[78-L] Radio Poets

Donna Halper dlh at donnahalper.com
Thu Jun 14 12:31:59 PDT 2012

On 6/14/2012 3:06 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> Of course these Victor records had nothing to do with broadcasting.
> Most major radio stations in 1922 had licenses that forbid mechanical
> reproductions including player pianos as well as phonographs.

I wonder how thoroughly that ban was enforced.  I have actual playlists 
from 1921-1922, and they show that phonograph records were played on 
certain programs here in greater Boston.  I know Edison took a very dim 
view of phonograph records being played on the air, and the Federal 
radio Commission was persuaded circa 1927-28 to place restrictions on 
so-called "canned music," but the ban got reversed several years later; 
and even in the early 1920s, it certainly does seem that some stations 
were playing records-- or am I misunderstanding what you said?

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