Radio stars (Sept 1933)

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RADIO STARS LET'S GOSSIP ABOUT YOUR FAVORITES The famous traveler and lec- Gracie Allen has suddenly been Conrad Thibault is the name, turer, Burton Holmes, who is bitten by the urge to write. He has a grand baritone voice, heard these days in talks on the Authoress Allen uses a dicta- Tune in and hear him with Century of Progress over the phone. Has the thing a little Ferdie Grofe's orchestra—NBC, NBC network. cockeyed, but still . . . Mon., Wed. and Sat. p.m's. have her die in his arms. Remember that, when you next hear him and his children's program. It will help you to understand why he is one of the best loved an- nouncers in radio. Our sincerest sympathies. this is written, Jimmy Mattern is lost somewhere in the wilds of Siberia, and many a radio performer is worried sick. Jimmie has many friends in the broad- casting business. He used to play the drums in Ben Bernie's band. Hope everything goes all right. In Chicago there is a guy who's God's gift to wall- flowers. Over station KYW at 6:15 p. m. (Central time) Mondays, James Weckier is giving dancing lessons. Now those timid souls who never learned the art can practice stepping on their partner's feet right in their own parlors. X HAT red letter day in the lives of the National Broadcasting Company and British Broadcasting Com- pany recently, when you heard Walter Lippman talking to John Keynes in England, may have been the pride of American broadcasters—but it was a pain in the neck for a lot of Long Island motorists. For a half hour before the broadcast, the deputy sheriff of Wading River, Long Island, where Mr. Lipp- man lives, took charge of all traffic past his home and detoured it over the hills and far away. The reason being that NBC had set its microphone up in the study of Mr. Lippman's home and its request for a quiet day in the country was taken seriously by the sturdy sheriff of the township. YoU'D think that radio stars, for all their posing here and there, would become accustomed to a camera. Ac- cording to CBS, here is how some of their brightest luminaries react. Guy Lombardo asks questions. He is an expert amateur cameraman. Ruth Etting remains calm and obeys all directions until the camera is pushed near her. She won't permit a close-up. Burns and Al- len go through a regular act and "freeze" into a pose at a word from the photographer. Kate Smith has one stock phrase for all cameramen. She warns them that their camera won't be big enough to include all of her 214 pounds. Abe Lyman won't let anyone photograph him from the right side, if he knows it. He insists that the left side of his face is better. Thought all those little vanities of the famous radio folk might amuse you. Did you hear Al Jolson in the first of Paul White- man's new two hour shows? Not long ago, if you re- member, Al said he was through with radio forever. His return was arranged only after the sponsors had promised that he might do exactly as he pleased during his broadcast. That was just the chance Al wanted— and he took it. Incidentally, that's one of the corkingest programs that have hit our ears in a long while. As Mae West would have it, "Why don't yuh tune in, some time?" If you are ever riding over New York in an airplane and look down to a roof where a man appears to be fish- ing, don't get excited. It is just Don Bester, famous orchestra leader, who takes his fishing tackle to the roof of his hotel to practice casting. Don is planning a Maine vacation and the roof-top is his only chance. Lippmann-Keynes transcontinental chat upsets Long Island traffic 15