Radio stars (Sept 1933)

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RADIO STARS LET'S GOSSIP ABOUT YOUR FAVORITES Pat Barnes, veteran radio actor, goes on the air for Tastyeast in Chicago. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:15 p.m., if you don't know already. This is Captain Dobbsie of the Ship of Joy. NBC has the Captain, his crew and his joyful bark firmly anchored in its east- ern studios now. Phil Cook, the man of many voices, dresses up like Algy, the clothing store clerk—just one of the many radio characters Phil impersonates. information. Franklin is just 21 years old and graduated the other day from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. That ship of joy you may have heard recently arrived in X'ew York from San Francisco hy way of the I'anama Canal. Hugh Barrett Dobhs. known to thous- ands of W est Coast listeners as Captain Dobbsie, was in charge. West of the Rockies, the Ship of Joy has been sailing around for seven years. One sponsor chartered it for five years in succession. Recently, the National liroadcasting Company decided that it was big enough to make the trip to Xew York. Accordingly, a New York studio is its new anchorage. And millions of new list- eners are tuning in on Captain Dobbsie. H F ROM now on, it isn't just plain John S. Young any more. It is Dr. Young, if you please. Johnny's work as announcer on Catholic broadcasts over the NBC net- work recently earned him an honorary degree of LL.D. from St. Benedict's College at Atchinson. Kansas. o L'T in Chicago a bunch of steel workers have been laboring over Amos 'n' Andy for several months. Not long ago they finished their job, packed up their tools and left A. 'n' A. towering 628 feet in the air. .\mos 'n' .'\ndy, if you haven't guessed, are the towers of the famous giant sky-ride, at the World's Fair. They rise, 2000 feet apart, on either side of the great lagoon. During their construction, the workers jokingly named the east tower Amos and the west tower Andy and ran a race to see which would be finished in the shortest time. -Amos 'n' .Andy in person dedicated them .some- time in June. And those cars that you ride in at bullet- like speed are named after .\nios 'n' Andy characters. When you are in the Windy City, why don't you drop 'round and have a ride in Mme. Queen or the Kingfish. ERE is news for Myrt and Marge fans. Myrt and Marge recently left Chicago for Hollywood where they will make a movie that ought to hit your theatre screens sometime this fall. And say, you're going to get to see PiflfingtefFer. That's the nice looking feller with the idiotic voice. His name is Ray Hedge and he will have an important part in the picture. It looks as if Bing Crosby is to be our next big movie star. Paramount Pictures have been so satisfied with his work in recent films that they offered him a brand new contract and starring position, which may mean that Bing will stay in Hollywood this winter instead of com- ing back to radio. If you've never stopped to think of the number of people who sit around twiddling their thumbs during your radio entertainment, just consider this. When David Ross, announcer, says "This is the Columbia Broadcasting System" at the conclusion of the Old Gold program with Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, 81 monitor room engineers in 81 radio stations all up and down this great country, press a button. Also, 81 technicians at 81 transmitters throw a switch. And 81 announcers rise in 81 studios and bellow forth their local call letters. Ho-hum. . . . It sometimes seems that the mesrry gods who direct our destinies make the most bunglesome mistakes. Milton Cross, NBC announcer whose juvenile programs have endeared him to thousands of mothers and children, re- cently went to a studio telephone in response to a page boy's call. When he got there, he heard that his only daughter was dying. This little girl was Milton's great- est joy. When he broadcast, she always listened. Im- mediately he rushed to her and arrived just in time to Extry! Extry! Myrt and Marge in Hollywood—to make a picture! 14