Show Business: Tube-lt-Yourself

Some day, predicted Andy Warhol a few years ago, "everybody will be famous for at least 15 minutes." Thanks to the Federal Communications Commission, such universal celebrity may soon be possible. In 1972 the FCC ruled that all cable-television stations entering the top 100 market areas in the U.S. and having more than 3,500 subscribers must provide at least one channel for the exclusive use of the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

"It's like an electronic Hyde Park speaker's corner," said Shirley Simmons, a member of an off-off-Broadway repertory company planning to...

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