Radio stars (June 1933)

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RADIO STARS LET'S GOSSIP ABOUT YOUR FAVORITES Remember the article we pub- lished a month or so ago on the Mystery Chef? Well, this is the Mystery Chefs wife. Mrs. John MacPherson. Do you suppose he ever lets her into the kitchen? Every time Charlie Chan, Earl Derr Bigger's famous Chinese sleuth, comes before the mike, thousands settle back to be en- tertained. This is Walter Con- nolly who impersonates Chan. And the latest and funniest stage personality to come to the microphone is none other than the famous Fannie Brice. She made her debut with Olsen. We'll have a story on her, soon. E VERYONE says it is a shame that George Olsen and Ethel Shutta have been separated. Big business did it, of course. Together they were able to get only a so-so salary. Separately, Miss Shutta will be able to clean up a tidy fortune—while the wide-wide world knows that Olsen's orchestra is one of the ace bands of anywhere. pRED WARING, leader of the Old Gold orchestra, and his ace drummer, Poley McClintock, are known as the Damon and Pythias of Radio Row. It's because Fred and Poley used to live in neighboring houses in Tyrone. Pa., joined the Boy Scouts on the same day, fell in love with the same girl at the same time, and later became members of the same fraternity at Pennsylvania State. ^*HE other evening, when Ed Wynn came to the end of his program, Graham McNamee began to read some of those letters received from fans. Picking up one, he said, "And here is one from Baton Rouge, La." Wynn could not find the answer he had prepared. So he turned quickly to another. "What do you mean, Graham?" he said. "That isn't Baton Rouge. Here let me read that. You always were bad at geography. It's Dubois, Ind. Anyone could tell that that was Dubois. Dubois means twins." The show rolled on, and the studio howled. H ERE is a tale from the Bayou country. It concerns a Louisiana man who read in the newspapers that Captain Henry's Show Boat would tie up at a certain river village on Thursday night. As the town was only thirty miles away, he decided to make a day of it. With his wife, he packed the lunch, dressed the kids, and rode the old Ford down the road to the river. In town, they went down to the dock to watch the boat come in. It was hours before they knew the truth. The Show Boat did come in—but only through a loud speaker. So the fellow and his family got in the flivver and went home. It was a nice ride, anyway. E VIDENTLY, someone cannot make up his mind. First, we heard that General Pershing was to go on the air, and then we heard that General Pershing was not to go on the air. The sponsor, a huge automobile tire manufacturer, was paying a pretty penny for our war leader's services. Even a pretty penny, however, does not seem to interest the General so much as his dignity—and as yet the whole plan is up in the air higher than those sausage balloons Black Jack sent aloft to watch the Germans during the YRT, of "Myrt and Marge" is sore. Some low-down dawg has stolen her flivver named "Lovable." It hap- pened just the other evening in Chicago during one of her broadcasts. If anyone meets a car that answers to the name "Lovable," please write Myrt at the Wrigley Build- ing in Chicago. With Myrt. if isn't the intrinsic value— it's the sentimental attachment. J UST to show you how fast some songs can he written and distributed, look at that bouncing number called, "Roosevelt's On the Job." Jack Nelson, a radio execu- tive, started writing it on a Monday night. By 7 p. m. Tuesday he had sold it to a publisher. On Wednesday it was printed and by Thursday it was distributed to most of the leading singers and orchestras in the East.. Yes, Koosevelt is on the job—but so was Jack Nelson. Why George Olsen and Ethel Shutta have separated — professionally 37