Radio: Queen's Plaything

Novice radio scripters heard one of their best opportunities knock again last week. The Carrington Playhouse, a Mutual (Thurs., 8 p.m., E.D.S.T.) sustainer, which presents the script winning its weekly contest, finished its season—and was renewed for another.

Although the $500 best-of-season award went to a dreamy, lovey-dovey piece called Portrait of a Girl, the Playhouse had actually done some better work. It was one of the few shows to tell writers: "Write about anything you like." And it paid one of radio's prettiest pennies ($200) for winning scripts.

The woman behind this non-commercial...