angelenos hugged the radio as if it were mother's knee. At first, as elsewhere in the nation, people exploded with sudden disgust at the remnants of saccharine sales talk lilting from loudspeakers.

When the news bulletins ceased to come, people felt a little lost. For nine-and twelve-hour periods in Oregon and Washington, various but generally shorter spells in California, nothing at all could be tuned in...