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New York Tribune, April 9, 1922, page 9:
Denby Bars Political Speeches From All Naval Radio Stations
WASHINGTON, April 8.--"NOF is dead, politically."
This wireless edict to-day by Secretary Denby closed NOF--the naval wireless station at Anacostia--and all other naval radio stations against political speechmaking.
The order grounded inumerable campaign speeches by members of Congress planning to follow the innovation of Senators Lodge, of Massachusetts, New, of Indiana, and others who have been addressing constituents at home by radiophone through the naval stations.
It also solved Secretary Denby's problem of whether the navy stations should become adjuncts of the coming political campaign, and sent chills of regret tnrough the receivers of the myriad of politicians who were making connections for radiophone spellbinding.
Some candidates to-night were considering a possible SOS, but Secretary Denby was said to be determined. He was preparing to insist that the politicians be drowned out of the naval stations and that the order stand, for Republicans, Democrats and others.
A few of the disappointed ones sought solace in the reflection that the folks back home might prefer, after all, to see them face to face. Anyway, they said, they were not so sure they wanted an ether mixture of their utterances, with rival wavelets from a jazz orchestra, a woman soprano, weather reports and the prices of cheese and livestock.
Mr. Denby's "NOF is out P. D. Q." was described at the Navy Department as a temporary order to be effective
until some comprehensive plan of control could be devised. It was accepted at the Capitol, however, which has been buzzing with controversy over Democratic charges that only Republicans are permitted to "broadcast," as meaning that no stay-at-home spellbinding can be conducted by either party through the navy stations from now until Election Day.