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WSB History - the 1930s
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WSB History - the 1930s

WSB History - the 1930s

WSB History - the 1930s

In the next decade, radio became the dominant home entertainment outlet for Americans suffering the financial hardships of the Great Depression. The programming patterns we still see on television today—news and talk shows in the morning; soaps in the afternoon; drama and comedy at night—developed during these years. Program logs indicate WSB was airing “Amos and Andy” as early as April, 1929. The station increased its power to 1000 watts shortly thereafter. And Governor James Cox of Ohio bought WSB and The Atlanta Journal as the 1930s came to a close.

Hear the story of Amos and Andy's controversial-but-unprecedented popularity -- and its effect on WSB history. [1:51]

Hear WSB's Chris Chandler discuss the influence of Atlanta natives "Amos and Andy" in the late 1920s and early 1930s. [6:10]

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  • Accidents backed up a New Jersey highway after a Brink’s armored truck spilled cash. NJ.com reported that police got several calls about the truck spilling cash on Route 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Thursday morning. Several drivers stopped and got out of their vehicles to pick up the cash, which led to multiple accidents and some property damage, according to authorities. >> Read more trending news  News 12 New Jersey reported that police say there was an issue with a locking device on one of the vehicle’s doors that led to the spill. East Rutherford Police Capt. Phil Taormina told the North Jersey Record that those who picked up the money on the road could face theft charges.  “You can be arrested for this, but the issue and the hard part is identifying who the actors are,” Taormina said. “Who picked up the money and left?” Some video footage showed $1, $5, $20 and $100 bills on the road. Taormina said some people were jumping over the divider of the 12-lane highway to get to the side where the cash spilled. The amount of money missing from the truck is not know, but Brink’s is doing an audit to determine a total, according to Taormina. Because Brink’s employees were seen retrieving some of the money, Taormina said the drivers and others who may have picked up the money have no claim to it. While in transit, the money belongs to Brink’s. “They would have a duty to give the money over,” Taormina said. Finding the people who took some of the money from the road will be a challenge. The Record reported that detectives are investigating by looking at photos and videos of the money grab on social media, as well as footage from New Jersey Department of Transportation cameras on the highway. The East Rutherford Police Department is asking anyone with video footage or other information related to the incident to call them at 201-438-1065.
  • The Latest on the congressional response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have introduced a resolution rebuking Saudi Arabia for the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee). The Senate could vote on the resolution as soon as Thursday, after considering a separate resolution that would recommend pulling U.S. aid from a Saudi-led war in Yemen. The resolution states that the Senate 'believes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi' and calls for the Saudi Arabian government to 'ensure appropriate accountability' for those responsible. The resolution also calls the war in Yemen a 'humanitarian crisis' and demands that all parties seek an immediate cease-fire. It is unclear whether the House would vote on the resolution if it passes the Senate. ___ 12:45 a.m. Senators are expected to vote on a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee). The Senate may also consider a separate resolution condemning the journalist's killing as senators have wrestled with how to respond to the Saudi journalist's murder. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known of the plot, but President Donald Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame. Senators voted 60-39 on Wednesday to open debate on the Yemen resolution, signaling there's enough support to win the 50 votes needed. But it's unclear how amendments could affect a final vote expected to come Thursday.
  • There have been multiple reports of emailed bomb threats to businesses, universities and newspapers across the country. >> Read more trending news  Police in New York City, among other law enforcement departments. confirm that there have been several threats made across the country, and so far, no credible threats have been found.  Some of the threats have already been determined to be hoaxes, KSL and other media outlets reported.  KCRG in Iowa reported the threats in that are were a spam email that tried to scam receivers out of money. In other locations, officials continued to investigate, and evacuated businesses out of an abundance of caution. 
  • A 12-year-old boy who was doing odd jobs to raise money for a gravestone for his best friend achieved his goal after an outpouring of support and the donation of a headstone.  >> Read more trending news  Kaleb Klakulak started raising $2,500 for a headstone to honor his best friend Kenneth “K.J.” Gross, who died in May. K.J.’s mother, LaSondra Singleton, had to quit her job to take care of her son and couldn’t afford a marker.  Funeral home owner David Techner was touched by the story and decided to donate a headstone, the Detroit News reported.  “Here’s this 12-year-old kid who saw a need and did what needed to be done,” Techner told the Detroit News. “So I’m just following this young man’s lead.” The marker was finished Tuesday and was scheduled to be installed Wednesday.  “I’m glad,” Kaleb told the Detroit News. He also said all the money that was raised will go to Singleton.  Singleton has been overwhelmed and inspired by the support, which has caused her to relive some difficult moments.  'It's a double-edged sword because it's sad, but at the same time, it's so wonderful to see so much compassion,' she said. The headstone features an angel holding a heart with the inscription:  “KJ Gross cherished son, brother & friend.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Police have identified a woman found dead in the woods Wednesday in Stone Mountain as Shantelle Monroe, 24.  Two hikers found Monroe's body near the Main Street Playground on Lake Drive Court. DeKalb County police believe she was shot on the trail. Police have not identified a suspect or a motive. Channel 2's Tom Jones spoke to police, who said they were inundated with phone calls about people worried the victim was their loved one. We're working to get more information from police about a possible suspect or motive, for Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m. Video from NewsChopper 2 on Wednesday showed nearly a dozen police cruisers at the scene. 'Right now, we're telling the residents if they've heard or seen anything to please call the DeKalb County Police Department,' Sgt. Jacques Spencer said. TRENDING STORIES: Threats made against 3 DeKalb County schools Man accused of killing co-worker after eating lunch with him SCAM ALERT! Fake Amazon email targets online shoppers  
  • After starting the 2019 fiscal year with $100 billion in red ink, Uncle Sam added more than double that in the month of November, as the Treasury Department reported Thursday that the federal government ran a deficit last month of $204.9 billion, leaving the deficit at over $300 billion just two months into the new fiscal year. “The deficit has never been this high when the economy was this strong,” said the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a watchdog group which has repeatedly complained about the lack of action in Congress and the White House about rising deficits. “Rarely have deficits risen when the economy is booming. And never in modern U.S. history have deficits been so high outside of a war or recession,” the group said on Thursday. Compared to a year ago, the deficit for October and November of 2018 was $104 billion more than in 2017. White House budget experts have predicted the 2019 deficit could come close to $1 trillion, the highest since 2012. November Treasury deficit $204.9 billion vs deficit of $138.5 billion prior — Michael Underhill (@M_D_Underhill) December 13, 2018 Looking at November 2018 and November 2017, revenues were down slightly from a year ago, as the feds brought in almost $206 billion last month, compared to $208 billion in 2017. Spending was up sharply, at almost $411 billion in November, compared to $347 billion a year ago. One area where more revenue came in to the feds in November was in tariffs and customs duties, as Uncle Sam took in $5.5 billion; that figure was $3.2 billion a year ago. But even if those numbers continue up – as President Trump has predicted with his aggressive trade actions – it won’t come close to filling a growing tide of red ink. The latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office are close to what the White House has been predicting – a budget deficit which will come close to $1 trillion this year – but the CBO believes the deficit will go over $1 trillion after that, for a number of years. In a new report released hours before the updated deficit figures, the CBO again offered up a number of options to reduce the deficit, making the case that something must change. “Since 2007, federal debt held by the public has more than doubled in relation to the size of the economy, and it will keep growing significantly if the large annual budget deficits projected under current law come to pass,” the CBO wrote. But there has been little appetite in recent years among Republicans in the Congress to make dramatic changes – either in spending or revenues to change the direction of the deficit.