Television: Anniversary

From the tiny glass box—"about twice the size of a telephone booth"—on the Grand Tier of Manhattan's musty old Metropolitan Opera House came a rich, familiar voice last week: "Good afternoon, opera lovers from coast to coast." To some 10 million of the radio audience, Milton Cross, 60, was making his soist opera broadcast and winding up his 25th season as announcer of ABC's Metropolitan Opera, radio's oldest and biggest spectacular.

Both Cross and ABC had another reason to celebrate: the Texas Co., which has spent $7,500,000 on radio opera in the past 17 years, had just promised to keep picking up...

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