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To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

Permit me to thank you for your column in Monday’s Bulletin. I refer to your article on Jewish radio hours.

How true every statement is, I can verify, for I have been seeking to clear up this unfortunate condition, especially in Brooklyn, where the Jewish broadcasting has its headquarters.

I had contact with these broadcasters and found what seemed to be the only way out, which would be acceptable to the public at large and the Jewish people in particular. It was impossible to find any sympathy. The pocketbook was too dear to the owners of the stations and the vision was not far-reaching.

When, in company with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, this situation came up for discussion before the Federal Communications Commission, I undertook to show that these Jewish hours were not representative of the Jews at all, and in this battle I had the splendid cooperation of Dr. Abels, president of the Jewish Ministers Association, who came to the national capital and put himself and his organization squarely on record as opposed to the present status of Jewish broadcasting. Also Dr. Maxwell Ross, and other distinguished Jews aligned themselves with the battle.

It is unfortunate that in seeking to retain the right to commercialize and exploit the Jewish ideals and ideas, that these very individuals set up a wild cry that to interfere with them is to interfere with the rights of the Jews on the air. It is only with the cooperation of such outspoken and aggressive statements such as yours that the government officials will be made to realize that it is to the best interests of the Jewish people as a whole that these broadcasters be brought to terms, and forced to live up to definite standards.

Charles D. Isaacson.

Brooklyn, N. Y.

Jan. 30, 1935.

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