RADIO OPENS AUTO SHOW AT AKRON
Mayor Proclaims Automotive Week; French Ace Guest at Luncheon.
Despite the rain and cooler weather that set in today, record breaking crowds attended the opening tonight at the Central garage of the eleventh annual automobile show and radio exhibit.
The exhibition was opened by Mayor D. C. Rybolt at 7 p. m. when he broadcast his automotive and radio week proclamation from temporary broadcasting station WADC, wave length 248 meters, installed in the show room by the Willard Storage Battery Co. of Cleveland. The station will be open until Feb. 28.
Following short talks by F. E. McClure, president of the Ohio State Automotive Trade Association: W. P. Jones, president of the Akron Automobile Dealers' Co., C. E. Mankin and Robert S. Brown, chairmen of the automobile and radio committees, and the introduction of the exposition officials, a musical program was put on the air.
An amplifier has been installed in the show auditorium so all the visitors can both see and hear the broadcasters.
Tomorrow afternoon another musical program will be broadcast.
More than 200 of the latest creations of motordom and 100 radio sets and equipment are being shown.
An elaborate setting of gold and black tapestry, artificial foliage and lattice, sprinkled with thousands of incandescent lights, has been provided for the show.
Officers of the automobile dealers company, which is sponsoring the display, are W. F. Jones, president: S. L. Savidge, vice president; J. E. Burns, secretary; F. E. Johnson, treasurer; J. Grant Hyde, director; Frank O'Neill, manager, and George Harter, director of advertising and publicity.
C. E. Mankin and Robert S. Brown are in charge of the committees which arranged the exhibits.
Capt. Charles Nungesser, famous French ace, and Maj. Frank M. Kennedy of the United States air service, were guests of honor at the luncheon today at the Elks Club, preceding the opening of the automobile show.
Maj. Edward V. Rickenbacker, the American flying ace, failed to arrive but sent word he would visit the show Wednesday. Unfavorable weather conditions prevented him from flying to Akron from Detroit, as planned, he explained.
"Ten years from now," he predicted, "one out of every ten business men will be flying about in his own airplane or airship, just as we travel in automobiles today."
Maj. Kennedy stressed the importance of radio in air transportation. Pilots were greatly aided by radio in the flight of the Los Angeles from Germany to America, he said Maj. Kennedy was the official observer of the United States air service on the dirigible.
"Radio makes it impossible for my dirigible to become lost," he declared.
Congressman Martin L. Davey was toastmaster.
Members of the committee which greeted the visitors were: F. A. Seiberling, president of the Seiberling Rubber Co.; James G. Robertson, president of the Chamber of Commerce; M. M. Mell, president of the East Akron Board of Trade; W. F. Jones, Hugh Allen of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and Herbert Maxson, president of the Commercial Aircraft Association.