Inside facts of stage and screen (June 7, 1930)

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SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 1930 INSIDE FACTS OF STAGE AND SCREEN PAGE NINE W. B. COMPETING ON RADIO CHAIN (Continued from Page 1 ) It is reported that two sound stages at the First National stu- dios in Burbank will be turned over to the radio transcription work. Though considerable pro- duction will occur in Hollywood and Chicago, it is planned to as- semble the complete programs at the New York headquarters. The programs will be of three types '. l_Regular commercial programs, written and staged specially for advertisers. 2— Sustaining programs, with in- tervals open for local station an- nouncements, or for tying in with local advertisers.. 3— Special programs plugging Warner Brothers and First Na- tional pictures and other affiliated products. Under the new plan, all con- tracts with players will also in- clude clauses providing for radio work. The new project is also expected to open up a new field for trained writers with the ability to grasp advertising, values and still put over material snappily and with an amount of entertainment value, heretofore noticeable by its ab- sence in most radio broadcasts.^ By the electrical transcription method, Warners plan to turn out radio programs that are as nearly perfect as possible, with no pos- sibilities of broadcasting hitches and difficulties. On page 5 of this issue of Inside Facts is an article in which is outlined Warners' plans for han- dling broadcasts of spot news. RADIO'S PERSONALITY GIRL JEANE COWAN DftUy At KFWB HAVE YOU HEARD BILLY VAN? At KFWB, Hollywood DOLIN RESIGNS AS NBC LEADER SAN FRANCISCO, June 5,— After more than three years with the chain Max Dolin this week re- signed from his post of musical director ni the Pacific division of the National Broadcasting Co. Al- though it was at first announced that Dolin would join an Eastern organization, it is reported that he will return to NBC within a short time. According to reports, negotia- tions are under way between Don E. Oilman, NBC vice president in charge of the Coast, and Dolin for the latter to take up his post. Do- lin resigned while Oilman was in the East and concluded his duties on June 1. RADIO DOINGS IN NORTHWEST Truman Bishop, accredited with having the most extensive mern- orized repertoire on record, is heard daily at 10:30 p. m. on KFQW. Bishop is an accom- plished pianist who formerly came from^ KTAB and KFRC, San Fracisco. Betty Anderson, soprano, known for her work in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Fran- cisco and throughout the Pacific Northwest, is now leading so- prano at KJR, replacing Agatha Turley. The Brunswick Company, sub- sidiary of Warner Brothers, Inc., have opened a direct factory branch in the Volger Bldg. Hal Berringer is in charge of the branch. Chuck Gould, a U. of W. mu- sician, is now in charge of the Rose Room Band at the Butler Hotel. The orchestra broadcasts daily by remote control at 6:30 and 11:2 0 p. m. over KP CB. WELLMAN GOES EAST Charlie Wellman, m. c. of KHJ's "Chasin' the Blues," left for the East this week to look into the matter of a legacy due his young son, and also to undergo a surgical operation. He will be absent about three weeks. San Francisco Radio Notes Mighty Happy to Extend Our Heartiest Congratulations to the Entire Staff of the Greater K Y A San Francisco GEORGE ^TAYLOR CLEM KENNEDY SAN FRANCISCO, June 5.— National Broadcasting Co. is scrap- ping its Musical Musketeers or- ganization and in its stead there will blossom forth the Blue Boys with Walter Beban at the helm. Sunday, June 8, is the debut day. The Blue Boys will be more than a dance band. It will have Roland Parker as master of cere- monies; it will have an Hawaiian trio, as yet unsigned; it will have a sax quartet with Beban taking the lead; it will have featured vocalists and numerous other high- lights. * * ♦ J. H. Pattison, familiar as Togo in the Japanese episodes on KTAB's Pepper Box, has in- augurated a new series of broad- casts, humorous dramatizations of well known historic figures. His "Androcles and the Lion" cre- ated such a laugh riot in the stu- dio last Wednesday night that Florence Grebe and several others beat a hasty retreat outside where they could laugh without fear of the mike. * ♦ * Merton Bories and Maurice Gunsky, up at KPO, have merged another song, "Can It Be?" * ♦ * Accompanied by the three Sperry Hotcakes, the Harvester will make his bow over NBC Sat- urday, June 14, the second of a new series. The three hotcakes are Johnny Tofifoli, accordionist; Johnny O'Brien, harmonicaist, and Jimmy Mosley, guitarist and uke- lele player. Charles Marshall, guitarist, is the Harvester. Those hotcakes almost make us hungry. The power of suggestion. And, therefore, the power of advertising. (This paper's display rates upon application.) * ♦ ♦ For five years Jo Mendel and his band have broadcast by re- mote control over KFRC. Re- cently he broke away from the mike but now that he has his own cafe, is again back on the air nightly over the same station. * * * Phillips Carlin, New York as- sistant to the vice-president of NBC in charge of programs, soon will be a visitor to the coast at the NBC headquarters here. Carlin is only one of the eastern NBC officials to come here this summer. G. W. Payne, head of the station relations department and com- mercial engineer at New York, is among the others. * * ♦ Jack Dean is again back on the transcontinental program of the Pacific Vagabonds, over NBC, do- ing his vocal stuff. ^ 4( ♦ Whitney Bros, have put their Topsy's Roost on the air each Wednesday night over KPO broadcastinja^ Red Lockwood and orchestra and other Roost features. Radio Program Reviews JAMBOREE KFRC (Reviewed May 26) This is the Columbia chain's favorite program . . . every Mon- day night over entire Coast net- work . . . for two hours with plenty of listeners-in. This broad- cast highlighted by Meredith Will- son and concert orchestra doing "Southern Rhapsody" . . . Fred Scott of "Swing High" singing "My Guitar and You" . . . Al and Cal Pearce doing comedy tunes . . . Mahlon Merrick's Modern Melodists providing excellent or- chestra music. Opened with Al Pearce singing introductory song, seguing into clever parody tune by three male voices. Then Harrison Holliway, in chief pilot's seat. Edna O'Keefe singing 'T Like To Do Things For You" . . . Helen Kane style . . . Merrick's orchestra support- ing. Haywire orchestry in "Flop- Eared Mule." You can't please all of the people all of the time. Monroe Upton in comedy charac- terization drawing the laughs from studio crowd. Hazel Warner sing- ing "Exactly Like You" and Mel- odists giving fine musical support. Bob Olsen high tenoring "Some Day I'll Wander Back To You" . . . not his type of number but well done, nevertheless. Meredith Willson and concert orchestra doing one of Ted Sny- der's songs . , . then one of those "lump in my throat" speeches by Snyder. Mort Harris sang "Shoo Shoo the Hoo Doo Away" with Snyder at the piano . . . piano was good. Fred Scott, doubling in from "Swing High" at the Orpheum, sang "My Guitar and You" . . . sweet voice but wants to look up "guitar" in Webster's. Studio crowd forced him to only encore of the evening. Comedy . . . Holliway introducing "Spike Doran, pug manager" for comedy talk . . . then the pug himself (Monroe Up- ton) using "hello, mamma, hello, papa" idea and clever, too. Helen Warner singing "Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder." Could have used a lot cuter interpreta- tion of the number. Abe Bloom shouting "St. James Infirmary" with Merrick's orchestra support- ing. Hot and good. Then Jean Wakefield. Jean has been in Hollywood. Jean did sec- ond chorus of "Love Me Or Leave Me" in imitation of someone down there . . . then Jean did "Black- birds and Bluebirds Got Together," as Jean says Bing Crosby does it . , . then Jean emulated Louie Armstrong in "Can't Give You Anything But Love" . . . Jean is versatile but rather disappointing to us in this particular group. A butter plug. Could have been shortened. Merrick's orchestra in "Beside a Silvery Stream" . . . good sax, probably Mickey Gillette , . . good trumpet, probably Al Zohn . . . bad modulation into fiddle part. As a whole, number was very good, Cecil Wright in "Dear Old Sunny South." Al and Cal Pearce doing "Gig- gling Gertie" with giggle courtesy of Edna O'Keefe. Mighty clever. Meredith Willson's concert group and vocal ensemble in "Great Day." Fine. Tommy Lee singing "When You're Smiling." Edna Fischer at the piano . . . and what a piano. Long wait. Then "Must Be Love" by mixed instrumental group and a voice. Not so good. Bud Averill's Songsters from the Fox, singing "Stein Song" and "March of Grenadiers." Evidently little or no rehearsal but excellent voices. Edna .Fischer in fast piano (Continued on Page 13) THE EDLERS FAMILY FRED on the controls and announcing Greater KYA BUTTERCUP taking your requests San Francisco Vocal Soloist Presents "Con.». 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