Radio stars (July 1933)

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RADIO STARS LET'S GOSSIP ABOUT YOUR FAVORITES Announcer Graham McNamee escorts Joan Lowell to the Thurs- day evening broadcast of Radio City Varieties. Miss Lowell wrote "Cradle of the Deep," you know. Here's a picture—taken some years ago—of Dr. Sigmund Spaeth, the Tune Detective, and Victor Herbert, the famous Irish- American composer of operettas. Josephine Haynes, from Geor- gia. Do you listen to the Penn- zoil "Parade of Melodies" on CBS Sunday nights? Well, the lovely voice you hear is hers. N OTES on music: Jack Denny, the hi-diddle-diddle orchestra maestro who broadcasts for NBC (he started and closed the Lucky Strike dance night, if you've for- gotten ), has four brothers who are lawyers. Jack, a grad- uate of l)e Pauw University, was scheduled to stand at the bar, too, but he backslid to a baton and the position of one of America's princes of prancing. I F you're in Chicago this summer to visit the Century of Progress, you'll find those soothing favorites, the Lombardos, at the Dells. Guy is on a tour right now but he'll be out thar in the windy city with an outdoor garden and everythin' when the crowds start to come. o R. if you like Ted Weems, lx?tter look in on him at the Lincoln Tavern. L OTS of listeners have been wondering what has hap- pened to Wendell Hall, formerly famous on dale and hill as the "Red-Headed Music Maker." Well, sub. Mister Hall has been cavorting on the private set of kilocycles owned by WBBM in Chicago. Twice a week. .Monday and Wednesday at 7:30. You may be able to gel him if he hasn't fallen by the wayside. Till". Girl in the Little Green Hat"—you remember the tune, don't you? Well, it was by way of becoming a nuisance on the air because so many orchestras played it. Then, out of a clear sky, the Tastycast Jesters wrote some words about President Roosevelt and renamed the number "The Man in the Little White Mouse." And sang it. At last re|>orts, they had received 5,000 requests for the words. Have you got vours? W ILL ( CITY is a bizarre sort of humorist. He likes solitude, for one thing, and who laughs at a humor- ist's jokes when he's alone—now I ask you? The NBC recent sponsorship of his pithy phrases brought out some unique notions. The series is called "Just Relax" and the first period had for its topic "Farewell to Spinach." ElSIE HITZ had the scarlet fever not long ago. After the hospital had finished with her, she went home to con- valesce (get well, if you're stumped.) And would the CBS officials leave her alone? Nowza! They carried all sorts of gadgets and whatnots into her parlor and her bedroom and—aren't you amazed?—you've l>een listening recently to Elsie's magic voice while the owner thereof has been flat on her back. M iYRT has been kidnapped. That's not news anymore, but perhaps you haven't heard the whole story. Myrt was driving home one fine evening. Something went wrong and her usually gentle auto went haywire in an effort to climb a telephone pole. The effort was too much. When an ambulance arrived, Myrt was dragged from the wreckage with a broken jaw. What to do about it? There was a scurrying about in Mr. Wrigley's premises when the news got about. How would "Myrt and Marge" stay on the air? At first, Mr. Wrigley wanted to cancel. "No," wrote Myrt (she couldn't talk and won't l>e able to for weeks). "Why should the whole cast lose their jobs?" So the kidnapping was cooked up. Myrt was to vanish and the air waves were to resound to the hue and cry of pursuit. And Mr. Wrigley okayed the idea. Psssst ! Don't tell anyone, but Myrt is safe and sound in a hos- pital. R.OSY recollections: Milton Cross, NBC announcer, re- members when WJZ had only one microphone, one studio, a rented phonograph, a rented piano, and two uncomfort- able chairs. All the lowdown on the dastardly kidnapping of Marge's pal Myrt 16