Aerial Age Weekly, April 8, 1922, page 331:
Protest Radio Ban on Political Talk
Washington.--The American Radio Association is dissatisfied with the decision of the Government to refuse permission for the broadcasting of political speeches by Government radio and intends to seek a modification of the new rule.
F. W. Brown, executive officer of the association, said that he would take up the matter immediately with Secretary Hoover with a view to having him issue orders that beginning two weeks prior to the November elections and lasting until election day, candidates for public office shall be permitted to use the Government radio stations for broadcasting addresses during certain hours of the day.
"The majority of people are interested in politics," said Mr. Brown. "Through a canvass of the thousands of members in our organization, we find that approximately two-thirds are eager to hear the various men running for office. Such a step taken by the Government would meet with the approval of the majority of radio enthusiasts, we feel certain, providing that there is a limit of two weeks, and permissible during certain hours of the day only. We do not think that the air should be full of political speeches all day long, however."
The decision of the Government to refuse permission for the use of its radio service for broadcasting political speeches was announced on May 20, when Theodore Roosevelt, Acting Secretary of the Navy, notified representatives of the Woman's Party that he would be obliged to deny their application for the use of the naval radio service for broadcasting speeches and music on the occasion of the dedication of the Woman's Party headquarters in Washington on May 21. He gave as a reason that it had been decided to discontinue the practice of permitting naval radio to be used for political purposes.
The action of the Acting Secretary of the Navy caused surprise, as Secretary Denby was understood to have granted previously the permission sought by the Woman's Party received a letter from cation ceremonies the officers of the Woman's Party received a letter from President Harding withdrawing the acceptance he had given in December to the invitation to attend the dedication. No explanation for the declination was contained in the President's letter.
There has been considerable mystery over the action of the President and the Acting Secretary of the Navy. Nothing has appeared to indicate that either the President or Acting Secretary Roosevelt had any objection to the Woman's Party as an organization, but it is evident that the rule to refuse permits to use Government radio for sending out political speeches had a connection with the dedication of the party's headquarters.