August 11th in Radio History – Free MP3 Files
August 11, 1932
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President Hoover is going to have things pretty much his own way on the ether waves at 10 o’clock tonight. The city’s three chain stations, KDKA, WCAE and WJAS will carry the formal notification speech and Mr. Hoover’s acceptance of the Republican presidential nomination. KDKA will be doing a triple job; broadcasting on the regular frequency, short waving on 6140 and 11.870 kilocycles. If you prefer music—KQV and WWSW.
Pittsburgh, at least, must have reached that prosperity corner—here’s nothing but an an announcement that Eddie Peyton, the operator of that hot night spot not far from downtown is going on the air every night over WJAS at 11:30. Anyway, Jimmy Murray, the press agent, says it’s so. There was some smoke but no fire about putting Russ Columbo on the air when he hits town tomorrow night. But somehow there was a slip: the story seems to be that an NBC artist can’t do his stuff over a station on the rival Columbia chain.
But going back to that political business again; we wonder if the Republicans are paying for that time tonight. Probably night. The chains got together the other day and agreed that from now until the fall elections—“pay as you go” on political speeches. But this event tonight is something the stations fight to get. The United Press comes through with the story that the companies anticipate a million dollars worth of business this election but so far—nothing doing. Maybe that approximately $16,000 an hour for a nation’s hook-up has something to do with it, huh?
Maybe, like Gracie Allen, we “weren’t in the mood for it” last night, but it seemed as though the clever comedy team had lost some of its usual punch. Or maybe we’re wrong. The way they took the pronunciation of the names Colonel Stoopnagle and Bud was rather amusing, though.
In the day’s post come a couple of hints from “A Radio Fan.” He—or she—says “the artists at WWSW who put on the ‘Behind the Kitchen Door’ spoil an otherwise exceptionally good and original program by the lady taking the part of a maid. It is distorted, as no maid would ever dare to talk back to an employer as she does—or would any employer permit it.” That sounds reasonable. The Radio Fan continues “The Goldman Band on KDKA gives a program which, in my humble opinion, cannot be equalled. But why give us a long list of classical compositions and then render at the very most but four?” And now, dear Radio Fan, about your complaints about the Goldberg and Amos ‘n’ Andy advertising—our friend and regular conductor of this column, Si Steinhauser, who is far, far away from the job on vacation, has often and very pointedly expressed his opinion of all long-winded advertising talks.
Somehow or other, we get a funny kick out of the way some of these orchestras jazz up these sentimental tunes—you know, shrieking clarinets and heavy brass effects on a tune similar to “Somebody Stole My Gal” like Johnny Johnston’s orchestra last night on WWSW. But it’s all right with us.
Listenin’ in on the chatter at KDKA yesterday: Bill Rose, continuity writer and guardian angel of many a struggling entertainer, now wears the title of “Production Man.” Congrats, Bill.
A peep into the future—via the press agents—shows that Dr. Sigmund Spaeth, the famous “Tune Detective,” will begin a new series of programs tonight under the monicker of “The Song Sleuth.” KDKA at 8:15.
WWSW promises a new program, an hour of dance music from Webster Hall every Sunday afternoon from 5 to 6—played by Bill Cowden and his orchestra. Remember? They furnished the music for many of the flights of the Mythical Dirigible, piloted by Joe Sartory and Jerry Wyman.
It’s often asked: “What do radio stars do with their money?” P. A. (press agent) rises to the occasion again—this time to inform the world that the Boswell Sisters, Columbia stars, put every penny they earn, except $100 a week each, into a trust fund which they cannot touch for at least 10 years. So that’s that.
Pity the poor reporters—what a ride they were taken for with Jack Benny last night. One came puffing into the program to get some information—he was looking for some dope on that program. Jack said he must mean Paul Small. The program—good as usual.
If you were listening for Senator L. J. Dickinson last night and didn’t hear him, blame it on the chain; the program was cancelled at the last minute.
WWSW’s scoop last night, the Leonard-Walker fight broadcast was all wet—or almost so. Threatening weather forced a postponement until tonight. — C. B. K.
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