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The widespread contemporary interest in the social significance of broadcasting and in its present commercial exploitation gives this book an unusual timeliness, for it tells how the whole business started. Here, in fact, is the story of the pioneering effort which proved how nation-wide broadcasting as a public service could be financially supported. The author was a contemporary observer of the origins and development of the experimental station WEAF: his informed and yet informal account has unusual significance for all who have more than a casual interest in broadcasting.