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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 35 (April 1946)

[Highlights of policy],   pp. 7-10 PDF (2.1 MB)


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population, and radio plays and political
commentaries by less than one in each
10 persons.
Listeners were asked which kind of
musical program they liked best. Over
the whole zone, German folk music was
-uost popular (33 percent) and jazz least
popular (2 percent). Nearly one-fifth
of the listeners expressed most liking for
other types iof musical programs. In
*Greater Hesse, opera and operetta were
equally  preferred  by  the . majority
of listeners while only one in three Ba-
varians liked this type of music.- Folk
music'was equally popular in Wuerttem-
berg-Baden and Bavaria but relatively
unpopular in Greater Hesse. Classical
music and symphonies had a constant
audience of about ione in seven in each
land.
On the other-hand, nearly half (47 per-
cent) of the people mentioned some types
of musical programs in reply to the
question.
"What kind of radio program do you
like least?"
One quarter of all the people spoke out
against jazz and dance music in the
American vein, and 13 percent more said
they disliked heavy music and sympho-
nies.
"STIMME AMERIKAS" POPULAR
Few people (12 percent) could recall
the name of a program which they prefer-
red above others. However, practically half
of those who specified a program named
"Stimme Amerikas" (The Voice of Ame-
rica Program, relayed from New York).
When asked directly whether they liste-
ned to "Stimme Amerikas" -a good majority
(63 percent) of the listeners said they
did. Most people heard the program from
German stations. Only about 6 per-
cent picked it up only from London
and 3 percent of the listeners said. they
heard it only from New York. An addi-
tional 4 percent said they heard the pro-
gram  sometimes from  more than one
place.
Most listeners to Stimme Amerikas,
when questioned as to the proportion of
political news presented in this- program,
felt that neither too much nor too little
vas given -  that the proportion was
just right. Of the 10 percent who were
critical, fourof five desired more political
news.
Suggestions were asked as to' the
type of material particularly desired. The
largest group of answers (50 percent)
showed an interest in US intentions in the
future: Our policy toward Germany as
regards food, clothing, shelter, rebuilding
and denazification. An additional 13 per-
cent said they would like to hear more
a'bout life in a democracy and how a de-
mocracy like the US actually functions.
About 9 percent reiterated their interest
in news and political analysis. As many
as 28 percent had no suggestions to offer.
The   audience of Stimme Amerikas
seemed to be composed of fairly equal
proportions of middle and upper class
elements and a somewhat smaller propor-
tion of lower class radio listeners. 'Men,
too, turned more frequently to Stimme
Amerikas than did women, probably be-
cause of their higher interest in news
and political commentary.
Large proportions of the listeners
within each land customarily tune to the
local land station - at Frankfurt, Stutt-
gart and Munich. Over the whole zone,
Munich was heard most often by the
largest group of people - 42 percent.
Stuttgart was heard most often by !one
in four listeners, and Frankfurt by 13
percent of the listeners. Leipzig (Rus-
sian controlled) had the next largest
audience about 8 percent, and Berlin
(also Russian controlled) the least of
the top ranking stations, about 4 percent.
The survey concluded that differences
of taste for types. of programs seemed
to be, in large part, a function of edu-
cational or status background. More men
than women tend to be interested in
news programs. The better educiated
groups exhibit the same tendency. In the
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