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Perils of the Loose Tongue
Airdate: Sunday - September 9 1956

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The perils of a radio station disc jockey may not include physical dangers, but they can be real and even disastrous. This was demonstrated anew the other dawning (or slightly before) by one Jean Shepherd, an energetic young man who endeavors to provide entertainment to any listeners to a New York station around 2:30 a.m. Trying to be bright and snappy in ad-lib commentaries on the passing scene, he suggested that if his sleepy listeners didn't like the brand of soap purveyed by the commercial sponsors of his program time they (the listeners, of course) should try a rival brand, which he named. As fate arranges such things, one of his sponsors was listening-in, at such a time, and the exuberant jockey was cut off the air. It's not cricket, of course, and not really fair for a radio ad-libber even in an instant of royal emergency - to plug a rival's product. Yet such moments of distress do come to even parlor conversationists when one feels compelled to say something, no'matter what, to keep the chatting ball a-rolling. The case of the indescrete disc jockey is proof that sometimes it would be better to say nothing at all than to let the mind and tongue go free wheeling. As someone once wrote: Be silent and safe, silence never betrays you.
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September 09,1956

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