Variety (December 1952)

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W<-<lncB(lay, December 17, 1952 PSrjett RADIO-THUG VISION 31 Inside Stuff—^Radio • Ted Cott, NBC veepce and general manager of the web’s twin N Y flagships, WNBC and WNBT, has been named an award recipient in radio by the One World Committee. Award, based on Cott’s work in Promoting world understanding via radio, includes a trip around the world but the NBC exec has been forced to bypass the junket because of his work. He joins the list of other One World award winners in radio including Gen. David SamofT, RCA board chairman, maestro Arturo Toscanini and Norman Corwin. Eric Sevareid, chief Washing- ton correspondent for CBS, was awarded another One World citation for radio this year. Advertising Women of N. Y. will join Edgar Bergen in an “Opera- tion Santa Claus” at its luncheon meeting at the Hotel Astor today (Wed ». AWNY will present the CBS comic with 1,000 gifts to give to veterans at St. Albans Hospital, immediately after tlie lunch. CBS; Radio prez Adrian Murphy will be one of the honor guests. Four sailors on the U. S. S. Duxbury Bay have written WMGM, N. Y., that they picked up the 50-kw indie 100 miles from Pori Said, in the Mediterranean, 5,700 miles from Gotham. WMGM coverage area includes six eastern states and has been fre- quently picked up in England and Iceland. Don’t Bar Discussion Of Issues on Educ’l TV, ACLU Tells Applicants American Civil Liberties Union today (Wed.) is protesting plans of applicants for non-commercial edu- cational TV channels to restrict, or eliminate entirely, discusion of. controversial public issues. In a letter to the FCC, the ACLU noted that certain groups have in- cluded such a ban in their* applica- tions and said “such proposed poli- cies are contrary to the public in- terest.” ACLU declared, “Diversity of opinion is the essence of free speech and without the presenta- tion of controversial issues a broad- casting station would not be op- erating in the .public interest, con- venience and necessity.” The group also appealed to the FCC. in a second letter, to extend the period for educational TV sta- tion applications for another year beyond next June. It said that financial and other considerations require further study by potential users of the educational channels, and greater preparation U'an a commercial applicant woulu need. KQV SETS ‘CBS DAY’ PITT HOOPLA IN JUNE Pittsburgh, Dec. 16. . June 15, 1953,, has officially been designated as CBS Day for KQV here. That’s when the Pittsburgh station switches from the Mutual to the Columbia network. I,, ^JAlp has been the local. CBS affiliate for quarter of a century, and although no future web con- nection has been announced yet, generally expected that it will take on Mutual. # KQV also has an application in for TV Channel 4, which will be located at nearby Irwin, about 20 miles from Golden Triangle, Matta Broadcasting Company, operators of WLOA in Braddock, has also filed for the same channel. CAMEL NEWS AXED IN ' Pin WDTV SHUFFLE Pittsburgh, Dec. 16. Camel News Caravan is being dropped by WDTV in this single channel market at end of this week so time changes can be arranged in order to carry Drew Pearson on the DuMont network Wednesday evenings at 7:30. That quarter- hour segment has long. been the property of Duquesne Brewing Co. across the board for its “Time Out” show, so the beer program is being moved to the 7:45-8 slot now being held down by the John Cameron Swayze telenewscasts. Duquesne has been on until now only Monday through Friday, but will extend the strip to include also Saturday, with Slim Bryant arid his Wildcats getting the added evening for 15 minutes of hillbilly music. To fill out the 7:30-7:45 stretch, WDTV is taking, in addi- tion to Pearson Wednesdays, Dinah Shore Tuesdays and Thursdays and Doug Edwards Mondays and Fri- days. It’ll be the first time Miss Shore has come through here, al- though Edwards had a run on the local channel a few years ago. Bryant's weekly show for Du- quesne makes up for the every fourth week “Dude Ranch” half- hour. he,.hutd.iA the brewery’s rout- ing “Show Time” series which was cancelled out last month. Tintair’s Deficit Rap Continued from page 23 Minneapolis — WCCO-TV has decided to substitute Mel Jass with an informal show, covering local news, weather and organ music, along with general kidding, for movies in the early morning spot opposite Dave Garroway on KSTP- TV. Jass, ampng other things, will have a blackboard on which he’ll scribble free want ads, swap no- tices, make pleas for help, list giveaways and indulge in gags. Name Chapin, Mowrey WJZ-TV (N.Y.) Heads Slocum Chapin, Jr., ABC-TV’s v.p. for owned tele stations, is re- aligning the top management of the chain’s Gotham key, WJZ-TV, taking over reins as general man- ager. Paul Mowrey, present program director, moves up as station man- ager for the outlet. Trevor Adams, who has been managing the sta- tion. shifts into the sales manager- ship. Moves are part of Chapin's plan to give the channel identifica- tion as “New York's family sta- tion” and strengthen the position of the o-and-o operation in the net- work’s overall picture. over $1,000,000 and a scramble of j creditors’ suits would have meant bankruptcy. In October the com- mittee evolved a plan with three new directors added to the board and overhead drastically cut. Lease on the factory in Newark was sur- rendered and Tintair will be made lor the outfit by Fluid Chemical Co. Some $150,000 of new money may be put up, by Martin Strauss II and Carl Byoir, the second and third largest creditors and found- ers of the firm (Bymart name is derived from their names). Letter to stockholders by Strauss- Byoir slates acceptances of the creditors’ plan “are sufficiently en- couraging” to bring the matter be- fore the stockholders. Plan sets up a classification of creditors with about half^of the debt converted into an equity position behind other creditors. Under this setup NBC. owed $44,000, has a choice of 5% of its claim in cash and the balance in 1955, or 25% of the entire claim. Cecil & Presbrey (the biggest creditor) and Gibbs are in dispute regarding their claims, which total $524,000. An arrangement has been made for the payment to C&P. and Gibbs', .jointly of. $&5.0G0 in cash and 100,000 shares of com- mon stock. Prosposal, on which the stockholders will act calls for common stock valued at 50c to be changed for - stock valued at lc. While C&P was clipped for a rela- tively large sum, its position ♦ in the Tintair situation has improved and its Christmas bonuses to staf- fers this year are larger than those of last year. Company’s income statement re- ports that for the year ended Sept. 30 advertising expenses were $1,- 344,984 and publicity layout was $32,849. Cost of goods sold was $1,062,849 and income from sales was $2,353,526. Strauss, board chairman, and Byoir, executive committee chair- man, will have a preferred position regarding the new money, should they put it up. Strauss, is now owed $102,035 and Byoir $37,760. Under the plan they would get common stock in full discharge of their claims, the number of shares being the amount of their claim divided ,by 2 1*2. • Plan would give Bymart the “op- portunity of earning itself''out of debt,” statement to stockholders said. A.C.’s First TV Station _ Set for Dec. 20 Preem Atlantic City, Dec. 16. WFPG-TV, the resort’s first tele- vision station, will hit the airlines with commerical television this Saturday (20). Fred Weber, president of the sta- tion, declared that all equipment needed to telecast has been in- stalled with a few minor excep- tion and that his station will carry telecasts from four major net- works—NBC, CBS, DuMont and ABC. He has appeared before groups of TV dealers explaining the new station. The first UIIF transmitter to be installed here is the first factory-built equipment of its kind to go into service in the country, he declared. It will operate on Channel 46v WFPG-TV will reserve dedica- tion of the new station until Eas- ter, when Atlantic City’s famous Easter parade will be televised to the nation for a first time. Pre- liminary plans for the local dedi- cation call for a weekend affair which will see many of the nation’s television luminaries here. WGN TV 10-Fold Power Bid Chicago, Dec. 16. WGN-TV, the Chicago Tribune station, has asked permission of the FCC to boost its power more than 10 times, from 29 to 316 kws. If the commission okays the in- crease, the station will install a new 50 kw transmitter and a new antenna. Equipment and other modifica- tions will cost about $250,000, ac- cording to Carl J. Meyers, direc- tor of engineering for WGN, Inc.