Radio Free America

A merry band of broadcast buccaneers conspire to crank up their volume

More than 100,000 prosperous conventioneers registered here last week for the broadcasting industry's annual trade bash. They included engineers, ad salesmen, station execs, computer techies, disk jockeys, videographers, all wearing National Association of Broadcasters badges, most of them basking in record profits.

They paid little heed to a score of boisterous protesters enacting an oddly surreal, '60s-style pageant outside the vast convention hall: long-haired, body-pierced youths waved hand-painted signs with such slogans as SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL and DON'T LET THEM NAB OUR AIRWAVES; a 30-ft. red, white and blue banner proclaimed MICROPOWER; and a red-bearded man in sandals and beret cried...

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