Radio stars (Oct 1934-Sept 1935)

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RADIO STARS mo 1934s BEST ANNOUNCER O JAMES WALLINGTON GO HE LAURELS FOR THE MOST )UTSTANDING DICTION IN ANNOUNCING \MES WALLINGTON, we salute you! For two successive years — the first time it has hap;ned in the history of radio — you have been named e best announcer on the air. Last year, James Wallington received the gold medal >r diction of the Academy of Arts and Letters. This ;ar, the Board of Review of RADIO STARS Magazine lects him as the stand-out announcer of 1934. And st spring, you will recall, he was first in the popularity ill conducted among RADIO STARS readers. Several weeks ago, when it became known that the merican Academy of Arts and Letters was discontinug its annual custom of giving a diction award, RADIO TARS Magazine announced its own Best Announcer's rophy. Judges were to be the outstanding newspaper dio columnists and editors of America who make up ir Board of Review. These radio critics were asked judge the 1934 crop of announcers on the following )ints : diction, delivery, microphone personality, ability adapt oneself to the program mood, and versatility. The story of "Jimmie," as Eddie Cantor has called him >r two years, is that of a talented boy who became a an. Around NBC, they formerly called him the "kid inouncer." He was barely out of his teens when he ft Schenectady and WGY to seek his fortune in Gotham, i an interview several years ago he said, "Please . . . ease don't say I'm just past twenty-one. I'm way past I'm twenty-three !" He wanted to grow up very badly. "Well, he has grown up . . . not too much, but just lough. Not too much to act as stooge for any comedian ho wants an expert foil, and just enough to lend dignity id charm to more sedate occasions. Even yet, he grabs i occasional dare-devil announcing assignment just for ie fun of it. And even yet he says, "Please don't call e the kid announcer." We won't, Jimmie. You've won your spurs. Congratations on your two-year reign as the best announcer in merica. And extra special congratulations on being the rst to win RADIO STARS Magazine's Best Anouncer's Trophy.