Broadcasting: News, News, News

St. Louis' WIL, which may be the oldest commercial radio station west of the Mississippi, is scheduled to switch this week to all news. So doing, it joins a string of half a dozen other broadcasters who have decided to give up music, sunrise chitchat and daytime lady talk for news, news, news.

Switch-on-any-time news sounds simple—a 30-or 45-minute cycle of news coverage that begins with ten minutes or so of local and world news on the hour and half-hour, then sandwiches in weather, sports, interviews, stock-market reports. Then around again, with fresh material added when needed. On-the-spot reporters can...

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