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Wgl Yielded to U.S. Radio Commission’s Request Under Protest

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Colonel Lewis Landes, owner of Station WGL, declared yesterday that the arrangement to share its broadcasting hours with Station WHAP, which the Federal Board of Radio Control had closed down for interference with Canadian channels, was made despite protest. He insisted that the arrangement was only temporary and that it had been consented to only because WGL desired to cooperate with the board in its efforts to reallocate wave lengths.

The degree to which WGL objected to sharing time with the Ford station, owned by the William H. Taylor Finance Corporation, is indicated by a series of telegrams which have passed between the Federal board and Colonel Landes. Landes’s reply to the board’s request for an allocation was:

“Cannot have our directorate, consisting mostly of officers of the World War and one director holding Congressional Medal of Honor, associated with station sending out in our opinion un-American utterances.”

Another telegram said: “Station WGL protests your action in asking it to share its channel with WHAP, but in accordance with your request, much to our displeasure, we did offer to share our channel with WHAP temporarily for exclusive use by them of Sunday night hours. They refused this, and Mr. Ford, their representative stated it was his intention under the circumstances to broadcast every night. In view of this statement by Mr. Ford it seems to me that your suggestion to me to give WHAP part time cannot be carried out.”

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