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FEDERAL RADIO COMMISSIONERS

HEARING

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE COMMERCE

UNITED STATES SENATE

SEVENTIETH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON THE

CONFIRMATION OF FEDERAL RADIO COMMISSIONERS

JANUARY 6 AND 7, 1928

PART 1

Printed for the use of the Committee on Interstate Commerce

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COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE COMMERCE

JAMES E. WATSON, Indiana, Chairman FRANK R. GOODING, Idaho.

ELLISON D. SMITH, South Carolina. JAMES COUZENS, Michigan.

KEY PITTMAN, Nevada. SIMEON D. FESS, Ohio

WILLIAM CABELL BRUCE, Maryland. ROBERT B. HOWELL, Nebraska.

C. C. DILL, Washington. GUY D. GOFF, West Virginia.

BURTON K. WHEELER, Montana. W. B. PINE, Oklahoma.

EARLE B. MAYFIELD, Texas. FREDERIC M. SACKETT, Kentucky.

HARRY B. HAWES, Missouri. JESSE H. METCALF, Rhode Island.

HUGO L. BLACK, Alabama.
COLEMAN DU PONT, Delaware.

ROBERT F. WAGNER, New York.
John F. HAYES, Clerk

FEDERAL RADIO COMMISSIONERS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 1928

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE COMMERCE,

Washington, D. C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10 o'clock a. m., in room 212, Senate Office Building, Senator James E. Watson presiding.

Present: Senators Watson (chairman), Couzens, Fess, Howell, Pine, Sackett, Metcalf, Pittman, Bruce, Dill, Wheeler, Mayfield, Hawes, Black, and Wagner.

Present also: Senator Shipstead, of Minnesota. The CHAIRMAN. The committee has met this morning for the purpose of considering the recommendations of the President for appointment on the Federal Radio Commission of Messrs. Orestes H. Caldwell, of New York, for a term of five years; Sam Pickford, of Kansas, for the unexpired term of three years; and Harold A. LaFount, of Utah, for the unexpired term of two years.

I assume that those who have objections to the confirmation of these gentlemen should first be heard. If those who wish to object are here and I will say that the chairman received letters from several gentlemen saying they wanted to be heard, and that some persons came in person and said they wanted to be heard—so if they are here to-day we are ready to start in. (A pause, without response.)

I understood that Senator Edge had somebody who wished to be heard. Will the clerk of the committee call Senator Edge's office and notify him that we are in session ?

Senator WHEELER. Some man by the name of Baker, from Iowa, wired me or sent me a letter, something of the kind, indicating that he wished to object, and I told him he could be heard. Then there was some organization in Chicago that wrote a letter.

The CHAIRMAN. Yes; I had a letter from somebody in Chicago, and I replied telling them that they should come on. (Another pause, without response.)

We might have a few remarks by Senator Shipstead while we are waiting

Senator SHIPSTEAD. I do not believe I have anything to say just at this juncture.

Senator SACKETT. I thought perhaps he had something he wished to present.

Senator SHIPSTEAD. Perhaps so a little later. The CHAIRMAN. Senator Dill, several persons indicated hat they wanted to be heard, but they do not appear to be present. Those

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