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Mike Hobart



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:49 am    Post subject: Radio in wartime Reply with quote

Judy P. Sopronyi, an editor and writer who grew up listening to the radio in Kansas, vaguely recalls hearing the spooky laugh of The Shadow and trying to imitate it. She wrote an article "Watching the Radio" for the April 2006 issue of America in WWII. There's an interesting observation in the article that I'd never seen before:

As popular as radios were, there were still many people who didnít own one. Ralph Parker, who applied for a radio station license in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, before he went off to war, estimates that only 45 percent of homes had radios. They were substantial purchases, and the years leading up to the war were Depression years. Some country dwellers didnít even have electricity yet. When production of radios stopped in 1942 as factories were reconfigured to manufacture war supplies, most families without radios remained without them until after the war.
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