The 1941 WLS Family Album:

Norman Ross

Curator's note: Chicagoans of a certain age will best remember Norman Ross (1896-1953)as an NBC staff announcer and long-time host of "The 400 Hour", sponsored by the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. Ross, as a swimmer, earned three gold medals at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp.

Norman Ross, master of ceremonies on the National Barn Dance, started in radio as a sports commentator, covering boxing matches, wrestling, racing and all sorts of sports. Before radio, Norm was a sports writer in Chicago and on the West Coast. At one time, he held 72 swimming records, more than any man ever had before or has since, some world, some American and foreign titles. Included were 17 United States championships and national records of England, France, Belgium, Australia, New Nealand and Hawaii. In the World War, Ross was a flier.

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