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Seldes first discusses an obsession of his. Because he cannot control his anger related to this topic he has written down what he wants to say and will read it rather than "talk" it. For the second year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded 'special awards' to inactive performers because of their patriotism. He views this as a slight to Charlie Chaplin, who has been maligned by the government. This year, the award went to Joseph Green, head of code enforcement.
Seldes then discusses the profession of the radio critics. Radio criticism took a long time to gain popularity, because it required the reviewing of something that had gone by, unlike movies. Finally, radio critics began reviewing whole series. Television critics did not have to struggle in the same way, radio critics were already ready to adapt to the new art.
He also talks about programs that preempt all others - he believes this shouldn't happen in case they are not all they are cracked up to be.
He mentions Philip Hamburger, the critic for The New Yorker. Seldes finds his habit of writing reviews to "Dear Aunt Irene" irritating, but otherwise finds him to have good taste. He goes on to specific other specific reviewers.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 64351
Municipal archives id: LT3095