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District National Guard
Commendation for the manner In'
which the State staff of the National
Guard of the District of Columbia per
formed Its duties at the recent annual
encampment at Camp Albert C. Ritchie
at Cascade, Md., was contained In a
report of the Regular Army officers as
signed there for Inspection duty, a copy
of which was sent to all officers of the
organization:
"The manner In which this organi
sation carried out its work during Its
period of field training Is worthy of
commendation,” the report said.
In forwarding the report to the offi
cers concerned, Lieut. Col. J. 8. Upham.
adjutant general, Included the following
statement:
"The commanding general Is pleased
that the officers so conducted their work
as to warrant this commendation.”
The State staff Includes Maj. George
J. Allen, chief medical officer, who had
charge of the medical activities at the
camp, at which also was Mai. Oen.
Anton Stephan, commander of the 29tl*
National Ouard Division, and his staff;
Capt. Judge C. Jensen, ordnance officer,
and Maj. Sidney Morgan, Inspector
general.
The 29th Division Military Police
Company was singled out for special
distinction on the drill field last Tues
day night as the organisation of the
local Ouard which had the best at
tendance record of the year. Depart
ment Comdr. Charles B. Jennings of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars presented to
Capt. William T. Roy, on behalf of the
company, the attendance trophy do
nated by the organization to be awarded
•ach year to the organization which has
the best attendance at Its weekly drills.
The police company was paraded be
fore the other troops quartered at the
Pennsylvania avenue armory.
Pvt. Orant W. Van Demark has been
ordered transferred from the Reserve to
the active list of Battery B. 260th Coast
Artillery. j
Second Lieut. David W. Milne. Head
quarters Detachment, Special Troops.
29th Division, has been ordered to re
port before a Board of Examiners for
examination to determine his quali
fications for promotion to the rank of
first lieutenant of Infantry.
Picks and Shovels, the service pub
lication of Company B, 121st En
gineers, has called attention to the
order that the target season of the
local Ouard has been extended to Oc
tober 31 and adds that the purpose
of this extension Is to allow extra time
for the new men to have an oppor
tunity to shoot for record and also to
afford time for practice with the auto
matic rifle. Members of the command
who fired their record rifle courses and
who are Interested In automatic rifle
Mag are urged to take advantage of
W* opportunity to participate In It.
AH pistol practice. It was said, must
be completed by the end of the cur
rent month.
The following of Battery B. 260th
Coast Artillery, have been ordered
teansferred from the active to the
Xeeerve list of that command for the
Nasons given:
Business interference with the per
fennance of military duty—Pvt. (Pint
Class) Clayton M. Thomas, Pvts. Wal-
Sbm < M E^NeU <IJPh M Jone * &nd Wll-
removal from the Dls-
Wct—Fvta. James C. Baskin, Joseph
S. Fitzgerald and Russell P. Liver
more.
Pvt. Lawls A. Hazelwood has been
ordered transferred from the Reserve
to the active list of the Headquarters
•nd Service Company. 121st Engineer*.
Hie annual rifle and pistol compe
titions of the National Ouard of the
District of Columbia were started at
the rifle range of the Ouard at Camp
Blmms, Congress Heights, D. C., yes
terday and will be continued today and
on November 1 and 8 next. The
company team championship match
and the automatic rifle match were
fired yesterday.
On the program for today are the
novice match, and the marksman and
expert's matches. The first is open
a* these who have fired In 1931 their
fim season of target practice under
military, Raval qr Marine Corps su
pervision. The second Is open to ell
•xcept those who have been officials,
shooting members or alternates of any
national match or Sea Girt teams, and
who have completed their official target
practice for the year 1931. The expert's
match is open to all.
The 300-yard match, open to all, will
be fired November 1. beginning at 7:30
a.m., the course of fire being five shots
sitting and five shots kneeling with no
allowance for sighting shots. The 600-
yard match, also to be fired on this
day. Is open to all who have qualified
as marksmen or better, the course of
fire being 10 shots, prone, with two
sighting shots.
The Individual championship match
Is open to «U, the aggregate of the In
dividual scores made m the novice,
marksman's or expert's matches or the
900 and 600 yard matches to count. The
winner Is to be designated "The Cham
pion Rifle Shot of the District of Co
lumbia National Ouard.”
The prises were announced aa fol
lows. the same for each individual
match: First place, gold medal; sec
ond place, silver medal; third place,
bronze medal. The executive officer of
the matches has been authorised to
eliminate any number of low score
flrers at the close of the 300-yard
match and cancel their entries In the
600-yard match and the individual
•hampionshlp match.
Capt. Just C. Jensen. Ordnance De
partment, has been designated as execu
tive officer of the matches.
The following pistol matches, open to
6* members of the Ouard. will be held
beginning at 8 o'clock on the morning
of November 8:
Company team match, open to teams
of three from each company and de
tachment; novice match, open to those
who have never fired on a pistol team,
representing the District of Columbia
National Ouard, who have never par
ticipated in the national or Sea Girt
matches.
The individual championship match
Is open to all personnel, commissioned
or enlisted, prior to the date of the or
der for the matches. The course of fire
will be the record practice for the dis
mounted course.
Three organisations of the local
Ouard mustered sufficient men at their
drill last week to reach the classifica
tion of superior In attendance, accord
ing to the report compiled at brigade
headquarters from reports from the or
ganisations. The Headquarters Detach
ment, 29th Division, headed the list,
with a percentage of 95.34. The other
organisations in this classification are
1 the State Detachment, 94.73, and the
•9th Division Military Police Company,
With a percentage of 94.64.
The other organisations of the Ouard.
IP their respective classifications, with
percentages, follow In their relative
• order:
Excellent—Headquarters Detachment,
Special Troops, 29th Division, 87.50:
Medical Department Detachment. 121st
■ Engineers, 84.21; Headquarters Detach
ment and Combat Train, 260th Coast
Artillery, 62.35.
Very satisfactory—Headquarters and
Service Company, 121st Engineers,
77.19; Band, 121st Engineers, 74.28;
Company A, 121st Engineers, 74.19;
Company E, 121st Engineers, 73.01;
Company D, 121st Engineers, 72.58;
Battery E, 260th Coast Artillery, 71.18;
Medical Department Detachment, 260th
Coast Artillery , 70.00.
Satisfactory—Company A, 372 d In
fantry, 89.58; Company F, 121st Engi
neers. 86.88; Company B. 121st Engi
neers, 85.08; Company C, 121st Engl-'
mars, 63.50; Battery C. 260th Coast
Artillery. 60.00.
Unsatisfactory Battery A. 260th
Coast Artillery. 58.18; Battery B. 280th
Coast Artillery, 65.73.
Examinations of candidates for the
eligible list, ftom which will be se
lected men for promotion to the rank
es second lieutenant in the Infantry,
Engineers and Coast Artillery, will be
neld commencing on the evening of N 0....
.... %
j vember 10 next, it was announced at
brigade headquarters. The examina
tions are open to all enlisted men of the
National Guard of this city who have
completed six months' service Immedi
ately preceding the date of examination.
Applications to take the examination
must be submitted on the regular form
and must be sent through military
channels, so as to reach the Adjutant
General’s Office by November 6 next.
The Instructions direct the examina
tion boards to give particular attention
to the selection of candidates who are
possessed of command ability and are
not alone satisfactory In theoretical
examinations.
Examining boards appointed by the
Army Corps area commander for the
respective branches of the service have
been designated to conduct the tests.
Dates have been fixed by brigade
headquarters for the annual Inspection
of records and property of the 121st
Engineer Regiment units by the United
States Army Instructor assigned here.
They are as follows: Company F, No
D. C. Naval Reserve
Both officers and men of the Ist I
Battalion, United States Naval Reserves,
of the District of Columbia, have dis
played considerable Interest In the re- j
ported proposed cut In activities of the
Naval Reserve to the extent of about 11
per cent as a part of the President's
economy program. Just what activity
might suffer in the event that Congress
accedes to the executive department’s
suggestions for reductions Is a matter
about which the local Reservists would
like definite Information.
About the only place that an 11 per
cent cut might hit here. It was sug
gested, would be In the reduction of
personnel, as the local Reserve has no
training ship assigned here, this fea
ture having been lopped off during an
earlier economy move of the President
when the U. S. S. Abel P. Upshur was
transferred to the Coast Guard for use
In the Atlantic rum fleet of that serv
ice. Since that time the organization
has not had a ship, but took its annual
cruises last year aboard the U. S. de
stroyer Hamilton, one of the ships as
signed to the Atlantic Training Squad
ron, which also has In It two battle
ships.
The local Reserve Battalion now has
in it 17 officers and 175 men of the
Fleet Reserve. All of these men receive
pay for attending the weekly drills and
for the annual cruises, and a reduc
tion of this force by 11 per cent would
save their pay for the year. This cut
could be effected by transferring them
to the volunteer branch of the Reserve,
where they are not*required to put in
drill time In training and where, of
course, they do not receive any pay.
The estimates now being prepared are
for the next fiscal year, beginning in
July, 1932. The next cruises of the Re
serve will not be held until that time.
Os course, any reduction in personnel
will cause a drop in the cost of the
annual cruises. However, the cruises
cannot be eliminated as long as men
are kept on the Fleet Reserve list, as
the law requires them to take 15
days of sea duty for training each year.
The ship keeper force has been re
leased, with the exception of one man
kept at the armory for such work as
Is needed there from time to time and
which the inactive Reservists cannot
perform during the short periods they
are there each week. It is believed
therefore that the activities of the local
outfit are right down to the bone, un
less, of course, it Is decided to weaken
the national defense by the reduction
of the Reserve personnel and cut down
on the training. Reduction of drill pe
riods, of course, would cut down the
fund for pay.
Any proposed reduction of the Re
serve activities, it was pointed out, also
is likely to meet with political opposi
tion from the Reserve organizations in
the various States. Many of them have
strong political backing, and every
move to rob any of them of what they
have is usually met with political oppo
sition.
Not a few of them at the present
time still have training ships in com
mission and use them for week-end
cruises. Each ship eliminated, of
course, would result in quite a saving,
as their upkeep is expensive, to say
nothing of the pay of the skeleton crew
of Reservists which are kept aboard all
of them at all times for maintenance
purposes. A number of the Reserve or
ganizations in the States also have Naval
Reserve officers on indefinite periods
of active duty in connection with ac
tivities of the Reserve in their respec
tive areas, and if the proposed reduc
tion is carried through the department
may find it necessary to eliminate them
and substitute in their places officers
of the regular Navy. There also are
Reserve officers on indefinite active duty
in the Division of Reserve Affairs at the
Navy Department. ,
The Reserve Officers Association for
many years lought for the right to have
some of the Reserve commissioned per
sonnel on Indefinite active duty, and
• the elimination of any of them would
be a serious blow from the Reserve
viewpoint, it was indicated.
The Reserve cut which hss been pro
posed probsbly will receive consider- s
able attention from the association !
when it meets in annual convention
here the latter part of this year or the
first of next, and there is little doubt
that representatives of the body will
have conferences with their members
of Congress regarding the situation
while they are here.
Three enlisted men of the local bat
talion accepted the Invitation of the
Navy Department to make a cruise
from Yorktown, Va., to Galveston.
Tex., and return to Philadelphia, it
was announced at the local reserve
headquarters last week. The three men
were John W. Irwin, boatswain’s mate,
first class; Daniel M. Levy and Francis
T. Tuell, both firemen, third class, and
all attached to the 3d Fleet Division.
None of the commissioned personnel
. of the local battalion accepted the in
• vltation of the department, which re
i qulred them to meet all their expenses
> in connection with the cruise.
The enlisted men, while required to
meet the expense of travel to and from
i ; the ports of embarkation and debarka
■ tlon, nevertheless were to be relieved of
the cost of subsistence during the voy
. age. which will end November 21 next
[ at Philadelphia. The enlisted men re
• ported aboard the Wyoming at York
■ town last Monday.
Stanley R. Chase, teaman, second
class, and Robert I. Kelso, with the
same rating, have been ordered trans
ferred from the volunteer to the fleet
reserve. The former waa ordered as
signed to the Ist Fleet Division and the
latter to the 3d Fleet Division.
The following men. attached to the
2d Fleet Division, been ordered
transferred to the volunteer branch:
Benjamin J. De Lacy, electrician's mate,
third class, and Carl B. Beckwith and
Howard O. Bradford, both seamen, sec
ond class.
The local reserve battalion will not
hold its usual drill tomorrow night, but
has postponed it until Tuesday, when
the organization will celebrate Navy day.
No elaborate plans have been made for
the celebration, as has been the prac
tice heretofore, but every effort will be
made to show friends and relatives of
the reservists Just what the citizen
sailors do on their drill nights in order
to prepare themselves for service at sea
aboard ships of the Navy in time of
war.
It being the end of the month, Lieut.
Harold E. Richardson, commanding of
ficer of the battalion, will make his
usual Inspection. Following this formal
ceremony, officers and men of the outfit
will give a demonstration of the activi
ties.
The 2d Fleet Division, under the
command of Lieut. (Junior Orade) Cle
land, will put on an lnfanjrr drill. This
outfit won the Infantry drilßcompetition
of last year. The 3d Fleet Division, un-
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| vember 5; Company E. November 0;
Company D. November 7; Company C,
November 9; Company B. November 10;
i Company A. November 11; Medical De
: partment Detachment, November 12,
I and Headquarters and Service Com
pany, November 13.
The hours of the inspection are to be
i agreed upon between the Instructor and
the unit commander.
Coast Artillery Inspections will be
held as follows: Battery E. October
28; Headquarters. 260 tn Coast Artillery
and Medical Department Detachment.
October 29: Battery A, October 30;
Battery B, November 2; Battery C, No
vember 3, and Headquarters Detach
ment and Combat Train, November 4.
The following have been ordered
honorably discharged on account of re
moval from the city: Pvt. (First Class)
Harry R. Summers. Battery A, 260th
Coast Artillery, and Pvt. George P.
Chandler, Company P. 121st Engineers.
Pvt. Thomas G. Oyster has been
ordered transferred from the reserve to
the active list of Company E, 121st En
gineers. ,
Orders recently Issued directing the
honorable discharge of Pvt. (First Class)
Joseph M. Catchlngs, company B, 121st
Engineers, have been revoked.
I der the command of Lieut. Williams,
will stage * destrover battle problem,
featuring gunnery. This organization
won the target competition during the
annual cruise last Summer. The signal
gang will show the various methods of
visual signaling used on ships of the
Navy. A large crowd Is expected to at
tend.
Ensign Gordon Dykes, as offleer-of
t he-deck, will have charge of carrying
out the details of the program. H. B.
Berryhlll. boatswain's mate, first class,
will be chief petty officer of the watch;
P W. Bogikes, seaman, second class,
quartermaster of the watch; C. B. Beck
with, seaman, second class, captain's
orderly, and C. E. Carter, seaman, sec
ond class, sentry.
The Naval Reserve Inspection Board,
composed of officers of the regular es
tablishment, spent the greater part of
this month on the Wear. Coast. Since
October 12 It has visited the battalions
and divisions located at Santa Cruz, San
Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego
and Los Angeles, Calif.
The Inspection Board recently report
ed that the present plan of assigning
a destroyer training squadron on the
East Coast to provide week end cruises
would prove beneficial, in Its belief. The
other smaller vessels assigned to the
Naval Reserve units were reported to be
in generally good condition. It added
that the eagle boats so assigned are
considered excellent training vessels for
week end cruises in that they give train
ing to the engineer forces that cannot
be had on the subchasers and motor
launches.
The board reported that it still con
siders that considerable advantage
might be gained In training by assign
ing units for their training cruises to
battleships or cruisers once every three
or four years. Some of the divisions on
the East Coast have already been des
ignated as battleships divisions and will
make their training cruises next Sum
mer on battleships. However, the board
added that it Is believed that the di
visions of the 9th Naval District, which
now cruise on the Great Lakes, are the
one which would be mostly benefltted
by battleship or cruiser experience.
Under the present system, these divi
sions. 52 in all, have no opportunity for
actual contact with the regular Navy.
A modification of the cruising scheduled
contained in the report, it is suggested,
would give these divisions this most es
sential contact and would serve to im
bue in officers and men more of the
feeling that they are actually a part of
the regular Navy.
Data obtained for the calendar year
1930, just made public, reveals a loss
of fleet reserve men, for all fleet di
visions, of 40.6 per cent. This is de
clared to be a slight improvement over
the previous year, when the loss was
41.9 per cent. It was pointed out that
the turnover low does not Include men
lost through expiration of enlistment,
but consists mainly of men lost through
transfer to the volunteers. Generally,
It was explained, these men are trans
ferred on account of failure to attend
drills, either through lack of interest
or by reason of moving, night work,
etc. Some divisions have been able to
keep the loss to a minimum and at the
same time to keep up drill attendance.
The turnover losses In the twelfth dis
trict, 54 per cent; ninth district, 48.4
per cent, and fourth district, 46.9 per
cent, were considered by the board to be
exceptionally high and should be greatly
reduced during the calendar year 1931.
Certainly little real progress in mo
! bilization efficiency can be expected
: with so many men entering and leav
ing the Reserve each year, the board
commented.
C. B. S. OFFICIAL DENIES
‘BOOSTER’ STATION RUMOR
Lawrence Lowman, Station Super
visor, Repeats Assurances of
Network Company.
Repeating the assurances of the Co
lumbia Broadcasting System that it has
no Intention of erecting a Nation-wide
system of "booster" stations, Lawrence
W. Lowman, C. B. S. station super
visor, appeared before the Federal Radio
Commission last week to ask for au
thority to erect a 250-watt "booster”
in Washington to operate in synchro
nism with WABC, New York City, on
the latter’s clear channel.
In collaboration with Bell Labors
! torles, Mr. Lowman said, simple but
effective frequency control equipment
has been perfected making such syn
chronism feasible. Station WMAL, Co
lumbia's Washington outlet, will go off
the network if the application, now un
der consideration of the commission, Is
granted, and may possibly join one of
the N. B. C. networks.
Mr. Lowman and engineers testified
that It would be Impossible to erect a
national system of "boosters" operating
on a single wave length under the pres
ent allocation. Even if it were. Mr.
Lowman added, the Columbia network
values Its present station affiliations too
highly to do so.
GIBBS HEADS POSTAL
Retired Chief of Army «rn*l Corpa
to Direct Telegraph Company.
Retiring as chief of the Army Signal
Corps less than four months ago to
become vice president of the Interna
tional Telephone & Telegraph Co., in
charge of its telegraph, cable and
radio subsidiaries, Maj. Gen. George S.
I Gibbs, authority on co-ordinated com
munications, has just been elected
president of the Postal Telegraph-
Cable Co., succeeding Clarence H.
Mackay, who becomes chairman of the
board.
He will have charge of the various
expanding radio services of the I. T. Si
T„ including the Mackay Radio &
Telegraph Co., which is fast becoming
a strong competitor of Radio Corpora
tion of America, both in the interna
! tional and domestic communications
fields. Mackay is also in the radio set
producing field now by its recently ac
quired control of the Kolster Co.
R. C. A.-Victor Head Betipu.
Edward E. Shumaker has resigned as
president of R.C.A.-„Victor Co.. Camden,
N. J., effective January 1, 1932, in
order be retire from active business.
No successor has been named.
i. r
The 11-month-Old son of William
Watson of Clogher, Ireland, was
drowned in a tub of buttermilk lt
centif.
STATION CLOSINGS
SEEN DRASTIC STEP
Commission’s Authority Due
for Test in Rulings on
WIBO and WPCC.
BY MARTIN CODEL.
Those who rule the ether lanes for
the Federal Government have just taken
one of the most drastic steps in the
history of broadcasting. Tney have
sentenced to death two radio statins In
one State In order to make way on their
jointly occupied wave length for a sta
tion In another State. Now arises the
issue whether such action is within
their scope of authority, particularly
whether the so-called "quota system"
of measuring the due facilities of each
State can hold legal water.
Reversing the recommendations of
Chief Examiner Ellis A. Yost, the Fed
eral Radio Commission has ordered
WIBO, Chicago, owned by the Nelson
Brothers Bond & Mortgage Co., and
WPCC, also Chicago, owned by the
North Shore Church, off the air to
make way on the 560-kilocycle chan
nel for WJKS, Gary, Ind., controlled
by Ralph Atlass.
Arguments Heard.
The commission’s decision follows
lengthy hearings before Mr. Yoet, at
which the relative public service merits
of the several stations were argued on
behalf of WJKS, on the one hand, by
Mrs. Mabel Walker Willebrandt and on
behalf of WIBO, on the other hand, by
Levi Cooke. Both are prominent Wash
ington attorneys, Mrs. Willebrandt be
ing the former Assistant Attorney Gen-»
eral in charge of prohibition cases and
now popularly identified with the Cali
fornia grape concentrate interests.
Not only does the commission’s ac
tion mean a reversal of Mr. Yost, who
found that the public welfare would
not be served by depriving the Chicago
stations of their facilities and giving
them to the nearby Gary station, but It
represents a tremendous victory for
Mrs. Willebrandt. There were political
aspects to the case also, with Indiana
Interests lining up in favor of the Gary
station's plea.
On Mr. Cooke’s part, he minces no
words In denouncing the decision and
saying it will immediately be appealed
to the courts. An injunction to keep
the stations cn the air pending appeal
was to be sought immedlatley. Station
WIBO, a 1,000-watter, represents an in
vestment of $300,000 and Its constitu
tional rights are being violated In that
Its property Is being confiscated with
out due process, according to Mr. Cooke.
Without a wave assignment, Its physical
property, of course, is worthless.
Chicago’s Quota CHed.
Ostensibly the commission was moved
to Its action because it believes the rec
ord shows WJKS proved at the hear
ings before Mr. Yost that its services
are more In the public interest than
those of the two Chicago stations. Ac
tually, the commission’s technical
grounds for decision will also state that
Illinois, particularly Chicago, Is greatly
overquota in Its due allotment of broad
casting facilities, while Indiana is con
siderably underquota.
But Gary is Just on the border of
Illinois and. with Its 1,000 watts, WJKS
will undoubtedly cover Chicago or the
better part of Chicago. Nevertheless,
the Davis equalization amendment to
the radio act, prescribing that radio
facilities be divided among zones equally
and among States in proportion to their
populations, leaves no recourse to the
commission but to respect State de
mands. Since radio waves cannot be
added or further crowded, the only way
a station can get anything is to take
it away from another. That WJKS ap
pears to have succeeded in doing.
General Order 102 of the commission
fixes quota allotments mathematically
and that order will be the center of
the court appeal. It is that order which
has virtually "frozen” present radio
assignments, since It renders practically
Impossible the change in the wave or
power status of any station unless the
facility sought Is taken away from an
other station in an underquota State.
Lawyers and broadcasters alike are
eying this case with keen interest be
cause of the important precedents It
Involves, both as to the commission’s
exercise of power and as to the test it
will bring of General Order 102.
In the meantime, In another Chicago
case In which the commission also ex
ercised summary authority, the Fed
eral board’s right to take a station off
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can radio factories are now at
their busiest period of the year,
reports the Radio Manufacturers’
Association. Parts manufacturers
are also especially active and
wages for the most part are being
sustained. The demand for tubes
as well as new sets has had its
usual seasonal increase during
September and October, and is
expected to continue through the
Winter months.
The R. M. A. sees in the recent
high-power grants of the Federal
Radio Commission a stimulus for
increased radio sales, especially
in the Southern States and in
the rural areas which will be
better served by higher broad
casting powers. One of the in
teresting current trade develop
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late radio sales, not only because
many utilities themselves are sell
ing sets, but because electric sets
consume current and mean more
use of home lighting. The R. M. A.
has decided to hold its next an
nual trade show in Chicago the
week of May 23, 1932.
** * *
AMERICA’S —and probably the
world’s—most gigantic single
construction undertaking actual
ly begins early in November when
work on the superstructures of
several of the 10 building units
of Radio City starts in midtown
1 Manhattan. The job of razing
the former buildings in the three
square-block area and of exca
vating for basements and founda
tions is practically completed.
Contracts for erection of three
of the units have been let at a
cost said to exceed $50,000,000, or
nearly half the cost of the whole.
Six thousand men will be em
ployed on the three buildings. In
November, work is to begin on
the International Music Hall, "the
world’s largest theater,” to be
operated by Radio-Keith-Or
pheum, under “Roxy” Rothafel.
It will be 31 stories high. At the
same time work Is to begin on a
sound motion picture theater
seating more than 3,500 persons.
These buildings are scheduled
for completion by October 1, 1932.
About December 1, work begins
on the central unit of the whole
project, a 66-story office building
containing 2,723,000 square feet
of space, more than that of any
other building in the world. Ris
ing 830 feet above the street level,
It will have two basement levels,
its east and west dimensions
being about 170 feet. This is the
building that will house the of
fles and 27 studios of the National
Broadcasting Co., the headquar
ters offices of Radio Corporation
of America and the offices of
Radio Corporation of America
Photophone, Inc., which together
will occupy more than 700,000
square feet. This building is
scheduled for completion by De
cember, 1932.
the air was upheld by the United States
Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago. In
the reallocation of 1928 the Commission
ordered WMBB-WOK, a 5,000-watt sta
tion in Chicago, off the air to relieve
the congested radio situation in that
area. Judge Wllkerson in Federal Dis
trict Court upheld the commission in
an opinion denying the claims of the
American Bond Si Mortgage Co., own
ers of the former station, that it had
vested and property rights. This de
cision is now upheld by the appeals
court, and, unless carried to the United
States Supreme Court, appears to set
tle any more question about the au
thority of Congress and the commis
sion to regulate broadcasting.
The court held In the property rights
issue raised that "every investment in I
broadcasting stations was subject to
this exercise of reasonable and necessary
regulation by Congress" and that “as
against such possible regulation there
existed no vested right In favor of In
vestors.”
SPLIT NETWORKS
NEW RADIO VOGUE
Latest Shake-up of Broadcast Links
Hade by N. B. C. on
Pacific Coast.
Split network* are coming Into greater
vogue as the national network organi
zations, apparently still in the market
to purchase or link more stations at
strategic points, form new alignments
of their existing or newly acquired sta
tions.
The latest shake-up of network links
' appears on the Pacific Coast, where
N. B. C., by reason of its recent pur
chase of the four stations of the North
west system, now has tw s o networks of
five stations each to replace its former
single Pacific Coast network of nine
stations. These nets are to be operated
either as regional units or as supple
ments to the basic N. B. C.-WEAF and
N B. C.-WJZ networks.
The first line-up, known as the
Orange network, consists of KGO, Oak
land. Calif., as key; KFI, Los Angeles;
KGW, Portland; KOMO, Seattle, and
KHQ, Spokane. The second line-up,
known as the Gold network, consists
of KPO. Sati Francisco, as key; KECA,
Los Angeles; KEX, Portland; KJR,
Seattle, and KGA. Spokane. To either
of these regular networks, the N. B. C.
also links KFSD, San Diego, and
KTAR, Phoenix. Ariz.
Os these stations, KEX. KJR and
KGA were in the Northwest group re
cently purchased. So also was KYA,
San Francisco, but despite its N. B. C.
ownership it will not join any network
for the present.
On Columbia’s spart, it still continues
as one basic network, but it breaks that
net into various groups for regional
coverage, notably the New England,
Dixie, Midwestern and Pacific Coast
groups. On November 1, Columbia will
add WGN of the Chicago Tribune to
its*basic network, giving it an addi
tional outlet to WBBM, Chicago, which
it owns. This will replace WMAQ of
the Chicago Daily News, its former sec
ond Chicago affiliation, half interest in
which was recently purchased by N.
B. C.
Reports that N. B. C. may shortly
acquire control and management of the
Westlnghouse group of stations, as it
has of the General Electric group, are
flatly denied by F. A. Merrick, Westing
house president. In a formal state
ment. he says that Westinghouse "has
no intention of divesting itself of own
ership, operation or control of its broad
casting stations or any one of them.”
He added that his company intends
itself to continue “pioneer” work with
KDKA, Pittsburgh; WBZ-WBZA, Bos
ton-Springfield, and KYW, Chicago.
The Dial Log.
Stations Heard in Washington Regularly.
Keys. Keys.
WABC 860 WLW 700
WBAL 1060 WMAQ 670
WBZ 990 WOC 1000
WCAO 600 WOR 710
WEAF 660 WPG 1100
WGY 790 WRVA 1110
WHAS 820 WSB 740
WJR 750 WTAM 1070
WJZ 760 WWJ 920
WLS 870 KYW .1020
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d\ Hill
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Ensemble and the Cedar
Hill Quartet, featuring
Durward Bowersox, con
cert violinist.
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