Radio: Perfectionist

To U.S. radio, recordings are the staff of life. They fill 43% of all radio time and recently have even moved in on network nighttime hours (e.g., Bing Crosby's new show is transcribed—TIME, Oct. 14). In addition, most big-time programs are recorded in rehearsal, so that weak spots can be patched. Commercials are often test-recorded three or four times.

All this has made a key man of the radio recording engineer. And at the top of this man's world is a woman: softspoken, 35-year-old Mary Howard. Arturo Toscanini, like many another perfectionist, believes...

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