Radio stars (Sept 1933)

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Backstage iBROAD By OCDEN MAYER All photoqrapht feature taten exclu by Culver RADIO STARS RUMORS are crashing the breadth and length of Radio Row that fire or fur will fly this afternoon when Bob Taplinger celebrates the second birthda\' of his famous "Meet the Artist" program. I wonder if you've ever heard Bob and his bevy of kilocycle cuties. One at a time, he has interviewed Kate Smith, Downey, Colonel Stoopnagle, and a double-dozen others. One each week . . . five o'clock Wednesdays, Eastern Standard Time. This afternoon, he brings to- gether all his alumni for an anniversary celebration. That means he'll have at least three dozen untamed and tem- peramental radio .stars in his menagerie. Some of them don't speak, I hear, some are harboring ancient grudges, all of them are fortune's favorites and candidates for any- body's limelight. It's a cinch, we've gotta be there. Hi, there, Magic Carpet! We want to go to Columbia's Number One .studio in Manhattan. Step aboard, folks. The carpet's going our way. Whe-e-e-e-eeeee! Bur-ump . . . bur-ump . . . bump! And here we are, deposited in CBS's skyscraping studios at 485 Madison Avenue. Up those .steps at the right! They look like a ship's companionway. Through that door with the little glass speakeasy window. It's heavy and sound-proof so geeve a poosh. Wow! Hear that racket? It pours out of the studio in a stream you have to shove through. Music and voices and laughter. What's happening? We'll find out. Inside, it's like a riot. Three dozen men and women are standing up, all talking at once. A baker's dozen of musicians lean wearily on their instruments. A score of visitors sit forward on the edges of chairs. A brownish streak wearing plaid checks zooms through the crowd like a dragonfly. That's Bob Taplinger, master of today's ceremonies and major domo of the "Meet the (Top) Ann Leaf, Mary East- man. (Middle) The Funny- boners—doing their best for good old CBS. (Bottom) Orrie Nelson, Eddie Duchin and Fred Waring. All these stars—and more—appeared on the second birthday broadcast of "Meet the Artist." Artist" program. "Hey, Bob." Look quick, vou ! That's Kate Smith' call- ing. .She's over the wall. Ted Collins, her manager and best friend, is sitting quietly in a chair. "I can't sing a .song in one minute," Kate