WASHINGTON (Feb. 19)
Five large radio stations and a number of small ones have quit the Coughlin radio chain since the National Association of Broadcasters promulgated its code last November, the N.A.B. has been informed, and the Coughlin chain has dropped from a peak of 60 stations to 45 in the last year.
Coughlin has acquired several small stations, not members of the N.A.B. however Stations which no longer carry the Coughlin broadcasts include WTMJ in Milwaukee; WIRE, Indianapolis; MCAO, Baltimore, and large stations in Erie, Pa., and Lowell, Mass.
By Sept. 1, 1940, Coughlin’s contracts with all stations holding membership in the N.A.B. will expire and nearly all of them have indicated to the N.A.B. that the contracts will not be renewed. A notable exception is Detroit’s WJR, where the Coughlin broadcasts originate.
The N.A.B. has estimated, according to an authoritative source, that when the code was established Coughlin was spending $350,000 annually on his broadcasts.
One of his greatest outlets, the entire Colonial network in New England plans to cancel its contract with Coughlin when it expires, and some stations of the network which had individual short term contracts have already cancelled them. The Colonial network is contributing all the money received from Coughlin since the N.A.B. code was established to charity. It has already donated $5,000 to charitable causes.