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Unanticipated irony: Old-time radio listening, 15 October

Information, Please: Louis Hacker (NBC, 1940)

Dr. Louis M. Hacker (left) accepting a gift to Columbia University of George Macy’s Limited Books Club collection of rare books from Macy’s widow, Mary, and Nonesuch Press founder Sir Francis Maynell in 1958—around the time he served as grand jury foreman investigating television quiz show rigging. (Photo: Columbia University.)

Columbia University economist and historian Louis Hacker, tonight’s guest panelist, appears in the early flush of success for his The Triumph of American Capitalism, the beginning of what The Historian in due course would describe as his “ideological journey that would lead him to denounce Marxism.” But Hacker is destined for further—and ironic—renown than that book and tonight’s participation in the classic old-time radio brain exerciser.

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A Non-Manifesto; or: It Isn’t the Mayor of Anaheim, Azuza, and Cucuamonga, Kiddies

f.a., getting into radio the hard way. (Photo: NBC)

“the easiest way to get into radio,” wrote Fred Allen (or fred allen, as he signed those letters not signed “f.a.,” Faljek Prink, Mr. A., or other appellations), “is to become a quiz contestant. when it is your turn and you come to the microphone whip out a revolver, kill the master of ceremonies and take over the quiz program yourself. a lot of listeners will be grateful to you for killing the m.c. and good will is important if you hope to survive in radio . . .

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