RADIO: WBAI in the Sky

When Manhattan Chemical Engineer Louis Schweitzer gave away his $200,000 FM station last year, he did so, he said, because it was threatening to become a commercial success. The December 1958 newspaper strike had brought so many advertisers and so much advertiser interference to New York's WBAI that Schweitzer had to scramble for a way to preserve his programing ideal: "Free radio."

Last week WBAI-FM began broadcasting under new ownership—California's Pacifica Foundation—and Donor Schweitzer's ideal was getting a good run for his money. The station's program is crowded with excellent music, also...

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