National Affairs: Fiddlers Three

"I'm ready to face the music," cried James Caesar Petrillo, "and I don't mean amateur or foreign music."

The music was a possible $1,000 fine or one year's imprisonment for violation of the Lea ("anti-Petrillo") bill recently passed by Congress (TIME, April 15). The bill forbids any attempt to compel radio broadcasters to hire more people than they need. Contemptuous of the law of the land, Caesar ruled that Chicago's station WAAF, a one-kilowatt independent, should double its uncomplaining staff of three record librarians. When the station demurred, Caesar informed the three union members that they were henceforth on strike.

Then he summoned...

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