Radio stars (June 1933)

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RADIO STARS LET'S GOSSIP ABOUT YOUR FAVORITES OUT in Barnesville, Ohio, six months ago, Johnny Ruffell was a grocer, Paul Cordner was a hay and grain expert. Bill Kearns was a malted milk slinger. One sultry afternoon, with nothing better to do, they be- gan to sing. And discovered that they were good. Some- body told them that station WHK in Cleveland gave audi- tions. They drove down the pike in their flivver and got one. Station WHK did not want them. But fate or something did. Charlie Bayhe, an NBC booker, had mar- ried a Barnesville girl and was in town. One night he heard them singing to the moon. The upshot of it all was an invitation to New York. Rudy Vallee gave them their first break. After they had bowed in on the Fleisch- mann hour, another broadcaster signed them up. And now the citizens in Barnesville are burning red fire because the hometown boys have made good. G REELEY se "t them West, but California Melodies sends them East. California Melodies is one of the big West Coast programs. From it have come such stars as John P. Medbury, Bing Crosby and the Boswell Sisters. Just now, Raymond Paige is directing the show, and underground predictions say that he will be on a coast-to- coast network ere long. Maybe there really is something to this California sunshine. | T is hard to get ahead of those two trouble-dodging comics, Amos 'n' Andy. Since they went on the air they have done sixty-five different characters. But their high water mark was reached during Madame Queen's breach of promise suit against Andy when they simulated thirteen different persons in a single broadcast. And here is a unique item. In all their radio history, Gosden and Correll have permitted no other person to participate. I F you don't believe that radio is a crazy quilt business, listen to this. Louis Katzman, famous orchestra leader, has in his band three of the world's most famous saxo- phonists. They are Andy Sanella, Arnold Brillhart and Laddy Ladd. Taken together, no other trio in the world can out-play them. But not one of them plays a saxo- phone during Katzman's broadcast. He keeps them busy- handling clarinets, flutes, oboes and piccolos. "f*HE next time President Franklin D. Roosevelt broad- casts, we need not fear for his life. A present recently given him by the Columbia Broadcasting System was a bullet-proof speaker's desk. Equipped with four micro- phones, and lined with sheet steel, no assassin's bullet can possibly penetrate it.