Saturday, January 15, 1955
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
"A batch of assorted notes about broadcasting, mostly."
Gilbert Seldes mentions the bulletin published by the National Association for Better Radio and Television, and provides the contact information for interested listeners. He reads from the bulletin an argument about the FCC, and which political party appoints members of the committee. Seldes expresses concerns that the FCC will become just a committee of Congress that could change every two years with which party runs Congress.
He notes the general public's ignorance of how often broadcasters are required to justify themselves to the FCC for their broadcaster's license. He encourages dissatisfied audiences to find out when this happens and present themselves at the hearings (or at least threaten the stations with this action) to prevent re-issue of the license.
This leads to the media critic to discuss violence in television, which he views as bad, though he excludes the violence seen in Westerns. He quotes Variety magazine about the lack of "domesticity" on the air. He reads from Variety about the state of various soap opera programs.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70384
Municipal archives id: LT6747