Canned Music Heart of Conflict
NEW YORK, N.Y.—James C. Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) union, yesterday handed down an ultimatum to radio stations at a War Labor Board (WLB) mediation panel that one hundred and sixty radio stations must hire musicians and forego canned music within the next sixty days. The radio stations were not named, but Petrillo said they are affiliated with networks and have no staff musicians. The AFM instituted a ban on its members August last on making musical recordings for broadcast. Petrillo stated a claim that ninety per cent of radio music is canned. The WLB did not hand down a decision regarding a forced lifting of the AMF ban.