The 1932 WLS Family Album...
book is dedicated to you, our listener---our friend. Your cheery letters encourage
us; your criticisms guide us. Together we shall continue to build, in WLS, an
institution of increasing service to mankind. We want you to think of us always
as folks with a handshake and a smile---and remember, here at Prairie Farmer's
home, the latchstring is always out".
note: So reads the preface to the 1932 WLS Family Album, which
I offer here in an HTML version. The copy I've scanned originally belonged, according
to a notation inside the back cover, to Ruby Peck of Sparta, Wisconsin. I purchased
it several years ago at an antique store in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.
- Meet Burridge Davenal Butler. He was
the publisher of Prairie Farmer, the President of WLS---and therefore the
Building. Meet the folks who develope and write those great shows you hear
Service on WLS. The editorial staff of Prairie Farmer who tell you
everything you need to know about the world of agriculture as it effects your
Program was Announced by...Hal O'Halloran, Martha Crane, Al Rice, Jack Holden,
Margaret McKay and Bill Cline: voices loud and clear, heard over the static.
Maple City 4.
That zany bunch that keeps you laughing and the studio engineer guessing.
Waldo Emerson, WLS Organist. Yeah, that really was his name. See him
at the console of his instrument. And take a peek inside the organ chamber.
Transplanted from the Ozarks to the Windy City, the "Arkansas Woodchopper"
and his guitar will keep your foot tapping. He's a mighty funny guy, too.
Cumberland Ridge Runners. A first-rate bluegrass group.
Vickland. The voice of The Book Shop and lay pastor of The Little
Brown Church, Bill is in charge of dramatic productions at WLS.
Sunday School Singers. The three little girls whose voices you hear each week
on The Cross Roads Sunday School.
WLS Staff Orchestra. Under Herman Felber's direction, they play more music
more often. And it's always live.
and Bob. You play their records. But now you can hear this bluegrass duo live
The Hawaiian guitars (predecessors of the Dobro and steel guitars) of Cecil and
Esther Ward; the keyboard artistry of Princess Tsianina---and the uncertain pitch
of soprano Grace Wilson.
the Studios of Swift and Company. As WLS's major time-buyer, Swift was allotted
two pages in the Family Album. Among the featured artists you'll see here
are a very young Win Stracke (one of the great folk singers of the Midwest
and Great Plains) and a middle-aged Cliff Soubier (whose Chicago radio career
ran from NBC radio's First Nighter to ABC television's Super Circus).
the State Fairs. The WLS crew goes on the road to the 1931 Illinois and Indiana
Anne and Leone. Gathered around the double-button carbon mike, this trio will
tell you everything you need to know to be a sophisticated farm wife. These days
they'd be doing news, traffic and weather.
and Lonnie. WLS had two harmonica players on staff. What other station could
make that claim?
Steele, The Chicago Post Reporter. He gives you the latest news. And
he wears his hat in the studio.
Poole, Chicago Live Stock Exchange. Even if your clueless as to the fundamental
differences between a cow and a bull, you'll enjoy Jim's reports direct from the
Brown and the Three Contraltos. Ten nimble fingers and three melifluous voices.
and Melodies. Harpist Margaret Sweeney, William O'Connor (the obligatory "Irish
tenor") and balladeer Bradley Kincaid (the "Kentucky Mountain Boy").
Chicago Gospel Tabernacle. Old time religion on the air.
Germanich. The stenographer who doubled as a soprano.
the Huskers. WLS keeps you on top of the state and national corn husking contests
(no wagering, please).
Watts. Technicians at work in the WLS studios and at the transmitter site.
Meet engineer Charlie Nehlsen who, in May of 1937, would be at the controls to
record Herbert Morrison's legendary description of the crash of the "Hindenberg"
at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
Some of the thousands of visitors who stopped by the WLS studios in 1931.
of our Girls at WLS. Don't stand up too quickly, or you'll hit the glass ceiling.
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