In this 1937 cartoon Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage and Director of Broadcasting James Shelley pour radio fees into a concrete mixer for the construction of a 'temple of radio culture'. Shelley, a Labour government appointee, was a former professor of education, committed to using radio as a tool to uplift the cultural level of the masses. A section of the public was suspicious of Labour's radio experiments, especially as they were paid for by listeners' licence fees.
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