TRACY F. TYLER, Editor
VIRGINIA S. TYLER, Assistant to the Editor
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 7
GEORGE JENNINGS, Business Manager
Is This Cooperation, Mr. Broadcaster?
C ALIFORNIA IS ONE OF THE STATES attempting to fol¬
low the leadership of the United States Office of Edu¬
cation and the Federal Communications Commission
by planning for a publicly-controlled, educational FM net¬
work. Reports indicate that the University of California is
seeking a legislative appropriation of $1,750,000 for this
worthy purpose. It goes without saying that all persons who
are sincerely interested in assisting radio to render maxi¬
mum service to education will wish the progressive state of
California well' in this effort.
California hay an excellent reputation educationally. It
has • a- -clistfnguished university—the largest in the world.
A substantial per-capita sum is provided from state funds
for the education of every student who attends the public
schools. Fine school plants, the envy of many other states,
have been provided. Standards for admission to the teach¬
ing profession are high. Teachers’ salaries are very substan¬
tially above the average for the nation as a whole. Personnel
in the state’s teaching and administrative posts meet rigorous
standards. Many important advances in educational practice
have originated in California. No state is better qualified
to embark on new educational endeavors.
It is hard to believe that any member of the commercial
radio industry would have any other feelings than those of
gratitude to find educators showing such a deep interest in
radio and its non-commercial, educational, and public serv¬
ice possibilities. Especially should they welcome the en¬
trance into the radio field of the public educational authori¬
ties. Yet Broadcasting, February 3 [page 61], reports that
Northern and Southern California Broadcasters Associations
are opposing the entrance of California into FM. The reason
for this reported opposition, according to Broadcasting, is
because broadcasters are “conscious of this threat to free¬
dom of expression as well as implied competition.”
This writer must have been fortunate in his associa¬
tions with members of the commercial broadcasting frater¬
nity. Practically all of those with whom he is acquainted
would encourage, rather than impede, educational FM plans.
Surely commercial broadcasting in California is not in such
a precarious position as to cause any of its members to fear
networks operated by the public educational authorities.
[Can it be-that education is a threat to business? When have
educators been convicted of suppressing free speech?] Yet
such opposition can lead only to the conclusion that Califor¬
nia broadcasters are suffering from fear—have developed
feelings of insecurity, of inadequacy.
Perhaps the attitude of the Northern and Southern Cali¬
fornia Broadcasters Associations has been incorrectly re¬
ported. In that case a public denial is in order, and Broad¬
casting should provide prominent space in an effort to undo
the irrevocable damage which an incorrect report of this
nature might do.
In any event, it is to be hoped that the officers of the
National Association of Broadcasters will take cognizance
of this unfortunate move on the part of the California radio
industry. An NAB investigation should result in an official
statement immediately in full support of California’s pro¬
posed state educational FM project. Only in that way can
the NAB convince American educators of commercial
radio’s sincerity in its professions of friendliness.
An official investigation by the Federal Communications
Commission also seems to be indicated. The Commission has
labored diligently to bring about the establishment of edu¬
cational FM networks by the public educational authorities
in each of the forty-eight states. It has set aside twenty
channels for this use at the request of Dr. John W. Stude-
baker, United States Commissioner of Education. AlthpugJjj
the educational FM channels, which it is believed are
cient to accommodate as many as seven or eight hundred
stations, have not, even yet, been applied for in large num¬
bers, the Commission realizes the almost staggering prob-*-?
lems which the educators are facing today. It is aware that
schools generally need more time to complete their plans
and arrange for financing than do commercial applicants.
But the Commission could have had no prior intimation that
commercial broadcasters would fight the educators on the
whole educational FM proposal. In fact the very opposite
is the case.
The Federal Communications Commission is a trustee of
the public interest insofar as broadcasting channels are
concerned. It has been protecting these twenty FM channels
because it believes that it is in the “public interest, con¬
venience, and necessity” for the educational authorities in
each of the states to have adequate radio facilities under
their control through which accepted educational objec¬
tives may be advanced.
Is there an ulterior motive behind this commercial op¬
position? Could it be the hope that if states are prevented
from establishing educational FM stations, the twenty chan¬
nels would be thrown open to commercial exploitation?
Perhaps an FCC investigation might bring to light some
interesting data. It is conceivable that, if the facts war¬
ranted, a public statement of the findings might be released
widely for public consumption. The least that could be done
by the FCC would be to issue an official statement deploring
the irresponsible attitudes which the article in Broadcasting
reports, and to make sure that this statement received wide
publicity.— Tracy F. Tyler, Editor.
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 7; MARCH, 1947
The President's Page
An Open Letter to AER Members
9345 Lawton Avenue
Detroit 6, Michigan
Dear Fellow Member :
This month several important mat¬
ters relating to the welfare of the As¬
sociation for Education by Radio will
need your careful attention. These are:
In accordance with the procedures
agreed upon at our Chicago meeting
in October, the AER Constitution
Committee, headed by Dr. Belmont
Farley, has redrafted the proposed
Constitution for our organization. All
written suggestions received from
members as well as those made at the
Chicago meeting were considered in de¬
tail by this committee. The copies of
the new draft were sent to the Execu¬
tive Committee for review, and were
returned to the AER Constitution
Committee by February 10. You will
receive a copy of this revised Constitu¬
tion with the April issue of the Jour¬
The Constitution will be thorough¬
ly reviewed at the general meeting of
AER members in Columbus May 2. If
you cannot attend the meeting, will
you make certain that your comments
reach me by April 20, so that due con¬
sideration may be given to each sug¬
gestion. No formal action will be taken
at the meeting in Columbus, but as soon
as possible after that meeting, a final
revision will be forwarded to you and
a vote on its adoption taken by mail.
This careful consideration of the Con¬
stitution should insure a document
that will definitely meet our objectives
and provide for a well working or¬
Dr. Franklin Dunham, chief of
radio, U. S. Office of Education, has
agreed to act as chairman of the Elec¬
tion Committee this year. You will be
asked to vote for the following nation¬
al officers: President, Vice Presidents,
Secretary, and Treasurer, and for the
regional presidents in the Southwestern
Pacific and Southeastern areas.
The following schedule regarding
elections has been approved:
Nominating ballot mailed out from
the National Office at Chicago,
Nominating ballot to be returned to
Election Committee, Washington,
D. C., postmarked not later than
Candidates notified of their nomina¬
Final ballot mailed to members,
Ballots returned to Washington,
D. C., postmarked not later than
I am sure we all realize the import¬
ance of this election and I trust that
you will meet the deadlines listed above,
so that your choice for officers may be
Several of the contributing groups
for this series have asked for an ex¬
tension of time in order to insure a
better production. Therefore, the dead¬
line for all scripts in this series has
been extended to March 15.
Word comes that the St. Louis
group made a gala affair of the record¬
ing of their contribution to this series.
Under the leadership of Dorothy
Blackwell, the script was recorded be¬
fore an audience of teachers in the
Playhouse of Station KMOX, Febru¬
ary 27. The meeting was in conjunc¬
tion with their State Conference.
If any of you who have not been
contacted would like to contribute to
this series, will you please so notify
us so that details may be worked out.
Seminar for AER Members
It is proposed that a seminar for
AER members be held at the Univer¬
sity of Wisconsin July 28 to August 6.
Sufficient time will be given for a close
examination of publicity materials,
individual programs, and policies set
up in each community.
Since the number to be accommo¬
dated must in some measure be re¬
stricted, will you notify Harold B.
McCarty immediately if you are in¬
terested. Expenses will be at a mini¬
mum and you may rest assured that
the finest authorities in the country
will be on hand for consultations.
When you are planning your sum¬
mer institute, will you set aside an AER
DAY and send us the proposed date
as soon as possible? It is hoped that
representatives from the AER may be
able to visit you at that time.
We agreed at our AER meeting last
October that Utilization Procedures
should be sent to the Chicago School
Broadcast Conference by June 1. Let
us have a wide representation of en¬
tries this year. This is one way in
which we can share our ideas.
Institute for Education by Radio,
The following dates have been fixed
for the AER meetings in conjunction
with the Columbus Institute:
May 1—Executive Meeting [Open
M eeting] —7:00-10:00 p .m.
May 2—Business Meeting [All
Members]—10:00-12 :00 a.m.
May 3—AER Luncheon—12:00
Details of these meetings will be
given you in the April issue of the
AER Journal, but may I suggest that
you jot these dates on your calendar
now. It is time also to encourage other
members of your administration and
friends of radio in your area to join us
at this meeting. We should have repre¬
sentatives from every section of the
I trust that you will take time to
weigh carefully the matters listed above
and make a special effort to send me
Kathleen N. Lardie
THE JOURNAL OF THE AER
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